MEET THE TMP TEAM
The Telluride Medical Partners team is comprised of business entrepreneurs and medical device startup experts who are experienced in combining both business and technical knowledge, upstream market identification, monetization strategies, and execution towards the development and growth of creative medical device companies.
Chief Executive Officer
Eric Wells is an experienced CEO, strategist, and investor with expertise in acquiring and managing companies. He resides on the boards of or is an advisor to companies in the medical device, real estate, tech and travel tech industries, and he has had a long and successful career developing commercial and residential real estate projects. Wells began his career as a builder, successfully completing a number of commercial and residential property developments.
Chief Financial Officer
Bryan Ziegler comes to TMP from multi-national banking firm Credit Suisse where he worked in its Houston, TX office. Prior to Credit Suisse, Ziegler worked for Philadelphia-based health benefits consultant, Wellness Coaches USA, serving two different Fortune 500 companies in Houston, TX and Wichita, KS. Bryan received an MBA from the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University with concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurship.
Senior Vice President
Aaron Call has extensive experience in the medical device startup industry. Call has been integral in developing technologies ranging from exoskeleton robots and endovascular catheters to therapeutic ultrasound and electromechanical systems. Call has worked with or founded over 10 early-stage medical device companies and he has attracted over 400 new medical technologies vetting them for investment while assisting physician inventors with advancing their ideas.
Senior Vice President
Kelvin Ning brings a unique blend of more than 12 years of startup medical device experience from the Silicon Valley. Ning was the previous Director of R&D at Bacchus Vascular (now Covidien/ Medtronic), and head of engineering at several other small firms. Ning was also head of manufacturing, director of product marketing, conducted clinical trials in Europe, and is a certified reimbursement researcher.
Senior VP of Sales & Marketing
With 20 years of sales and marketing experience, Eric Manzanares has successfully directed, managed, and mentored sales teams of all sizes and market conditions. Serving as a dynamic leader and executive team member, Manzanares has a unique ability to effectively execute his strategies and work with other department heads to achieve company-wide objectives and maximize top line results.
Quality Assurance Manager
Greg Pack is a motivated leader with a history of success in developing and executing strategic and tactical operational plans for resorts, products and services. His executive background as the President/GM of Telluride Ski and Golf and as President/GM of Moonlight Basin gives him the unique ability to break down complex activities into concise action plans. Pack has proven to be an effective communicator and influencer within organizations and government entities.
R&D Project Engineer
Ronan Jenkinson grew up in Ireland and moved to California shortly after graduating from Dublin Institute of Technology. Jenkinson began his professional career at a small start-up in Silicon Valley, specializing in medical device development and manufacturing. Jenkinson has extensive experience with laparoscopic instruments, surgical instruments, ophthalmic stent delivery systems, respiratory devices, 3D printing, laser welding, and custom tooling and fixtures.
Blake Sakran graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering a M.S. in Electrical Engineering. Sakran worked in a sleep research lab while obtaining both of his degrees and his professional experience has been focused on medical device development. Prior to joining TMP he was part of the Chrona team and focused on product development while gaining extensive experience within the medical device startup industry.
TMP ADVISORY TEAM
Jack Springer is a 25-year veteran of the healthcare industry with global experience in general management, sales, and marketing for medical devices and diagnostics. Springer has a proven track record in strategic planning as well as sales and marketing execution. Springer provides guidance and expertise to both small and large companies to enable them to achieve their next stage of growth or overcome market and other challenges that their business may currently be facing.
Bruce Roberts is a dedicated advisor and investor in the life sciences sector, with a particular focus and expertise in medical technology and over 20 years of experience in the space. On the advisory side, Roberts is a a senior partner overseeing the medtech M&A practice at RM Global Partners LLC, a leading boutique investment bank. On the principal side, Roberts is investing in the medtech space through Health Family Capital, his family office, alongside other family office and strategic investors.
Robert Whirley is a proven medical device entrepreneur and leader with 20 years of experience and in-depth expertise in cardiovascular medical devices. He has a demonstrated ability to build teams and take products from concept to global commercialization and is effective in using crossfunctional collaboration to achieve company objectives. Whirley has a thorough understanding of U.S. and European clinical trial and regulatory approval processes.
Jack Wolinetz is the healthcare industry consultant for Awestruck Dental. He has had a long and distinguished career working in the healthcare industry. He began with the Great American Insurance Company in 1964 before joining Pfizer in 1966. In 1975, Wollinetz moved to Bristol-Myers Squibb, rising to the position of president of Bristol-Myers Squibb China. He retired from Bristol Meyer Squibb in 1998. Since then, Wolinetz has worked as a consultant, advising a range of prominent pharmaceutical and healthcare companies on a multitude of issues.
Dr. Richard Fulton
In his work as an inventor and developer of medical and dental devices, Dr. Fulton has sought to bring to market safe, easy-to-use and cost-effective devices and products designed to address a range of medical conditions and treatment dilemmas. Fulton serves on the scientific advisory boards of several medical device companies and has numerous licensing agreements with companies prominent in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and medical devices fields.