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William K. Smith, MD, Chairman (about the founder)

Dr. Smith is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MedRed. He is a physician and board-certified physiatrist, as well as a trained prosthetist, with an extensive history of working with war wounded populations and in the area of international humanitarian relief. He is a graduate of Georgetown Medical School, completed his internship at the University of New Mexico and his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He is a recognized expert on prosthetics, rehabilitation and medical informatics with a track record of envisioning and enacting a number of innovative medical education and informatics programs, including a distance-learning, telemedicine network that currently links individuals and institutions in over 45 countries.

 

Charles Kwon

Charles Kwon brings with him over 18 years of experience in developing, launching and growing successful high-tech businesses. He has served as President & CEO of Neodesic, a venture-backed Sales Force Automation and Knowledge Portal company; and corporate officer and head of Strategy and New Ventures for Wallace Computer Services, a $1.7 billion Fortune 1000 company that recently merged with Moore Corporation and RR Donnelly to create a $7 billion Fortune 100 company. He was also a founder of two additional technology companies, DSP Development Corporation and Ixthos, Inc. He also worked with management consulting firm, Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led strategy development engagements and managed client-consultant sales, business development and marketing effectiveness project teams for Fortune 1000 Electronics, Industrial and Consumer Packaged Goods companies. Mr. Kwon holds an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, where he was an F. C. Austin Scholar. He also holds a B.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Clapp and Poliak Design Scholar.

 

David Nexon

David Nexon is currently Senior Executive Vice President of the Advanced Medical Technology Association ("AdvaMed"), where he is responsible for domestic policy. Prior to joining AdvaMed, he served for more than twenty years as the Democratic Health Policy Staff Director for the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and as the Senior Health Policy Advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy. In these capacities, he has been involved with most of the major health policy issues of the last two decades. Prior to joining Senator Kennedy's staff, Mr. Nexon was Senior Budget Examiner in the Health Branch of the Office of Management and Budget, where he was responsible for the Health Care Financing Administration (now the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services). Mr. Nexon held several academic appointments prior to entering government service. He received his BA from Harvard College and his Ph. D. from the University of Chicago.

 

Charles J. O'Byrne

Charles O'Byrne is presently Senior Adviser to the Chief Executive Officer of AGT, an international firm that provides security solutions for critical assets around the world. He is the former Chief of Staff to the Governor of New York and prior to that served as Chief of Staff to the Lieutenant Governor and to the Minority Leader of the New York State Senate Democratic Conference. He has an extensive background in politics, government, communications and crisis management. A native of New York, O'Byrne has served on numerous not for profit boards and serves as an adviser to leaders in the public and private sector. He graduated from Columbia College summa cum laude and holds his J. D. from the Columbia University School of Law. O'Byrne was a fellow at Harvard College and holds two advanced degrees in theological studies.

 

Tommy G. Thompson

Former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Thompson is a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP (Akin Gump) and the independent chair of the Deloitte Center for Health Care Management and Transformation. Secretary Tommy Thompson has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in public service. Elected governor of Wisconsin in 1986, he was reelected in 1990, and in 1994 became the first governor in the state’s history to be elected to a third four-year term. The Secretary has also served as chairman of the National Governors Association, the Education Commission of the States and the Midwestern Governors Conference. In 1998 he was elected to a fourth term, and served in that position until his appointment as Secretary of Health & Human Services in 2001. As the Health & Human Services Secretary, Thompson served as the nation’s leading advocate for the health and welfare of all Americans. Additionally, Secretary Thompson is recognized for his contributions to the U.S. response to the threat of bio-terrorism and for his leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the United States and abroad. He currently serves as the chairman of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and also served in the Wisconsin National Guard and the Army Reserve. Mr. Thompson holds baccalaureate and J.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

A. Robert Towbin

Since November, 2002, Mr. Towbin has been a Managing Director of Stephens Inc. and is a founder of Stephens Financial Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Stephens Inc.  From January 1, 2000 to November 2002 he was Co-Chairman of C.E. Unterberg, Towbin, and from 1995 to 1999 was Senior Managing Director of that firm. From January 1994 to September 1995, Mr. Towbin was President and CEO of the Russian-American Enterprise Fund (a U.S. government-owned investment company with headquarters in Moscow and New York, and offices in Khabarovsk in the Russian far east).  He was later Vice Chairman of its successor fund, The U.S. Russia Investment Fund. From January 1987 until January 1994 Mr. Towbin was co-head of Technology Investment Banking of Lehman Brothers, and from 1959 to 1987 was Vice Chairman and a Director of L.F. Rothschild, Unterberg, Towbin Holdings Inc. and its predecessor companies. Mr. Towbin received his B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1957.

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