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  • Matthew J. MayerCo-Inventor, Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer Matthew J. MayerCo-Inventor, Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer

    Mr. Mayer has developed and participated in numerous go-to-market and product development enterprises across a wide variety of businesses ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Prior to founding AVEX, Mr. Mayer was the President and CEO of Save More Resources, Inc. (“SMR”), a 50-person software and utility data management firm based in Grand Junction, Colorado. He engineered a rapid turnaround of the business from 30% negative net margins to profitability in nine months and 18% revenue growth per year. In this capacity he raised $1.5M in equity financing, launched four new products, restructured the sales force, and implemented a new strategic partner program. The company was then successfully sold to one of the strategic partners.

    Before SMR, Mr. Mayer was the Vice President of Consulting Services for eLinear (an IT consulting firm), a management consultant with McKinsey & Co in their Palo Alto and Chicago offices. He was responsible for developing go-to-market and growth strategies for start-up companies in the software and telecommunications industries. Mr. Mayer has also served as a consultant with Accenture in their Houston office, and a financial analyst with Leasetec, Inc. in Boulder, Colorado.

    Mr. Mayer has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he graduated with honors. He also graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business and a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Colorado.

  • David Mayer - Co-Inventor, Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer David Mayer - Co-Inventor, Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer

    Dr. Mayer is a board certified orthopedic surgeon with over 30 years of experience practicing medicine. He served for four years as Chairman of the Board for Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates, the largest orthopedic private practice in Western Colorado. He has also served as Chief of Surgery for St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction and is a member of the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care. He specializes in pathologies of the foot and started a foot clinic in Grand Junction. Dr. Mayer served two and a half years in the United States Navy as a Flight Surgeon.Dr. Mayer graduated from Medical School at the University of Wisconsin, with residencies at Presbyterian Medical Center in Denver and at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He also received a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Wisconsin.

  • Charles Harris - Strategic Initiatives Charles Harris - Strategic Initiatives

    Create and focus business strategy options for innovative/disruptive technology introduction.Define and align product development and consumer vision with business partners. Focus on partner collaboration, message, categories, introduction, launch and collateral support. Foster discrete launch tactics for athletic and medical product versions for consumer markets.

    Develop value proposition for product development thru launch. Craft brand startup communication materials that convey and support product message and support sales and marketing objectives across platforms.

    Identify, sponsor and manage technical and medical advisory board, industry influencers and early adopters.Formerly, Practice Leader with Deloitte & Touche, LLC. Responsibilities included leading business process reengineering initiatives in Fortune 500 corporate legal departments: rightsizing, information management, enterprise-wide technology projects and regulatory compliance.

    Co-Founder and Chairman, Harris & Paulson, a technology start-up with financial management and human resources software products for the nation’s largest private law firms. Start-up thru successful NASDAQ offering. Awarded Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 fastest growing small public companies, 1984.

    Mr. Harris received his BS and MS from Southern Illinois University.

  • Tom Curran - Vice President of Sales Tom Curran - Vice President of Sales

    Tom has worked for 25 years in medical sales, distribution and marketing. He has worked for leaders in the industry such as Wright Medical, BioMet, Zimmer, and DJO Global. Tom has spent most of his career focused on the sales and distribution of orthopedic products, imaging equipment, capital equipment and biological products to surgeons, medical practices, hospitals, surgery centers, and hospital corporations. Tom has focused on developing long-term relationships with physicians, buyers, and corporate executives, which has enabled him to grow multiple businesses into multi-million dollar sales organizations.Tom’s track record of performance and success running medical device sales organizations make him an ideal person to head Sales and Marketing

  • Mark Stephenson - Vice President of Operations Mark Stephenson - Vice President of Operations

    Mark has worked for 25 years in the high-tech scientific instrument, medical device, industrial and aerospace industries. Over his career Mark has held a variety of senior management positions with industry leaders including: Senior Manufacturing Engineer responsible for implantable defibrillators and dual chamber pacing with Teletronics, Project Manager responsible for anesthesia delivery systems and pulse oximetry with Datex-Ohmeda, Out-Sourced Products Manager for cardio bypass filtration and cardioplegia devices with Sorin Bio-Medical, Director of Operations for all analytical scales and balances with Sotorious Corporation, and Chief Operating Officer of Quest Product Development. Most recently, Mark served as Vice-President of Global Design Services for Creation Technologies where he successfully tripled revenues and increased profitability for the business unit. Mark is a Six Sigma Black Belt and has implemented these practices throughout his career resulting in streamlined operations and improved top and bottom lines. He has also been responsible for introducing several new products to the medical devices market including: anesthesia delivery devices, pulse oximeters, electro surgery generators, IVD, angioplasty, and heart rhythm management.Mark holds an MBA from Canterbury University and a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Kennedy-Western University.

  • Gerhard Rill - Director, Bio-Mechanical Research Gerhard Rill - Director, Bio-Mechanical Research

    Dr. Rill is a certified Pedorthist and German Podiatrist with over 30 years experience in the fields of biomechanics and footwear design. He has been in private practice for 20 years in both Germany and the U.S., specializing in non-surgical management and rehabilitation of lower extremity and lower back pathologies. Dr. Rill also founded Foot Support Group, Inc., a custom orthotic clinic and laboratory with four locations across Colorado. In addition, he is a adjunct professor for the St. Mary’s Hospital (Grand Junction) Residency Program.Dr. Rill has been a design and technical consultant for a number of footwear, orthotic and matierals development companies, including Chaco/Wolverine World Wide, R.I. Merrell Institute, Dr. Martens, Goetz-Gmbh. Euro International, JMS Plastics, Sole Supports, Summit Orthotic Laboratories, and Pedorthic Technology Limited Hong Kong.

    Dr. Rill has been working directly with AVEX to provide biomechanical and footwear design. Dr. Rill graduated at top of his class from the Munich School of Technical Orthopedics and Podiatry, and received his undergrad in Technology and Engineering

  • Mark Joseph Mark Joseph – Director of Design Engineering

    Mark’s design career spans 35 years. His focus is functional Product Design involving a holistic approach to function, customer interface, engineering, aesthetics and manufacturing. He began designing sports equipment and clothing for companies including The North Face, Trek Bicycle, ITW Nexus, Redfeather Snowshoes and others. He was raised in Berkeley California and moved to Aspen Colorado in 1979. He was a pioneer working with Taiwanese and Chinese factories in the late 70’s and has worked with many companies there since.His firm, Product Innovations Inc. is located in Aspen Colorado and has an extensive design, computer CAD and advanced prototype lab. Mostly self-taught, Mark has developed an affinity for working in fields that are new to him and brings a refreshing, idea generating energy to corporations looking for inspiration. He has licensed patented product designs to FootJoy Golf Shoes, Black Diamond Equipment, Rollerblade, K2, and many others. Mark co-founded two companies recently based on his patented designs. Litesnow Inc. provided do-it-yourself lighting to Lowe’s and Home Depot. It was sold to Westinghouse lighting in 2005. Exos corp. revolutionized orthopedic bracing and casting and has become the standard of care in clinics and hospitals across the country and abroad. It was sold to DJO Global in 2012.

    Mark attended undergraduate studies in Berkeley California. He is an active outdoors person and has competed at a high level in cross-country skiing and cycling.

  • Drew Mayer - VP of Marketing Drew Mayer - VP of Marketing

    Drew is responsible for developing and managing brand messaging for Footbeat. This includes implementing a cohesive digital strategy, social media presence and consumer communications.Recently, Drew served as Director of Client Services for Cranium 360, a full service marketing firm that serves a broad range regional and national clients. During his time with Cranium 360, he developed an expertise in evaluating his clients’ businesses and goals, and helping them achieve greater success by designing and implementing customized marketing strategies. He brings broad experience from 15 years working in a variety of industries: consumer goods, retail, government, telecommunications, healthcare, real estate, photography, and information technology.

    He has direct experience in technology consulting, website design, SEO, software development, financial analysis, product development and design, and manufacturing. Drew received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Colorado College and his MBA from University of Texas.

  • John Mann John Mann – VP of RA/QA

    Mr. Mann has established himself as a leader in the overall integration and execution of regulatory affairs & quality management systems in the medical device design, development and manufacturing continuum. During his 25 years’ experience in the medical device field, he has successfully implemented regulatory approvals for devices in both the USA and EU, he has successfully mitigated recall and market withdrawal situations for large and small companies, and he has designed and implemented Quality Management Systems (QMS) for all classes of devices, compliant to USA, EU, Canadian and other global regulations. In addition, he has successfully remediated systems and records for companies under rigorous regulatory oversight. Mr. Mann is adept at the implementation of and compliance with the FDA Quality System Regulation (QSR), ISO13485, ISO14971, ISO10993, 60601-1, IEC62304, ISO14155, IEC 62366-1, HE-75 and a broad range of other technology and device specific standards. Mr. Mann is widely recognized for presentations and leadership in his field.
  • Eric Hollnagel - Sr. RA Specialist Eric Hollnagel - Sr. RA Specialist

    Mr. Hollnagel has over twenty years of experience in Quality System Management, Regulatory Affairs, Project Management, Product Development, and Process Improvement. With a foundation in Medical Device Engineering and with fifteen years in management capacities, Mr. Hollnagel has extensive experience leading organizations, teams and projects to success. He has led the development and commercialization of medical device technologies in both the EU and US, including Class III Active Implantables. He has performed submissions for FDA PMA, CE Mark Design Dossier and Canadian Device Licenses for medical devices including ongoing regulatory filings such as annual reports, change notifications and supplements. Mr. Hollnagel has developed and managed Quality Management Systems (QMS) compliant with requirements of US, EU, and Canada. He is familiar with several key international standards, including ISO13485, ISO10993-1, ISO14971, EN 60601-1, and other device-specific standards.