People News

Edition: October 2004 - Vol 12 Number 10
Article#: 1969
Author: Repertoire

Quidel Names Mason as CEO



San Diego-based Quidel Corp., a provider of point-of-care rapid diagnostic tests, has named Caren L. Mason as president, CEO and a member of the company’s board of directors. She succeeds S. Wayne Kay, who agreed to step down with the naming of his successor.

Mason previously served as CEO of eMed Technologies Inc. and president and CEO of MiraMedica, two pioneering digital technology, diagnostic imaging companies. Most recently, after selling MiraMedica to Eastman Kodak, she provided transition support and consultative services to Kodak in Women’s Health.



Brewer Expands Sales Organization



Brewer recently named three new additions to its medical sales team. Paul Curry was named as medical equipment specialist. Curry will be based in Texas working closely with distributor sales representatives and healthcare professionals. Kyle Schuett was also named medical equipment specialist and will be covering the entire state of Illinois. Equipped with Brewer vans, Curry and Schuett will be supporting our distributor partners by demonstrating and selling equipment, including Brewer’s ASSIST Power Procedure Table and ACCESS Exam Table.

Cheryl Miklaszewski was named sales coordinator for Brewer. Miklaszewski will support Brewer’s external sales organization and work closely with distributor representatives across the country.

“I am very excited about the new additions to our sales team,” Doug Harper, president of medical sales stated. “These individuals will contribute greatly to our expanding sales organization and our overall strategy for growth”

Brewer has been a leading manufacturer of medical equipment for over fifty years. Based in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, Brewer’s complete product line includes the ASSIST Power Procedure Table, ACCESS Exam Table, seating, exam and procedure lighting, IV and instrument stands, carts and assorted support products.



IMCO Promotes Farris and Bullock



IMCO announced the promotions of Yates Farris to VP of primary care and Deb Bullock to VP of acute and LTC markets.

Farris began his career at Winchester Surgical Supply in 1963 working in the warehouse. In 1965 he became a sales rep and in 1984 was promoted to sales manager. In 1989 he was promoted to vice president of sales for Winchester. For the past 10 years Farris has been director of primary care markets for IMCO. On Sep. 1, 2004, Farris was promoted to vice president of primary care markets.

Bullock began her career in 1977 as a management trainee for McKesson (Gentec). In the early 1980s when General Medical purchased Gentec locations, Bullock became a district manager in the Iowa region. Later she owned her own manufacturers’ rep group. Several years later she became a regional vice president for Gateway Medical. Bullock has served for seven years as director of acute and LTC markets at IMCO. On Sep. 1, 2004, Bullock was promoted to vice president, acute and LTC markets. She is also responsible for IT development.



Brewer’s Kellam to Focus Efforts in Florida



Chris Kellam, a southern equipment medical specialist for Brewer, will be focusing his sales efforts in Florida. Kellam will continue to work closely with distributor sales representatives and healthcare professionals. Equipped with a Brewer van, he will be supporting Brewer’s distributor partners by demonstrating and selling equipment, including Brewer’s ASSIST Power Procedure Table and ACCESS Exam Table.



PSS Expands Board; Names New Director



PSS World Medical Inc., in Jacksonville, Fla., voted to expand its board and appointed Stephen H. Rogers as a new director, effective immediately. The board now includes eight members. Rogers is a certified public accountant (CPA), and is employed by Andersen Worldwide S.C. in an executive oversight role. He was a partner with Arthur Andersen LLP through August 2002, where he served as the managing partner of the Atlanta office from 1996 and the Southeastern region from 1998.

Henry Schein Awards College Scholarships to Outstanding Students Worldwide



Henry Schein, Inc., of Melville, N.Y., has named 75 students who will each receive $1,500 scholarships to attend a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two or four year college, university or vocational/trade school. Scholarship recipients are the eligible children of the company’s employees, known as Team Schein Members. Recipients were chosen by an independent scholarship administrator on the basis of academic performance, leadership skills, participation in school and community activities, work experience, and a statement of career and educational goals.

“We are pleased to honor this year’s awardees for their outstanding academic and personal achievements, which led to their selection for one of Henry Schein’s worldwide college scholarships,” said Leonard A. David, vice president, human resources and special counsel. “We are also delighted that Henry Schein will play a role in helping these young people achieve their dream of a college education, the cost of which continues to increase annually. We are gratified that our scholarship program is helping to alleviate some of the burdens and strains that hard-working parents face today, while recognizing and applauding the achievements of these outstanding students. We wish this year’s awardees and their families much continued success.”

Founded in 2001, the company’s scholarship program works to assist Team Schein Members with the costs of higher education for their dependent children.





Mercedes Medical Names Miller as CEO



Mercedes Medical Inc., a distributor of laboratory and exam room supplies, appointed Alexandra Miller as its CEO. She has been with Mercedes Medical for 10 years in various roles including COO. Noelle Haft, whom Miller replaces, will remain with the company as its president. Additionally, Mercedes Medical appointed Andrew Wright as COO. He will be responsible for the daily operations of the company at its headquarters.



Graham Medical’s Parent Company Appoints New President and CEO



The parent company of Graham Professional Medical Products, Little Rapids Corporation, has named Kirk S. Ryan as president and CEO. Ryan was also named to the company’s board of directors. Little Rapids Corporation is a leading branded healthcare and beauty products manufacturer and specialty papermaker.





GF Health Products Expands



Graham-Field announced the opening of new distribution centers in Atlanta, East Rutherford, N.J. and Los Angeles. The Atlanta distribution facility will now total 92,000 square feet, with the new addition; the East Rutherford distribution center will be 105,000 square feet and the Los Angeles facility will be 35,000 square feet. These new distribution facilities will bring Graham-Field’s domestic distribution network to five distribution centers. Graham Field’s main distribution center is located in St. Louis, Mo. Select beds and furnishings are also stocked and shipped out of Graham-Field’s Fond-du-Lac, Wis.-based manufacturing facility. Each is located near major interstates for easy access.

In addition, Graham-Field also announced the opening of a brand new 50,000 square foot distribution center in Mainland China.





Clinical Data Inc Names Vacante as VP



Clinical Data Inc., of Newtown, Mass., recently appointed Joseph Vacante as vice president of sales. He will have responsibility for managing the North America sales organization and will report to Clinical Data’s SVP and COO, Garth Gardner. Clinical Data, through its domestic and foreign subsidiaries, focuses on the needs of physician’s offices and smaller clinical laboratories.



Henry Schein Promotes Manecke and Casamassa



Henry Schein Inc. recently announced the promotions of two senior managers for Caligor, a division of Henry Schein’s Medical Group. Scott Manecke was named vice president of business development for caligor regionals, and Michael Casamassa was named general manager of Caligor Midwest/Southwest zones.

In his new role as VP of business development for Caligor Regionals, Manecke will be charged with locating and capitalizing on business opportunities to assure the division’s continued growth. Mr. Manecke joined Caligor Midwest in December 1999, where he pioneered the division’s expansion into new territories in the Southwest, and most notably increased sales by more than 200 percent during his four-year tenure with the company. He began his career in the healthcare distribution industry in 1991.

Casamassa, general manager of Caligor Midwest/ Southwest zones, is now charged with developing and implementing customer service and sales support, managing the integration of key computer support systems, and identifying and implementing process improvements. He will oversee a staff of 85 team members, including regional managers, field sales consultants and administrative/support staff, in Caligor’s Midwest and Southwest regions. Casamassa began his career at Caligor in November 2000.