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The Medical Advancement Expo is a three day event designed to attract the people, businesses and organizations from around the world to openly discuss and demonstrate the latest, greatest innovations in modern healthcare.

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Sumeet Bhatia

Founder & CEO

Aiva

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Sumeet Bhatia

Founder & CEO

Aiva

Sumeet Bhatia is the Founder and CEO of Aiva, the voice assistant built to improve both patient and caregiver satisfaction. Sumeethas over 10 years of experience delivering enterprise software-as-a-service to the nation's best healthcare institutions. Most recently, he was co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at TigerText, the leading provider of clinical communication solutions for the healthcare industry. Sumeet received his BS in Computer Science and Engineering from UCLA.

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Sree N. Koneru, PhD

VP of Product Development

BioElectronics

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Sree N. Koneru, PhD

VP of Product Development

BioElectronics

Dr. Sree N. Koneru (Ph. D – VP of Product Development) obtained his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the State University of New York at Binghamton. His dissertation work involved researching and documenting the physiological responses of human subjects, when stimulated using pulsed radiofrequency (electromagnetic) fields. This led to the development of advanced electroceutical devices that are capable of providing deep-tissue heat and touch-free modulation of afferent nerve activity (neuromodulation).

Currently, he leads new product development at BioElectronics Corp., with an emphasis on prototype development, validation of efficacy through pilot clinical studies and improvement of user experience. Dr. Koneru’s primary interest lies in tapping into the potential of non-invasive electroceutical technologies to treat/prevent the onset of chronic degenerative diseases ranging from chronic pain to overactive bladder syndrome.

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Kevin Nielsen, MBA

Director Healthcare Solutions

Blue Cross of Idaho

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Kevin Nielsen, MBA

Director Healthcare Solutions

Blue Cross of Idaho

Kevin Nielsen joined healthcare 10 years ago knowing that the journey would be a wild ride. He hasn't been disappointed. He is passionate about impactful healthcare innovation he can share with his neighbors and family. In his current role he leads a cross-functional team of solutions managers at Blue Cross of Idaho dedicated to making quality healthcare affordable for Idahoans and employees of Idaho-based companies. He got his start in innovation at Raytheon Missile Systems where he worked on the "Star Wars" missile shield program as an aerospace engineer and helped the company win the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence in 2004. Kevin never backs down from a challenge, especially ones as complex as rocket science or healthcare.

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Jonathan Kaplan, MD, MPH

CEO / Founder

BuildMyBod Health

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Dr. Jonathan Kaplan

CEO / Founder

BuildMyBod Health

Dr. Jonathan Kaplan is a board-certified plastic surgeon based in San Francisco, CA and founder / CEO of BuildMyBod Health, an online marketplace for healthcare services that allows consumers to determine cost on out-of-pocket procedures, purchase non-surgical services, and in exchange, the healthcare providers receive consumer contact info.BuildMyBod Health – we’re leading the way in price transparency!

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Tommy Ahlquist

President & CEO

BVA Development

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Tommy Ahlquist

President & CEO

BVA Development

Dr. Tommy Ahlquist knows to accomplish anything worthwhile you have to be a doer and not a talker. He has lived by this principle in his work as a small businessman, ER doctor, father and leader in the community.

Tommy believes in the people of Idaho. His commitment to making communities stronger has driven him to run for governor. With fresh ideas, a fresh approach and by working together, he knows we can build an even better Idaho.

Tommy grew up on his family’s farm and came to Idaho to play basketball at Ricks College and pursue a career in medicine. He earned his medical degree from the U. of Utah and completed specialty training for emergency medicine at the U. of AZ.

As an ER doctor in Idaho, Tommy has improved people’s lives, caring for tens of thousands of patients. He has saved patients’ lives and helped families deal with tremendous loss.

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Michael L Meline, Jr

President & CEO

Cyber Self-Defense

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Michael L Meline, Jr

President & CEO

Cyber Self-Defense

Innovative, strategic, operationally efficient, and results oriented information security executive with detailed knowledge of all aspects of security and security leadership. Accomplished in the art of risk management and strategic planning that lead to executive decisions that balance the need to enable and support business goals with the need to ensure that the business has an appropriate level of Information Security and regulatory compliance. Mike is known to deliver a balanced understanding cybersecurity risk, in a manner, that ensures that the presented material is suited to the specific audience.

Highly technical background balanced with the leadership experience to appropriately present information security concepts and strategies to the most technical person to the Board of Directors. I have worked as a law enforcement officer, an information security consultant, a United States Marine, and in a wide range of security leadership roles.

Adept at leading a risk based approach to security that ensures unacceptable risks are prioritized and managed, while working to keep the user experience positive. This approach minimizes costs and maximizes value. Information Security does not have to be expensive; it MUST be strategic!

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Adam Jakus, PhD

Co-Founder

Dimension Inx LLC

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Adam Jakus, PhD

Co-Founder

Dimension Inx LLC

Adam Jakus, PhD is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Dimension Inx LLC, a start-up developing transformative advanced manufacturing materials and processes for medical and non-medical spaces. Adam received his BS and MS degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Tech, where he worked on the development and testing of new energetic material systems. In 2010, he began working at Northwestern University with Dimension Inx's other co-founder, Ramille Shah, PhD. While at Northwestern, Adam invented and developed an entirely new, materials-centric approach to 3D-printing and advanced manufacturing, now referred to as 3D-Painting, and hundreds of new 3D-printable materials for medical and non-medical purposes. These materials include, but are not limited to the highly tissue and organ regenerative Hyperelastic Bone™, 3D-Graphene, Tissue Papers, and Fluffy-X. With approximately 10 years, and many thousands of hours of bioprinting and tissue regenerative 3D-Printing experience, Adam leads the field, providing expertise to several not-for-profit bodies looking to establish guidelines, guidance, and certifications related to the emerging fields of tissue and organ fabrication. He is the author of numerous granted and pending patents, high impact medical and non-medical publications, book chapters, and editorials related to advanced manufacturing and 3D-printing of biomaterials and non-materials.

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Peter Cho

Regional Sales Manager

Disney Institute

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Peter Cho

Regional Sales Manager

Disney Institute

Peter Cho is an Account Manager for Disney Institute, the professional development and training arm of The Walt Disney Company. Disney Institute works with health care organizations to enhance their patient experience offerings with training and advisory solutions based on Disney business insights and best practices.

Peter has a Master of Business Administration from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington.

More information about Disney Institute can be found at: About Disney Institute

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Justin Jones

CEO

Geneus Health

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Justin Jones

CEO

Geneus Health

Justin Jones is a graduate of Texas State University with a M.B.A. from Post University Malcolm Baldridge School of Business. Justin has 19 years of experience in executive management, marketing, mergers and acquisitions, and many other roles with both Fortune 500 and small, specialized companies including Dr. Pepper/7-UP, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Cangene Bio, Avagen Health, and Geneus Health. Justin also has a diverse business background in both the U.S. and internationally, including China, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. As CEO of Avagen Health, he structured a partnership with CTI, the largest publicly traded laboratory business in China, to develop a pharmacogenetic testing division. Justin has previously held board member positions with both business and charitable organizations, including the Texas Adolescent Young Adult Oncology Conference, Driscoll Children’s Hospital Chemo Kids, San Antonio Childhood Cancer Survivors Coalition, Rays of Relief, Avagen Health, Kalypso Wellness Centers, and Geneus Health.

Justin is a published author of the Powerhouse Interviewing Workbook. He has presented at numerous speaking engagements and seminars at venues including the University of Texas, Texas State University, DFW Jewish Community Centers, UTSA, University of Texas Denton, Texas Workforce Commission, TNS Partners, and more.

Along his career, Justin invented and patented an innovative liquid dispensing product. The product and company was sold in 2011.

In his free time Justin enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, helping entrepreneurs, and playing basketball.

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Latisha Taylor

CEO and Founder

Health Measured

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Latisha Taylor

CEO and Founder

Health Measured

Healthtech Entrepreneur, Wellness Expert, and Women's Entrepreneur Advocate Latisha Taylor is the CEO and Founder of Health Measured.net, which was selected as a finalist in Silicon Valley’s Premiere Business Pitch Competition for addressing the gap in employee health awareness and disease prevention.

Health Measured.net received an exclusive invitation to participate in Humanity 2.0 at the Vatican in the Vatican City to collaborate on improving Maternal Health. Latisha will be speaking at the United Nations in November on measurable preventative health.

 

Latisha left a successful career in pharmaceutical sales five years ago to start a multi-million dollar healthcare practice management firm. Her clients include Alta Bates Cancer Center, Highland Hospital, and the Golden State Warriors. She’s a best-selling author and former professional cheerleader who now inspires teams to work together to execute their vision.

Latisha is a philanthropist for the LLS, HackCancer, and Healthtech Women. She is the Global Vice Director of Sponsorship Partners for Women's Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO)/#ChooseWOMEN, a non-governmental organization with a mission and movement to empower women in business to alleviate poverty. She attended the World Economic Forum Davos 2018. 

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Jesse Courtier, MD

Founder

HoloSurg3D

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Jesse Courtier, MD

Founder

HoloSurg3D

Dr. Jesse Courtier is an Associate Professor of Radiology at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and Founder of HoloSurg3D. He is the creator of the original RadHA Augmented Reality app for surgical visualization. His interests in the application of Augmented Reality technology for the improved care of patients. Dr. Courtier has an MD from the University of Iowa and a B.S. in anthropology from USC.

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Byron Scott, MD, MBA

Chief Health Officer

IBM Watson Health

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Byron Scott, MD, MBA

Chief Health Officer

IBM Watson Health

Byron Scott is Deputy Chief Health Officer at Simpler Consulting, which is part of the IBM Watson Health business. Simpler is a leading management consulting firm around the globe that helps organizations improve performance using a management system with lean methods. In his role at Simpler, he is the Clinical. Leader for Large Integrated Health Systems. He previously was Associate Chief Medical Officer at Truven Health Analytics, an IBM Company where he supported hospitals, physician groups, health plans, and employers to improve overall healthcare and clinical performance with quality and leadership initiatives using health analytics.

Prior to joining Truven Health, Dr. Scott worked for EmCare, a physician practice management company, for over 20 years in various roles including Site Medical Director, Director of Medical Program Development, Regional Medical Director, and most recently the Executive Vice President in the West Division where he managed the Client Services Teams for 140 hospital contracts (Hospitalist, Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine) with responsibility for both financial and clinical quality initiatives.

Dr. Scott received his undergraduate degree in Psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles and his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego. He earned his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Scott completed his Emergency Medicine Residency and Administrative Fellowship at Orlando Regional Medical Center where he was also Chief Resident. During the fellowship, he also served for two years as a faculty attending physician teaching residents and medical students.

Dr. Scott is a Fellow and Certified Physician Executive by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management of the American Association for Physician Leadership, board certified in Healthcare Quality Management, and board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and Fellow of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians.

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Curtis Gattis

CEO / Founder

LeadingReach

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Curtis Gattis

CEO / Founder

LeadingReach

Curtis Gattis is a technologist and business development executive with a career spanning over 20 years across various industries. Mr. Gattis has extensive experience conceptualizing new products, bringing them to market and scaling software companies. After an early career at Dell Computer Corporation Gattis helped create AlterPoint, Inc. (Acquired by Versata). AlterPoint was a pioneer is Network Systems Management technology to support effective change management, version control and accountability of various corporate networking devices to support Government Regulations such as Sarbanes/Oxley, PCI and HIPAA Compliance. After AlterPoint Gattis joined Solarwinds and helped transition them from a 20 person startup to a publicly traded company (1,200 employees today). LeadingReach was founded by Mr. Gattis in 2014 as a platform for improving communication and accountability in healthcare.

LeadingReach is a web-based platform designed to improve communication in healthcare. Either between providers and their patients in the Patient Engagement lifecycle, or between a group of providers by managing the Transition-of-Care. LeadingReach is used in clinics and hospitals to drive operational efficiency, improve the patient experience and ultimately reduce overall cost by improving outcomes and reducing readmissions. Ultimately LeadingReach is a monthly license to access a set of features; a competitor to the fax machine, phone, voicemail, pen, excel files, sticky notes, and poor, inefficient processes for communication and care coordination in Healthcare.

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Sean Karbowicz, RPh, PharmD

Founder

MedSavvy

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Sean Karbowicz, RPh, PharmD

Founder

MedSavvy

Dr. Sean Karbowicz is the Founder and General Manager of MedSavvy. From dispensing medications in retail and hospital pharmacies to implementing health plan pharmacy benefit programs, he has seen the benefits and burdens of medication therapy. He is a passionate innovator in pharmacy. Throughout his career, Dr. Karbowicz has worked to champion best practices that evaluate scientific evidence to predict the performance of medications. This work has been used by health plans across the country to identify which medications work best for people. Dr. Karbowicz founded MedSavvy because he saw an opportunity to put this powerful information in the hands of patients and providers. He understood that presenting this information in a way that is easy to use could help reduce the hassles of getting the best medication at the lowest possible cost. He describes himself as a 'ruthless advocate for patients, so they can understand the benefits, risks and costs of treatments with eyes wide open' and is always looking to empower health care consumers.

Dr. Karbowicz received his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, his Doctor of Pharmacy degree jointly from Oregon State University and Oregon Health and Science University, and he completed a residency in Drug Information at Oregon Health and Science University.

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Christi McCarren, RN

Senior Vice President

MultiCare

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Christi McCarren, RN

Senior Vice President

MultiCare

Christi McCarren joined MultiCare in 1980. She has 36 years of health care experience, 29 of which have been in management and administrative roles. Her responsibilities include all service lines, post-acute care, retail and virtual health. McCarren received her Master in Business Administration from Washington State University. She is a registered nurse in Washington and a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality.

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Katy Moncivais, PhD

Regenerative Medicine Consultant

NEA Medical Technologies

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Katy Moncivais, PhD

Regenerative Medicine Consultant

NEA Medical Technologies

Dr. Katy Moncivais, PhD lives to bring the beneficial technologies at the intersection of science, medicine, and engineering into as many lives as possible.

Dr. Moncivais began that work at Rice University where she engineered living cellular stents to express anti-clotting agents while completing her BS in Bioengineering. She used her graduate studies to dive into the world of stem cell differentiation and protein engineering, which led her to Texas-based startup company Celling Biosciences at the completion of her PhD. There, she was part of the engineering team responsible for creating one of the most innovative bone marrow concentration devices on the market and pioneered workflow solutions and best practices that still define many of the most successful regenerative medicine practices.

Dr. Moncivais has been an independent regenerative medicine consultant since 2017 and spends her days partnering with innovative physicians, practices, and hospitals as they bring autologous, regenerative medicine technologies into their service offerings. She provides scientific, marketing, and operations guidance alongside an enthusiastically infectious passion for all things regenerative medicine. She has a BS, MS, and PhD in Bioengineering and has published and made more presentations on regenerative medicine than she can count.

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Scott Crawford, DC

Owner

River City Chiropractic

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Scott Crawford, DC

Owner

River City Chiropractic

Dr. Scott Crawford is the owner of River City chiropractic. He has extensive post graduate training in specific, low force adjusting techniques. His continued passion for the human body, and its innate healing capacities, has led him to stay up to date with the current research and technology in his field. His commitment to his profession keeps him active in speaking engagements and seminars to improve chiropractic awareness. He is the current president of the Idaho Association of Chiropractic Physicians and is an active member in his community. He has made great strides to work together with medical doctors, therapists, and hospitals to improve the current opioid epidemic. He sees that Chiropractic plays a great role in improving patient outcomes and reduces medical costs.

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Albert Chi, M.D., M.S.E.

Medical Director

OHSU

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Albert Chi M.D.

Medical Director

OHSU

Dr. Chi came to OHSU in 2016 from Johns Hopkins where he served as Medical Director of the Targeted Muscle Reinnervation Program and Medical Director of the Physician Assistant Surgical Residency Program since 2010. Dr. Chi is also commissioned as a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy Reserve.

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Brenda Schmidt, MS, MBA

CEO / Founder

Solera Health

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Brenda Schmidt, MS, MBA

CEO / Founder

Solera Health

Brenda Schmidt is a social entrepreneur focused on improving quality and lowering healthcare costs through community-integrated healthcare. Solera’s technology platform connects patients, payers, and physicians with a curated network of community organizations and digital solution providers paid through medical claims. Brenda was recently recognized as the “Best Med-Tech CEO” by 2018 MedTech Breakthrough that recognizes the top companies, technologies, and products in the global health and medical technology market. Brenda was also listed in the 2018 Becker’s Hospital Review “Female Health IT leaders to know”. Brenda serves as the President of the Council for Diabetes Prevention, the Board of Directors for the Arizona Bio-industry Association, is a member of the Arizona Community Board for the American Diabetes Association, and a mentor for the Cedar’s Sinai TechStars Accelerator.

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Mark Cooley

Chief Brand Officer

VeriphiD

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Mark Cooley

Chief Brand Officer

VeriphiD

Mark Cooley is a seasoned executive, consultant and educator having held various executive leadership positions in technology over the last 18 years. He specializes in business strategy and the application of blockchain technologies. He is on the founding team of numerous blockchain companies including lifeID, Govurn and 4Block Solutions. The latter of which is supporting blockchain innovation with projects across the community. Mark is a speaker, professor and advisor, supporting institutions such as Seattle University, University of Washington, and General Assembly.

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Naveen Jain

Founder

Viome

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Naveen Jain

Founder

Viome

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Naveen Jain is an entrepreneur and philanthropist driven to solve the world’s biggest challenges through innovation. He is the founder of several successful companies including Moon Express, Viome, Bluedot, TalentWise, Intelius and InfoSpace.

Moon Express is the only company to have permission from the US government to leave earth orbit and land on the moon. We are developing technologies to harvest planetary resources on the moon and developing infrastructure to make humanity a multi-planetary society.

Viome is focused on disrupting healthcare with the goal of “making illness elective”. We have developed technologies to analyze the biochemistry and ecosystem of our body that consists of millions of metabolites and trillions of micro-organisms. Our plan is to identify biomarkers that are predictive of chronic diseases and prevent them through personalized diet & nutrition.

Naveen Jain a trustee of the board at the X PRIZE Foundation where he is focused on finding entrepreneurial solutions to address the global challenges in health, education, women empowerment, agriculture, and energy. He recently launched a million-dollar Women Safety XPRIZE to empower the women around the world.

Naveen Jain is on the board of Singularity University, an interdisciplinary university with the mission to educate and inspire leaders to address humanity’s grand challenges through innovative technologies.

Naveen Jain has been awarded many honors for his entrepreneurial successes and philanthropic endeavors including “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year”, “Most Creative People” by Fast Company, “Philanthropist Of The Year” by Town and Country, “Albert Einstein Technology Medal” for pioneers in technology, “Humanitarian Innovation Award” at the United Nations, “Distinguished Global Thinker Award” by IILM, “Ellis Island Medal of Honor”, “Most admired Serial Entrepreneur” by Silicon India, “Top 20 Entrepreneurs” and “Lifetime Achievement Award” for the leadership in the technology industry and support of other entrepreneurs by Red Herring.

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Dr. Wade M. Larson

Healthcare Thought Leader

Larson Leadership Consulting

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Dr. Wade M. Larson

Healthcare Thought Leader

Larson Leadership Consulting

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To get better performance, we need to encourage, motivate and drive employees to achieve their very best. This doesn't happen by itself - it takes courage, tenacity, and grit to win in today's environment.

This requires a new breed of manager and leader to get us to where we need to go.

His football days in high school taught him the value of working as a team to get the ball over the goal line. You can't win the game by playing defense...you have to craft a strategy well enough to use the right player to match the competition to win. Different players have different strengths. HIs role as a lineman was simple - do what it takes to get the ball down the field. You don't have to be the one carrying the ball to be essential to team success...Everyone is essential to do their part. The key is for each player to achieve peak performance and align that performance in a way that helps the organization achieve its highest potential.

Over his career, Dr. Larson has focused his efforts to bring this emphasis to organizations of all types and sizes.

After a catastrophic car accident in South America that nearly claimed his life in early adulthood, Wade has sought to make the most out of life. Most importantly, he has sought to help others achieve their very best. His messages of leadership, self-improvement, and doing business better resonates with listeners as they find new opportunities to improve their personal leadership in both business and life.