President and Chief Executive Officer - Brian E. Stewart is the co-founder of our sole operating subsidiary, SurgiCount Medical, Inc., and co-inventor of our Safety-Sponge® System. After selling SurgiCount Medical to Patient Safety Technologies, Inc. in 2005, Mr. Stewart acted as an advisor to the company and remained one of the largest individual shareholders of Patient Safety Technologies. In 2010 Mr. Stewart spearheaded a shareholder activism effort supported by the majority of the shareholders of Patient Safety Technologies which directly resulted in the resignation of the then majority of the board of directors, the replacement of senior management and the appointment of Mr. Stewart as our President and Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Mr. Stewart worked in the investment banking divisions of Credit Suisse, CIBC World Markets and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. In addition to his investment banking and entrepreneurial experience, Mr. Stewart's previous experience includes Strome Investment Management, a hedge fund in Santa Monica, CA. Mr. Stewart received his MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA and his BA in Economics from UCLA where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude. Mr. Stewart has received numerous issued domestic and international patents, including all the patents protecting the Safety-Sponge® System.
VP, Finance, CFO - David Dreyer - Mr. Dreyer is the Company’s Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, having joined the Company in October of 2010. Previously, Mr. Dreyer was Chief Financial Officer at Alphastaff Inc., from August 2009 through September 2010, and Chief Financial Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and Treasurer at AMN Healthcare, Inc. from August 2004 through August 2009. Alphastaff is the fourth-largest professional employment outsourcing company in the United States, with annual revenue of approximately $250 million. He managed over one hundred employees at AMN in his role overseeing finance, accounting, tax, investor relations, treasury, payroll operations and risk management. Prior to working for AMN Healthcare, Inc., Mr. Dreyer was Chief Financial Officer at Sicor Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company headquartered in Irvine, CA with operations in Mexico, Switzerland, Italy, China and Lithuania. David led the sale of Sicor Inc. to Teva Ltd. for $3.4 billion in January 2004.
VP, Sales and Clinical Field Operations - Tony Embree brings over 27 years of sales, sales management, and procedural supply chain consulting experience in hospital operating rooms and the procedural area environment. Previous experience includes 24 years with Cardinal Health in a variety of leadership positions that have prepared him for his current role. Tony joined the company in January, 2008 and has played a key role in driving adaptation of the Safety Sponge System while serving as Midwest Area Vice President. Additional entrepreneurial experience includes co-founding and launching a medical technology company from concept to market.
VP, Product Management - Michael Roux joined the Company in March, 2013. Mr. Roux oversees the development and management of SurgiCount Medical's product offerings, including the company's existing solution for retained sponge prevention, the Safety-Sponge® System, as well as the expansion into additional patient safety solutions. Mr. Roux joined SurgiCount from Hill-Rom where he was the Global Product Director for the Respiratory Care franchise focused on developing and commercializing medical device and service solutions for the Chronic and Acute Care Respiratory markets. He was also responsible for the overall global leadership of strategic and downstream marketing efforts, clinical education, sales training, and clinical research. Previously, Mr. Roux was with 3M Company for 19 years, holding positions of increasing responsibility within engineering, six-sigma, global product marketing leadership and business development. His breadth of health care experience includes managing a variety of global product portfolios of surgical products. Mr. Roux holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering Degree from the University of Minnesota, and a MBA, Marketing from the University of St. Thomas.