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We want MedConnect180 to be that constant in your career; a place you can get advice and find interesting information and opportunities outside the traditional job. It is a gathering place where you can bring opportunity to others and it will be an information resource provided by both our experts other members like you!
Other changes, such as hospitals buying physician practices and hiring them as employees, have had an impact on decision making. Our docs are now “working for the man” and many times the buying decisions are taken out of their hands and going to committees, which have numerous members. Instead of just HCP’s, you might now have a CFO, pharmacist, a Director of Patient Experience or a bean counter sitting on the committee.
Understandably, the government, payers, hospitals, and companies are looking for ways to improve outcomes while driving out costs. That can mean opportunity or it could mean layoff for you. The medical industry is still the best place to be, but we’ve got to be savvier and protect ourselves with multiple streams of income or lower living expenses, just like the hospitals and companies we serve. Great opportunities still exist and we can help you find them!
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Ready for a Change?
For some who are getting older, it may start to become more difficult to get that $250,000 device job. Despite its illegality, many young managers avoid hiring older sales representatives. Yes, age discrimination is alive and well in our great country.
There are throngs of people in the medical industry, some trying to enter, some trying to survive, and some thriving. There are even those who want to slow down in the medical industry, but aren’t ready to retire completely. These are talented people who have great relationships and skills, skills many younger people don’t yet have, who can contribute significantly to the success of a new product or company on a part time or 1099 basis. There is a place for everyone in our MedConnect180 community.
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Currently marketing and sales leader in the medical device industry. Formerly with Kimberly Clark and Beckman Coulter.
CEO of Thrive Neuromedical. Also served at Ionica Sciences, JumpStart, CerviLenz and Adeza Biomedical.
Eric Davidson is Director of Growth in the Danaher Business System Office (DBSO) of Danaher Corporation, a $20B Fortune 500 Company. In this role, Eric implements leading-edge tools to facilitate commercial growth in Danaher’s 25+ Operating Companies. Eric has held commercial positions at Beckman Coulter, Kimberly-Clark, and Getinge during this 35+ year career. Eric has degrees from Luther College (BA-Biology) and the Carlson School (MBA) at the University of Minnesota. Eric is an avid endurance athlete, having completed 16 Ironman triathlons and is currently training for his first ultra-marathon. Eric and his wife reside in San Diego, CA – allowing them good access to numerous places to play in the outdoors. They are the parents of three adult children.
Jeff Oveland is a former Director of Sales at Cordis Endovascular, a Johnson & Johnson Co. He is the winner of Multiple Sales Awards including Sales Rep, Division Manager, and Region Director of the Year at such great Companies as Becton-Dickinson (B-D), C. R. Bard, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, J&J, and Orthofix, Inc.
Neal Balius is an executive leader with a track record of steering disruptive MedTech startups through challenging transitions from infancy to full commercial potential. Within investor-backed MedTech and medical device startups, Neal is a standout. Throughout his career, he has been recognized as a growth catalyst, business leader and operations strategist, successfully navigating disruptive companies from early stage to market launch through sustainable growth and acquisition.
Consistently motivated to drive new revenue streams, build sustainable operations and forge profitable alliances, Neal has transitioned numerous science-based startups into commercially viable organizations. A respected resource, trusted partner and proven contributor within ENT, Women’s Health, Spine, Orthopedics, Diagnostics, Medical Robotics and Capital Equipment specialties, he welcomes challenge, thrives in new frontiers and takes pride in participating in a industry that improves patient outcomes.
Rick Puleo achieved multiple Region Sales Manager of the Year Awards, Glamour Award Trips, and sales achievement awards during his 30 year career at Cordis Corporation and J&J Medical (both J&J companies). Rick hired multiple top performing, award winning sales representatives, many who went on to sales and marketing leadership positions. He spent a career coaching, developing, mentoring and guiding countless people who worked directly for him or just had the fortune of knowing him or spending time with him.
Known as the Midas Man, you also have the fortune to receive his outstanding coaching.
Devra Ochs, is an executive coach, accredited by the International Coach Federation as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC). Devra’s coaching practice is dedicated to working with others to build leadership capacity to be more effective in their careers, relationships and personal goals. This includes transitioning to new roles and responsibilities with less stress and more success. Devra worked various aspects of sales, management and marketing for 20 years prior to coaching. To learn more go to ochtreecoaching.com or linkedin.com/in/devraochscoach.