A veteran entrepreneur, chief executive and chairman, Eric is an accomplished leader who brings deep experience in starting and scaling private and public companies. Eric’s experience includes startup development, early-stage angel and private placement funding, venture capital, private equity, IPO, public company management, public and private board leadership, global operations, M&A, and integration strategy and management. Eric has raised over $1B dollars in private and public capital and led over $2B in acquisitions.
Eric was the President of Stryker Spine from 2018 to 2021, where he was responsible for the organization’s vision, growth, and strategic direction. Eric joined Stryker (NYSE: SYK) as part of its $1.4B 2018 acquisition of K2M Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: KTWO), a medical device company Eric founded in 2004 to address the world’s most challenging spinal pathologies. At K2M, Eric served as the company’s Chairman, President, and CEO. Under his leadership K2M grew from an idea to a publicly traded global leader building a portfolio of over 100 unique products protected by over 750 patents. K2M operated in over 40 countries during the company’s 14 straight years of uninterrupted revenue growth, five of which Eric led as a public company.
Upon joining Stryker, Eric led the global integration of K2M and Stryker Spine, leading a $1B global business. Following multiple years of negative growth at Stryker Spine prior to the acquisition, Eric returned the spine business to a performance focused growth business. While leading the global integration of Stryker and K2M, Eric also created a new Enabling Technologies business unit with double digit growth. As part of this new business, he led the $500M acquisition and integration of Mobius, an intraoperative CT imaging and robotics technology. Eric also led the integration of the Stryker Advanced Guidance Technologies business into the spine division to build a comprehensive R&D focused enabling technology portfolio.
Prior to K2M, Eric founded and served as the President & CEO of American OsteoMedix, Inc. (AOM), a pioneering minimally invasive spinal device company Eric started in 1998 that was acquired by Interpore Cross International (NASDAQ: BONZ) in 2001. Following the acquisition, Eric was named the president of the Minimally Invasive Division of Interpore Cross International.
Today, Eric serves as an advisor to two Private Equity firms: Consonance Capital and Peloton Equity. He is a public board director at Sanara (NASDAQ: SMTI) and sits on several private MedTech technology company board’s including Grenova, Mainstay Medical, Orthobond, and OrthoVentions (an HSS “Hospital for Special Surgery” surgeon innovation fund). Eric is an active member of the medical device industry and has served on the Board of Directors of the Medical Device Manufacturers Association, as well as the AdvaMed CEO Advisory Council. Eric also serves as an advisor and investor in non-healthcare early-stage technology ventures.
Eric and his wife Lara are passionate supporters of philanthropic initiatives. Eric presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS), a non-profit organization that has built and operates a hospital in Accra, Ghana to provide surgery to children in sub-Saharan Africa with complex spinal deformities. Eric previously served on the Board of the Inova Loudoun Hospital Foundation, as well as the Board of Directors of the Loudoun County Small Business Development Center, where he created the Loudoun Business Plan Competition.
Eric has received numerous business leadership awards, including the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Emerging Technologies in Greater Washington, D.C., as well as the Medallion for Entrepreneurship from the Beta Gama Sigma International Business Honor Society in 2016. In 2018 he was recognized as Innovator of the Year by the Spinal Research Foundation. Eric holds a BA degree from James Madison University (JMU). He is a member of the JMU College of Business Executive Advisory Council, as well as the JMU Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. Eric enjoys skiing, scuba diving, hiking, climbing and photography. Eric and his wife Lara have two adult daughters and reside in Virginia.