Lee Geist*, President and CEO
Mr. Geist has over 30 years of progressive experience in innovation, product development, manufacturing, quality assurance, and business management, with particular focus in single patient use medical devices. By combining individual effort and effective business team leadership, he has achieved outstanding results throughout his career at CIRCA Scientific, Summit Access, GE Healthcare, Vital Signs, and Marquest Medical Products. He has over 20 combined issued and pending patents on anesthesia, respiratory, vascular access, biopsy, temperature monitoring and “sharps” safety devices.
LeRoy Jutte*, Vice President, Research and Development
Mr. Jutte brings over 23 years of engineering experience in the medical device industry to CIRCA, including significant and valuable experience in the field of temperature measurement gained at Vital Signs (GE Healthcare) where Mr. Jutte was involved in manufacturing, engineering management, research and development management, and as automation project manager, where he oversaw the installation of a $6 million automation system.
Prior to Vital Signs, Mr. Jutte worked for J&J/ Ethicon Endosurgery, Inc. in the manufacturing systems development of endoscopic devices. Mr. Jutte hold several patents in the medical device field and is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati.
David Smith, Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Mr. Smith has over 25 years of cardiac device experience with both large multi-national corporations (Baxter, Johnson & Johnson) and multiple start-up companies (Cardima, CryoCath, ProRhythm, Sound Interventions). Mr. Smith’s experience includes 20 years of international sales and marketing expertise fostered as an expatriate in Europe with Baxter Healthcare. In addition to his years in Germany, he has served as an Officer of several emerging companies, and built global sales and marketing organizations. He has considerable experience in bringing innovative cardiac devices to market.
Mr. Smith has additional experience in key functional areas including regulatory and clinical affairs. He has built and maintains relationships with cardiovascular thought leaders on several continents.
Lawrence Kronick**, Director, International Sales
Lawrence Kronick has over 35-years of operational experience in cardiovascular, interventional radiology, electrophysiology, and imaging sales, marketing, and business development. He is the founder of Business Asia Consultants, Inc., a consulting company with associates in Miami, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, New Delhi, Hong Kong, and Beijing assisting medical device and equipment companies expand and develop global sales distribution. Mr. Kronick has successfully developed global electrophysiology markets for CryoCath and CathEffects. Mr. Kronick speaks Mandarin and English.
Fred Piazza*, Quality Assurance Manager
Mr. Piazza is Quality Assurance Manager for CIRCA Scientific. Prior to joining CIRCA Scientific, Mr. Piazza has worked in the area of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs for 15+ years for various medical device manufacturers (Gambro USA, Vital Signs Inc., and Marquest Medical Products). His experience with medical devices encompasses quality control, design, and testing. Mr. Piazza has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Valparaiso University and has achieved Quality Engineer and Quality Auditor ASQ certifications.
*Employed by Tephratech, LLC
**Employed by BAC, Inc.