With over 30 years of professional experience, Bob Eisiminger held a variety of leadership positions in several industries. He most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer of Knight Point Systems (KPS), a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned business, that provided IT services and solutions to Federal and commercial clients. He earned his undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1988 and served as an Air Defense Artillery Officer. In 2018 he was honored by the West Point Society of DC with the Distinguished Member Award which is given for service to the Army, West Point; and the local society. Bob is also a serial angel investor having invested in over 20 companies ranging from a Yoga Studio to a Brewery with a focus on Veteran owned. In 2019, Eisiminger received the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Mid-Atlantic Region in the category of Government Services. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team™ and the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund.
A 33-year veteran of the medtech industry, Carl Stamp has led global functions in Marketing, Strategy, Operations, Business Development, and R&D for companies ranging in size from small cap to multi-nationals. Most recently he served as Sr. Vice President, Global Marketing and Strategy for Smiths Medical. Prior to joining Smiths, he spent twelve years with Medtronic in numerous executive leadership roles including VP/GM of the corporation’s Research and Education facility, and VP of Global Operations for their Spinal and Biologics business. Stamp joined Medtronic in 2002, following the successful IPO of Wright Medical Technology. Carl ascribes to Drucker’s position that “Culture eats strategy for breakfast” and incorporates business cultural, ethics, and human interaction with all clients.
David Kaysen has a strong worldwide background of success, growth and performance in a variety of Medical Technology companies. He has been a part of positive turnaround situations with four publicly traded companies in the Med Tech space, where he raised capital, developed a strong culture of performance and accountability. He specializes in building strong teams and firmly believes that people want to be a part of a successful organization this is growing. This unshakable belief is what made Kaysen turn the tables on a struggling company growing from $6M in revenue to $23M, with a strong clinical study, reimbursement, and sales and marketing strategy that addressed an enormous market with a unique product. He thrives on creating and developing a vision, culture and direction in a collaborative way with an entire organization that ensures support and buy in along with accountability and performance. An alumnus of University of Minnesota, Kaysen has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.
Douglas Duenkel has more than 25 years of delivering mission-critical solutions to the Federal Government and Commercial entities. He is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, teaching the Capstone course for Entrepreneurship. Prior to this, Duenkel was a founding member of Knight Point Systems, where he served as the President and Chief Operating Officer, and co-founded ThunderCat Technology, a Value-Added Reseller. He has worked with large corporations including Oracle Corporation, where he focused on Intelligence agencies and the Department of Defense and ran Federal Sales for GeoTel Communications subsequently bought by Cisco. Duenkel earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Virginia with dual concentrations in Marketing and Management from the McIntire School of Commerce. In 2017, he graduated with a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from the Reed College of Media at West Virginia University.
John Lindsay is a distinguished Army Leader and command pilot known for his exemplary leadership in multiple overseas tours, combat tours and joint assignments. He began his Army career as a scout helicopter and later served in a variety of leadership positions. His final assignment was in the Pentagon, where he first served as the senior advisor to the Vice Chief of Staff, Army and later as the Army’s Director of Aviation. In that role, he was the principal architect of the 2014 Secretary of Defense approved plan for the restructure of the U.S. Army’s rotary wing training, organization and modernization program. Prior to starting his corporate stint, Lindsay was the Senior Vice President, Operations for Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. He earned a Bachelor of Science in National Security from the U.S. Military Academy and was a U.S Army War College National Security Fellow at The Institute for Defense Analyses. Presently he works for Textron as Director, Washington Operations where he leads Textron’s Army customer engagement, strategy and planning. Lindsay is also a command pilot and instructor in the AH-64 Apache helicopter and has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star and the Air Medal.
Melanie McFaddin has over 30 years of aggregate business experience in corporate finance in several industries, including O&G, petrochemicals, independent power development, software, IT services, and human capital. McFaddin’s accomplishments include single-handedly establishing and running a corporate treasury function for a $200MM publicly listed software company and founding two successful mergers and acquisitions firms. As an M&A specialist, she has successfully completed more than 70 transactions representing over $725MM in aggregate value. She takes pride in having strong ethics and her commitment to building relationships is one of the many reasons she still maintains strong relationships with most of her past clients. McFaddin holds an BBA in finance, with a minor is accounting, as well as an MBA in finance from the Baeur College of Business at The University of Houston.
A proven visionary leader and seasoned entrepreneur, Michael Vinje has worked for 14 years in the aerospace industry. He began his career as an aerospace engineer at Hughes Aircraft, Space and Communications, designing and testing commercial satellites. He later moved on to Honeywell Avionics, where he spent more than a decade working with cockpit devices for commercial and military aircraft. After a five-year stint in the IT space at a fortune 50 health insurer, in 2004, he founded his own firm – an IT and Business Services Consultancy. Over the next 12 years, Vinje grew his firm from a startup to a $33m in revenue and 200 employees. In 2015 he sold his firm to an international publicly traded strategic buyer. Presently, Vinje leverages his years of large corporate experience along with his success in starting, building, and running his own business, for his role at CFA as an Investment Banker.