After 35 successful years in sales, marketing, operations and R&D, with market experience in clinical diagnostics, medical devices, cGMP software, analytical instrumentation and life science research, you would expect some accolades.
A number of the people who have worked for me, as well as co-workers and those for whom I have worked, have been kind enough to write some brief testimonials based on our time working together.
The first testimonial below is for my time consulting at Collagenesis on an interim management contract.
"Walter was an instrumental contributor to commercializing the technology of the Company. Walter came to Collagenesis as a team manager, responsible for first firming up the business strategy and marketing plans. And then quickly took the Development and Manufacturing role of taking the technology from lab scale up to full production and shipment of initial commercial quantities. He was capable of jumping in, grasping the situation at hand, and making immediate and significant advances to our Company." April 21, 2008
Louis R. Frisina, CEO, Collagenesis (Former President Fisher Scientific World, Inc)
managed Walter at Collagenesis
“Walter displayed an extraordinary ability to assimilate the complexities surrounding the products we developed at Promega and then articulate and translate them into successful sales strategies." March 13, 2008
Greg Beckler, Owner Natural Bridge and Cavens
reported to Walter at Promega Corporation as R&D Project Leader --> Proteomics Platform Leader --> Innovation Trainer,
“Walter is highly detailed, focused, but most of all, very passionate regarding the people on his team and faciliating their success individually without sacrificing the goals of the team.” April 16, 2008
Joseph Lapointe, Director, Human Resources,
Thermo Fisher Scientific (Legacy BioImage)
worked directly with Walter at Thermo Fisher Scientific
“Walter has a wealth of experience in Marketing and Sales as well as a grasp of finance that has matched any finance manager that I have worked with. He is very sharp and has an uncanny ability to get up to speed on new technologies in the life sciences. He is an asset to a marketing department because he truly understands the concept of "voice of the customer". April 11, 2008
Gary Shiels, Director of Marketing, Thermo Fisher Scientific
reported to Walter at Thermo Fisher Scientific
and as Marketing Manager, Promega
“Walter is a dynamic and creative business leader who is not afraid to take risks. He thinks out of the box and encourages others to challenge old paradigms.” April 11, 2008
Bonnie Anderson, CEO, Veracyte, Inc.
reported to Walter at Beckman Coulter
Group Product Manager, Coulter Corporation
“Walter built and managed a strong team that successfully brought in early revenues through international distributors, but delays in the FDA approval process prevented significant US sales and ultimately led to the company selling off its assets before the Zymmune test was approved. Walter did an excellent job under difficult circumstances and was a colleague who not only carried his own weight but was always willing to lend his expertise to projects in the Therapeutic division as well." April 15, 2008
Katharine (Kathy) Muirhead, Partner SciGro
worked with Walter at Zynaxis as Sr. Vice President, New Business & Technology Development, Zynaxis
“Walter is an excellent manager with tremendous vision and skill. He is very well organized and an exceptional teacher. He has the rare ability to anticipate the market direction and appropriately prepare the sales and marketing resources to take maximum advantage. Walter has the highest work ethic of any individual I have every worked with or managed. Walter is a team person and very enjoyable. I would work with Walter with enthusiasm.” March 22, 2008
Henry O'Connell, President, CEO at Millenniata, Inc
managed Walter at Promega Corporation
as Sr. Vice President, Promega, Inc
The testimonials to the left are excerpts from just a sampling of what I received when my request for some recommendations went out in late February of this year.
I have been truly fortunate to have the opportunity to work for people who helped me grow enormously in my early career, and others who gave me the opportunity to grow the people who worked for me later on.
I have had the pleasure to work with many exemplary professions in all disciplines of science and technology, benefitting from their insights.
I encourage you to speak with any of the people quoted here, and to go to my profile on LinkedIn to see these recommendations in full, as well as additional recommendations and more on my career history.