Our Board of Directors

Distinguished leaders who serve to guide our path and extend our mission

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Paul McCreadie, M.B.A. – Chair of the Board

Managing Director, Arboretum Ventures

Paul McCreadie joined Arboretum Ventures in 2006 as an Associate and became a Managing Director in 2011. Mr. McCreadie invests in capital-efficient medical technology, service, and health IT companies focusing on the application of innovative technologies to underserved markets. He currently serves as a board director for ADVANCE Medical, ArborMetrix, Delphinus Medical, Rethink and Wellfount. Mr. McCreadie is the former Chief Operating Officer for CerviLenz, an Arboretum portfolio company based in Ohio, where he led the redesign of the company’s first commercial product from concept to launch.

Prior to joining Arboretum, Mr. McCreadie worked at Ford Motor Company for eight years, holding management positions within product development, manufacturing, and business strategy. He was an associate with the Wolverine Venture Fund (WVF) while an MBA student at Michigan’s Ross School of Business. He serves as an advisor to a number of healthcare and entrepreneurial initiatives including the Zell Lurie Commercialization Fund and the Medical Innovation Center, both at the University of Michigan.

Mr. McCreadie earned a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

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Tony Grover, M.S., M.B.A.

Founder and Managing Director, RPM Ventures

Mr. Grover is co-founder and managing director of RPM Ventures. He is currently involved with the boards of ArborMetrix, DeepField, Deliv, Eden Park Illumination and JanRain. Mr. Grover was previously on the boards of Mobius Microsystems (acquired by Integrated Device Technology Inc. – NASDAQ: IDTI), Caterva (acquired by InfoChimps), Arbor Photonics (acquired by nLIGHT) and led the firm’s investment in ShareThis.

Prior to RPM, Mr. Grover was vice president and partner at White Pines Ventures. He also co-founded Promotum, an Internet-based promotions, marketing, and services company. Mr. Grover received finance, engineering and manufacturing experience serving as a business and cost analyst with Intel Corporation and as a manufacturing engineer at Cummins Engine Company.

He is currently a board member for the Michigan Venture Capital Association. Mr. Grover also served as grant committee member for the Michigan Initiative for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (MIIE) program, advisory board member of the University of Michigan Frankel Commercialization Fund and adjunct lecturer at the Ross School of Business at University of Michigan.

Mr. Grover holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science in industrial engineering from Purdue University, and an MBA from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Business.

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John D. Birkmeyer, M.D.

Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, ArborMetrix

Dr. Birkmeyer is an internationally recognized leader in performance measurement and improvement. A graduate of Boston College and Harvard Medical School, he received his general surgery training at Dartmouth and joined its faculty in 1996. In 2004, he moved to University of Michigan, where he served as Director of the Center for Healthcare Outcomes & Policy and Director of the Michigan Value Collaborative, a statewide value-based purchasing program supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. He returned to Dartmouth-Hitchcock in 2014 as Executive Vice President of Integrated Delivery Systems and Chief Academic Officer.

An elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine), Dr. Birkmeyer’s research career has focused on measuring and improving hospital outcomes, physician performance and cost-efficiency. He has published over 250 articles in the peer-reviewed literature, which have appeared regularly in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Health Affairs. Dr. Birkmeyer is Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of ArborMetrix.

 

Kurt Skifstad, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer, ArborMetrix

Dr. Skifstad has more than 25 years of experience founding and leading successful early- and growth-stage Enterprise and SaaS software ventures. In addition to his domestic and international operating roles, Kurt was Entrepreneur in Residence at RPM Ventures – a seed- and early-stage venture firm that invests in Information Technology – and he also taught a course on Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan. Kurt holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and he attended the Executive Education Program at Michigan’s Ross School of Business.