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The Kenneth A. Freirich Business Plan Competition


Ken Freirich 90

Kenneth A. Freirich ’90
President, Health Monitor Network
Ken Freirich has successfully started, built, operated, and grown a variety of world-class organizations. Since 2006 he has been president of Health Monitor Network, the largest patient education publishing and technology platform in the U.S., reaching more than 200,000 physician offices and tens of millions of patients.

Previously Freirich was the founder and CEO of TransLocal Health Corp., a leading multimedia health information provider to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Prior to that venture, he was president of InteliHealth, initially a joint venture between Aetna U.S. Healthcare and Johns Hopkins, a leading consumer and professional health information, technology and commerce provider. Freirich also was an executive with Thomson/Medical Economics and founder and publisher of The Collegian Magazine. He plays drums in a rock-and-roll band called MedROCK and is an active international philanthropist.

Thomas Caulfield

Thomas Caulfield
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Fab 8, GlobalFoundries
With a career that has spanned engineering, management, and global operational executive leadership for several leading technology companies, Thomas Caulfield now directs operations and development at Fab 8 in Malta, GlobalFoundries’ leading-edge 300mm semiconductor wafer manufacturing facility. Prior to joining GlobalFoundries in 2014, he served as president and COO at Soraa, the world’s leading developer of GaN on GaNTM (gallium nitride on gallium nitride) solid-state lighting technology. His experience includes 17 years with IBM, where he served in a variety of senior leadership roles, including vice president of its 300mm semiconductor operations in East Fishkill, N.Y.

Rich Laxer

Rich Laxer ’83
Senior Vice President of GE Company; Chairman and CEO, GE Capital
Rich Laxer has held a number of international leadership roles including president and CEO of GE Capital International. He was president and CEO of GE Capital Solutions, a global equipment lending and leasing business. Prior to that, he was president and CEO of GE Capital’s European Corporate Financial Services business.

David Luks

David Luks ’96
Founder/CEO at Honeydrop Beverages
Honeydrop is a line of brewed teas and juices made with a spoonful of pure honey. David has also served as a consultant at LSD Partners, brand director for Pepsi & Diet Pepsi, senior brand manager for PepsiCo Energy Drink Portfolio, and brand manager for SoBe Beverages.

Mireya T. J. Manigault

Mireya T. J. Manigault '09
Co-Founder and Senior Managing Partner at Foundation LLC
Foundation LLC is a professional council and services firm, developing a Uniform Code of Corporate Culture (UCCC); setting the standard for corporate culture in startups to fortune 500, nonprofit and for-profit. Mireya is an innovation and brand technologist who has stood at the cross section of risk, operations, marketing, and IT, helping organizations define their strategic goals and optimize their infrastructure for relevancy. She is also an angel investor affiliated with 37 Angels, a community of women angel investors focused on early-stage investment education.

Rich Wartel 91

Rich Wartel ’91
President and Founder, Two Labs Marketing
With more than 100 product launches in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, Rich Wartel has made a national reputation in product strategy, life-cycle management, sales, and marketing. Prior to starting Two Labs in 2003, he served as vice president of business development for Cardinal Health Pharmaceutical Distribution, focused on brand and generic pharmaceutical launches. Before joining Cardinal, he joined several partners in developing and commercializing the home health care superstore concept with their company American Health Superstore, which they sold in 1997.

Ceci Zak

Ceci Zak '87
Chief Operating Officer, HealthCare at Omnicom-DAS
Since 2013 Ceci Zak has managed the DAS healthcare companies, where she is responsible for developing and steering the global strategic and operational opportunities for HealthCare within the Omnicom group. Her role encompasses enhancing business processes, streamlining talent development, assessing capability needs, and ensuring technology enablement, while creating value-based opportunities for clients. Previously she served as vice president of commercial capabilities at Sanofi, focusing on business innovation, digital excellence, and learning and development. She has been recognized as an “Emerging Leader for the Healthcare Industry” by Pharmaceutical Executive and named one of the “100 Most Inspiring People in Healthcare” by PharmaVoice.