About Us

emPower’s senior management team is comprised of seasoned executives each with over 30 years experience in the financial services, health care and technology sectors.

Management

Ronald P. Weidner

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

A visionary and serial entrepreneur, Ron brings over 30 years of experience in building and managing large scale cross-border lending, investment and asset management platforms. Prior to founding emPower, Ron was the Global Chief Investment Officer at Allianz, overseeing the restructuring and expansion of its $ 30 billion real estate investment and lending platforms. During his tenure with Allianz, he founded Greenprint, a non-profit initiative led by leading financial institutions and investors committed to tracking, benchmarking and improving the environmental and carbon performance of their real estate portfolios. Today, Greenprint tracks over 1 billion square feet of properties in over 50 countries. Prior to joining Allianz, he was the co-founder and managing partner of WestWind Capital Partners, a real estate private equity firm which invested in and managed over $ 5 billion in commercial assets in major gateway cities in the US and Europe prior to being sold in 2006. Earlier in his career, Ron held various senior positions with Hypovereinsbank and Commerzbank building and overseeing corporate and real estate lending platforms in the US.

Dr. Kent Bradley

President & Chief Operating Officer

Kent brings over 30 years of experience in the healthcare sector ranging from advising on and managing corporate healthcare and benefits programs to overseeing and managing hospitals in the US military. He is the founder of BTN Advisors, an Executive Director of Coreveritas and a Member of the Board of Directors of Dignity Health. He was the Chief Medical Officer of Safeway, leading the company’s wellness and healthcare efforts for their 180,000 employees. He also served as the President of Safeway Health, a subsidiary that helps other companies manage and lower their employee healthcare costs. Prior to joining Safeway, Kent was a partner at Martin, Blanck & Associates, a healthcare services consulting firm. Kent is a retired US Army Colonel, who last served in Iraq as deputy commander overseeing 4 hospitals and a staff of 2,500 people.

Philipp Stuppert

Chief Information Officer

Phil brings over 30 years of years of experience in the fields of information technology, project management and business development supporting companies in the financial services and aerospace industry and the public sector. During his 25 tenure with Northrup Grumman and American Express, he developed expertise in the design and implementation of large scale complex financial networks, systems and software applications, and data centers. He will oversee our partners EVRY and Crowd Valley in the development, implementation and management of of our mobile platform.

Ronald Herbst

Chief Data Officer

Ron has over 25 years of experience in the design, development, and management of large scale management information services (MIS). During his tenure with Deutsche Bank, he was responsible for the design and implementation of and underwriting of investments for the bank’s Building Retrofit Fund. Prior to that, he directed and designed their global Environmental MIS, integrated with utility bill processing, print services, travel, metering systems, lease administration, and occupancy data and oversaw annual audit and verification of database.  He implemented 900+ retrofit projects generating annual savings of $ 70 million and 120 MW. Ron also led the design, procurement, and product Greenprint’s MIS and provided technical direction for software application development, database design, and quality assurance systems.

Leah Chapman

Chief People Officer

Leah brings over 25 years experience in the field of human resources, executive management and benefits administration. Leah has served in various HR related roles at Isuzu Technical Center, CareAmerica, Clinishare Home Health and Orion Healthcorp. More recently, she has worked as a consultant for several companies, including the non-profit Volunteers of America in Los Angeles and Arbor Pharmaceuticals. Leah is specialized in talent acquisition, labor law compliance, and benefits administration.

Advisors

Dr. Daniel L. Cohen, MD. FRCPCH (UK), FAAP

International Medical Director, Datix Ltd

Dr. Daniel L. Cohen is a senior healthcare executive with extensive experience in leadership and medical management. He currently serves as the International Medical Director at Datix. Prior to Datix, Dr. Cohen was Chief Medical Officer and Executive Medical Director for the United States Department of Defense (DoD) health plan, which now provides healthcare services for over 9.4 million beneficiaries worldwide with a budget exceeding US $45 billion. During his time at the DoD, Dr. Cohen provided senior level counsel for the organisation’s patient safety, clinical quality assessment, population health, and medical management programs.

George Rehm

Director, Patient Wisdom Inc.

George is a founding partner of Aeris CAPITAL AG. He has over 30 years of experience as a lawyer and executive in international licensing, technology transfer, and investment and privatization transactions in the US, Europe and Asia. George has held board or observer positions in numerous transformational healthcare companies, including Crescendo Biosciences, Adamas Pharmaceuticals, and Ion Torrent, Inc. Currently, from a base in Northern California, George continues to manage the aeris Life Science portfolio and serves as a director of GenomeDx Inc., PFS Genetics, Butterfly Networks, LAM Therapeutics Inc., Solstice Biosciences, G2i and Jiff Inc. He received his BSFS from Georgetown University, and a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in parallel to graduate studies in City Planning at the College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley and served as graduate assistant at the Earl Warren Legal Institute, UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall.

Dr. Heather Ehinger

LMFT, Family Therapy Associates

Dr. Heather MacLetchie Ehinger is a Marriage and Family Therapist licensed in the states of Connecticut and New York. She is an approved supervisor by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, President-elect of the Connecticut Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, a Connecticut approved Guardian ad Litem, Special Masters, and she has her Doctorate in Counseling and Supervision. She is a Myers Briggs certified administrator.

Dr. Ehinger identifies as a relationship expert and advocate and is passionate about empowering the lives of individuals, families, clinicians, and professionals in their work and home life. Her therapeutic style is eclectic combining psychoeducational and coaching techniques. Dr. Ehinger’s work incorporates a systemic solution-focused approach including the use of multigenerational experience, cognitive behavioral therapy, and strategic interventions.

David Vickrey

Partner, Gotham Growth

David Vickrey is a Partner at Gotham Growth Group, with a track record of helping organizations create value through strategic alliances and acquisitions. Utilizing his entrepreneurial and executive management skills, he excels in strategic planning, mergers and acquisition, and business development in the learning technology and talent management fields. He also serves as a Board Member for the Human Resources Systems Group, a global leader in designing and implementing solutions for Competency-Based Management.

Prior to joining Gotham Growth Group, David was Vice President of Alliances and Corporate Development at SkillSoft Corporation, where he worked on a number of strategic acquisitions. David also initiated and executed on key alliances for SkillSoft with major technology groups including Cisco, Oracle, and Microsoft. Before his tenure at SkillSoft David worked on corporate finance transactions at Deutsche Bank Securities and Barclays Capital, with an emphasis on cross-border private placement of debt, mezzanine, and equity securities on behalf of European issuers.

Russ Bowdry

Senior ALM Manager, Aviva

Qualified actuary specialising in investments, hedging and ALM currently in a life insurance context, but with experience of UK pensions. Russ has experience in strategic and tactical roles developing and implementing hedging strategies, asset allocations and the alternative asset proposition for life insurers. He researches and develops quantitative techniques to enhance the value of the business. His models have been used to help management better understand the dynamics of the business and the financial markets operated in by life insurance firms. Russ thrives on innovation, discussion and an open minded approach to problem solving. Personable and energetic, Russ is comfortable interacting at all levels. He has presented to company executives and prepares Board papers on investment and hedging proposals along with training packs on technical matters. Russ has been involved with training and mentoring in various forms since his late teens and enjoys coaching and developing those working for him.

Paul Galiano

Senior Managing Director, Tishman Speyer

Paul Galiano is the Senior Managing Director at TIshman Speyer, one of the leading owners, developers, operators, and managers of first-class real estate in the world. He is jointly responsible for supervising and coordinating Tishman Speyer’s acquisition program throughout the United States, as well as its global dispositions, equity capital and joint-venture programs.

Furthermore, he is a member of the company’s Executive, Investment, and Management committees. He was formerly the firm’s Chief Financial Officer, responsible for Tishman Speyer’s worldwide financial activities, and previously held the position of Treasurer, having begun his tenure working on tax strategies. Prior to joining the company in 1993, Mr. Galiano was with Arthur Andersen & Co. for seven years, where he specialized in real estate taxation. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and serves on the Board of Directors of Marymount Manhattan College. He is also the Chairman for the Better Business Bureau.

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