Leadership

TEAM

Jeff Vail, Executive Vice President of Strategy & Business Development

Vince Proffitt

Founder and President

vinceproffitt@spartanmedical.com

Vince Proffitt founded Spartan Medical® in 2008 to improve patient care and outcomes for America’s veterans and wounded warriors by providing them with the most advanced medical technologies and superior service.

Vince Proffitt founded Spartan Medical® in 2008 to improve patient care and outcomes for America’s veterans and wounded warriors by providing them with the most advanced medical technologies and superior service. Under Vince’s leadership, Spartan Medical® has grown each year of its existence. In 2013, the company was designated a Top Priority Vendor within the VA Health Care System, and it has been awarded over seven hundred contracts with Government Healthcare Facilities and many more with private hospitals across the United States. Spartan Medical® has also become a key strategic partner to some of the most distinguished names in the MedTech sector.

Vince’s leadership skills were honed at the United States Air Force Academy where he graduated with Distinguished Honors in 1999. He served the following five years on active duty as a USAF Intelligence Officer training aircrew and coordinating theater combat operations in support of U.S. and allied armed forces in multiple global operations. His highly awarded and decorated service record includes being named the 2003 Air Force Instructor of the Year.

After concluding his military service, Vince was hired by Medtronic Sofamor Danek, where he quickly distinguished himself as a singularly effective associate in less than four years. He earned national accolades as a Top Three Rookie, and was later recognized as one of the company’s Top Ten U.S. Representatives in consecutive years, earning membership in the coveted President’s Club. Since then, Vince has operated at all levels of the medical supply and device industry.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Vince was among the first people who the VA’s leadership contacted about acquiring genuine and affordable solutions. Vince went to work immediately. Under his command, Spartan Medical® mastered the technical properties of SARS-CoV-2 testing/vaccinations and amassed a comprehensive and flexible solution that can be adapted to any environment or population. The comprehensive, turnkey, risk-mitigation programs helped Spartan’s customers suppress COVID-19 outbreaks and keep their organizations operating, establishing Spartan Medical® as a proven leader in the COVID-19 emergency response space and medical operations management industry.

To this day, Spartan Medical® is 100% privately owned by Vince. The company has no conflicts of interest and is independent, financially-stable, and debt-free. In 2022, Spartan Medical® was named to the prestigious Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing, privately-owned companies in America, and it was recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work” in the greater Washington, D.C. region by the Washington Business Journal.

Vince has also been named one of the top private investors in Maryland, and he has acted as lead investor, advisor, co-founder, and board director of nearly a dozen U.S. and U.K. private and publicly-traded companies. He is an active corporate advisor and much sought-after keynote speaker at industry events.

In addition to his for-profit work, Vince has dedicated himself to addressing the challenges of veterans. He serves as the founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Proffitt Brothers Foundation®, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to directly support a diverse array of charitable causes.

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Eric Jania

Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing

ericjania@spartanmedical.com

As Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Eric is responsible for all revenue at Spartan Medical® and reports directly to the President and Founder.

As Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Eric is responsible for all revenue at Spartan Medical® and reports directly to the President and Founder. Revenue-generating divisions include:

  • Core Medical Business (devices, biologics, woundcare, bracing, etc.) at VA Medical Centers and DoD Medical Facilities,
  • Medical Staff Deployments and Laboratory Services for local, state & federal agencies, and institutions of higher education (IHEs), K-12, etc.
  • Consulting and Operations Management for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), start-up companies, etc.

Eric has twenty-five years of experience in product commercialization, business development, key opinion leader (KOL) development, basic science/clinical study design, reimbursement support, marketing, product development and sales channel creation in the medical device space with a specific focus on regenerative medicine. In addition to holding a senior management position at Electro Biology Incorporated (EBI) and a director position at the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) early in his career, Eric has also held positions as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for a durable medical equipment (DME) company, Executive Vice President (EVP) of Marketing and New Business Development for a biologic spine company, founded a marketing consulting firm, and is a strategic advisor for three biologic medical device companies. In addition, Eric is the acting Treasure of the Patellofemoral Foundation, a not-for-profit 501I(3) organization that supports education and research for the medical community on patellofemoral disease. He has been a Board member of the Foundation since 2004.

Given his experience in researching and evaluating the efficacy of emerging medical technologies, Eric took the lead when the pandemic hit for Spartan Medical® and built an award-winning comprehensive, turnkey COVID-19 mitigation program that helped Spartan’s customers suppress outbreaks and keep their organizations operating, establishing Spartan Medical® as a proven leader in the COVID-19 pandemic response business sector.  

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Mark White

Executive Vice President of Physician Relations & Chairman of Advisory Boards

markwhite@spartanmedical.com

Mark White was appointed Executive Vice President of Physician Relations and Advisory Boards in March of 2022. He is responsible for managing and developing key physician relationships and serving as the Chairman of the Spartan Medical® Advisory Board.

Mark White was appointed Executive Vice President of Physician Relations and Advisory Boards in March of 2022. He is responsible for managing and developing key physician relationships and serving as the Chairman of the Spartan Medical® Advisory Board. The newly-created Spartan Medical® Advisory Board will consist of surgeons, executives from the medical device industry, and key personnel from the financial market. Its purpose is to aid and assist Spartan Medical® in investing in new medical technologies and advising on crucial acquisitions in the medical device arena.

Mark has over 35 years of experience in the industry and has held numerous positions. He began his career in sales at Merck & Co., where he quickly established himself as one of the top salespeople and a leader in his region. He was a Vice President’s club member and field trainer for all new regional representatives. He then joined a medical device distributorship in the Washington DC metro area, specializing in orthopedic sales. He was awarded the first-ever “Salesman of the Year” at Arthrotek, the sports medicine division of Biomet. He later served as Vice President of Sales, leading the sales growth from 5 million to over 15 million.

Mark then transitioned to the spine market and joined Nuvasive, which at the time was a start-up spine company with a unique lateral approach to the lumbar spine and has now grown into the third largest spinal company in the world. Mark launched Nuvasive’s innovative lateral approach to the spine in the Washington DC metro area and gained universal acceptance as the preferred method for treating spinal pathologies. Mark developed two local surgeons into key KOLs who became members of the Lateral Approach Society, a nationally recognized society for spinal surgeons.

Mark joined Spartan Medical® in 2012 as the Director of Spinal Technologies. In this role, he developed a comprehensive training program for new representatives to develop salespeople into true consultants.  He also helped develop a complete portfolio of spinal devices and biologics for the government market. Mark was then promoted to the Director of Global Sales, where the focus was on developing sales in the global government sector. This helped increase sales year over year, culminating in the best year in the company's history, with sales above 31 million dollars.

Mark graduated from the University of Richmond with a B.S. in Biology and was a Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society member.

Jeff Vail, Executive Vice President of Strategy & Business Development

Jeff Vail

Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development

jeffvail@spartanmedical.com

As Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Jeff helps guide Spartan’s development from a regional medical sales firm to its emerging status as a global medical technology and distribution investor and innovator.

As Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Jeff helps guide Spartan’s development from a regional medical sales firm to its emerging status as a global medical technology and distribution investor and innovator. He specifically works to develop Spartan’s domestic and international investment portfolio, its Ambulatory Surgery Strategy (ASC), and its government contracting activities.

Jeff has diverse career experiences ranging from founding and selling two venture-backed, energy-industry startups, and serving as the managing partner of a 17-attorney boutique litigation firm, to executing over 200 special operations missions in Iraq and Afghanistan as a US Air Force Captain and Intelligence Officer. Jeff is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy (‘99), and the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law. He has argued cases before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, led complex racketeering investigations, and presented papers at prestigious conferences, including the Yale Journal of International Law, and the Mediterranean Studies Association. He has an extensive international background including studying as an exchange cadet with the German Air Force Academy, studying Economics at Charles University in Prague, and working as an intelligence officer and attorney in over a dozen countries.

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Tim Lewis

Vice President of Sales Operations

timlewis@spartanmedical.com

Tim Lewis plans, directs, and coordinates Spartan Medical®’s world-wide operations. He’s responsible for ensuring effectiveness and efficiency company-wide and oversees Sales Operators, Information Technology, Medical Operations, Supply Chain/Logistics, and Project Management departments.

Tim Lewis plans, directs, and coordinates Spartan Medical®’s world-wide operations. He’s responsible for ensuring effectiveness and efficiency company-wide and oversees Sales Operators, Information Technology, Medical Operations, Supply Chain/Logistics, and Project Management departments.

Tim is a proud veteran who served as a Navy Corpsman during the Gulf War. He then worked for 25 years in the orthopedic and spine markets for EBI Medical (a division of Biomet Inc.), Zimmer Spine, Orthofix and Depuy Spine.

Since arriving at Spartan in 2013, Tim has specialized in supporting surgeons in the OR and selling spinal hardware, biologics and orthopedic devices. He has experience training junior sales representatives and managing many critical aspects of Spartan’s business units.

During the pandemic, Spartan was asked by the federal government to assist in the fight against COVID-19. Tim was assigned to lead a team of Spartans to manage COVID-19 testing in K-12 public schools in six states. He helped organize a complex and demanding program that was one of the most successful endeavors in Spartan Medical®’s history.

Jeff Vail, Executive Vice President of Strategy & Business Development

Donny Knepper

General Counsel

donnyknepper@spartanmedical.com

Donald Knepper is General Counsel for Spartan Medical®. Mr. Knepper is licensed to practice in Maryland, Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. He works directly with Vincent Proffitt and Spartan Medical®’s Executive Team, identifying and addressing legal issues in all departments, including corporate governance, business policy, compliance reporting, sales, distribution, and human resources.

Donald Knepper is General Counsel for Spartan Medical®. Mr. Knepper is licensed to practice in Maryland, Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. He works directly with Vincent Proffitt and Spartan Medical®’s Executive Team, identifying and addressing legal issues in all departments, including corporate governance, business policy, compliance reporting, sales, distribution, and human resources.

Prior to joining Spartan Medical®, Mr. Knepper was a general litigator, representing clients in a whole range of civil and criminal matters. Mr. Knepper is a United States Marine who served with honor in HMX-1, the Presidential Helicopter Squadron, in Quantico, VA. He was born and raised in Erie, PA and received his undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University. He graduated law school with honors, receiving his Juris Doctorate from the University of Richmond’s T.C. Williams School of Law.

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Dr. Joseph Haymore

Chief Medical Officer

josephhaymore@spartanmedical.com

As Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Haymore oversees all clinical services and operations, ensuring the well-being of both patients and employees and acts as the liaison between the Spartan’s leadership team and clinical staff.

As Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Haymore oversees all clinical services and operations, ensuring the well-being of both patients and employees and acts as the liaison between the Spartan’s leadership team and clinical staff. He is responsible for overseeing health care delivery and ensuring that it’s of the highest quality and safety. He does this by engaging with staff and identifying and implementing performance improvement metrics. Dr. Haymore is tasked with not only improving the quality of care but also curtailing costs and maximizing resources, identifying and coaching future leaders, and helping develop and implement organizational strategy and policy.

In addition to the day-to-day operation of Spartan’s clinical services, Dr. Haymore is heavily involved in Spartan’s organizational strategy and planning. He brings a clinical perspective to planning discussions and informs other executives of areas of concern and industry trends. He is also heavily involved in budgetary discussions and leads the RFP Response Team for all clinically related contract and grant opportunities.

Dr. Haymore has been in nursing for over 35 years. He received his BSN and MS from Georgetown University and obtained certification as a Nurse Practitioner in 2001. He returned to the University of Maryland School of Nursing, where he earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. During this time, he has worked clinically in Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Neurocritical Care.

In addition to providing direct patient care, Dr. Haymore is a widely published author of peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and clinical practice guidelines. As a researcher, he has both served on two Institutional Review Boards (IRB) and worked as an active team member on over 20 clinical investigational studies. Dr. Haymore has also lectured extensively throughout the United States for over 25 years.

His service to the profession includes serving on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, Liaison to the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and Liaison to the American Nurses Association.

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Nick Goebel

Director of Public Relations and Government Affairs

nickgoebel@spartanmedical.com

Nick manages Spartan Medical®’s communications activities, media relations and political outreach. He is responsible for building effective working relationships with Spartan Medical®’s stakeholders by driving the company brand, monitoring and managing its corporate reputation, and publicizing the company’s expertise and successes.

Nick manages Spartan Medical®’s communications activities, media relations and political outreach. He is responsible for building effective working relationships with Spartan Medical®’s stakeholders by driving the company brand, monitoring and managing its corporate reputation, and publicizing the company’s expertise and successes. He is also the Executive Director of the Proffitt Brothers Foundation®, Spartan Medical®’s charitable arm, where he runs the day-to-day activities of the nonprofit and implements the long-term strategic plans of the Board of Trustees.

As a communications professional with fifteen years of experience, Nick has worked with companies, causes and campaigns in a variety of fields and industries. He has crafted communications for presidential candidates, elected officials at all levels of government, CEOs, nonprofits, small businesses and large corporations.

Nick has a master’s degree in Strategic Public Relations from The George Washington University, a master’s degree in American Government and Politics from Wayne State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship from Central Michigan University.