All of the OEMs were represented; from GE, Mike Schmit, Tracey Fox and Tom Jamison; from Philips, Pat Hiney, Wes Felldin and Michael Kane as well as the ever-charming Mike Vigtagliano, from Siemens, Heiko Schreml and Mike Poalise and from Varian, David Hurlock, who is not only one of the smartest guys I know in the business but also my definition of the perfect gentleman.
No show would be complete without Sandy Del Gozzo, who works for TD Equipment Finance and attended alongside her husband, Frank.
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There were several companies there that have been in business a very long time. If I am not mistaken, Mark Schaefer and Jennifer Gagliano have worked for a company that has been in business for 60 years. Radon Medical has been in business for 40 years and Tim Martin and Tim Spears were there and told me some great stories about one of their neighbors in West Virginia.
I was very happy to see Tony Bodenheimer who came to the cocktail party and has worked with Tim Martin for many years. He really looked great. I think there is hope for me yet.
Trey McIntyre and Tom Spees were there representing Richardson Electronics and International Medical. I stopped to visit them on the way home and I will be telling you about that visit next week.
I think everybody was excited to see Steve Cannon and Dave Francoeur from Sodexo. I would not want to play chess with Steve Cannon because I know he is going to be two or three moves ahead of me and I am sure that with his involvement, Sodexo is going to grow its footprint in the industry. He told us that the company started with some guy making sandwiches in his kitchen and now I want to say they have something like 160,000 employees.
Another VIP was Steve Campbell from AAMI. I think we were all very flattered to have him there and I am sure he left with a positive impression of IAMERS.
Did I mention that Diana did a really good job organizing the show?
David and Ruth Stopak from A. Imaging Solutions were there and David admitted that not only does Ruth have the good looks in the family but also the brains.
Mark Shina and Lisa Wiggs were there from Absolute Imaging. They are a solid company and both of them give you the feeling that they are trustworthy.
There were three VIPs from Block Imaging there; Jeremy Block, Josh Block and Jason Crawford. Those guys really have a tiger by the tail but they do not seem to be letting it go to their head.
There were a number of very well known and respected independent dealers there.
David Pac with American Radiology Resource; Richard Hart was there with his wife, Kathy. He probably has more air miles than anyone in the room; Sean Chen, who has to be one of the most down to Earth and straight shooting fellows I have seen in a long time; Hiren Desai who left on Friday to take his MBA exam (Hiren really is amazing and a very knowledgeable international business man); Rick Henderson with MRI Depot spoke with his Australian accent and welcomed Dane Shelford, who lives in Australia and works for Medical Resale and attended the event with Casey Sullivan; Phil Forma was there with Tower Medical and Daniel Person with W7 Global.
Phil is a founding member of IAMERS and a member of AHRA, HFMA, AAMI and the Cryogenic Society of America. He has contributed to a number of magazines and journals and has addressed trade groups.
Phil's proudest achievement is that he has been happily married to his wife Barbara since 1989, who helped him found DOTmed in 1998.