Pivot is a leading digital health company aiming to to engage and empower millions of people to quit all forms of tobacco.
We’re lucky to be joined on this journey by some of the best investors in the game.
David S. Utley, M.D. graduated from Harvard Medical School (’92). He then completed his surgical training in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, as well as facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, at Stanford University Medical Center, where he was subsequently appointed to the faculty as clinical assistant professor of surgery (1992-2003).
In 2003, Utley founded BARRX Medical (GI endoscopy, ablative therapy for neoplasia) and served as CMO from 2003 to 2012. BARRX was acquired by Covidien in 2012, forming GI Solutions. Utley served as CMO for GI Solutions until 2014.
In 2015, Utley founded Pivot Inc. (fka. Carrot Inc.) to solve the global health crisis caused by tobacco use. Pivot addresses cessation for all forms of tobacco (combustible, vaporized and smokeless). Pivot is a scalable digital solution which is aligned with the HHS practice guideline and which delivers a mobile app experience with tailored behavior change content, pharmacotherapy, an FDA-cleared carbon monoxide (CO) breath sensor, a supportive peer community, and personal tobacco treatment coaching (www.pivot.co).
Dan is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of medical device experience, who has worked in small entrepreneurial companies, as well as Fortune 500 corporations.
Dan recently held C-level positions at DFINE, Inc. as Chief Development Officer until it’s acquisition in July of 2016 and prior to DFINE, as the President & CEO, and member of the Board of Directors, of BaroSense, Inc., a company focused on minimally invasive devices for the treatment of obesity.
Early in his career Dan held various senior management and engineering roles at Rita Medical (successful IPO in August 2000), Johnsons & Johnson Medical Inc., VA (as world-wide Director of R&D), Menlo Care (acquired by J&J in May of 1995) and American Pharmaseal.
Dan currently sits on the Board of Directors for BAROnova, a clinical-stage medical-technology company developing endoscopically-delivered devices for the chronic treatment of obesity.
Dan holds a BSME from California Polytechnic State University and is the author of over 120 patents or patent applications in the medical device field.
Ha Van T. Le has more than 20 years of experience in budgeting, finance, and accounting for the high-tech industry, with an emphasis in business enterprise solutions and business intelligence.
Throughout her career, Ha Van has participated in multiple acquisitions and two successful initial public offerings: Accuray, Inc. in 2007 and Valicert, Inc. in 2000.
In 2003, Valicert merged with Tumbleweed Communications (NASDAQ: TMWD).
Prior to joining Carrot, Ha Van was the Corporate Controller and VP, Finance and Revenue Operations, at GetInsured, where she played an integral role in the company’s success and growth from 10 to 450 employees.
Ha Van joined Carrot in November of 2017, bringing an in-depth and a wide array of experience and expertise in Finance Operations. As Carrot’s Senior Director, Finance, she is responsible for all aspects of the company’s financial management.
Ha Van holds an MBA from San Jose State University of California and a BS in Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis.
Shariq has over 20 years of experience leading engineering teams in building mission-critical software applications for venture backed startups in a variety of industries.
Prior to joining Carrot, Shariq held engineering management roles at Hotwire.com, Expedia, Jigsaw (acquired by Salesforce), FanIQ (acquired by PulsePoint), and founded Stayful (acquired by WorldVentures). He has also served as an advisor and consultant to several startups and Fortune 500 companies including Shell, AugmentCXM, Lyft and Deliverr (acquired by Shopify).
Shariq holds a BS in Computer Science and a BA in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin.
John DeBrincat has 30 years of experience managing and directing marketing teams in healthcare, HR and other technology.
A Pepperdine graduate in Business Management, John has spent his entire career in marketing
As VP of Marketing at Pivot, John oversees Pivot’s B2B, B2C, D2C and product marketing team and efforts. He drives the strategic vision for branding, campaigns, content, video, demand generation, and public relations, creating more than 5x growth in qualified pipeline in 2022 alone.
Previously at Kareo as VP of Marketing, Demand Generation, John exceeded growth targets as a leader of strategy and execution of driving the revenue engine by creating and building demand. He also served as the Director of Marketing at HireRight, Senior Manager of Marketing at Boost Mobile, Director of Marketing Analytics at Argent Mortgage, Product Marketing Manager at Quantum, and several other marketing roles.
When he’s not running marketing teams, John enjoys watching hockey and driving his red Mustang. His best advice is to “be curious and learn something new wherever you go."
Kurt Schaum has over 30 years experience leading sales and account management teams in healthcare and healthcare related organizations. He began his career with USHealthcare, eventually leading expansion efforts in their Southeast market. Following USHealthcare’s merger with Aetna, Kurt led the sales and customer success functions in the Atlanta market. He then led the sales and account management teams for Coventry Healthcare in the DE/MD market. After time spent with a start-up health plan, Kurt joined Health Advocate, leading the sales efforts for their data-driven services.Kurt later headed the sales team for the Eastern US for Health Equity, the largest non-bank HSA custodian in the country.Prior to joining Pivot, Kurt was responsible for leading the Account Management efforts for Health Advocate, the nation’s largest advocacy organization with over 12,500 clients and 50 million members.
I like working at Pivot because I come to work knowing I'm tackling an important cause with smart people who make the day-to-day fun.
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