7/23/18:Wes Chapman, Mountaineer & Entrepreneur
It started in 2005 as a 50th birthday climb in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with a bunch of fraternity brothers all turning 50, and morphed into the quest to climb all 50 state high points – as well as a bunch of the signature peaks around the world. Like all quests, this one is about the adventure, the characters along the way and the sheer humor/fun of making the improbable real. (2 left – Nebraska and Kansas).
Wes is founder and CEO of Verdi Oncology, as well as an Operating Partner at Pharos Capital. Wes has been a pioneer in the incorporation of advanced quality systems – lean/six sigma and ISO into medical clinical practice. He is an expert in value based care reimbursement systems, teaching and lecturing about these subjects at Dartmouth and Vanderbilt. Prior to Pharos, he was SVP of Strategy at Tennessee Oncology, Chairman & CEO of M2S, Inc. for 10 years, and was a partner at the investment banking firms of Oppenheimer & Co. and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette prior to that. Wes is a founder of the cancer charities, Reach for a Peak and Journey Gives, and regularly leads climbing teams up Kilimanjaro to raise money for cancer research.