Ted Cole | Founder
Ted has 25 years experience in leadership roles in Information Technology. This includes founding West Michigan’s 1st all-Windows based online service which focused on West Michigan’s 450 Churches.
This innovative service received a grant from the Pine Rest Foundation in recognition of its public-service value. Ted also served as Director of Information Services & Director of Telecommunications for Holland Home, a large West Michigan Nonprofit that provides a wide array of health services, assisted living, & other services to the elderly.
Ted served over 14 years as Director of Information Services for the largest independent CPA firm in West Michigan, being involved in virtualization, advanced data storage, consulting, electronic forensics, & serving several years on an International Technology Advisory Committee for Member Accounting Firms. Ted has three inventions selected as Senior Capstone Projects for Grand Valley State University’s School of Engineering, and resides in Grand Rapids, MI.
Tom Byrne | CEO
Tom Byrne, Chief Executive Officer, UV Partners, Inc. is a senior executive with over 30 years of strategic business development experience in the Health and Life Sciences industries.
Tom started his career as an Account Executive for McKesson General Medical, he worked his way up through multiple companies, including Stryker Corporation and as a Vice President for a closely-held medical products company in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Tom has become known for finding the next early stage hyper-growth markets. His strategies have captured significant portions of growth markets before competitors. He has earned a reputation for collaborating with customers to identify opportunities and build successful go-to-market strategies. Tom founded Byrne Advisory Group, where he held direct Executive Advisory positions, with a mission to help clients build successful sales, engineering, and product development organizations. Tom has a passion for the business of integrating health and technology, where he continues to develop innovative ways to define strategy and drive revenue for cutting-edge products in emerging markets.
Tom sits on Advisory Boards for a range of early-stage companies, enjoys supporting community and educational endeavors, and a wide range of outdoor activities. Mr. Byrne holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwood University DeVos School of Business. He and his wife, Paula, have three children and live in Grand Haven, Michigan.
David Baarman | Chief Technology & Innovation Officer
Dave has joined the UV Partners team to support the build of the UV Angel ecosystem and to add to its growing intellectual property portfolio.
Previously Director of Advanced Technologies at Fulton Innovation, A division of Amway Corporation, Ada MI. Dave was the lead inventor of eCoupled™ intelligent wireless power technology. He was responsible for the technical supervision and development of eCoupled™ and other Fulton Innovation technologies. He joined Amway in 1997, where he pioneered the use of intelligent inductive coupling in the eSpring Water Purifier. On the market for eight years, the eSpring Water Purifier has sold more than 1.5 million devices in more than 38 countries worldwide. Fulton’s eCoupled™ is a foundational technology implemented in the Qi global wireless power standard. Baarman’s efforts have led to national and global recognition of eCoupled technology.
Baarman holds over 300 United States patents, 560 foreign patents and has 350 patent applications pending. Prior to Amway Dave started EBW Electronics, and EBWE is rated 2,338th in the nation with 166% growth in the past three years. Other awards include multiple creativity awards, 2010-2011 Michigan Leadership in Innovation finalist, an Edison award finalist in 2011 and winner in 2012, 2011 Best in Biz Award. 2012 Technology Executive of the Year and 2012 Product Development/Management Executive of the Year.
Bret Lewis | COO & CFO
Bret brings 30+ years of executive leadership to the UV Angel Team. He focuses on building successful businesses with great teams that are strategically focused, exceptional at execution, passionate about and accountable for results.
Most recently Bret served as COO for Cherete Group a fully integrated property development / real estate company located in Wes Michigan. In this role, Bret coordinated all operational aspects of the firm including investment performance, bank relationships, finance and risk management.
From 2007 to 2013 Bret was Managing Director of Fulton Innovation (a division of Amway Corporation) where he partnered with David Baarman to provide value-driven strategic direction for the Fulton organization. Fulton focused on the eCoupled wireless power technology developed by Dave and his exceptional team of engineers and scientists. Fulton was one of the founding members of the Wireless Power Consortium and Bret served as co-chairman of the steering committee as the group developed the Qi standard now globally recognized as the standard for wireless power. Fulton commercialized the eCoupled technology through a value-add licensing model with partners throughout the world.
Throughout his career, Brett has maintained an entrepreneurial mindset. Having owned and operated several different companies (domestic and international) in diverse industries including component manufacturing, advanced manufacturing systems, energy, and real estate. Beyond ownership, Bret has held senior level positions in sales, marketing, operations, and finance with both public and privately held companies.
Bret and his wife Rebecca have two sons and make their home in West Michigan.
Doug Sharp | VP of Finance & Operations
Doug has been involved with UV Angel since its inception in 2010 while he was working with founder, Ted Cole and invested early in this venture. He has over 20 years of experience as a Controller, most with the largest independent CPA firm in West MI.
While at Beene Garter, he oversaw all of the firm’s finances including its real estate holdings and building management. He served on many committees to improve staff satisfaction and retention along with a number of software conversions.
He served in the Marine Corps for four years and was stationed in Quantico, Virginia. Throughout his career, he’s developed invaluable leadership skills and the ability to manage multiple projects and staff to accomplish their goals.
Doug grew up playing lacrosse and continues his passion for the game as a Varsity Lacrosse coach for the Spring Lake High School. He and his wife, Jessica, have three children and live in Spring Lake, Michigan.
Russell Flint | Director, Business Development
Russell brings over 30 years of sales and business development experience, in the Healthcare Industry, to the UV Angel Team. A New Hampshire native, Russell started his career working for a Medical Equipment Distributor in New England covering 5 states.
He went on to work for the Smith & Nephew Equipment Group, uprooting to the Midwest, excelling in sales and product management. MDT/Castle purchased Smith & Nephew and promoted Russell into business development and surgical product management. Over the past 20 years, Russell was part of a team growing a privately held medical products distribution company specializing in new market penetration, durable medical equipment sales and promoting Healthcare IT Systems specializing in patient safety.
Throughout Russell’s career, he has been involved in developing new markets for new products, creating avenues of success for these products and delivering a consultative approach to the end users. Listening, problem-solving and delivering on expectations are his hallmarks that have provided better outcomes for his clients and ultimately provided better outcomes for patients.
Russell resides in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, Kerrie, and their 4 children. Sports and family keep them busy outside of their business lives. Mr. Flint has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of New Hampshire.
Andrew Gostine, MD, MBA | Medical Director
Andrew graduated medical school from Georgetown University in 2013 and matriculated into his anesthesia residency at Northwestern University’s Memorial Hospital. Shortly after beginning residency, he started his first company, Colony Health.
Colony Health is a consulting firm that specializes in the development and commercialization of novel technologies for healthcare. Following the success of this firm, he joined Jump Capital, a venture capital firm specializing in healthcare and IT investments.
After returning to clinical medicine, Dr. Gostine took a staff position at Stanford University Hospital to practice critical care medicine and develop healthcare-focused artificial intelligence solutions.