Are you curious about how leaders got to where they are today? What made them successful? Did they have the same pitfalls as me?
Learn from the stories, struggles and successes of local, high level business leaders who are featured at each luncheon, gain exclusive access to a large group of other west metro business people and help support your community by learning about a TwinWest member nonprofit at each luncheon. Networking opportunities are available before and after!
Leadership in the Face of Adversity:
Howard Root, Retired CEO of Vascular Solutions & Author of Cardiac Arrest
Five Heart-Stopping Years as a CEO on the Feds’ Hit List...
Who polices America’s prosecutors? And when they turn their sights on an innocent CEO, can he navigate a 5-year, $25 million legal labyrinth to save the company he built, and himself from prison?
Howard Root is the recently-retired Chief Executive Officer of Vascular Solutions, Inc., a company he founded in 1997, took public in 2000, and grew into a worldwide medical device company that he sold to Teleflex for $1 billion in February 2017. Over the company’s 20 years, Howard led Vascular Solutions in inventing, developing and launching over 100 new medical devices that are used daily to improve the lives of patients suffering from cardiovascular disease. In 2014, Vascular Solutions and Howard were indicted on felony charges alleging the company’s salespeople had promoted off-label an FDA-cleared medical device that made up only 0.1% of the company’s sales and never harmed a single patient. After surviving an arduous legal process, with 121 attorneys charging $25 million in legal fees, in February 2016 the jury returned a verdict of not guilty on all charges, even though the defense didn’t call a single witness to testify in the four-week trial.