Meet the Ability Dynamics Management Team
J. Blount Swain
Mr. Swain has spent 20 years as the President and/or Chief Financial Officer of several medical device companies. Mr. Swain served for Closure Medical Corporation (NASDAQ: CLSR), Symbius Medical, and Biofisica. He has also served on the Boards of numerous medical device start-ups over the last decade.
Prior to this, he served as the CFO of YOUcentric, Inc. (CRM software) and The Record Bar (music retailer).
Early in his career, he served as a Senior Accountant with Price Waterhouse. Mr. Swain holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a certified public accountant.
Keith B. Smith
Vice President of Engineering, BS ME, MBA
Keith comes to Ability Dynamics with 20 years of engineering and business experience. He is an expert in composite materials and was a Boeing engineer employed on the rotor head and main rotor blades of the Apache helicopter where he focused on the development of the new composite main rotor blades. He was also a Boeing Chief Engineer for an Apache Helicopter International program. Mr. Smith also worked for Orbital Sciences in several lead positions in the development of the Pegasus XL / L1011 satellite launch vehicle. Keith now leverages his engineering and business experience in the design and development of novel prosthetic components for Ability Dynamics.
He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Biomedical Engineering. He also holds a Thunderbird Masters in Business Administration in International Business Management.
Vice President of Sales
Steve comes to Ability with over 20 years of successful sales and sales management experience in the Orthotic and Prosthetic (O & P) industry. Throughout his career Steve has specialized in introducing new products and technologies to the O & P marketplace. He was instrumental in the introduction and widespread use of CAD/CAM technology in the field in the early 1990s with ART Inc. and M+IND. Steve was involved in the growth and introduction of the Flex-Foot and Freedom Innovations lines of prosthetic feet. His understanding and knowledge of the O & P industry was further deepened by his experience on the patient care side of the business through his role as the Prosthetic Marketing Director for Wright & Filippis Inc. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and is a former medic with the US Army Reserve and Michigan Army National Guard.
Richard M. Sainz, MA, CP
National Clinical Manager
Rich brings a wealth of experiential knowledge, clinical skills and product feedback to Ability Dynamics. As a life-long amputee and Certified Prosthetist, his insight and expansive knowledge not only in the prosthetic foot market, but of prosthetic feet in general from the perspective of the end user is an invaluable asset. Mr. Sainz has clinical work experience at Hanger Orthotics and Prosthetics where he used state-of-the-art tools and technology to design and fabricate high-quality prosthetic limbs. Rich’s philosophy has always been to educate and empower patients and provide them with the absolute best products available in the market, period. Mr. Sainz obtained his BA and MA in Social Services and Rehabilitation from the University of Arizona and his prosthetic education and certification from The Newington Program in Hartford, CT, an affiliate of the University of Connecticut.
Gene W. Parker
Director of Production
Gene Parker comes from an aircraft and engineering/manufacturing background. In his youth, he obtained private pilot and aircraft mechanic licenses. These funded his university education and he graduated from Brigham Young University with a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Math. This formal education, combined with practical experience, allowed him to work for more than 20 years designing and manufacturing military and civilian aircraft. Gene combines his knowledge and experience with materials, processes, design, testing and manufacturing to make RUSH foot products and a better mobility experience for amputees.
Jatin Shah, CPA
Jatin comes to Ability Dynamics with several years of experience working in the public accounting sector. He previously worked as an Audit Manager and primarily provided accounting and auditing services to cities, school districts, and not-for-profit organizations.
In early 2010 he obtained his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He is also a member of the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA).
Jatin graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Arizona State University in December 2004.
Ability Dynamics Board of Directors
- Orville E. (Chip) Fisher, Jr.
- John B. Massopust
- Bruce Paddock
- Howard Sadkin
- Fred M. Senn
- J. Blount Swain