President and Chief Executive Officer
Brad was appointed President of Breg, Inc. in July 2008, previously serving as the company’s Vice President & General Manager. Prior to joining the Breg family, Brad was Vice President of Marketing for LMA North America, and throughout his 20 year career in the medical device industry, Brad served numerous roles in sales, marketing, R&D management, international and business development.
Brad spends much of his time enjoying coastal living in Encinitas, CA with his wife, Vita, two college aged children, who attend the University of Oregon and University of Washington, and two dogs. Brad and Vita like to travel internationally and often visit family in Latvia. He is passionate about fishing, especially offshore fishing.
Chief Financial Officer
Rich joined Breg as Chief Financial Officer in 2019 and brings a 25-year track record of creating value through business partnerships, fiscal discipline and strategic planning. Prior to Breg, Rich was Senior Vice President of Finance at Orthofix Medical where he led Global Financial Planning and Analysis and Treasury. Rich has also held senior finance leadership positions in a wide variety of industries including Solera Holdings, Flowserve, Coopervision, and Applied Materials. He holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from Santa Clara University and a BA in Economics from University of California Irvine.
In his spare time, Rich enjoys spending time with his family, especially his four children. He has an appreciation for the outdoors and enjoys running. A hobby he shares with his children is playing soccer – he also coaches his son’s soccer team.
General Counsel, Secretary & Compliance Officer
Paula joined Breg in 2014 and has an extensive background in compliance and regulatory affairs in the medical industry. Some of her main duties include ensuring Breg adheres to all industry regulations and policies and managing the Compliance and Audit teams as well as myriad legal matters. Prior to joining Breg, she served as VP, Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Secretary for United Orthopedic Group, which merged with Breg in 2014, and as Attorney, Compliance Officer for St. Jude Medical Inc.’s Neuromodulation Division.
Paula enjoys spending time with her friends and family, especially her two children. She enjoys traveling, fitness, tennis, fashion, interior design and college football (her teams are Texas A&M and Notre Dame). Paula currently serves on the board of trustees of a private, Christian school in Dallas and previously served six years on the board of trustees for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, which she continues to support through volunteer work. Paula is a native Texan and hails from a small town in northeast Texas.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Tamara brings an extensive background in leadership development, coaching and human resources to her role as our Chief Human Resources Officer. Prior to joining Breg, she served as the CEO of the San Diego Leadership Institute (SDLI). Tamara has provided some of San Diego’s top companies with leadership coaching, leadership development training, talent optimization tools and techniques as well as employee engagement consulting.
Chief Innovation Officer
Geoff is Vice President of the Breg Innovation Team, responsible for our bracing and software development teams whose primary objective is to develop remarkably easy, differentiated solutions that improve the quality and lower the cost of the orthopedic episode. Geoff has over 30 years of experience in the medical device industry, holding positions in Product Development, Marketing, Operations and Quality. Prior to joining Breg, Geoff was Senior Vice President R&D at Cardinal Health. He has expertise in the design and commercialization of regulated medical device hardware, software and medical disposables. Over the course of his career, Geoff’s organizations have successfully developed and launched industry leading products. By delivering high quality, innovative new bracing and software solutions for our customers, Breg’s Innovation Team will help us to achieve our vision to be the most sought-after customer partner in non-operative orthopedic care.
When Geoff is not working with his team to innovate new products and solutions, he likes to spend time with his family and all their pets – dogs, cats, birds, and horses. He and his wife have 2 sons and 1 daughter, and just recently their first grandson (and hopefully more in the future)! Geoff also enjoys tinkering in the garage on his 1965 Mustang Fastback that he and his sons rebuilt, and spending time on the golf course attempting to become better at the most enjoyable and most frustrating of sports!
Chief Information Officer
George has worked in the private industry (medical device, pharma, distribution, high-tech and other industries) with BD (Becton Dickinson / CareFusion / Cardinal Health) and consulting (with KPMG and Arthur Andersen). He has significant experience running IT programs and organizations in environments of all sizes; most recently being responsible for the IT environment at the MMS business unit of BD. George will support the company’s vision and strategy to become the market leader in the non-operative sports medicine domain, by delivering innovative and cost effective IT solutions.
George is very proud of his three adult children and he is still constantly amazed by how much he can learn from them. He loves everything technology related and is passionate about space travel and SciFi. His bucket list includes going to the Moon and sailing around the world. In his spare time, George loves watching a great movie or reading; he’s a big fan of Star Trek and he’s a published author!
Chief Commercial Officer
Matt brings more than 25 years of experience in sales, operations and revenue cycle management as a rep, consultant, account manager, practice leader and senior executive to the Breg team. Prior to joining Breg, he served as CEO of Falck USA, one of the largest providers of emergency medical services in the United States.
Previously, Matt spent 10 years in senior roles at Apria Healthcare, a national home healthcare company. At Apria, he managed field service and sales and developed a go-to-market strategy that consistently delivered growth above budget. Matt is a graduate of the University of San Diego, with a degree in business administration, and earned his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Matt lives in Tustin Ranch, California with his wife Colleen, teenage children Quinn and Heidi, and dog Lola. He enjoys spending time at the beach, golfing, fitness, motorsports and travel. Matt also loves going to Chargers, Angels, Ducks, Lakers and Texas Longhorns games.
Senior Vice President, Operations
Ben joined Breg in 2016 with over 20 years of experience in medical device and biotech logistics, including a strong background in lean manufacturing processes and due diligence associated with acquisition implementation. He has run operations throughout Europe, Asia, Central America and Latin America. His responsibilities at Breg include spearheading the strategic development and execution of Breg’s manufacturing operations and supply chain functions.
Ben’s first foray into the medical device/pharmaceuticals industry was as a dishwasher in a chemistry lab at Granutec Pharmaceuticals, which eventually turned into a full-time job as an Analytical Chemist during his senior year of college. He has also worked as a science and math teacher and Athletic Director in his home state of North Carolina.
In his spare time, Ben enjoys cooking, golfing, boating and fishing. He has been married to his wife, Tammy, for more than 30 years and has two children, Eric and Chandler, and three grandchildren: Jackson, Kaden, and Ella. Ben is also a sports enthusiast – he has coached varsity baseball, basketball, and volleyball teams.
VP Marketing & Customer Experience
Jen Epp joined Breg in 2012 and has served in numerous roles throughout the organization, including product marketing, service marketing, communications and insights. She is passionate about having a positive impact on the healthcare industry, and her responsibilities at Breg center on customer loyalty and driving growth. Her main focus is understanding our customer’s needs and translating those needs into meaningful, differentiated solutions. Prior to Breg, she worked in the physician and patient marketing sector at ReShape Medical. Additionally, she worked with numerous consumer marketing brands at NYCA and Vitro Agencies.
Jen lives in Carlsbad with her husband Luke and two young girls, Avery and Madelyn. She enjoys experiencing the world through their curious little eyes, sharing her love of math, writing and doing almost anything active outdoors. Her girls’ love of bugs and reptiles is solely theirs, however. While down time is rare, Jen spends it running during the day or watching an episode of the latest crime/drama series with Luke at night. A Chicago (Evanston) native, Jen is happiest when not going too long between visits with her extended family.
VP Quality Assurance & Regulatory Compliance
Eduardo Blanco brings extensive leadership experience in Quality Assurance & Regulatory Compliance to the Breg team having worked in the medical device industry for over 25 years. Since joining Breg in 2013, Eduardo has successfully developed and established an effective and efficient quality management system focused on compliance and delivering a positive customer experience in support of our customer-centric mission. He has also served as the functional lead for the integration projects of multiple key acquisitions and mergers, most notably the Biomet and UOG integrations.
Prior to joining Breg, Eduardo served in various leadership roles at Integra Lifesciences Corporation, where he was involved in supporting the company’s acquisitions and integration strategy with responsibility for multiple facilities.
Eduardo lives in San Diego with his wife and enjoys traveling and walking their three dogs, Louis, Mina and Tikkis.