Team

Karl Kipke
Chief Executive Officer, Manager and Co-Founder
Karl Kipke has over 30 years of experience in investment banking, asset management and venture capital. He has played key-operating roles in numerous companies in an array of industries where he was involved in all facets of company development from start-ups to mature businesses. Karl Kipke has been instrumental in establishing, funding, scaling and selling successful businesses by leveraging his financial expertise and keen strategic vision. The first 11-years of his career was spent working with Wall Street luminaries at Morgan Stanley and Bear Stearns. From 1994 – 1999, he managed a large family-office where he distinguished himself as an active investor in public securities. His extensive operating experience and successes span several industries, including financial services, pet food, healthcare and consumer electronics.
Christian Herrington
President
Christian Herrington has more than 30-years of sales, sales management and executive management experience with leading pharmacy wholesale distributors. He rose to prominence at Bindley Western running their Retail Sales Force and national accounts, then managed the transition and assimilation into Cardinal Health’s organization after its acquisition of the company. Chris Herrington then joined HD Smith as a senior executive and aided in its growth and success over the last 16 years, before its recent acquisition by AmerisourceBergen. Christian Herrington is a key opinion leader in the pharmacy space and possesses a unique understanding of the financial challenges and operating opportunities faced by independent pharmacy owners. He earned his BS in Pathobiology from the University of Connecticut.
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Gregg Honigblum
Chief Revenue Officer, Manager and Co-Founder
Gregg Honigblum, co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer. Gregg Honigblum has over 30 years of experience as a financier for emerging growth companies specializing in the healthcare sector. From 2001-2013, he was the CEO and co-founder of Creation Capital LLC and Creation Capital Advisors, an investment banking firm and Broker Dealer with offices in New York City and Austin, TX. Gregg Honigblum provided strategic advisory services and raised over $500 million in private equity for numerous businesses in the healthcare space. He has been instrumental in providing early stage capital for Myriad Genetics, Inc(symbol MYGN), and Acacia Biosciences which merged with Rosetta Inpharmatics, Inc. and is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Merck. From 2014-2016, he was a Managing Director at Westlake Securities in Austin, TX leading their healthcare banking practice. Mr. Honigblum holds a BA in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Scott Prideaux
Chief Financial Officer
Scott Prideaux is a Certified Public Accountant that has spent 38 years in Public Accounting and Private Industry serving in a variety of financial accounting roles. This includes the last nineteen years as the Controller and then Chief Financial Officer of an Austin, Texas based family office and commercial real estate enterprise. Scott Prideaux’s extensive operational experience will be instrumental in his responsibilities for the daily accounting and operational reporting functions, investor relations, and customer service for HealthGrowth Capital. Scott Prideaux spent the early part of his career in the Fort Worth and Singapore offices of Price Waterhouse, after receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Stephen F. Austin University with a major in accounting and a minor in management.
Ralph A Longo
CCE, CICP, Director of Risk and Analysis
The entirety of Ralph Longo’s 40-year career has involved credit and financial analysis. He offers extensive practical experience with prominent companies such as Sony Electronics, Sharp and, most recently, pharmaceutical industry leaders H. D. Smith and Amerisource Bergen. Through his association with the National Association of Credit Management (NACM), Ralph Longo earned his CCE (Certified Credit Executive) designation as well as his CICP (Certified International Credit Professional) accreditation. Ralph Longo has an MBA in Finance from Iona College, New Rochelle, NY and also graduated from the NACM Graduate Program in Credit and Financial Management conducted at Dartmouth College.
Randy Clauson
Director of National Sales
Randy Clauson has more than 30 years of Credit Management experience in a variety of industries, having spent the last 13 years with Pharmaceutical Wholesale Distribution companies including Cardinal Health, H.D. Smith, and Amerisource Bergen. He managed the transition and assimilation of the F. Dohmen and Dik Drug acquisitions by Cardinal Health, then was hired to turn around the New York Metro Credit Department for H.D. Smith, before it was acquired by Amerisource Bergen. He understands the financial challenges faced by the Independent Retail Pharmacy owner, having worked with hundreds of customers to improve their operating efficiencies and increase profits. Randy Clauson holds a BS Degree in Finance from Mankato State University and achieved the Certified Credit Executive designation from the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) in 2014.
David MacVane
Directory of Outside Sales
David MacVane has more than 30 years of sales and sales management experience, with 20 of those years spent at leading pharmaceutical wholesale distributors. He began his pharmacy career with Bindley Western as a territory manager in the New England marketplace. Dave MacVane transitioned to Cardinal Health’s acquired Bindley Western, and was promoted to major retail accounts in the New England region. Dave MacVane joined H.D. Smith in 2005 as a territory manager and spent 14 years with the company, most recently in the role of Director of Sales. Dave MacVane earned a BS in Business from the University of Maine.
Sean McVeigh
West Coast Territory Manager
Sean McVeigh has more than 35 years of sales and sales management experience in the pharmacy wholesale distribution sector. He began his career in California with a local distributor, Barnes Wholesale, in the early 1980’s. He was instrumental in the success of the SmartSource generic program and other related pharmacy programs. As the Territory Sales Manager at HD Smith, his focus was directed at guiding independent pharmacies in the greater Los Angeles area. In 2017, he it took the role of VP of Sales and Marketing with GenesisRx, positioning them as a premier buying group. His knowledge of independent pharmacy and their challenges has positioned him as a valuable consultant. Sean McVeigh studied Geology and Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mary Jo Obbema
Director of Compliance

Ms. Obbema comes to us from Southern California with over 15 years of experience in legal matters related to finance, insurance and regulatory compliance. She spent the last 8 years, before moving to Texas, in the California Workers’ Compensation industry where she honed her skills in legal writing and research, settlement negotiations and trial preparation. Ms. Obbema ran her own business for 5 years working with doctors, pharmacies and other small business healthcare entities to settle and negotiate their medical liens. She then switched sides and worked with insurance companies to settle medical liens and defend against fraudulent claims. We believe her experience will serve her well as our Director of Compliance. She will also assist us with sales support as we expand our advisory services. Ms. Obbema has a BA from the University of Southern California in Political Science and a Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School.

Tasha Knight
Director of Analytics
Tasha’s extensive background in evaluating business projects, budgets, forecasting and other finance-related entities allows her to shape the strategy for your business growth through reliable, factual insight rather than intuition, thus improving overall performance and future growth.
Harriet Beskin
Director - Specialty Pharmacy
Harriet Beskin grew up in an “independent pharmacy” in the suburbs of Los Angeles and has more than 30 years of experience in sales and management in wholesale distribution and GPO sector. She began her career in the late 80’s with a local distributor, Barnes Wholesale; which was acquired by H.D.Smith. As a Territory Manager to both retail and alternate care pharmacies, she managed over 150 accounts with monthly sales over $30million; providing wholesale distribution and business solutions. At her years at H.D. Smith, Harriet was the recipient of the President’s Award of Excellence 6 times. A position in 2017, as a National Accounts Manager brought Harriet to the GPO sector. Harriet Beskin earned a BA in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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