As an Advisor to the Echo Health Ventures Strategic Investment Team, Ralph participates as a full team member to identify and evaluate, invest in and grow innovative companies in the Echo Health Ventures portfolio.
Ralph works closely with the Echo Health Ventures senior leaders, investment partners and the market development team to add his experience and guidance to the value creation process which is at the core of the Echo Health Ventures mission.
Ralph brings more than 30 years of experience to the Echo Health Ventures relationship. He was a co-founder and Managing Director of Pacific Venture Group, a healthcare IT and services focused venture capital fund which raised and invested $210 million in innovative healthcare ventures since 1995. Significant investments include Visicu (NASDAQ eICU), an ICU telemedicine services company which was sold to Phillips Healthcare; Inspiris, a senior care management company which was sold to United Healthcare Group (Optum); Care Team Connect, a post-acute SaaS based care coordination company sold to The Advisory Group; and Patientkeeper, a Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) software company sold to HCA. Ralph was recognized as an industry leader by being named to the Forbes Midas List of the Top 100 Technology Dealmakers in 2007.
Before joining Echo Health Ventures with its predecessor Cambia Health Solutions, Ralph was also active, since its founding in 2011, as a Managing Director of Fortis Advisors, LLC., a leading outsource Shareholder Representative firm providing post-closing management services to sellers in M&A transactions. In addition, prior to forming Pacific Venture Group in 1994, Ralph was a Senior Partner with Ernst & Young, responsible for the Firm’s West Region Entrepreneurial Services Group while based in Orange County, CA.
Ralph Serves on the Boards of Directors for Tytocare and CitizensRX for Echo Health Ventures. In addition, he is an Observer on the Board for Springbuk and Life Image, and an Independent Advisor to the Board for Upfront Healthcare. Ralph is also a Director on the Board of First Financial Northwest Bank (NASDAQ FFNW) based in Renton, Washington.
Ralph is active in community organizations and currently is a Board Member of Centrum, an arts-based educational/workshops/performance program based in Port Townsend, WA, and participates in the Life Science Washington Mentor program. He is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University of Los Angeles and completed a Kellogg Executive Program at Northwestern University. He is a Certified Public Accountant.