John S. Arnold, CRI Director; Financial Advisor
After receiving his Master of Business Administration degree in 1977 from Butler University, Mr. Arnold began his corporate finance career with Stokely Van Camp, Inc., a Fortune 500 company food processor headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. During his 7 years he provided critical financial and strategic advice. In 1984 John began an 8-year employment with Merchants Bank as an investment, mergers and acquisition advisor. In late 1992, he formed Prism Capital Group, a financial advisory firm, for the purposes of providing corporate financial services for middle market companies. For the past 30 years Mr. Arnold has developed a broad expertise in the corporate finance arena specifically financial analysis, financial strategy and capitalization structures of privately held companies and real estate projects. John has provided expert financial advice to CRI since 2003, in particular in the acquisition of Thomas Medical. He continues to provide merger and acquisition services and attends all of CRI’s Quarterly Business Review meetings as a financial advisor.
Phil Sheingold, President & CEO; CRI Director
Phil joined CRI in 2010 bringing 25 years of experience in Operations, Engineering, and Logistics for industry leaders. The majority of his leadership focused on food and beverage manufacturing for companies such as Frito-Lay, Gatorade, and Sensient Technologies Flavors and Fragrances, holding positions of Engineer through Plant Manager to Director of Operations. International experience and responsibilities included Engineering and Operations for 16 facilities in Europe, Canada, and Mexico. Phil was responsible for new plant construction, equipment design, capital improvements, and budget responsibilities exceeding $100 million. As Senior Vice President of Operations for Brightpoint Phil managed a team over 600 responsible for Supply Chain in North America. He was also COO for Signcraft, where he worked with the owner in acquiring several companies leading to significant company growth and market expansion. Phil is a continuing student in key systems and processes including Six Sigma, ISO, TQM, Lean manufacturing, and RFID technology having introduced it to Brightpoint. He is a Chemical Engineer by degree from Cal Poly University, a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, and is active in the community and charitable concerns.
Mark C. Sherman, CRI Director
Mark brings a unique background which includes prior experience in public accounting followed by significant experience in senior HR leadership roles. Mark received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Manchester College (now University). He began his professional career working as a CPA in the tax practice for Price Waterhouse. Later, he held senior HR leadership roles for Walker Information and Brightpoint, Inc. before moving into the employee benefit advisory field in 2003. Currently Mark is a Principal with LHD Benefit Advisors (the leading independent benefit advisory firm in Indianapolis) with expertise and market focus working with mid-size and large employers and their employer based health plans.
John A. Steen, Ph.D., CRI Director, Chairman of the Board; International Sales
Dr. Steen has spent nearly his entire career in the medical device industry. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from Brown University and a Master’s degree from New York University in Engineering, John worked briefly in the aerospace industry before completing his Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering at New York University in 1974. He then worked as a biomedical engineer in the standards division of the US FDA. In 1982, John joined Sheridan Catheter Corp., a start-up medical company, where he worked as Technical Director, Vice-President of Manufacturing, and later Vice-President of Research and Development. John joined CRI in 1991 as Vice-President of Product Development and Operations, and became President and CEO shortly thereafter. He became a part owner of the company in 2004, and in 2006 took on a new role as President-owner. In January of 2013 he stepped down as President and holds the position of Chairman of the Board, continuing to support international sales of Thomas Medical products.
Susan M. Steen, CRI Director, Secretary of the Board
Mrs. Steen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Cornell University-New York Hospital in NYC in 1968. Susan worked in hospital and office Pediatrics, and as a Public Health Nurse (Visiting Nurse), involving home care, out-patient clinics, and schools in NY & Maryland. After moving to Indiana in 1991, Susan worked at CRI for several years as a human resources and administrative assistant, as well as in production and sales. In 2010 she became Secretary of the Board of Directors for CRI.
Stephen M. Thompson, CPA, CRI ESOP Trustee & Board Advisor
After completing his Master in Business Administration degree from Indiana University in 1967, Mr. Thompson worked 43 years as a public accountant, first with Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co and later as the managing partner with Huth Thompson LLP. Retiring in 2009, Steve began Trusted Advisor Services LLC to continue to support ESOPs as an advisor and trustee. At present he continues as an ESOP trustee for 32 Employee Owned companies and supports CRI in this role.