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Meet the BioPlus family.

Leading, building, and changing the specialty pharmacy promise for everyone, everywhere.

Dr. Stephen Vogt

Founder

Dr. Stephen Vogt, Founder of BioPlus, is a respected pharmacist with nearly four decades of experience. After earning a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Mercer University, he completed an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) post-doctoral residency at Florida Hospital in the specialty of Metabolic Support. As one of the first pharmacists to be recognized as a Board Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacist, he’s now a sought-after speaker in the fields of specialty pharmacy and leadership and authors a weekly specialty pharmacy blog.

Dr. Vogt was awarded the Health Care Stars! Award as Technology Innovator of the Year from URAC (2012). He was also a finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year award (healthcare category) by Ernst & Young (2013). He serves on the board of directors for ProHealth Medical.

In addition, Dr. Vogt is involved with and supports many charitable causes, being on the board of directors for the Central Florida American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure, as well as involved with American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and Bike MS (a fundraiser for multiple sclerosis).

Dr. Stephen Vogt

Founder

Mark Montgomery

CEO/President

Mark Montgomery, CEO and President of BioPlus, brings years of specialty pharmacy experience to his position. He has been named a Healthcare Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young (2012) and one of the Top 30 Influential Persons in Specialty Pharmacy by Specialty Pharmacy Times (2011).

Previously, Montgomery built Axium Healthcare Pharmacy into a leading national specialty pharmacy and shepherded its successful sale in 2012 to the Kroger organization. He’s also a founder and past board member of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacies.

Mark Montgomery

CEO/President

Dr. Elvin Montanez

Chief Operations Officer

As the Chief Operations Officer, Elvin Montanez, Pharm D., is responsible for the daily operations at BioPlus. He works on the day-to-day business relationships and internal systems of the organization while also focusing on big-picture, longer-term corporate key objectives and functions, including clinical services, brand programs, payer relations, technology, supply chain, revenue cycle management, and strategic investments.

Dr. Montanez joined BioPlus in 2011, where his experience in pharmacy and pharmaceutical services combined with his forward-thinking leadership skills in the healthcare field have been instrumental for BioPlus providing best-in-class service for the specialty pharmacy needs of patients nationwide, as well as overseeing and growing this specialty pharmacy as it expanded into multi-site operations.

Dr. Montanez has received industry awards, including the 2013 URAC Health Care Stars! Award for Consumer Engagement, and he’s a member of numerous professional organizations, including the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy, Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, American Society of Hospital Pharmacists, and National Home Infusion Association. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Dr. Elvin Montanez

Chief Operations Officer

Barbara Weller

Senior Vice President of Finance

As Senior Vice President of Finance, Barbara Weller manages BioPlus’ financial and accounting policies and prepares the annual corporate budget, including sales and revenue forecasts, along with capital and expense forecasting. In addition, she’s also responsible for the delivery of cost effective and efficient accounting and financial systems, while overseeing the development of policies and processes that meet the current and future business requirements of BioPlus.

Weller has been with BioPlus since 1991, when she was first hired as the primary accountant and over the following years she has seamlessly added responsibilities and advanced into her current position as the company grew. 

Barbara Weller

Chief Financial Officer

Ryan Tofte

Vice President of Human Resources

As the Vice President of Human Resources at BioPlus, Ryan Tofte works in partnership with the Executive Leadership Team to support human resources and talent in order to position BioPlus for growth and success. He’s passionate about inclusion, diversification, culture, professional development, and accountability.

Before joining BioPlus, Tofte served as the director of talent acquisition for The Kroger Company, with a focus in the Health and Wellness division, which specialized in Specialty Pharmacy and Specialty Infusion. He held previous roles as the Senior HR Director with a large healthcare software company as well as serving as a Compliance Officer for a large healthcare company.

Tofte earned a Masters (MSM) in HR Management with a focus in Organizational Culture from USC (University of Southern California), as well as two Bachelor degrees, in Hospitality Management from ITT Technical Institute and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Central Florida.

Ryan Tofte

Vice President of Human Resources

Fred Gagle

Executive Vice President of IT

Fred Gagle, as the Executive Vice President of IT, ensures that the IT infrastructure at BioPlus is reliable, cost effective, secure, and easy to support. His department is responsible for making sure patient health information is secure and protected. Gagle deeply understands IT’s potential for making things easier for patients, doctors, pharmacists, business partners, and employees.

Gagle earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Central Florida, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration–Information Systems from the University of Florida.

Fred Gagle

Vice President of IT

Bill Cook

Executive Vice President, Business Development

Bill Cook joined BioPlus in 2011 and since then he has served in several capacities, including now as Executive Vice President, Business Development. In this role, he serves as a member of the senior leadership team of BioPlus. He has an integral role in overseeing the growth of the company, and has spearheaded many winning moves for BioPlus, including the burgeoning 340B program and the new BioPlus Connect program.

Cook also leads the growing sales team at BioPlus, now approaching 100 team members. He brings nearly 30 years of healthcare sales executive experience to his work at BioPlus, including stints at Genentech, Accredo, and United Therapeutics. He serves on the board of a non-profit that helps combat veterans suffering with PTSD and TBI to transition back to civilian life.

Bill Cook

Executive Vice President
Business Development

Brian Cherico

Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer

Brian Cherico is the Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer for BioPlus. He has more than 25 years of experience as a healthcare compliance professional in the healthcare industry. After serving as in-house compliance counsel for a health insurer, Cherico focused on Medicare and Medicaid compliance and reimbursement issues for a pharmaceutical industry trade group in Washington, DC.

Over the years, Cherico has gained expertise with Medicare compliance, as well as HIPAA, HITECH, Stark, AKS, FWA, and COBRA, among other laws. His background includes conducting compliance investigations, drafting corporate policies and procedures, and providing compliance training webinars to staff. He’s a member of the bar and earned his law degree from George Mason University. Cherico graduated from Iona College in New York with a bachelor’s degree.

Brian Cherico

Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer

Caleb Vogt - VP of Financial Planning and Analysis

Caleb Vogt

VP, Performance and Financial Analysis

Caleb Vogt holds the position of Vice President of Performance and Financial Analysis at BioPlus. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Georgia.

Caleb Vogt

VP, Performance and Financial Analysis

John Benfatti

Vice President of Outside Sales

John Benfatti, Vice President of Outside Sales for BioPlus, is a clinically-focused sales management professional with two decades of healthcare industry experience. He has been consistently successful in delivering unparalleled revenue growth and customer engagement in some of the most competitive healthcare markets.

At BioPlus he is involved in forecasting, account development/management, budget maintenance and utilization, execution of strategic regional and national marketing initiatives, operational structure planning and pull-through, and recruitment/training resulting in retention and performance of top healthcare sales talent, as well as being involved with RFPs and contract negotiation. Over the many years of his career he has been consistently recognized as a best-in-class resource on product knowledge and managed care structure. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science & Health Promotion/Kinesiology from the University of Southern Colorado.

John Benfatti

Vice President of
Outside Sales

Angie Houck

Vice President of Inside Sales

Angie Houck joined BioPlus in 2008 as an Oncology Sales Representative. Over the years she grew with the company, quickly working into leadership roles, and culminating with her current promotion as Vice President of Inside Sales.

In her current position, Houck took on the responsibility of providing in-depth strategic and operational direction for the sales department while achieving maximum sales effectiveness to surpass company revenue and profit goals. Her tenure at BioPlus and experience utilizing and analyzing market data supports BioPlus’ vertical-specific initiatives. Outside her core role at BioPlus, she donates her time to several charitable cancer organizations in her community, as well as leading company-sponsored events as BioPlus supports organizations that help patients manage their chronic and complex conditions.

 

Angie Houck

Sr. Vice President of
Sales Operations

Dave Walker

Vice President of Trade

As Vice President of Trade, Dave Walker establishes and maintains strong relationships with pharmaceutical manufacturers across key market verticals. Walker has over 30 years of healthcare experience, focused in specialty pharmacy, home infusion, retail, and DME sectors. He has extensive industry experience as it pertains to pharma business development, product access, sourcing solutions, GPO partnerships, and pharmacy operations.

Prior to joining BioPlus, Walker led several specialty trade teams with organizations including EncompassRx, Prime Specialty, Walmart, AcariaHealth, Icore, and CuraScript. Walker also served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy from 2014-2017.

Dave Walker

Vice President
of Trade

Michael Harris

Vice President of Payer Sales

Mike Harris, Vice President of Payer Sales, brings more than 30 years’ experience in leading top performing sales teams and negotiating major managed care contracts across the country. Previously, he held leadership positions in Managed Care and Physician sales at Accredo and Magellan Health. Today, Harris is responsible for growing BioPlus’ current payer business while also establishing new relationships with health plans, PBMs and employer groups.

Michael Harris

Vice President
of Payer Sales

Dr. Nicholas Maroulis

Vice President of Pharmacy Services

As the Vice President of Specialty Pharmacy Services, Nicholas Maroulis, Pharm D., manages the entire pharmacy at BioPlus. He’s involved in developing and driving innovative pharmacy benefits and operational strategies to ensure excellence for specialty pharmacy customers.

Dr. Maroulis completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Florida, College of Pharmacy, with his undergraduate studies at Florida A&M. He has held the position of Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Florida, College of Pharmacy since 2010.

Dr. Maroulis has been nominated for numerous awards, including URAC’s 2013 Health Care Stars! Award and the 2013 Next Generation Pharmacist Award. He has also been a dedicated member of the community, serving on the board of the Arbor School of Central Florida (2015-present), as well as participating in charity fundraising bicycle rides, including the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure and the Camp Boggy Creek Annual Challenge Ride.

Dr. Nicholas Maroulis

Vice President of
Pharmacy Services

Dr. Dz Washington

Vice President of Operations

As Vice President of Operations for BioPlus, Dz Washington, Pharm D., oversees and manages the business. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida A&M University and also earned a Master of Business Administration from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College.

Dr. Washington has more than 20 years of experience in the specialty pharmacy industry, and has spent more than 15 years in managerial and leadership roles with several leading health plans and specialty pharmacies. He has received additional training in Six Sigma through BMG and leadership through Dale Carnegie. 

Dr. Dz Washington

Vice President of
Operations

Luis Torres

Vice President of Managed Care

Luis Torres, as Vice President of Managed Care, supports both short- and long-term company growth while creating managed care strategies in partnership with clients. Torres brings more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry to his current position, with past roles including positions in managed care at both Walgreens and Amber Pharmacy. Torres holds a master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Luis Torres

Vice President
of Managed Care

Craig Mears

Vice President and General Manager of Infusion Division

Craig Mears brings extensive experience as a healthcare executive to his current role as Vice President and General Manager of BioPlus Infusion Division. He has a demonstrated aptitude for creating and implementing innovative solutions to complex problems specifically in the specialty pharmacy field. 

Prior to joining BioPlus, Mears held several executive positions, including as the Founder and Managing Director of PDI Advisors, LLC where he specialized in helping organizations develop differentiating strategies and programs to drive profitable growth and exceed their customer’s expectations, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Soleo Health, and Field General Manager – Hemophilia at Biogen Idec. 

Mears earned a BA in Business Administration and is a member of numerous professional organizations including the National Hemophilia Foundation, Immune Deficiency Foundation, and many other patient advocacy organizations. In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors for the AFA Specialty Pharmacy Association, National Myositis Association, Columbus Ohio Hemophilia Chapter, and Dayton Ohio Hemophilia Chapter.

Craig Mears

Vice President and GM of Infusion Division

Howard Barsky

Vice President of Application and Data Strategy

Howard Barsky brings his skills as a technology decision-maker to his position as the Vice President of Application and Data Strategy, where he leverages abilities in harnessing leadership, relationship management, and operational capabilities to bring people together and foster team collaboration. In his role at BioPlus, Barsky consistently implements strong data, software, and technology solutions to facilitate effective and resourceful results that improve the specialty pharmacy experience for both providers and patients.

Barsky has prior experience with several healthcare companies, including as the Senior VP of Information Management for BusinessOne, Chief Information Officer for PhyzData Health Solutions, and Chief Information Officer for Asembia. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Information Management/Computer Science from American University, Washington, D.C.

Howard Barsky

Vice President of Application and Data Strategy

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