CareCap is fortunate to have a team of very experienced, educated, and inspirational advisors who have made themselves available to assist us as we grow.
Ron has spent his entire professional career in the world of marketing communication. After graduating from the University of Washington, he started as a copywriter at the then largest Northwest agency, Cole & Weber. After serving as an Army officer during the Vietnam crisis, he returned to the business side of his former agency. Having honed his management skills on accounts such as Boeing, Weyerhaeuser, and Westin Hotels, he was named Managing Director of the Seattle office.
Ron left the comfort of his “job” to enter the world of “entrepreneurship” by co-founding ElginSyferd. The agency was a pioneer in the art and science of total integration, which helped it become the region’s largest with a quarter billion dollars of billings and 200+ employees serving such clients as Genentech, Holland America Line, Jansport, Microsoft, McDonald’s, Nordstrom and Swedish Medical Center. He sold the agency to the global communications giant, DDB Worldwide and took on new roles as CEO for DDB West and board member until his retirement in 2011. During his long and storied career, he co-founded six successful companies including the region’s largest graphic design firm and the premier direct marketing company.
He’s received numerous awards including Citizen of the Year from Big Brothers, Lifetime Achievement Award from American Advertising Federation, and a recent inductee to the UofW’s School of Communications Hall of Fame. He has authored a best-selling autobiography, Huckster, My Life as an Ad Man, serves on a number of boards including Fluidmaster, Knowledge Anywhere, Nxt Chnl, Opt-In Media and consults with several marketing firms.
Ryo Kubota is Chairman, President, and CEO of Acucela Inc. Acucela is a clinical-stage biotechnology company that specializes in discovering and developing novel therapeutics to treat and slow the progression of sight-threatening ophthalmic diseases affecting millions of individuals worldwide.
Prior to founding Acucela in 2002, Dr. Kubota worked in the ophthalmology field, including serving as a faculty member at both Keio University and the University of Washington School of Medicine. He holds an MD and a PhD in medicine from Keio University. Since 2008, Dr. Kubota has been a director of the Japan-America Society of the State of Washington. In 2014, Dr. Kubota was appointed to the National Bureau of Asian Research Board of Directors, and a visiting professor at School of Medicine, Keio University. He is also a Foresight Advisory Group Member, Department of Pharmacology, Case Western Reserve University.
In the course of his work at Keio, Dr. Kubota discovered a glaucoma gene, myocilin, which earned him the Suda Award. He has completed the Harvard Business School Executive Education leadership and strategy program and was selected as one of the Nikkei Business 100, Nikkei Business Magazine’s inaugural list of the most influential people in Japan’s future. He was also selected as one of the most inspiring people in the life-science industry by PharmaVOICE.
Trevor Rubel brings deep industry credentials to his advisor role, with both technology start-up and global payments & lending platform experience. Trevor joined CareCap in January of 2014 to design the architecture for payment plans on the CareCap platform and to establish pay-industry relationships. Since effectively completing the build early in 2015, Trevor has transitioned to becoming a member of the Board of Advisors.
Prior to CareCap, Trevor was EVP of Strategy, Product and Corporate & Business Development at Bank of America Merchant Services, the nation’s largest electronic payments provider. Prior to that, Trevor was at First Data where he served in several key positions from CTO and GM of Information Services, to SVP of Product for First Data International. He came to First Data in 2007 through the acquisition of Intelligent Results, an industry-leading analytics & decision management company that he was instrumental in building.
Trevor is a technologist with an uncanny business and marketing sensibility. He is adept at delivering a product roadmap that ensures an optimal customer experience. Trevor is a venture partner at Industry Ventures and an enthusiastic, if not talented, lacrosse player.
Steve Tarr has extensive experience providing senior executive leadership to a wide range of industries including global telecommunications, healthcare and education ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to startups. He has deep expertise in scaling a growing business as well as revitalizing large companies.
Dr. Tarr was Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Brookdale/Emeritus Senior Living, a company with $5B revenue and 80,000 employees where he directed industry leading technology adoption. As a result, Dr. Tarr was a 2014 Top Ten Breakaway Leader finalist, awarded by former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Prior to Brookdale/Emeritus, he worked directly with Chief Executive Officers to define innovative technology-based and customer-focused business strategies. He led transformation initiatives at a number of healthcare organizations including Santa Clara Valley Health System, Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network, and the University of Washington Medicine.
In mobile wireless, Dr. Tarr was the Vice President of Information Technology at AirTouch Cellular, now the western U.S. division of Verizon Wireless, leading extraordinary subscriber and revenue growth to over $2B. Additionally, Dr. Tarr served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Advanced Radio Telecom, a company with wireless service across the U.S., the U.K. and Scandinavia.
Dr. Tarr is the author of Yes You! Yes Now! Leadership, 50 short stories that teach and entertain, and The Green Method of Practical Technology Project Management. He has served on a number of boards including the Washington State University National Board of Advisors, the Governing Board of the Phoenix CIO Executive Summit, and the Wall Street Journal CIO Network for Strategic Leadership in Global Technology.
He taught as a graduate school faculty member at both the University of Massachusetts – Isenberg School of Management and at Washington State University – Carson College of Business. He is the founder of the annual WSU Business Technology Symposium and a frequent speaker at regional, national, and international industry events.
Dr. Tarr holds a Ph.D. in Systems Science from Portland State University, an M.S. in Computer Science from Washington State University and a B.S. in General Biology from Washington State University.
Bill Weisfield is currently principal at Elliott Bay Asset Solutions in Seattle, a consultancy that provides integrated solutions to complex real estate and business challenges. During his 40 years in business, he’s served as president and CEO of multiple companies, managed shopping centers, raw land, a corporate industrial park, restaurants and a publicly-traded company with over 100 retail stores. A former chair of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle, he is currently chairman of the advisory board for The Bank of Montréal. He also currently serves as advisory director of Lindal Cedar Homes and Bayley Construction Company and is on the Downtown Seattle Association’s board of directors. Bill earned his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Washington.