Management Team






Bryon L. Merade

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Merade founded Caldera in April 2002, and focuses on corporate strategy, portfolio development and intellectual property. In 1997, Mr. Merade founded Surgical Solutions, Inc. which he built into a successful medical device distribution organization focused on Gynecology and Urology technologies. Prior to founding Surgical Solutions, he served as Director of U.S. Sales for BEI Medical Systems, a publicly traded manufacturer of devices for the Gynecology market prior to its acquisition by Boston Scientific. While at BEI, Mr. Merade had complete responsibility for the company’s U.S. sales operations, which represented 88% of BEI’s revenue. He led a team of 70 sales representatives, 15 distributors and 20 inside sales professionals. Mr. Merade began his career with Integra Precision Corporation as a Regional Sales Manager, where he had sales management responsibilities in numerous states and developed his region into the company’s largest revenue producing and most profitable area. Mr. Merade received his M.B.A. from the University of Southern California, his B.S. in Business Administration from Regis University, and an A.S. in Criminal Justice from Moorpark College.


Jeffrey S. Hubauer

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Hubauer joined Caldera in 2017 and is responsible for the R&D, Manufacturing, QA/RA, Customer Service, Supply Chain, HR, Recruiting, IT and Facilities functions.  Most recently, Mr. Hubauer was Vice President of Business Development at Zyomed Corp., a startup focused on innovative diabetes devices, and he was responsible for strategic planning, business operations and strategic partnerships.  Prior to Zyomed, Mr. Hubauer was at Medtronic for 15 years in the Cardiac Surgery and Diabetes Divisions.  During his career at Medtronic, he held the positions of Vice President & General Manger Type 2 Diabetes Business (startup business), Vice President & General Manager of the Insulin Delivery Business (global market leader with $1.5B revenue) and Vice President Manufacturing & Supply Chain Diabetes Division.  He played significant roles in growing and scaling Medtronic Diabetes from $500M to $2B in revenue.  Mr. Hubauer has an M.B.A. from Lehigh University and a B.S. in Business Logistics from The Pennsylvania State University.


David Hochman

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Hochman joined Caldera in 2017 and is responsible for Finance, Accounting, Strategic Planning and Corporate Development. Prior to being named interim CFO, Mr. Hochman consulted to Caldera for two years on strategy and Corporate Development and helped lead the acquisition of Urologix.  Previously, he was Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development at Ventura Foods, a $2.5 billion food manufacturer serving customers such as Sysco, McDonald’s, Costco and Walmart. Prior, Mr. Hochman consulted to over a dozen companies on strategy, M&A and international expansion.  Mr. Hochman also lead the European expansion of ViSalus Sciences, the fastest growing direct sales company in the world in 2012.  He served as VP of M&A and Strategic Planning for Herbalife International and served as an Investment Analyst at Omninet Capital, a $1 billion Venture Capital and Private Equity firm. Mr. Hochman also served as a Management Consultant at L.E.K. Consulting advising FORTUNE 500 firms on strategy and M&A. Mr. Hochman earned his M.B.A. at the University of Houston, completed coursework at Boston University’s International Management Program, earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and completed Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Executive Education in Mergers & Acquisition.


Sandra Muhlfeld

Vice President, Portfolio Strategy

Sandra is an expert in commercialization of new medical technologies with 15+ years in the healthcare arena. Joining Caldera Medical as the 6th employee in 2006, Sandra has played an instrumental role in building the company from early stage to a high growth commercial business leading multiple areas including Marketing, Inside Sales, Research and Development, and Manufacturing. She has worked closely with leading physicians to develop and launch multiple new medical devices. Early in her career, Sandra held a variety of positions in global and U.S. Marketing at large companies including Guidant and St. Jude Medical. Sandra is a healthcare executive who brings years of general management experience to each new role. Ms. Muhlfeld holds a B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Connecticut and an M.B.A from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.


Pat Kothari

Director of Accounting

Mr. Kothari joined Caldera in 2010 and oversees the Finance and Accounting functions of the company. Prior to Caldera, Mr. Kothari was Corporate Controller at JSM, a privately held real estate development company, where he headed the Finance, Accounting and Management Information Systems. At JSM, Mr. Kothari managed the Accounting & Reporting for as many as 15 LLCs in addition to budgeting, treasury management, tax planning and annual audits. Previous to JSM, Mr. Kothari was Assistant Controller at Citysearch, an online City Guide and a wholly-owned subsidiary of InterActive Corp. At Citysearch, Mr. Kothari was instrumental in building the Accounting department from the ground up, establishing internal controls and policies. Mr. Kothari was the point person to the CFO during the CitySearch IPO process and oversaw SEC reporting post IPO. Mr. Kothari holds a B.S. in Accounting from California State University, Dominguez Hills.


Steve Williams

Sr. Vice President, Commercial

Steve has joined Caldera Medical as a Sr. Vice President of Commercial where he will be focusing on leading downstream marketing, overseeing sales operations and customer service. Steve most recently was the Vice President and General Manager of Urologix where he lead the business until it was successfully sold to another medical device company. Prior to Urologix, Steve held positions with Dover Corporation; including General Manager where he launched multiple new innovative products focused on the Nuclear, Radio and High Potency Pharmaceutical industry. He also held positions at Cantel Medical, where he helped launch the Revox Sterilization technology, and at Lexion Medical. While at Lexion, Steve worked in engineering, operations and business development. During that time he was able to support the rapid growth of the organization and facilitate multiple innovative product launches into the General Surgery market. Steve holds an MBA from Saint Thomas University, Opus School of Business, and a BA in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.


Vicki Gail

Vice President, Quality & Regulatory Affairs

Vicki has been with Caldera Medical since its inception in 2002.  She is currently responsible for the quality and regulatory functions.  Vicki has played a key role in growing Caldera to where it is today including obtaining FDA clearance for nearly every device marketed by Caldera.  She has previously led Manufacturing, Human Resources, Customer Service functions at Caldera.  Prior to Caldera, Vicki worked for a medical device distribution company for several years and 14 years in the cosmetic industry in various Sales and Customer Service roles which also has FDA requirements.   She earned an AS in Legal Studies from Oxnard College and has completed the first half of the requirements for her law degree from Ventura College.


Bahar Sutorius

Vice President, Operations

Bahar joined Caldera Medical in 2017 as the Vice President of Operations. Bahar is a product development and operations professional with 17+ years of experience in new product introduction, technology transfer, manufacturing scale up, and supply chain. She started her career in R&D at Medical Research Group, which was later acquired by Medtronic Diabetes. At Medtronic, Bahar led several development and operations teams, and she was responsible for introducing MiniLinkTM and EnliteTM family of products to the market. Bahar is a co-inventor of seventeen patents related to formulation of enzymes and related packaging and manufacturing methods. She holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from Loyola Marymount University and an MBA from University of Michigan Ross School of Business.