We have reached $700K! Thank you and welcome to all new investors. You are in great company. Today we would like to share the story of our investors Peter and Kathy Balestreri. Peter is the former Director of Safety and Security and Kathy is the former Executive Director of UCSF Medical Center. Read our Q&A below with Kathy to find out why they invested in Elemeno.
Kathy & Pete Balestreri
Q: What is your experience in the healthcare industry?
A: "I began working at UCSF in the mid-seventies filling a variety of administrative roles and ending my career as Executive Director of Patient Services and Chief of Staff to the CEO. In this last role at USCF, I was responsible for improving our patient experience at all locations, as well as concierge services, urgent referral and international services, executive health services, and fundraising. Working with the CEO and University Development leadership, I helped to raise more than $600M to build UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay which was very rewarding and opened in February 2015.
"In mid-2015, I began a second career as a healthcare consultant working with Academic Medical Centers and community hospitals to establish and improve concierge services, executive health practices, international programs, patient experience initiatives and philanthropic strategic plans. I also serve as a volunteer with a number of nonprofits in San Francisco and a mentor to students with a San Francisco/Oakland based organization providing scholarships for high-school students from low-income families."
Q: Why did you invest in Elemeno?
A: "I was fortunate to get to know Arup and Elemeno during my tenure as UCSF Health Executive Director. I believe in his integrity, professionalism, and his dedication to patient service. For many years, my husband and I have been fortunate enough to rely on the UCSF retirement fund to primarily handle the direction of our investments. We have maintained a philosophy of taking medium risks and have thus far been very fortunate.
"We are now at a point in our lives where we can further our involvement in personal investment opportunities in areas with which we are both familiar and feel impressed and confident in the path forward. Knowing the management team and being familiar with the concept of Elemeno's product and services, we are excited to get involved and invest in this company. As we have personally experienced the product and continue to keep in touch with our former colleagues in healthcare, we firmly believe the Elemeno product will both better serve the healthcare community and be a financially stable and productive investment."
Q: Which other companies or funds have you invested in?
A: "We have primarily invested in the tax-deferred annuity funds managed by the UC system and in personal ventures by friends and colleagues in whom we firmly believe. Our goal is to have a firm belief in the product and the people. Arup and his team exceed these goals."