Merle Smith has over 40 years of executive-level business experience. Merle is currently chairman Pristech Products, Inc., a consumer product manufacturer and marketer. Until June of 2003, he was chief executive officer of Prism Enterprises LP, a healthcare company manufacturing and marketing medical device products. Prior to Prism Enterprises, he was president and chief executive officer of Kinetic Concepts, Inc, a $200 million publicly-traded healthcare products manufacturer and distributor. Prior to Kinetic Concepts, he was president of Shoreline Companies, Inc., a specialty company offering packages and services for integrated flow systems for the oil industry. Merle received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Following graduation, he served as a pilot in the United States Marine Corps. Recently, he has helped start a general services company, EcoNation, in Uganda which is hiring, training, developing and mentoring young Ugandan men and women in business.