EXECUTIVE TEAM

Meet the leadership team that brings decades of experience to you
Tony Recupero

President

Tony is a highly regarded leader with more than 25 years experience as a senior executive at leading healthcare firms. Tony started his career at United States Surgical Corporation where he was a multi-award winning sales producer. Tony progressed through sales to follow his true passion of leadership and sales management. Tony’s teams were consistently on the leader board. Later, Tony negotiated large hospital purchasing contracts as Director of National Accounts.
As National Sales Manager at Sulzer Spine-Tech, he led a hybrid sales organization to double revenue from $50M to more than $110M in less than two years.
As Vice President of Sales at Kyphon, Tony hired, trained, and developed a sales organization that grew from pre-commercial start-up to more than $213M in five years. Kyphon went public in 2002 and was eventually sold to Medtronic for $4.2 billion. After a stint advising companies like NuVasive on commercial strategy, Tony went on to become CEO of Baxano, Inc., which was sold in 2013.
Tony is renowned throughout the healthcare industry for his ability to inspire leaders, develop teams and devise innovative commercialization strategies that directly led to exponential top-line growth.

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Patty Recupero

COO

Patty has been active in commercial and nonprofit business endeavors for more than 15 years. She has spearheaded numerous programs, events, and campaigns with specialties in operations, management, and administration skills that enable the overall growth and efficiency of organizations.
What makes Patty unique is her ability to listen and understand the real needs of companies and create customized solutions that fit their specific requirements. Whenever Patty gets involved with a project, she brings a can-do attitude and high standard of performance that ensures excellence in execution. She has been described as a "must have" for operational teams at scientific, technology, and nonprofit organizations.
Patty brings a wealth of knowledge in other areas, including communications, PR, marketing, and planning. Patty holds a BA​ degree in Communications and Public Relations from California State University at Fullerton.

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HOW WE WORK

Catalyst Performance Advisors optimizes operational efficiency to maximize your resources and results. Our process revolves around the following elements:

OUR CLIENTS APPRECIATE OUR RESULTS

Driving bottom line results for our clients
  • ALEX LUKIANOV

    ALEX LUKIANOV

    CEO and Chairman of the Board

    “Tony Recupero has played a vital role in the development of sales force effectiveness strategies and sales training curriculum at NuVasive. Tony and his team understand the evolving healthcare market and consistently deliver value.”

    RUSSELL HIRSCH, MD

    RUSSELL HIRSCH, MD

    Venture Capitalist

    “Tony is a thoughtful, experienced, and effective commercially focused executive. Tony hires, motivates, retains, and mentors top-tier sales forces and manages them to well thought-through forecasted objectives.”

    FRANK M. PHILLIPS, MD

    FRANK M. PHILLIPS, MD

    Co-Founder, Vital 5 LLC

    “Tony has proven abilities to execute, whether it be in developing an effective sales strategy or navigating through the challenges of a medical device start-up. He is my "go-to guy" with a novel spine concept or device.”

  • HANSEN A. YUAN, MD

    HANSEN A. YUAN, MD

    Professor of Orthopaedic and Neurological Surgery

    At Spine-Tech and Kyphon, Tony built an extremely coordinated and effective sales and marketing strategy that delivered phenomenal success for both companies. Both grew their revenues exponentially due to the leadership and outstanding trust that was the bond between Tony and his sales force. I have since seen him continue to manage and guide start-ups in marketing and sales. Tony is a man that I trust to run any company that I am involved in.

    STAN DUNAVANT

    STAN DUNAVANT

    Sales Management and Organizational Consultant

    Tony's experience brings an incredible amount of practical and strategic thinking to our projects. Tony is not a consultant who just offers opinions on what needs to be done, but is the first to be willing to ‘roll up his sleeves’ and dive into whatever leadership role he needs to take on with the project.  I don't know of anyone in the industry that I could recommend more highly than Tony and his team.

    TAMARA EARL

    TAMARA EARL

    Volunteers of America Northern California and Northern Nevada

    Patty has been passionate and highly committed to Foster A Dream’s Holiday Wonderland event. Her enthusiasm and can-do attitude has benefitted our organization over the years. When working together, she is extremely detailed oriented and has the talent to see the big picture.

  • TIM WALNOFER

    TIM WALNOFER

    Vice President of Sales

    Tony's insight and perspective have helped me to continually build skills to stay competitive and relevant. His specific skills around performance and people development have greatly affected the success of our sales organization.

GIVING BACK

Special Olympics

Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Firehouse Arts Center

The Firehouse Arts Center is dedicated to inspiring passion through the arts.

Foster a Dream

We provide children living in foster care meaningful experiences that expand their perspective on life and inspire them to believe they can achieve.

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