Speakers & Bios
Michael McBrayer received his BS in business administration from Northern Arizona University in 1981. He started his career in Denver, Colorado, joining Frontier Airlines as a sales representative and was part of a group of sales people who called directly on companies to gain business. He left the airline industry during the consolidation of carriers and moved to San Diego to join Arch Billmire Company as a sporting goods sales representative, selling products such as Russell Athletic, the athletic division of Johnson and Johnson, and the athletic division of DonJoy.
In December of 1984, Michael McBrayer joined DonJoy as the Manager of the Athletic Division. Smith and Nephew, a London based healthcare company acquired the company soon thereafter. During this time, Michael held Regional Sales positions and became National Sales Manager for Smith and Nephew DonJoy. Staying in the same position, he held the title of Vice President of Sales.
During 1999, Leslie Cross, Chief Executive Officer, Cyril Talbot, Chief Financial Officer, and Michael, Vice President of Sales, lead a successful leveraged buyout of the company from Smith and Nephew which was known dj Orthopedics, LLC. The company then went public in 2001 and was traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DJO. The company grew from $11 million in sales in 1984 to over $ 300 million in sales in 2005. In November of 2007, Blackstone, a private equity company, purchased the company for $50.25 per share and merged with the Reable Company. DJO is now made up of brands that include Donjoy, Aircast, CMF, Empi, Chattanooga, and DJO Surgical with gross sales of approximately one billion dollars. Michael currently holds the position of Senior Vice President Business Development and Professional Relations, and resides in Carlsbad, California with his wife Ana Maria, also a NAU graduate, daughter Krystina, and son Jordan.
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