Bloomington, Ind. — Two Cook Medical employees applied and were selected for a fellowship from the Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation (MDLF). Davis Payton and Alex Brethauer, both managers at Cook Medical, have shown exceptional commitment to innovation and investment in making Indiana communities a better place. Now, with the fellowship, these two leaders can expand their networks and put their community-building ideas into practice.
Davis Payton, a field support manager for Cook’s Critical Care specialty, has been with the company for 20 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in telecommunications and an MBA with a concentration in marketing. He has held a variety of roles with Cook, including marketing, sales and global product development.
Alex Brethauer, a senior manager of product management, works in Cook Medical’s Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS) specialty. He has been at Cook for about seven years, prior to which he co-founded a startup biotech company developing bone disorder technology. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and his MBA from Indiana University.
The Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation is named after the 49th governor of Indiana and the current president of Purdue University. After Daniels concluded his term in office, the members of his gubernatorial administration created the foundation. The foundation’s goal is to recognize and support leaders who exemplify Daniels’s traits of breaking down barriers, building up innovative ideas and implementing creative solutions to make the community a better place for everyone to live.
The MDLF offers fellowships to innovative leaders who drive change in Indiana. The fellowship is a two-year commitment. Each cohort will spend the first year receiving leadership training and better understanding Indiana’s successes and challenges in areas such as healthcare, education, economic development and civic participation. During the second year of the fellowship, participants design and implement projects to empower local communities.
“It’s an honor to have been selected. I’m looking forward to being a part of the MDLF program, learning from a great group of leaders, and working to make an impact in our community,” said Brethauer.
“This fellowship offers a chance to learn more about communities across the state of Indiana and help narrow competitive gaps among neighboring cities and states,” said Payton. “I’m excited to learn about the efforts other companies and organizations have made that I may not be familiar with, and also collaboratively developing new ideas to improve the state even more.”
About Cook Medical
Since 1963, Cook Medical has worked closely with physicians to develop technologies that eliminate the need for open surgery. Today we invent, manufacture and deliver a unique portfolio of medical devices to the healthcare systems of the world. Serving patients is a privilege, and we demand the highest standards of quality, ethics and service. We have remained family owned so that we have the freedom to focus on what we care about: patients, our employees and our communities.