Michael Blackham joined Merit Medical in 2010 as the Vice President of Global Trade, tasked with creating an infrastructure aimed at corporate cost savings by negotiating long-term agreements with suppliers and vendors. As VP of Global trade, Blackham helped Merit realize a savings of more than $5 million in just two years. In 2013, Blackham was asked to head Merit Medical’s OEM business, a quickly growing and important division of Merit Medical that sells Merit components and devices to other medical manufacturers. One of his first initiatives as VP of Global OEM was to combine the OEM business with one of Merit’s smaller component businesses, Merit Coatings – a manufacturer and supplier of coated wires and tubes based in the Netherlands. From the time Blackham assumed responsibilities for the OEM and Coatings divisions, the combined business has grown 28% and accounts for 15% of Merit’s overall business. Prior to joining Merit, Blackham ran his own financial firm for over 15 years. Blackham speaks French and graduated from the University of Utah.
VP OEM Sales
Don has worked for Merit Medical for over 12 years now and has extensive experience in the medical industry. He has received multiple performance awards at Merit, including Sales Rep of the Year, and has received Merit’s top honor, President Club winner, each year during his time as a sales rep. Over the last two years Don has been the V.P. of US Sales and managed the direct sales for Merit Medical in the United States. Don is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School.
Sr. Director, OEM engineering
Dave Johnson has over 16 years of experience with Merit Medical, with 10 of those years serving our OEM customers. Dave joined Merit Medical as a manufacturing engineer in 2000 and supported many of the product families manufactured in South Jordan. He later went on as the first Project Engineer within the manufacturing group, performing material and equipment validations covering the broad range of Merit’s product families. In 2005 Dave joined OEM as a Project Engineer and primarily dealt with project management and working as a liaison between the OEM sales group and Merit’s engineering departments. In 2007 Dave was promoted to Director of OEM Engineering. Dave left the OEM group in 2015 to work in product marketing on one of Merit’s foundation products, Inflation Syringes. He returned to the OEM department in 2016 as the Sr. Director of OEM engineering.
Dave received a Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Brigham Young University.
Director, Customer Service
Richard Best has been in the Customer Service department of Merit for nearly 15 years. He joined Merit in 2001 as a Customer Service Representative for Hospital Sales. After 7 years of working for Hospital Sales, Richard was asked to work on projects for the OEM division of Merit. He has worked in several capacities for the OEM department and is currently the Director of the Customer Service Group for the OEM division within Merit Medical. Richard Best enjoys assisting customers and is proud of the way the Customer Service team manages to deliver the right service to the customers of Merit in the right way.
Senior Marketing Communications Manager
Christian Frioux joined Merit Medical in 2015 and worked with Merit’s CI division to development new marketing and education materials. He joined the Merit OEM management in September of 2016. Christian brings marketing and communications experience from the tech industry, growing sales and building brands for both large and small companies.
Christian started his college education at the University of Utah were he also played Lacrosse for 2 years. He studied German Lit. and Art History in Vienna, Austria followed by his graduation from Brigham Young University with Bachelor’s degree in Communications as well as German Literature.