Knowledge Capital

The Egg Factory's primary asset is its "knowledge capital" that includes a combination of proven business and technology leadership with extensive experience in the commercial innovation process. The Egg Factory utilizes its "knowledge capital" to find innovative opportunities for the commercial marketplace and then to develop and market these opportunities to global companies.

The Egg Factory Board

Ronald Blum, O.D., is Founder of The Egg Factory, LLC and served as Chairman, CEO and President until the end of 2014.  He has had great success in building diverse management teams needed to develop products as well as executing business strategies. He is a visionary, innovator and businessman. Dr. Blum is named as the inventor or co-inventor on over 500 patents and patent applications worldwide. He has invented, co-invented, or helped to develop 9 different products, technologies or IP portfolios, which have been licensed or sold to six global billion dollar companies.

Dr. John Hunkeler, is the Chairman of the Board of Managers of The Egg Factory and a Director on the Board of Encore Vision, Inc. Dr. Hunkeler is in the private practice of ophthalmology in Overland Park, Kansas. His practice focuses on cataract and refractive surgery. He is a past president of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (1993-1995). He was Chair of the Department Ophthalmology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine from 1994- 2000. He has clinical investigative experience with early foldable intraocular lenses, YAG laser for capsulotomy and early use of the excimer laser for refractive corneal surgery. Dr. Hunkeler has been a strong advocate and investigator for presbyopic correcting lens implants and microincision cataract surgery. Dr. Hunkeler co-founded the Kansas City Eye Bank in 1977 and was its initial medical director. Dr. Hunkeler has lectured extensively all over the world. His investment experience is extensive in various ventures including Summit Technology, one of the pioneering excimer laser companies. A Harvard college graduate, he attended the University of Kansas for medical school and residency. He was a captain in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Saigon for one year during the Vietnam War era. He is past president of the Heart of America Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Brendan B. Sheil is a member of the Board of Managers of the Egg Factory. Mr. Sheil has over 20 years experience in sales and marketing in Ophthalmology, developing relationships and overseeing the sales and strategic development of various ophthalmic products worldwide. Since 2009, he founded and is president of Synergy Ophthalmic Solutions, LLC, a Midwest based ophthalmic device distributor and consulting firm. Previously, Mr. Sheil was Vice President of Commercial Operations of the Americas for Bausch + Lomb Surgical. Prior to this role he was Executive Director of Bausch and Lomb's U.S. Refractive Business. In his senior roles, he developed various go to market strategies and successfully implemented these strategies with internal and external sales operation teams. He has been a recipient of various accolades for his achievements and is a speaker on product implementation strategies and practice development. Mr. Sheil holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business from Iowa State University and sits in an advisory role for various established and start-up ophthalmic companies.

Ed Tyler is a member of the Board of Manager of The Egg Factory. Mr. Tyler is Chairman of Encore Vision and Chairman of the Board of First Industrial Realty Trust, where he has served as a director since 2000. He has also served in recent leadership positions at Ideapoint Ventures, an early stage venture fund that focuses on nanotechnologies, and Industrial Nanotech, Inc., an entity which develops and sells nanomaterial solutions. Prior to this recent experience, Mr. Tyler served as President and CEO of Moore Corporation Limited, a provider of data capture, information design, marketing services, digital communications and print solutions. During his tenure at Moore, he led a worldwide repositioning and restructuring of the company. Earlier, Mr. Tyler worked for 24 years with R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company in Chicago, beginning his career as an electronics engineer and ultimately serving as Executive Vice President, Sector President, and Chief Technology Officer. He also was responsible for 77 Capital, an early stage venture capital subsidiary of Donnelley, where he was directly responsible for investment decisions and worked closely with the portfolio companies while participating on many of their boards. Mr. Tyler is a former Chairman of the American Red Cross (Mid-America Chapter) and Campaign Chairman of the United Way of Lake County, and serves as a director for several small, private companies. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, where he is also an adjunct faculty member.