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Kathy Odell is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of leadership experience in high growth enterprises. She is currently CEO of NutraHealth Partners, a developer of functional foods and beverages and nutritional supplements.

Kathy began her entrepreneurial career in 1985 as co-founder Medical Concepts, Inc., which over a five-year period became the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of video systems for minimally invasive surgery, resulting in its acquisition by Karl Storz Endoscopy GmbH in 1990. Following the acquisition Kathy served the Storz Group as Managing Director of Karl Storz Imaging and President of Karl Storz Veterinary Endoscopy. She left the Storz Group in 2000 to return to the entrepreneurial realm.

In addition to her work with private enterprises, from 1998 to 2012 Kathy was a director of Pacific Capital Bancorp, N.A. (NASDAQ:PCBC), a regional community bank with $6.5B in assets where she served as Chair of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Enterprise Risk and Governance committees.

Kathy’s awards and recognition include the 2013 Rock Star Lifetime Achievement Award from the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation, the 2005 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Greater Los Angeles area; the 2005 Venky Award for entrepreneurial leadership presented by UCSB; the Women’s Economic Ventures 2001 Entrepreneur of the Year and the 1998 South Coast Business and Technology Award as Executive of the Year. Kathy is a graduate of Stanford University.