Our leadership team is comprised of industry veterans who understand the unique challenges within workers’ compensation. Each day, this team leads the company in our mission of delivering better outcomes for injured workers and lower costs for our clients. Meet our leadership team by reading the profiles below.
Brian Carwile, Chief Executive Officer
Brian Carwile, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), is the co-founder of Orchid Medical. Since the company’s inception, Carwile has led the strategic vision and direction of Orchid; growing it from a durable medical equipment and supplies company to a leading, comprehensive ancillary and surgical cost containment company within the workers’ compensation industry. Prior to founding Orchid, Carwile began a medical career in 1991 as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and served as an athletic trainer while attending the University of Florida. Carwile is a recognized thought-leader on innovative medical products and ancillary services as well as a frequent industry speaker. Carwile earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Florida and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College.
Paul Taylor, Chief Operating Officer
Paul Taylor has been with Orchid for over ten years serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Taylor leads the company’s go-to-market strategies and provides executive oversight and direction of operations. Prior to joining Orchid, Taylor founded a workers’ compensation surveillance and investigations company, The Intel Group/Hyperion Risk. He served as the Executive Vice President of The Intel Group/Hyperion Risk until it was purchased in 2006. Originally from Northern Ireland, Taylor is a decorated police officer who has served within the ranks of the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC. Taylor attended Belfast Technical College in Northern Ireland and immigrated to the United States in 1992.
Oliver Ostlander, Chief Information Officer
Oliver Ostlander joined Orchid in 2011 as the Chief Information Officer, (CIO). As the CIO, Ostlander is responsible for guiding the company’s technological strategy and product development. Prior to joining Orchid, Ostlander served as the Vice President of EK Health Services and the Executive Director of Operations at Coventry Health Care where he helped support over $700 million in annual revenues. Ostlander has over 15 years of experience in the workers’ compensation industry which includes extensive product intelligence development as well as business and operational system improvements. Ostlander attended the University of California at Santa Barbara and majored in Business Administration.
Rafael Padrón, CPA, CFE, Chief Financial Officer
Rafael Padrón joined Orchid in 2017 as the company’s controller and in 2019 he was promoted to chief financial officer (CFO). As the CFO, Padrón is responsible for managing the company’s administrative, financial and risk management operations. Prior to joining Orchid, Padrón was a member of a global accounting team for a Fortune 15 company. Padrón began his career specializing in forensic accounting services and providing economic damage measurements for entities throughout the globe. Padrón holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Accounting degree from Nova Southeastern University. Padrón is a Florida Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
Timothy Howlin, Chief Sales Officer
Timothy Howlin is the newest addition to the Orchid team, joining us as the Chief Sales Officer (CSO). As the CSO, Howlin will lead Orchid’s go-to-market strategy as well as the sales, client services and marketing teams in support of the company’s growth initiatives. Howlin has more than 25 years of experience in the workers’ compensation industry with extensive business development experience and an impressive record of sustained topline revenue growth. He most recently served as chief sales officer for Rising Medical Solutions, where he notably transformed the company’s sales, account management and marketing teams in achieving significant new business growth and retention of existing clients. Prior to that role, he served as senior vice president of national sales for Optum, a division of United Healthcare Group. Howlin is a graduate of Molloy College in New York.
Monica Patel, SHRM-CP, Vice President, Human Resources and Talent Acquisitions
Monica Patel joined Orchid in 2012 and serves as Vice President of Human Resources and Talent Acquisitions. Prior to her current position, she served as Director of Human Resources and held the roles of finance and sales coordinator and executive assistant which allowed her to gain valuable insight to Orchid’s business model and culture. Patel is responsible for working with Orchid’s management team in defining and implementing recruiting efforts, training, performance management, policy, compliance, benefits, and compensation. Patel became certified by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) in 2017. She holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Allied Health Sciences and Health Services Administration from the University of Central Florida and completed her MBA degree at the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College.
David Anderson, ATP, Vice President, Operations
For the past 20 years, David Anderson has held leadership positions in the workers’ compensation industry. Anderson joined Orchid in 2007 as the Vice President of Operations. Anderson is responsible for leading the day-to-day functions within operations and quality assurance. Prior to Orchid, Anderson held the position of Vice President of Operations and Special Investigations at Hyperion Risk and Global Options. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a Masters of Business Administration with a specialization in Risk Management and Insurance from Florida State University. Additionally, he holds an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) certification through RESNA. Anderson is currently enrolled in Florida State University’s MBA program with a specialization in Risk Management and Insurance. Anderson’s deep knowledge in workers’ compensation patient care and medical services cost containment has allowed him to speak across the nation on topics ranging from myoelectric prosthetics, complex rehabilitation equipment and surgical implants.
Jason Bliss, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Jason Bliss, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, has been with Orchid since 2008. Bliss is responsible for the strategic planning of building and retaining customer partnerships, expanding the utilization of the company’s services within accounts and leading the account management team in ensuring clients’ expectations are met. With 15 years of sales and marketing experience within the workers’ compensation industry, Bliss has held regional account managerial positions with Cypress Care and Omega Insurance Services. Bliss holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Sports Management from Florida State University.
Stephen Rios, Vice President, Client Services
Stephen Rios joined Orchid in 2017 as Vice President of Client Services. Rios is responsible for building and retaining client partnerships, expanding the utilization of the company’s services within accounts and leading the client services team in ensuring clients’ expectations are met. Rios has been in the workers’ compensation healthcare industry since 2000. He has managed sales teams on a national basis and understands the needs of clients across many lines of business. Prior to Orchid, Rios held sales and account management leadership positions at pharmacy benefit management and ancillary medical services companies Jordan Reses, TechHealth, and Cypress Care. Rios graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors degree in economics.
Stephen Ellerman, Vice President, Provider Relations
Stephen Ellerman joined Orchid in 2018 as the Vice President of Provider Relations. Ellerman is responsible for the strategic oversight and development of the company’s network of provider partners for durable medical equipment, home health, diagnostic imaging, physical medicine and transportation and language services. As a workers’ compensation industry veteran, Ellerman brings over 25 years of experience in the development and management of national ancillary networks. For 20 years as vice president of provider development for One Call Care Management, Ellerman successfully led the company’s contracting, credentialing and servicing efforts for the diagnostics network division. Prior to joining Orchid, Ellerman served as vice president of network operations at Atlantic Imaging Group where he directed provider network development, call center operations and sales activities of a national diagnostic testing network. In addition, Ellerman has held senior management positions in the broader health care industry at medical centers and hospitals. Ellerman received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Saint Peter’s University in New Jersey and a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from New Jersey City University.
Kellie Jackson, Vice President, Marketing
Kellie Jackson joined Orchid in 2016 as the director of marketing and was promoted to Vice President of marketing in August of 2019. Jackson is responsible for the strategic direction and execution of Orchid’s marketing and communications efforts. Prior to joining Orchid, Jackson spent over ten years in marketing management positions servicing pharmacy benefit management, ancillary medical services and managed care product lines at Cypress Care, Healthcare Solutions and Optum. With over 14 years of B2B marketing experience in the workers’ compensation industry, Jackson brings a wealth of knowledge in developing and executing integrated marketing campaigns, brand development and public relations. Jackson holds a Bachelors in Marketing and a Masters of Business Administration from Brenau University.