When I started studying this field, I learned so much about physiology. I always keep moving thanks to what I’ve learned.

Our company history tells us that we were started and built by a family and we’re still like a family, even though we have grown. We all work together and it’s very easy to form friendships even with leadership team members. Our culture is very open to sharing information about problems and strategies with everyone at employee meetings. I enjoy the feeling that my knowledge and hard work are turning into something that directly improves someone’s quality of life.

  • School: University of Science and Technology of China, University of Florida
  • Major: Mechanical engineering, Biomedical engineering
  • Musical Style & Artists: Folk music, soft rock, Paul Simon
  • Hobbies: Running, soccer, music, cooking, hiking, traveling, badminton

Bo Gao

Product Development Engineer/FEA Specialist
 
 

The biggest benefit of working here is the ability to have fun, the ability to do work I enjoy.

After biking to work for National Bike to Work Week, I decided to bike to reduce my carbon footprint. As a result, my wife and I got rid of our second car. Participating in this program truly inspired me and changed my driving habits. This is just one way that Exactech makes it easy for me to stay balanced. Also, Exactech gives me a way to be involved with the March of Dimes. I’m a grandfather and I’ve always had a soft spot for babies, so being involved with an organization that protects children means a lot.

  • School: Bob Jones University, Indiana University
  • Major: Accounting
  • Musical Style & Artists: Classic old school rock, Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Bill Withers
  • Hobbies: Running, biking, tennis, walking, travel, wine tasting

David Grant

Division Controller, Exactech Spine
 
 

It’s the kind of place that makes you want to stay here long term. Your coworkers feel like your friends; you feel connected to a community of people.

My job is fast-paced, and it is evident every day that our company is growing. I do a lot of International work with attorneys all over the world and I work with our global offices as much as I do here. We are in a global economy and we improve people’s lives all over the world. I have a passion for our work here and I feel like we are all working towards a common goal.

  • School:  Duke University and University of Alabama 
  • Major: Biology, English, Psychology and Law
  • Musical Style & Artists: Classical, Rock, Bluegrass, U2, Allison Krauss, Kings of Leon
  • Hobbies: Running, Writing, Cooking

Donna Edwards

Vice President, Legal
 
 

I’m in love with words. I love listening to people talk, and I’m fascinated by watching interactions. I’m a word person.

I feel extremely fortunate that this is my first job out of college. Exactech has never made me feel like I was part of a stack of paper. I felt unique from the start. Exactech has done a great job of taking my interests and realizing my potential and helping me do things that aren’t really in my job description. I’ve been encouraged to observe surgery and interact with surgeons. I’m very interested in the medical field and love meeting patients who need our help. 

  • School: University of Florida
  • Major: Public Relations
  • Musical Style & Artists: Indie/ alternative rock, Counting Crows, Sara Bareilles, Radiohead
  • TV Shows or Channels: House Hunters International
  • Hobbies: Music, cooking, traveling, creative writing

Grace Flowers

Marketing Communications Specialist
 
 

The money and fame in music is superficial, but making an impact is what’s important.

The one thing I don’t want to ever do is look back and say, “I should have…or I missed that opportunity.” I think the reason I’m here is because I haven’t regretted one day of being here. This idea of living life to the fullest came from my parents. My dad plays classical piano and my mom is a classical vocalist. I grew up touring the country with them. My family was about making people happy, and the goal of this company is making people happy. During all of my years at Exactech, I have been heavily involved with music outside of work and have never been made to feel like the two conflicted with each other.

  • Musical Style & Artists: Rock, jazz, blues and country, Rush, Toto, Buddy Rich
  • TV Shows or Channels: Discovery Channel, TLC or Science Fiction
  • Hobbies: Reading, music, biking, golf, sketch art, model building, Lego collecting

Keith Whitesel

Quality Engineering Technician
 
 

Exactech gives me the flexibility to adjust my hours to allow me to do things I’m passionate about.

We are using new, changing technology and tools and we are part of a green industry. I’m actually working on a project right now to replace our non-toxic machine coolant with nitrogen, which is absorbed into the atmosphere. I’ve been a machinist for 27 years – I’ve made landing gear, satellite hardware and now medical devices. I come to work in a beautiful machine shop, we have clean floors, AC, and we come to work in a professional environment. There is openness, friendship and passion for our work.

  • School: Conastoga College
  • Major: Machining CAD/CAM
  • Musical Style & Artists: Rock, Shinedown, Rush, Chavelle
  • TV Shows or Channels: Ghost Hunters
  • Hobbies: Coaching volleyball, fishing, scuba diving, kayaking, canoeing and hiking

Kevin Hindle

Manufacturing Engineer
 
 

I feel fortunate to have a job that allows me to be creative while contributing to the goal of improving patient outcomes.

I’ve been here for nine years, and been privileged to see the company experience amazing growth and success. In support of our work, I've traveled to very interesting places, including Taiwan, China and Australia. I've designed and equipped a research laboratory, done clinical studies for new products, helped establish and staff overseas subsidiaries, and interfaced with our surgeon customers. I have the flexibility to balance my work life and personal life.

  • School: The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Major: Biomedical Engineering
  • Musical Style & Artists: Alt country, Wilco, Neko Case
  • TV Shows or Channels: Tampa Bay Rays games, The Simpsons, The Daily Show
  • Hobbies: Reading, music, home maintenance projects

Kurt Sly

Director, Research and Development
 
 

I think you will always learn if you’re not afraid to learn something from everyone.

I’ve been a runner all my life and the fast-paced world of Exactech is exciting for me. I wake up every morning happy to come here. It never gets old. I do something interesting every day. It’s so satisfying to see a patient with a hip that I finished. In my career, I have had the opportunity to make custom parts for children and that makes getting out of bed to come to work worth it. My job is fast-paced, but the town is slow and nice. People here make eye contact and say hello. My team is great, we help each other. Exactech has that kind of culture.

  • Musical Style & Artists: Latin
  • TV Shows or Channels: History Channel
  • Hobbies: Running, music, cooking

Santos Guzman

Manufacturing Finisher