Jose Suarez is the CEO & partner of TEDMED, LLC and a partner at Walker Digital, LLC.
TEDMED seeks to unlock the power of imagination in the service of health and medicine. Imagination starts with inspiration, thrives on informality, is catalyzed by multidisciplinary thinking, and demands confidence. At TEDMED we collaborate with leading academic institutions, teaching hospitals, government agencies, and businesses and individuals from around the globe to let imaginations soar to innovate for humanity's health.
TEDMED is best known for its annual event at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Each year, sixteen hundred Delegates from within and outside of health and medicine gather at this majestic setting for a 3-day pinnacle event. The event is simulcast around the world, ultimately touching millions of minds.
Prior to TEDMED, Mr. Suarez served for many years as President & COO of Walker Digital, a privately-held, innovation laboratory based in Stamford, Connecticut, founded by prolific inventor Jay Walker. Now as partner of the firm, Mr. Suarez advises Mr. Walker on deals and opportunities in an investment banking capacity. Walker Digital is best known as the creator of priceline.com, the Internet-based “name-your-own-price” company.
Mr. Suarez makes investments in start-ups that solve large problems, leverage existing networks, and can scale rapidly. He has started, operated and sold numerous businesses, including an electronic payment processing company and manufacturing plants employing thousands of people throughout Central America. A former real estate developer, Mr. Suarez started his professional career at GE, where he created computer simulation models of manufacturing processes and entire factories.
Mr. Suarez is co-Chair of Choate Rosemary Hall's Parents Fund Council and serves as advisor and patron of various philanthropic organizations. He was born in El Salvador and emigrated to the United States during his country's civil war to attend college. He graduated valedictorian from Virginia Tech holding a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. He also holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Suarez enjoys adventure travel and has participated in expeditions to both the Arctic and the Antarctic. He is an avid ultra-runner. In 2007 he completed the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run across the Sierra Nevada in 27 hours. He repeated the feat again in 2010, this time finishing in 23 hours to earn the race’s coveted Silver Buckle.
Jose and his wife Trish have one son and live in Fairfield County, Connecticut.