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Pink Tie Guys

Susan G. Komen® St. Louis Pink Tie Guys

The Susan G. Komen® St. Louis’ Pink Tie Guys are partners in the Komen promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever.

These men are leaders in our community who can help mobilize, energize and engage audiences in the breast cancer movement through their role within the community, within their organizations, and through their personal involvement.

The Komen St. Louis Class of 2013 Pink Tie Guys includes eight men who represent seven local companies and organizations that have supported Komen St. Louis since the inaugural Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure® in 1999, plus the six-time local presenting sponsor of the Komen St. Louis Race.

A woman in the United States has a 1 in 8 lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. The eight men in this Pink Tie Guys class are dedicated to calling attention to the deadly disease and encouraging year-round action to benefit breast health.

Each Pink Tie Guy has received a Komen-inspired necktie to wear throughout the year to raise awareness, inspire involvement and support efforts to fight breast cancer in our community. These eight influential leaders bring male voices to the urgency of ending breast cancer forever by speaking out about taking action and doing everything possible to find the cures.

Komen St. Louis is committed to the mission of saving lives and ending breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

2013 Pink Tie Guys

Ron Bose, MD, PhD
Breast cancer specialist and researcher, Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine
Pink Tie Guys 2013 Ron Bose Dr. Bose is board certified in Medical Oncology and Internal Medicine and has performed medical training at the country’s top hospitals. He received a 2009 Komen Career Catalyst Research Grant and a 2005 Komen Post-Doctoral Fellowship Grant. Ron has spoken at many local and national Komen events. His research focuses on the HER2 gene, which causes HER2-positive breast cancer. His research uses cutting-edge methods like cancer genome sequencing, proteomics, and studies of protein structure to understand how HER2 works.
Gaspare Calvaruso
President, SSM St. Joseph Health Center
Pink Tie Guys 2013 Gaspare Calvaruso Gaspare Calvaruso was named President of SSM St. Joseph Health Center in 2008 after previously spending 13 years with SSM Health Care, primarily specializing in physician relations and managed care administration. Gaspare’s expertise also includes physician practice management, contract negotiations, marketing, sales and strategic planning. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Medical Group Management Association.
Art Holliday
Anchor and reporter, KSDK NewsChannel 5
Pink Tie Guys 2013 Art Holiday Art Holliday’s broadcasting career spans more than 35 years in news and sports. He currently anchors NewsChannel 5 at 12 pm and field anchors for First at 4 pm. His work as a broadcaster has been recognized with numerous awards, including the University of Missouri’s prestigious Faculty-Alumni Award and St. Louis Emmy awards. In 2001, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists. Art’s interests include photography and documentary filmmaking.
Timothy Lu
Import/Export Logistics Manager, Anheuser-Busch
Pink Tie Guys 2013 Timothy Lu Timothy Lu graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Supply Chain Management. While in Arizona, he volunteered for and participated in the Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure. He became further committed to the cause when his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. After graduation, Tim moved to St. Louis to work for Anheuser-Busch, where he’s served as captain of A-B’s Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure team and continues to lead efforts to plan, fundraise and raise awareness to support finding the cures.
John Parker
Executive Vice President and President of Business Services Group, Wells Fargo Advisors
Pink Tie Guys 2013 John Parker John Parker provides operational support for Wells Fargo Advisors and all Wells Fargo businesses that leverage brokerage services through the brokerage operations, middle-office, project and professional services functions that report to him. John joined Wells Fargo Advisors through the mergers of Wachovia and Wells Fargo. He joined A.G. Edwards in 2001, where he served as CIO of A.G. Edwards & Sons and president of A.G. Edwards Technology Group..
Todd Schnuck
President and Chief Operating Officer, Schnuck Markets, Inc.
Pink Tie Guys 2013 Todd Schnuck Todd Schnuck is responsible for the company’s Store Operations, Merchandising, Marketing, Logistics, Pharmacy, Facilities Maintenance Operations, Consumer Affairs and Information Technology. Prior to rising to COO, he was Chief Financial Officer. He began his business career in the Investment Banking division at A.G. Edwards & Songs before joining his family’s company in January 1987. Todd and his wife, Julie, are the proud parents of four children.
Donn Sorensen
President, Mercy East Communities, Mercy
Pink Tie Guys 2013 Donn Sorenson Donn Sorensen was named President of Mercy East Communities in 2012. As regional president, he has overall responsibility for strategy setting, growth and operations. He works closely with the presidents of Mercy hospitals and Mercy Clinic in the region to guide planning, decision-making and achievement of regional and Mercy-wide goals. Donn has more than 25 years of healthcare experience and serves on the American Medical Group Association Board of Directors.
Randy Weller
Vice President of Community Development, Citi (and two-time Pink Tie Guy!)
Pink Tie Guys 2013 Randy Weller Randy Weller began his career at Citi in 1989 and since 2004 has served as Vice President of Community Development. For four consecutive years, the Citi facility in O’Fallon, MO, has been recognized as the largest volunteer site in Citi’s worldwide network, based on number of volunteer hours. Randy is a committed community volunteer, contributing his time and talent to nonprofit and charitable organizations, including service on several boards. Randy and his wife, Gail, are the proud parents of two children.

2011-12 Pink Tie Guys
Darrell M. Ballinger, MD – Chairperson of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Southern Illinois Healthcare Center
Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, FACS – Director and Olin Distinguished Professor, Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University Medical Center
Robert C. Frazier, MD – Division Chief, Department of Radiology, Division of Radiation Oncology, Mercy Hospital
Joshua Glaser, MD – General and Vascular Surgeon, SSM DePaul Health Center
Geoffrey Hamill, MD – Section Chief of Mammography and Breast Imaging, Breast HealthCare Center at Missouri Baptist Medical Center
Joshua E. “Jay” Jensen, MD – Chief of Surgery, Christian Hospital
Theodore L. Vander Velde, MD – Radiologist, Alton Memorial Hospital
Mark Varvares, MD, FACS – Director, Saint Louis University Cancer Center

2010-2011 Class of Pink Tie Guys
Mike Bush – Anchor, KSDK NewsChannel 5
Ralph Butler – Performer
Kevin Demoff – Executive Vice President of Football Operations & Chief Operating Officer, St. Louis Rams
Doug Elgin – Commissioner, Missouri Valley Conference
Todd George – Spinnaker St. Louis
Tim Metz – Co-Owner, Pickles Deli
Davis Payne – Head Coach, St. Louis Blues
Wiley Price – Photojournalist, St. Louis American Newspaper
Randy Weller – Vice President of Community Development, Citi

2009-10 Inaugural Class of Pink Tie Guys
Frank Bates
- First Vice President, Wells Fargo Advisors
Joseph P. Castellano - Business and Personal Development Advisor
Cornbread - Host of The Cornbread Morning Show, 92.3 WIL
Robert I. (“Rik”) Knopf - Retired Business Owner
Rene Knott - Sports Director, KSDK NewsChannel 5
Scott Komen - District Sales Manager, Ecolab
Tom Miller - Web Developer, SSM Health Care
Mark Reardon - Host, Mark Reardon Show and Total Information PM, KMOX NewsRadio 1120

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