Richard E. Otto
During his illustrious, 35-year career of starting, growing and expanding healthcare and biotech companies, Richard Otto had a front-row seat to every modern breakthrough in cardiology. Having met and worked with innovative physicians across the country — Dr. Andreas Gruentzig, the pioneer in cardiac angioplasty; Dr. Richard Schatz who is the co-developer of the coronary artery stint; and Jeff Arnold, the founder of WebMD — it’s no surprise that his beach-side retirement didn’t last.
He first tried cryotherapy at Sea Island, GA where he had arranged for Chad and Johnny to offer demo sessions for several PGA players, coaches and trainers. After seeing its effects on elite athletes, as well as his fellow retirees, Richard decided to investigate the business potential. He says, “What amazes me most about Impact Cryotherapy is that we’ve taken something relatively unknown and turned it into a lifestyle need that’s growing like wildfire.”
Richard credits a large part of the company’s success to his “one in a million” cofounder, Robert Atwood, and the entire team. “Bob and I get a good charge from helping these young folks grow and mature in business. Coaching them through taking their lumps and moving on has been very gratifying — and I still learn something new every day.”