Our Team

Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Bridges has assembled a group of consumer health and personal care experts with a proven track record of brand renovation, product innovation and commercial and operational excellence.

Founders

Robert Long education and experience

Robert Long

President & CEO

Experience

Robert has over 20 years of industry experience. He served as the Head of the North American Region, CEO of Chattem, Inc. and a member of the Paris-based leadership team for Sanofi's CHC Global Business Unit. He also served Chattem in several other executive positions.

Robert has held a number of executive positions in various strategic development and financial leadership roles and served clients in a variety industries with Arthur Anderson and Ernst & Young.

Education

Robert is a certified Public Accountant and received a BS in Finance with a minor in Economics from the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga.

Blair Ramey education and experience

Blair Ramey

EVP & CCO

Experience

With over 27 years of industry experience, Blair most-recently served as the head of US Marketing and Innovation (CMO) for Chattem, Inc. After joining Chattem, Inc. in 1998 he served in a number of executive positions in Business Development, Rx to OTC Switch, and Marketing.

Prior to Chattem, Blair served as the Director of Marketing for a large insurance holding company, as a Product Manager for a leading FMCG company in the food category and as an Assistant Account Executive for a full-service advertising agency managing FMCG accounts and supporting new business development.

Education

Blair earned a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics (major) and Chemistry (minor) from Wake Forest University.

Leadership team

Jack Bakke education and experience

Jack Bakke

Head of Operations & Distribution

Experience

With over 20 years of industry experience, Jack most recently served as the Director of Procurement for a major Consumer Healthcare company working in various categories including contract manufacturing, raw materials and packaging.

Prior to Healthcare, Jack served in various Supply Chain roles including Procurement, Contract Manufacturing, Planning, ERP system implementation, Master Data and Packaging Engineering for a leading FMCG company in the Confections industry.

Education

Jack earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from the University of Wisconsin - Stout.

Rich Boschi education and experience

Rich Boschi

Innovation & Digital Marketing Lead

Experience

With 16 years of consumer healthcare experience, Rich most recently served as the Associate Marketing Director of Innovation and Strategy for the North American Sanofi Allergy portfolio. Prior to joining Sanofi, Rich served in multiple marketing positions at Johnson & Johnson, in both the US and Europe.

Education

Rich earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Birmingham, UK.

Derek Carlson education and experience

Derek Carlson

Head of Finance & Accounting

Experience

Derek has over 20 years of industry experience. He was Director of Finance at Chattem and also served the company in several other positions in Finance and Sales Finance. Prior to joining Chattem, Derek served clients in a variety of industries while at Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young

Education

Derek is a Certified Public Accountant. He received a Master of Accountancy and a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi.

Jennifer Cooper education and experience

Jennifer Cooper

Brand Management Lead

Experience

Jennifer has over 23 years of marketing experience including 20 years in the CPG industry.

She began her marketing career in the Quick Service (Fast Foods) industry before working on specialty and growth OTC brands for 18 years at Chattem/Sanofi. Jennifer has a history of driving brand growth through innovation and brand renovation while delivering financial performance. Prior to joining Bridges, she served as Directory of Marketing at Chattanooga State Community College.

Education

Master Degree in Business Administration/Organizational management, Bachelor of Science/Marketing.

Andy Flasch education and experience

Andy Flasch

Vice President of Sales

Experience

With over 20 years of CPG experience, Andy is highly experienced in building effective teams and go-to-market strategies to deliver industry-leading sales results.

Prior to joining Bridges, Andy served in various executive sales leadership roles focused on Customer Business Development, Trade Management, Sales Planning and Analytics. These roles were at leading FMCG companies including Genomma Labs, Sanofi/Chattem CHC, Pfizer CHC and Gillette.

Education

BA, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Scott Hughes education and experience

Scott Hughes

Head of Quality and Regulatory Affairs

Experience

With over 20 years of industry experience, Scott most recently served as the Director of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs for the leading Consumer Healthcare company in Asia, working to develop QMS to meet the United States FDA requirements.  Scott has developed QMS for companies working with contract manufacturing companies on multiple continents to meet United States FDA requirements.

Prior to consumer health care Scott served 7 years in the US Army as a Helicopter mechanic serving overseas and in Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Education

Scott earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Memphis.

Jason Sondgeroth education and experience

Jason Sondgeroth

Head of Innovation

Experience

With over 20 years of industry experience, Jason most recently served as the CSO for a start-up pharmaceutical company. Previously, he served for 17 years in innovation at Chattem/Sanofi.

Jason has multiple patents and has had success with innovations in multiple CPG categories including skincare, sun care, pain care, anti-itch, oral care, hair care, baby care and dietary supplements. He has a history of driving brand growth through product technology, claims innovation and a delightful consumer experience.

Education

Jason earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Indiana University.