Thomas A. Trite is Senior Executive with extensive experience in business planning, development, and operations management, particularly within the hospital, health care, and pharmaceutical industry. In 1996, Tom founded Continuing Care Rx (CCRx), a provider of Long-Term Care (LTC) pharmaceutical services. While serving as Chief Executive Officer and President, Tom grew CCRx to become the third largest LTC Pharmacy in the United States before it was acquired by Omnicare and later CVS. In 2014, he founded PA Options for Wellness, Inc. with a research and education-centered goal of becoming the leader in Pennsylvania’s emerging medical cannabis industry and was selected by the Penn State College of Medicine as its ten-year clinical registrant research partner in 2019. Since 2015, the company has also been working closely with Penn State on non-cannabis related research to explore the medical and industrial properties of hemp and flax. This experience led Tom to recognize the vast potential of the industrial hemp and plant biotech industry, resulting in the founding of Vytal Plant Science Research (VPSR) in 2022.
Dave Minnig has more than twenty years of experience in project management, business development, procurement, and non-profit management. His professional experience includes leading product and facility development at PA Options for Wellness. Prior to this, he served as Director of Operations for Tri-Mountain Pure LLC, and was the founder and Director of Cordova Corporation, a Department of Defense procurement corporation. In 2016, Dave founded and became the Executive Director of the nonprofit Hazleton Area Recreational Program (HARP), which now operates as a 22,000 square foot indoor sports facility serving the youth of the Greater Hazleton Area. Dave studied Business Administration at Penn State University and Criminal Justice at Luzerne County Community College.
Professor of Biology, School of Science, Engineering, and Technology at Penn State Harrisburg
Program Chair, Biology & Science
Associate Teaching Professor of Biology, School of Science, Engineering, and Technology at Penn State Harrisburg
Co-Principal Investigator, Central Pennsylvania Research and Teaching Laboratory for Biofuels
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