John recently hosted our friend Howard Root at a packed Center of the American Experiment lunch forum in downtown Minneapolis. Howard told the story of his experience as chief executive officer of Vascular Solutions caught in the crosshairs of the federal government when prosecutors sought to put him in the big house and his company out of business. It was the most powerful 45-minute presentation I have ever seen. Howard tells the story in his new book (written with Stephen Saltarelli), Cardiac Arrest: Five Heart-Stopping Years as a CEO on the Feds’ Hit List. His presentation is now captured in the video posted by the Center (below).
Howard is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. Among other things, he is a corporate lawyer turned entrepreneur, inventor and corporate executive.
Howard touched on one aspect of his story in the Wall Street Journal column “Sally Yates’s legacy of injustice at the Department of Justice.” In the fuller version of the story he tells in his PowerPoint presentation, we have human interest, self-deprecating humor, life lessons, politics and action items, a scrappy struggle for success in the medical device business, federal regulation and the administrative state, criminal law, trial practice and (as in Howard’s column) Sally Yates and the Department of (In)Justice. And that’s not all! We also have Amy Klobuchar and the Star Tribune. It’s a riveting story and an incredibly rich case study. Don’t miss this one.