Thomas M. Loarie


Thomas M. Loarie is a popular host of The Mentors Radio Show, the founder and CEO of BryoLogyx Inc. (BryoLogyx.com), and a seasoned corporate executive with expertise turning-around companies and leading cutting-edge start-ups in the life sciences industry. He is responsible for bringing more than 20 medical technologies to market across 11 medical specialties that are now improving or saving lives worldwide.

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Mr. Loarie’s curiosity and interest in leadership, innovation, start-ups, economics, and health care has led him to become a top reviewer for Amazon.com and a columnist for the Catholic Business Journal. Perhaps this is a throw-back to his childhood, growing up in a media/communications family.

Mr. Loarie's grandfather, Richard J. Finnegan, co-founded the Chicago Times (today's Chicago Sun-Times). And his father, Willard J. Loarie, was executive vice president for J. Walter Thompson advertising agency. The Loarie family home in Deerfield, Illinois, was often filled with reporters, editorial cartoonists (including Herblock), politicians, TV stars, and other media personalities.

He presently serves on the board of directors for The Refocus Group (Dallas), is a member of the Deans Council, Jacobs School of Engineering at University of California San Diego (UCSD), and a member of the U.S. Advisory Board for Enterprise Ireland.

Mr. Loarie previously served as Chairman and CEO of Mercator MedSystems; Co-founder and Chairman of CardioProfile, Inc.; CEO and Chairman of KeraVision, Inc; COO of Novacor, Inc.; as President of American Heyer-Schulte (Division of American Hospital Supply, now Baxter, Inc.), and as a Trustee of the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley. He was also an Assistant Professor of Surgery, Creighton University Medical School, a member of University of California's (Berkeley) Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board, and a board member for several privately-held medical technology companies.

Mr. Loarie is a published writer, a sought-after speaker in the field of medical technology and entrpreneurism, and an accomplished cartoonist and oil painter. He has lectured at the Anderson School of Management (UCLA), the Haas Business School (UC Berkeley), and at the Graziadeo School of Business and Management (Pepperdine).

He is active in the Catholic Church and known within the Diocese of Oakland for his 18+ years as Program Chair for Catholics@Work and as co-leader of SING, a parish-based ministry focused on helping those who are in-transition.

Mr. Loarie received his B.S.M.E. from the University of Notre Dame and went to graduate school at the Universities of Chicago (Booth) and Minnesota (Carlson).

Accessible and direct, Mr. Loarie is quick to acknowledge—first by action, then by words—the profound anchor of his life, his Catholic faith, in all his endeavors. This is the basis for his passion to help improve/save lives with innovative and much-needed medical products. He may be reached at TLoarie@CatholicBusinessJournal.biz

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Articles:

Book Review And Author Matthew Kelly: The Messiness...

March 31, 2022

My relationship with New York Times best-selling author and speaker Matthew Kelly dates back to 2004 when another New York Times, best-selling author and friend Patrick Lencioni, brought him to my attention as a potential speaker for the Diocese of...

Book Review: Buscemi’s Guide To Understanding The Family...

February 7, 2022

I noticed a sea-change in the investment landscape about 10 years ago as family offices, which were relatively unknown to entrepreneurs as a source of capital, expanded from investing solely in investment funds to investing directly in young companies. Family...

Book Review: Loneliness And The Feeling Of Being...

December 1, 2021

J.W. (Terry) Freiberg, social psychologist turned lawyer, explores what St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) called “The most terrible poverty” in his trilogy of books on loneliness – Four Seasons of Loneliness: A Lawyer's Case Stories (2016), Growing Up Lonely: Disconnection...

Codevilla And Lohmeier Provide A One-two Punch On...

November 4, 2021

Like many, I have had a sense something bigger is afoot in America than plain old partisan politics. I have not been able to connect all the dots, but I am finding dots to connect. Angelo M. Codevilla’s The Ruling...

Book Review: Failure Is An Option: Rising Above...

October 27, 2021

I received a copy of Rich Karlgaard’s Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement to review just before it was a published. This book really resonated with me since I have been working with...

Book Review: “take Care Of The People” -...

September 28, 2021

As he approaches his ninth decade of life, Monsignor Hilary C. Franco, author of Bishop Sheen: Mentor and Friend, has given us a gem of his reflections, Six Popes: A Son of the Church Remembers, encompassing a distinguished life that...

Book Review: Digging Your Way To A Good...

September 20, 2021

A Book Review of Ken Rusk’s Blue Collar Cash: Love Your Work, Secure Your Future, and Find Happiness for Life— I had the good fortune of working in the construction industry as a bricklayer’s labor during my college years. It...

Spirituality At The Intersection Of A Career Transition...

August 20, 2021

A Review of Joe Murphy’s Spiritual Lifeboat. I was introduced to author Joe Murphy by Mary Jo Potter, the former Dignity Health Board Chair and a recent guest on my radio show, THE MENTORS RADIO. Mary Jo suggested we meet...

Book Review: Understanding Demons And Miracles; Keys To...

July 6, 2021

Book reviews of “The Catholic Guide to Miracles” and the “Diary of an American Exorcist” I fully embrace the reality of a spiritual dimension to life. It cannot be proven with science, but it can be observed and for some,...

Book Reviews: Dark Agenda And Stranger In A...

May 10, 2021

Two books layout today’s cosmic battle between Good and Evil and a Path Forward for Strength, Joy and Peace exceptionally well, as you'll see below. Over the past year, Archbishop Carlo Vigano wrote a series of powerful letters addressing the...

Book Review: Finding Vigano: The Man Behind The...

April 25, 2021

Just who is this Archbishop Carlo Vigano? Who is this man who released a Testimony that shook the Catholic Church and the World? Who is this man who wrote two open letters to former President Trump—one before and one after...

Book Review: How The Use Of Questions Can...

April 9, 2021

Former South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy is a student of persuasion. He has learned that in the process of persuasion you either bring others closer to your way of thinking or at the very least, to learn about why it...

The Great Saint Patrick Of Ireland - His...

March 17, 2021

I visited Westport Ireland three years ago in search of my grandmother’s (Cahill) birth certificate. It is a beautiful place on the West Coast of Ireland, north of Galway. It lies at the foot of Croagh Patrick which is named...

A Christmas Gift: Life-giving Nourishment For Both The...

December 7, 2020

The Pontifical Swiss Guard’s elegant “The Vatican Christmas Cookbook” is infused with the Spirit of Christmas with 100 recipes, stories and pictures that are an integral part of the Vatican Christmas narrative. In this beautifully illustrated book, authors David Geisser...

Book Review: A Special Operations Forces’ Guide To...

November 29, 2020

In The Talent War, former Army officer, George Randle, and former Navy Seal, Mike Sarraille, join forces to share their decades of experience in talent acquisition and management. Randle is a strategic advisor to Sarraille’s EF Overwatch, and VP of...

Book Review: "dazzled" Author Provides A Gripping Guide...

October 13, 2020

by Thomas M. Loarie “Dazzled, Finding the Key to Perfect Forgiveness” is one of the best books I have read this year. It is very well-written and difficult to put down. Author Jess Echeverry, with the help of award-winning co-author...

Book Review: "trillion Dollar Coach" Is The Ultimate...

September 30, 2020

I found Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell to be an excellent book. As someone who has served as a CEO of early stage companies for many years and has also been asked frequently for...

Book Review: Manby Focuses On St. Paul’s Timeless...

August 28, 2020

Joel Manby’s Love Works: Seven Timeless Principles for Effective Leaders is an excellent book that is worth your time and money. Over the course of my career, there have been hundreds of books published on leadership effectiveness. While they all have...

Book Review: Which Pain Will You Choose? The...

June 27, 2020

This review was first published in 2015, but given the times, the uncertainty of government lockdown decisions and more, we felt this book could be especially helpful to Catholic business leaders and entrepreneurs. -CBJ ed. In The Reinvented Leader, author...

Book Review: Ram Charan’s Guide To Catching Structural...

May 21, 2020

Best-selling author and global consultant to CEOs, Ram Charan has been a privileged insider and an acute observer of business for more than 40 years. He has written and lectured extensively on strategy, execution, innovation, executive leadership, the board’s role,...

Book Review: Responding To The Universal Call Of...

April 14, 2020

While attending the Napa Institute, I asked Ignatius Press’ Tony Ryan for his recommendation on a good book to read. Tony immediately told me, “From Fire by Water: My Journey to the Catholic Faith,” which was one of Ignatius’ bestsellers....

Upstream Thinking And Getting Ahead Of The Coronavirus

March 22, 2020

Review of Upstream: The quest to solve problems before they happen, by Dan Heath — As the coronavirus crisis (COVID 19) subsides, there will be many dissecting our failure to anticipate and prepare for it, despite warnings that a pandemic...

Book Review: A Leader’s Manual For High Performance...

March 10, 2020

Book Review of “Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs,” by John Doerr The real job of leaders is not to formulate a “vision” and then delegate it to others to make...

Medical Science: What Politicians, The Media And For-profit...

March 4, 2020

A Review of Alex Berenson’s “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence” Over the past 35 years we have seen a sea-change in attitudes on recreational marijuana drug use. According to Pew Research an overwhelming majority...

Book Review: Four Trailblazers Who Achieved Their Potential...

January 20, 2020

While I suspect that Julian Guthrie, author of Alpha Girls: The women who took on Silicon Valley's male culture and made the deals of a lifetime, intended to show how four women “broke through” the “glass ceiling” in elite Silicon...

Book Review: The Warning - An Amazing Story...

January 7, 2020

Christine Watkins is a remarkable woman who has become one of today’s most important Catholic authors. “The Warning: Testimonies and Prophecies of the Illumination of Conscience” is her seventh book and is a top bestseller in Mysticism and Catholic Theology....

Book Review: Inviting God Into Your Life

November 6, 2019

Invite God into Your Life and into a world in desperate need of spiritual solutions for today’s challenges, a review of Rev William Watson, S.J.,’s Inviting God Into Your Life: A Practical Guide for Prayer. We live in turbulent times...

Book Review: Warren Buffet: “in My Office, You...

October 15, 2019

If Warren Buffet hadn't conquered his fear of public speaking, he may never have become the billionaire we admire today. He was "terrified" of public speaking and took specific steps to overcome his fear. He took the Dale Carnegie course...

Book Review: Fake News, Smears, And The Failure...

October 7, 2019

Book Reviews of Sharyl Attkisson’s The Smear and Howard Kurtz’s Media Madness. Journalism is in my blood. My grandfather was editor of the Chicago Times and then served as Executive Editor of the Chicago Sun-Times after the Times was acquired...

Book Review: Steve Jobs Copied Horst Schulze’s No-nonsense...

September 17, 2019

Horst Schulze was at age five, a boy with a dream. He wanted to work in a hotel. The rest is history. He went on to be the founding president and COO of one of the foremost brands in the...

Book Review: One Nation Under God: A Review...

September 3, 2019

Little has been written about President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s faith journey. Those who wrote about Ike’s faith generally characterized it as something that was politically expedient. He was accused of using his religious faith only as a means to stir...

Napa Institute Spotlight: Courage In The Public Square,...

August 26, 2019

Special to the Catholic Business Journal—2019 Napa Institute, Napa, CA — Ted and Julie Sandmann (and in absentia, son Nick) accepted the Charles Chaput “Courage in the Public Square” Award at the recently completed 2019 Napa Institute. In a breakout...

Book Review: The Real And Only Adventure In...

August 14, 2019

The Rev. James V. Schall’s “Docilitas: On Teaching and Being Taught” is an antidote to what has evolved on today’s college campuses with the suppression of dialogue among students, faculty and administrators. In this book, the late Fr. Schall, a...

Book Review: Embrace The Worthwhile Struggles Of Life...

May 30, 2019

For author Patrick McCaskey, Worthwhile Struggle is the fourth book of his “Sports and Faith Series” and his best effort yet. As with past books, McCaskey draws heavily from his experience with the Chicago Bears as the grandson of George...

Book Review: A Torch Kept Lit—a Look At...

May 20, 2019

William Buckley, Jr. is considered to be the “undisputed godfather of modern American conservativism.” He was on the national stage for 50 years as the founder and publisher of the National Review, which is published semi-monthly; and also as the...

Book Review: Invest Yourself, How To Lead With...

May 3, 2019

After going through his own “Road to Emmaus” experience, Catholic businessman John Abbate wanted to encourage business leaders at all levels to stay true to their faith-driven, ethical compass. To that end, and as a successful central California owner-operator of...

Book Review: Sam Zell: Being Known As Someone...

April 11, 2019

Review of Sam Zell’s Am I Being Too Subtle? — I enjoyed reading Sam Zell’s Am I Being Too Subtle?: Straight talk from a business rebel . Zell, a Chicagoan, is a self-made billionaire who founded Equity Group Investments and...

Unplanned: New Movie Tells Story Of Abortion Clinic...

April 2, 2019

CNA—A movie chronicling the conversion of a former Planned Parenthood clinic director who became a pro-life advocate will be released in theaters nationwide on March 29. A trailer for the film Unplanned, which tells the story of Abby Johnson, was...

Book Review: The Former Double-life Of Emmy Award-winning...

March 25, 2019

The double life of Emmy Award-winning journalist Spencer Christian and the saving grace of an intact family, great teachers and concerned mentors is an inspiring story worth telling, and reading. In his book, You Bet Your Life, author Spencer Christian...

Book Review: Brother John And The Trappists, A...

March 14, 2019

A Review of August Turak's Brother John: A monk, a pilgrim and the purpose of life.   Author August Turak, a successful entrepreneur in the software business, endured a personal crisis that led him to a Trappist Monastery in Charleston, South...

Book Review: No Turning Back: A Witness To...

February 27, 2019

In this 10th Anniversary Edition of No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy,  the Very Reverend Donald Calloway, MIC, provides a compelling account of his journey from darkness to light. His struggles with severe drug and alcohol abuse, “free” sex,...

Book Review: The Vatican Cookbook

January 29, 2019

What started as a modest effort to recruit has become a Collector’s item; a review of "The Vatican Cookbook: Presented by the Pontifical Swiss Guards.” My good friend, Andreas Widmer, a former Swiss Guard and now Director of the Entrepreneurship...

Just Four Books: Consider These Books For 2019

January 9, 2019

Life is short. Time is crunched. We each juggle abundant obligations, time-constraints and important demands. As readers of the Catholic Business Journal, we aim to manage it all while well-anchored in Christ and Christ-infused priorities. It isn't easy. It's never...

Book Review: A One-step Process To Break The...

October 28, 2018

A review of Sam and Gifford Keen’s Prodigal Father Wayward Son: A Roadmap to Reconciliation —  Best-selling author, Sam Keen (Fire in the Belly: On Being a Man), and his son, Gifford (Gif), were estranged for many years. Sam’s story is...

Book Review: Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through...

September 16, 2018

Unstructured time is an under-appreciated and wasted gift in today’s modern industrialized world. We are driven by activity and fill moments of silence with busyness. We are conditioned to equate “work” with virtue and are uneasy with solitude. Authors Raymond...

Book Review: Fatima – Advice, Direction And Hope...

August 3, 2018

A Review of Rev Joseph Roesch MIC’s “Fatima: A Pilgrimage with Mary” — “Fatima: A Pilgrimage with Mary” author Father Joseph Roesch, MIC, is the Vicar General of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary,...

Thomas Loarie Reports Live From The Napa Institute

July 8, 2016

Stay on top of talks and news from the Napa Institute conference going on July 7-9 with Tweets, photos and links from our on-the-scene reporter Thomas Loarie. Stay on top of talks and news from the Napa Institute conference going...

Tim Von Dohlen

June 14, 2016

Mr. Tim Von Dohlen is an attorney, businessman and former member of the Texas House of Representatives from Goliad, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and later his law degree from the University of Texas. He has...

Inspiring Book Review: When Breath Becomes Air

March 22, 2016

"It’s Not Useful to Spend Time Thinking About the Future – that is, Beyond Lunch" Paul Kalanithi, M.D., was the neurosurgical chief resident at Stanford when, in May 2013, he was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic lung cancer. His New...

Book Review: Filling The Vacuum: “have A Purpose”...

September 15, 2015

Sports and Faith: More Stories of the Devoted and the Devout is the third Pat McCaskey authored book I have reviewed. The first two were Bear with Me: A Family History of George Halas and the Chicago Bears, and the...

Book Review: Camino De Santiago: The Dark Night...

June 2, 2015

In the course of six weeks, author Sonia Choquette's father and brother died unexpectedly, then she concluded she did not like her husband of 30 years. What was happening? In the course of six weeks, author Sonia Choquette's father and...

Book Review: Inconvenient Facts—the Moral Case For Fossil...

May 5, 2015

Alex Epstein’s book, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, begins to provide balance to the global debate on climate change, the use of fossil fuels, and the use of alternative sources of energy. Until now, fossil fuels have been demonized...

Book Review: There Is No Excuse Not To...

March 17, 2015

We live in a period of accelerating change—socially, culturally, and organizationally. Old norms and old institutions are being challenged, transformed and destroyed as never before. The massive structural change that is underway makes this period very different from all previous...

Clueless In Seattle

March 9, 2009

The advance of secularism and moral relativism in the public square is accelerating at an alarming rate – just watch prime time TV programming; see a movie targeted to teens/young adults such as “The Pineapple Express”; note the increase in...

Flight 1459 And Everyday Heroes

February 2, 2009

Last weekend, my wife and I went to the Danville Town Green to participate in a Hero's Welcome for one of our own, Captain Chelsey "Sully" Sullenberger. "Sully" became known to the world on a cold January 15th afternoon several...

From The Front Lines Of The Culture War:...

December 23, 2008

As a foot soldier on the front lines for California’s "Yes on 8" campaign, I experienced the “culture wars” from the trenches. I want to share with you what I saw and experienced first-hand because I believe it affects all...

Are We Living In The Age Of The...

January 11, 2008

The role of the laity has become a central issue in the US Catholic Church today for two reasons. First, recent sex and financial scandals have mobilized the laity to become actively involved at all levels of the US Catholic...

The Philosophy, Poetry And Spirituality Of Life

November 11, 2007

John O’Donohue’s best-selling “Anam Cara” is one of the most profound books I have read this year and is a must read for those searching for the deeper meaning of life, purpose and eternity. “Anam Cara” (soul friend) is a...

Book Review: Fired Up Or Burned Out; Connectors,...

September 16, 2007

Are you a connector or a disconnector? Does it matter? Author Michael Stallard in his recently published Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite your Team's Passion, Creativity and Productivity thinks so. Stallard has had an interest in work...