Dick Chandler, MBA


Dick Chandler was a director of Bulamu Healthcare and became Board Chair and CEO in May 2017, when co-founder Jim Balassone suddenly passed away. In March 2021, he moved up to Executive Board Chair. Since 2003, Dick has operated a management consulting firm, R. H. Chandler Co., working with a variety of companies in healthcare and technology. He also has been an adjunct professor at the University of California, Irvine, and the University of Montana, where he teaches MBA courses in business strategy, entrepreneurship, negotiations, and CEO leadership.

In Dick’s management career, he was CEO of three healthcare companies: Abbey Medical (1977-1982), which operated a nationwide chain of home medical equipment stores; Sunrise Medical (1983-1999), a NYSE-listed global manufacturer of wheelchairs, respiratory equipment, and other medical devices, which he founded in 1983; and Freedom Scientific (2000-2002), a market leader in technology products for the blind. Earlier, he held management positions with Bell & Howell Co. and Sara Lee Corporation. Chandler graduated from Princeton University with a BA in history, earned an MBA in marketing from the University of Chicago, and was awarded a License (Masters) in International Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium.

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