From our beginnings as a small, regional drugstore to our expansion into technology and delivery services across the U.S., the J M Smith Corporation has always valued the people and relationships that make up this company. We actively recruit and retain leaders who have a vision for growth but never lose sight of the people we serve. Many of our leaders have risen through the ranks, starting as pharmacists, warehouse employees, or IT technicians, so they know this business inside and out, and know how best to serve our clients.
As a privately held company, our leadership reports to a board of directors. They work together to deliver value to shareholders, employees and customers. Together, our board, leaders and employees share a commitment to integrity, as well as a devotion to serving the communities where we live and work.
CEO & Chairman of the Board
Alan Turfe has been Chairman and CEO of J M Smith Corporation since March 2017. He is only the third Chairman and CEO since the company's incorporation in 1944.
Alan began his career working his way through college on the assembly line at General Motors (GM). Upon earning an MBA, he became a financial analyst for GM, moving up through the ranks, including being promoted to European Finance Director for GM’s Automotive Components Division in Paris, France, and then named CFO of GM Worldwide Purchasing and Logistics. Alan led GM into e-commerce with a joint venture that generated more than $4 billion in shareholder value and resulted in him being appointed Co-CEO of the joint venture company.
Following a decade with GM, Alan joined Thermo Fisher Scientific as Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing, then was named Group Vice President of Operations and ultimately was named President of the Anatomical Pathology Group. He then joined IDEX Corporation as President of Micropump Inc. In all of these roles, Alan oversaw sites in the U.S. and overseas, growing these businesses through strategic acquisitions and new product development. Prior to joining J M Smith Corporation, Alan served as Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer at Fresenius Medical Care, leveraging global manufacturing and distribution in pharmaceuticals and other medical categories to expand margins and drive incremental profitability.
Alan earned both his BS and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Lenda, have two adult sons and are active in philanthropy.
Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
A South Carolina native, Rob Barrett received his B.A. in History from Wofford College, then attended Wake Forest University School of Law for his J.D. Prior to joining J M Smith, Rob served as the managing shareholder at Holcombe Bomar, P.A., a position he accepted following his service as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Denny’s, Inc., based in Spartanburg, S.C.
Rob brings to J M Smith Corporation a wealth of legal expertise, with a special focus on corporate, business and employment law. He lives with his family in Duncan, S.C. In his free time, Rob enjoys cooking, playing golf and fly fishing.
President, Smith Drug Company
Saul Factor’s career spans decades of work at the intersection of business, pharmacy and technology. A registered pharmacist, Saul received his B.S. in Pharmacy from Northeastern University and his MBA from the University of New Haven. He held leadership positions at several large pharmaceutical firms, including Eli Lilly and RxAmerica, before spending 10 years at McKesson, first as Senior Vice President of Generics, then as President of Global Sourcing. Prior to joining the J M Smith team, he was Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Accord Healthcare.
A native of New York City, Saul now lives in Spartanburg, S.C., and enjoys traveling and playing golf.
Director, Marketing Strategy and Communications
Heidi Jameson is an award-winning marketing and communications professional with extensive experience in corporate marketing communications, internal communications and community relations. Her experience in healthcare marketing includes serving as the Marketing Director for Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and Marketing Vice President of Mission Health. She joined J M Smith Corporation in 2013. She is a former board member and Vice President of the Carolinas Healthcare PR and Marketing Society and member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development
Originally from Leicester, England, Heidi graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Converse College and holds an MBA with a Healthcare Administration track from Gardner-Webb University. She currently lives in Spartanburg, S.C., where she cheers on soccer and volunteers extensively in the community, including serving on the board of directors of United Way of the Piedmont.
Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer
Kaushik Kotecha began his career as a police officer in Spartanburg, South Carolina before graduating from the University of South Carolina with a degree in pharmacy. He is currently a licensed pharmacist in both North and South Carolina. His experience includes hospital, retail, and oncology pharmacy. Kaushik combined his passion for pharmacy and law enforcemtn and began working for the SC DHEC, Bureau of Drug Control as an inspector. As an Upstate Inspector, his duties included the regulatory review and audit of registrants’ controlled substances and investigating criminal violations. He was promoted to District Director and supervised inspectors assigned to the Upstate of South Carolina. During his career in law enforcement, Kaushik has worked with city, county, state and federal agencies to investigate healthcare violations. He has presented on rules and regulations governing controlled substances to a variety of audiences in the medical community and provided training to multiple law enforcement agencies.
Kaushik began with Smith Drug Company in 2012, where he has developed and instituted compliance programs. In addition to his pharmacy degree, he holds a dual Master’s Degree in Jurisprudence in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device, and Hospital and Patient Care from Seton Hall University. He and his family are active in local charities and their church.
Vice President, Human Resources
Rhonda Lockhart has been leading the Human Resources team at J M Smith Corporation for more than 24 years. A native of West Virginia, she received her B.S. in Business from Bob Jones University, and currently lives in Columbus, N.C. When she’s not in the office helping employees achieve their potential, she can be found working on her farm or riding horses.
Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development
Michael Purcell joined J M Smith Corporation in 2012 as Director of Risk Management and Strategy before moving to QS/1 to become Director of Operations and the Director of Strategy and Business Development. He came back to the corporate office in 2017 to lead initiatives across all business units.
Mike earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA, Strategic Management and Finance from the University of Chicago. His career includes leadership positions with Danaher Corporation, GE Energy, Milliken & Company and DuPont. Mike is a fitness enthusiast who enjoys family time, hiking, traveling and attending live music performances. He serves on the Board of Directors for Compass of Carolina.
Phil Ryan joined J M Smith Corporation in 2011, following a successful career with Sealed Air Corporation. During his tenure at J M Smith Corporation, he has been a key member of the team that handled the acquisitions of Radiate in Charleston, S.C.; Integra in Anacortes, Wash.; and Burlington Drug Company in Milton, Vermont. In 2017, Phil was named the Chief Financial Officer at J M Smith.
Phil holds a B.S. from Lehigh University, an MBA from New York University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
President, Integral Solutions Group
Joe Strayer has been the president of Integral Solutions Group since 2015, but has been a leader in the company for more than two decades. As senior vice president, he helped ISG complete its merger with Radiate Technologies. He also led the expansion of its Tier IV data center.
Joe first joined the J M Smith Corporation in 1996 as a hardware technician with QS/1. In 2005, he worked on the transition for the QS/1 Network Solutions Group to the company that became Integral Solutions Group.
CTO, J M Smith Corporation
President, Integra LTC Solutions, QS/1 and Mevesi
Kevin Welch is the CTO, J M Smith Corporation and President of Integra LTC Solutions, QS/1 and Mevesi. In February 2018, J M Smith announced that its leading innovative technology solutions would now be under Kevin's leadership. This decision to align technology offerings was made to further enhance our customer focus and to streamline the process of bringing technology to market.
Kevin became part of J M Smith Corporation with the acquisition of the company he founded in 1997, Integra. He holds degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science, Operations Research and Engineering Management from Stanford University and has served in senior positions at Genentech, Symantec and Microsoft. During his career, he has designed and developed many industry-leading software applications and systems.
Vice President and General Manager, RxMedic
David Williams has a career in pharmacy management software and automation that spans more than three decades. He began as a field account representative in the early days of pharmacy automation, then for 23 years, he was the Northeast Regional Manager of QS/1. Staying in the J M Smith Corporation family of companies, he was named Vice President of RxMedic in 2011.
Originally from Hartford, Conn., David currently lives in Wilmington, N.C., where he enjoys cooking and traveling.