Guidewire Technologies, Incorporated was founded 1988 by CEO Douglas Curtis after 8 years in the Medical Device Industry as Development Engineer at Bard, and Product Manager at Teleflex. During this time, our president and founder discovered a niche for specialized guidewires within the OEM Medical Device market. GTI was founded with the vision of becoming a top global supplier that specializes in manufacturing guidewires. In 1992, our headquarters moved to our current location to secure a dedicated PTFE coating facility and team, allowing us to offer in house coated guidewires. Today, GTI distributes OEM guidewires globally to clients in the kitting, medical device and healthcare markets. Here at Guidewire Technologies, our specialized team has been working together for over 30 years. As we continue to grow our business and expand our reach, GTI continues to develop state of the art manufacturing techniques.
Douglas founded Guidewire Technologies, Inc in 1988 in Salem, New Hampshire. Prior to this, he spent 7 years in the Plastics industry and 8 years in the Medical Device industry, working for companies such as Bard and Teleflex. During this time, Douglas found that an opportunity existed in the OEM guidewire market, and from this vision GTI was born. A tribute to Douglas’ hands-on approach to his business from the ground up, he is often seen in our design room improving precision tooling, and on the production floor making upgrades to the machinery he has designed and built in-house. Additionally, Douglas designs and creates all custom guidewire orders. Douglas received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering ’72 from Tufts University, and is a current member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering.
Debbie first joined our team in 1989 shortly after we moved our headquarters to Salem, NH. During her tenure at GTI, she has moved up from supporting the production team as a welder, Line Supervisor, and Production Manager before being named Vice President in 2017. Through her hard work and dedication to making the production floor run like a well-oiled machine, she continues to be a tremendous asset to our team. Most recently, Debbie has been heading up our on-site PTFE coating facility and all the operational procedures that go along with it. On any given day you will see Debbie going from the production floor to our PTFE site and then back to the GTI headquarters, keeping communication lines open with our customers and ensuring timelines are met. For over 30 years at GTI, Debbie has managed the Production Department and team, as she continues to earn the respect of employees, executive team members and clientele alike.
Ray joined the GTI team in 2003 as Office Manager after working for 19 years at Publisher’s Supply as Office Manager. Ray has supported our business in a tremendous way for over 19 years, wearing many hats and taking a highly proactive approach to our daily operations. Ray keeps our offices running smoothly while also heading up purchasing, managing our product orders and clientele databases. Ray can be seen on any day in our headquarters meeting and speaking with clientele as well as executive team members, while supporting our founder and CEO with thorough executive administration. Ours is a rather busy office, and Ray seamlessly changes pace and task to accommodate the team’s daily and long-term needs. Thanks to Ray’s organization and dedication, our office’s daily operations are kept running smooth and efficient
Cheryl joined our team at Guidewire Technologies in 2018 as our head of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs. Prior to this point, she worked as an ISO consultant at QSC group for over 8 years. With her, Cheryl has brought more than thirty years of experience in regulatory compliance and engineering, working for companies such as New England BioLabs, Axcelis and National Grid. Cheryl partners with our President, Doug, to ensure regulatory credentials are being met and maintained properly. She also heads up our company’s regulatory compliance audits on both private and federal levels. She has received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business: Sustainable Enterprise Management from the University of Phoenix, and her Associate’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Greenfield Community College.
Virginia comes to GTI after heading up a full remodel of her father’s company headquarters, a special project she spearheaded during COVID. She officially joined our team in 2021 as head of Business Development and Client Relations. Her previous work includes a successful career in fashion, during which she worked for 13 years as a ready-to-wear manager for companies such as Barneys New York and Liz Claiborne. More recently, while attending graduate school, Virginia worked in clinical research at Montefiore Medical Center main campus under a NIDILRR funded research grant. Virginia supports our team remotely from her home in New York, and is leading a digital revamp of GTI’s online presence. She will be representing our company at next year’s MD & M conference in Anaheim, as she represented GTI at this past year’s BIOMEDevice conference in Boston. Virginia received her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education ‘05 from Manhattan College. She also holds a Master of Science in Psychology ‘19, received from Mercy College. She is NIH and CITI certified in ethical research practices, and her thesis is published and available to read in the Mercy College library.