The SEAL SwimSafe Team

Ani Patwardhan

Ani Patwardhan is CEO at SEAL Innovation.  Leveraging a unique mix of a startup mentality with seasoned executive leadership experience, Ani is a valued member of the SEAL Innovation team. He is a senior executive with 18 years of experience spanning consulting and execution across McKinsey, GE, UTC, and Blackstone Group’s portfolio.  Prior to joining SEAL, Ani was Chief Procurement Officer at Freescale Semiconductor, a Blackstone company, where he was responsible for $2B+ spend and 105 people. Previously, Ani was a member of Blackstone’s exclusive operations group for 5 years.  While there, he was also on the board of directors of a Blackstone company with $600M in sales.  As a General Manager at UTC, Ani led the turnaround of a full P&L with $350M in sales and 800 people.  Ani began his career as a mechanical design engineer.

Ani has an MBA with Highest Honors from University of Chicago (Booth), an MSME from The Ohio State University, and a B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology.  He is a graduate of GE’s Advanced Marketing program and holds a six-sigma green belt.


Graham Snyder

Dr. Graham Snyder is Co-Founder of SEAL Innovation and is responsible for SEAL’s overall vision, mission and outreach. Graham invented the SEAL SwimSafe and co-founded SEAL Innovation to commercialize it in direct response to tragedies witnessed while treating both adult and pediatric victims of drowning. Over the course of his career Graham has operated at the intersection of business building, technology, safety and medicine.

Prior to founding SEAL Innovation, Graham was an emergency physician and board member of Wake Emergency Physicians. Recognizing the practical and safety limitations of training medical providers with actual hospital patients, he worked directly with the CEO and Board of Directors of WakeMed Health & Hospitals to conceive, finance, and implement the Center for Innovative Learning, a state-of-the-art training hospital using high-fidelity patient simulators for training thousands of medical providers annually. Graham also served as the Associate Program Director for the University of North Carolina Department of Emergency Medicine. He is an outspoken advocate for improving health care and is often requested to speak on drowning prevention and swim advocacy by leading drowning prevention and health care groups. He has also served on the Risk Management Committee of YMCA of the Triangle.

He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and later specialized in Emergency Medicine at NYU’s North Shore University Hospital.  Prior to his medical training, Graham received his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University.


Courtney Mann

Dr. Mann is pediatric emergency medicine physician and co-inventor of the SEAL and current board member.  A graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, she is dual-boarded in both Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine and completed her training at University of Cincinnati Hospital and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  She received an undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of South Carolina Honors College.

Previously, Dr. Mann served seven years as the medical director of North Carolina’s first and busiest pediatric emergency department.  She now devotes her time to education serving as Clinical Associate Professor and Program Director of the University of North Carolina’s Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship.  She is responsible for overseeing the sub-specialty training of physicians seeking board-certification in Pediatric Emergency Medicine.  She also serves as Assistant Medical Director of the high-fidelity simulation Center for Innovative Learning at WakeMed Health and Hospitals, which uses highly technical simulation to train physicians.  Dr. Mann is also a devoted child safety advocate and has spent countless hours providing educational outreach to the community and serving on several advisory boards.  She directs regional training courses for community physicians and parents alike.  She has published frequently in parenting magazines and has become well known for her witty, engaging seminars conducted to educate parents about common pediatric emergencies.



Brian Baucom

Brian is an expert in business development, consumer sales and marketing, driving massive growth at several companies during his 15 years of startup experience. He is an active member of the Triangle startup community and has helped start several successful companies.

At GreenWave Scientific, Brian retooled, rebranded and redesigned the sales and market strategy for their signature product, the Mohu Leaf HDTV Antenna taking it to a #1 Amazon ranking and establishing retail relationships with Best Buy, Walmart and others, leading to exponential sales growth. Prior to that, Brian was second hire at DLO, a company he and a few friends started in 2002. There, he helped grow their iPod accessory business from garage to $100M + in revenue and acquisition in just 6 years.

Brian is a graduate of Hampden Sydney College. When he isn’t working he enjoys coaching his kids’ sports teams, cooking, reading, and of course, swimming.


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