Lea Ellermeier co-founded Lingualcare, Inc., a Dallas, Texas based dental technology company that developed and marketed disruptive technology for the mass customization of invisible, orthodontic braces with operations in the U.S., Germany and Mexico. Lingualcare won the prestigious Dallas 100 Entrepreneur Award in 2007 for being one of the fastest growing, most dynamic companies in Dallas. Lingualcare was purchased by 3M Company in November, 2007. Lea served as Lingualcare’s CEO from the company’s inception in January, 2003 until the sale. Post-acquisition, she was president of 3M’s Lingualcare subsidiary and a member of the management operating committee of 3M Unitek.
Lea founded Lingualcare after three years with OraMetrix, a healthcare technology company that developed platform technologies for dental imaging, orthodontic treatment planning and mass customization of orthodontic archwires. At OraMetrix Lea served as vice president of marketing and sales. Prior to OraMetrix, Lea served as vice president of marketing at AutoTester, a QA software and professional services company. Ms. Ellermeier was director of marketing at XTRA On-Line Corporation, a start-up, Internet travel software-development company backed by Austin Ventures. Lea held management positions in international sales and product marketing at Micrografx, a developer of Windows graphics applications, where she was the managing director for Latin America, Africa, India and the Middle East. Lea started her career at GeoWorks in Berkeley, California working as a product manager.
Lea has a B.A. in Political Science (Cum Laude) from the University of Texas El Paso and an M.B.A. from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, AZ.