Earlham alumni entrepreneurs have impacted our world for decades. From healthcare software to a whisky distillery, Earlham alumni have proven to be successful and innovated entrepreneurs. Their businesses’ bring something unique to the table—maybe it’s that Earlham spirit they learned on The Heart.
See what our alumni are doing now – and how you can mirror their success after your graduation:
Entrepreneurs changing the world
D. Alan Scantland ’74
M.S. in Agricultural Economics, The Ohio State University
Alan helped launch CoverMyMeds in late 2008 and remained as CEO through early 2015, when he turned the reins over to his son, Matt. In 2017 CoverMyMeds was sold to McKesson Corp (NYSE: MCK) for $1.1 billion.
Alan and his teams are five-time Inc. 5000 winners, including a number-one ranking in 2007 with MemberHealth. While at MemberHealth, Alan hired and led a management team that grew the company’s revenue 20 times over, from $55 million to $1.3 billion between 2007 and 2011. In late 2007 MemberHealth was sold to Universal American (NASDAQ: UHCO) for $630 million.
Before CoverMyMeds and MemberHealth, Alan held senior leadership positions with Into Great (venture capital), Express-Med (medical supplies distribution) and Battelle (technology and management consulting). His responsibilities included optimizing growth strategy, scalability, international corporate development, executive hiring, and c-level coaching.
Today Alan volunteers time on boards and mentors executives at young companies, including Orange Barrel Media, AND Health and Littleton’s Market, owned by his sons and son-in-law. He has been a trustee of Earlham College since 2015 and chairs its Property and Finance Committee. Alan and his wife, Peg (’74), have donated funds to Earlham, sponsoring EPIC Advantage and EPIC for Athletes among other programs.
Mark C. Meyer ’73
J.D., Washington University
Mary Ellen Meyer ’73
Master of Occupational Therapy, Western Michigan University
After retiring, Mark and Mary Ellen Meyer and their family founded Wigle Whiskey in 2012, Pittsburgh’s first whiskey distillery since Prohibition. Mark and Mary Ellen wanted to open a family business that created regional artisan products that were part of Western Pennsylvania history. To do so, the Meyer family worked to change Pennsylvania law to allow artisan distilleries to sell directly to consumers. In subsequent years, Mark and his family have helped nurture the growth of new artisan distilleries in Pennsylvania. When the Meyer family launched their venture, there were three distilleries in Pennsylvania. Ten years later, the state has more than one hundred small craft distilleries.
In 2016 Mark and Mary Ellen and their family were recognized as Entrepreneurs of the Year by Washington and Jefferson College. The following year, the Meyer family opened a second venture, Threadbare Cider and Mead. Wigle Whiskey and Threadbare focus on making high-quality spirits and cider from regional grain and apples while also celebrating the history of these crafts in Western Pennsylvania.
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