Mario Ball


Territory Senior Manager, Stryker Orthopedics; Co-founder-Ball-Watson Foundation

Chicago, IL


Mario is a native of Millen, GA and graduated from Morehouse College and Georgia Tech with degrees in Applied Physics and Biomedical Engineering.  He has gained domestic and international medical device experience from several leading companies including NASA - Johnson Space Center, Kimberly Clark, Stryker Orthopedics, and Medtronic.  At NASA, he worked as a project engineer examining muscular atrophy in astronauts post-flight, initially at Stryker, as an engineer designing knee and hip prosthetics for the Japanese market.  For five years, he worked at Medtronic in Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management, as a Clinical Engineer and Pacemaker Sales Representative.  He worked in surgery with cardiologists and electro-physiologists in implanting and troubleshooting pacemakers, defibrillators, and other cardiac related devices. 

Currently, he is at Stryker Orthopedics working as a Territory Sales Manager in Chicago, IL in their newly formed Joint Preservation/Sports Medicine Division.  Here, Mario works with orthopedic surgeons in surgery to help repair and educate on sports related injuries.  His customers/clients are world-renowned orthopedic surgeons and are the dedicated team physicians for the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Bears, and Chicago White Sox.  In 2015, after being with the company for less than 2 years, he was ranked Top 10 in revenue sales and achieved Presidents Club status. 

In the 2012, he was selected for Apex Society's Top 30 Under 30 Award for his work in medical technology and biosciences.  As a testament of his success and leadership, in 2013 he was selected to serve on the External Advisory Board for Bioengineering & Bioscience at Georgia Tech, where he is the youngest and only African-American to have served on this board.  He is also the current Chicago Chapter President for National Sales Network, a non-profit organization that serves the needs and development of sales professionals and sales mangers by providing training and development, career development strategies, and encouraging philanthropic efforts. 

He also has a passion for motivational speaking, addressing the millennial group in their career matriculation and empowering students from underserved communities and schools.  

Ball-Watson Foundation Mission & Vision:
The Ball-Watson Community Engagement Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 2015, is based upon the conviction that when individuals from smaller communities and lower income families are given the tools to succeed, they excel.The Foundation sees higher education as a catalyst for positive change, a force that can transform the lives of individuals and families while advancing the economic and social health of the community. Our vision is to create a culture of support and reassurance for underprivileged communities in tireless pursuit of their educational dreams.

Personal Mission: It is my commitment to deliver superior value to patients and customers first with aim to help extend and increase their quality of life through medical devices/technology.  

How I can help: I am a developer of people.  In this world, I believe people are the true currency - People buy people first.  It is my duty to do whatever I can to help people extend and add more quality to their lives through medical technology.  I believe that my purpose and perspective for helping people will marry well with the vision and mission of the Breast Cancer Hub.  Together, we can increase awareness and create educational initiatives that will decrease the disparity that exists with patients from smaller and low-income geographies.  Similar to the vision for the Ball-Watson Foundation, together we can advance the economic and social health of these communities.  

Region: USA