16. Sales: Surgical Robotics Sales Legend Chris Sells

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16. Sales: Surgical Robotics Sales Legend Chris Sells

Chris Sells is a dear mentor and friend of mine who passed away in 2019. He was a legend in medtech sales, specifically surgical robotics. He was even more well known for his leadership and friendship. June 22 is his birthday and every year I celebrate his spirit and teachings by sharing the one podcast there is of him from 2016. I honor him by also reading a compilation of quotes and stories that Ive collected myself as well as others who were lucky enough to know him. Enjoy this gem and please share it with someone as a way to share his mentorship. 

Chris Sell’s Story

Christopher Brondo Sells, of Dallas, TX, died, June 8thth, 2019.It turns out his heart was just too big after all.Born Albuquerque, NM on June 22nd, 1962, but lovingly called Indianapolis his true hometown.  Graduated from The School Of Life and received a degree in TCB (Takin’ Care of Business) at an early age following the premature deaths of his beloved fathers William Sells and John Koskovich and big brother, Joseph Sells.The patriarch of his family at an early age  Christopher Sells set out to make his mark and by the end of his life he had become a rare and exceptionally well respected, titan of the med-device industry who lead companies like Intuitive Surgical and Mazor Robotics to great heights.A strong and willing leader with a heart of gold, who took great pride in building teams comprised of men and women eager to rise above the status quo and make history.  A stickler for details who sought perfection.  Not because he was a perfectionist, but because, as he said thousands of times…  “At the end (and beginning) of the day it’s really all about the patient on the table”.  Christopher Sells cared about people. He relished the opportunity to teach but never got to old to learn a good lesson.  He was a bigger than life charmer.  A visionary who led by example and by doing so motivated countless colleagues to not only meet but exceed both their professional and personal goals.  He was sincere and intentional with his words and his actions.  A verifiable ‘go-to guy’, a closer, a true born leader who never met a stranger or a dilemma he didn’t look straight in the eye.He loved fast cars, cooking remarkable meals and fishing.  A man who loved to dig in the dirt, fine tuning his front yard curb appeal daily (when wasn’t on the road).But above all else, he was a family man, deeply devoted to being an extraordinary husband, father, son, brother, uncle, cousin and nephew.  If you were lucky enough to call him your friend, please know he 100% considered you family.   

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