Saint John Vianney College Seminary is pleased to announce the hiring of longtime friend and benefactor Phil Roeser to spearhead the seminary’s advancement efforts.
A supporter of both SJV and The Saint Paul Seminary, Roeser joins the seminary community after four decades of sales leadership, most recently in the health care industry. He is a devout Catholic, husband, father of three and grandfather of four who most recently founded PR Medical, LLC and served as managing principal of the medical device consulting startup.
“Phil brings a providential combination of relationships, strategic leadership and deep faith to SJV,” Rector Fr. Jonathan Kelly said. “SJV’s mission is in his heart, and he has served generously for years on the institutional advancement committee for both SJV and The Saint Paul Seminary. His work will ensure that we successfully continue to form men in Christ, men of the Church and men for others.”
A native of Ogallala, Nebraska, Roeser attended Western Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in political science. He also holds two advanced certificates in negotiation and strategic planning from Harvard Business School.
Roeser’s sales career brought him to Chicago and later the Twin Cities, where he was hand-picked to create and lead a new therapy distribution team at Medtronic. After 12 years there, Roeser worked as a vice president at Fresenius Medical Care then Hill-Rom Medical before becoming president of North America for Global Kinetics Corporation. He founded PR Medical in 2008.
Along with former rector Fr. Bill Baer, Roeser was instrumental in founding the Vianney Cup golf tournament, which has raised more than $2 million for SJV all-time.
In his new role, Roeser will oversee SJV’s fundraising and donor relations efforts.
“I’ve spent decades around the seminary and know that, thanks to places like SJV, the future of our Church is very bright,” Roeser said. “It is a humble privilege to work with generous, dedicated members of our Catholic community to support the next generation of young men discerning the priesthood. SJV is where college-age men learn to become true disciples, and I am elated to see and support this work up close and personally as director of institutional advancement.”