BioSurplus Team

In order to offer a high quantity of quality laboratory equipment that has been used, we needed to assemble a core management team that not only understood the equipment, but how to track it, evaluate it and manage an ever-changing inventory. To that end, every BioSurplus core team member has at least 18 years of skilled experience — with in-depth experience that includes operations, scientific instrumentation, biotech, high-tech, and software architecture and development.

Preston “Cinco” Plumb, President and CEO

Cinco, as he is known, is in charge of the vision and direction for BioSurplus. His 20+ years of experience include serving for three years as Vice President of Corporate Development for TechnoCom, a venture-backed wireless location software and service company. At TechnoCom, Cinco was responsible for creating and managing key strategic relationships and joint ventures and overseeing high profile business and corporate strategy initiatives.

Prior to TechnoCom, he served as Vice President of Business Development for EduPoint, an eLearning Internet marketplace provider. At EduPoint, he was credited with forging several key strategic relationships with Hewlett Packard, KPMG Consulting, Deloitte & Touche, and Microsoft. Cinco has also served as a founding member of Hamilton Ventures, now a multimillion-dollar venture fund; served as CFO and Vice President of Business Development for AccuCom Wireless Services, an early network-based wireless location services and technology provider; and held management positions at ORINCON and Coopers & Lybrand.

Cinco has also advised numerous early stage biotech, high-tech, and traditional companies through his active involvement in UCSD CONNECT and his own consulting practice. He obtained his B.S. in Industrial Engineering Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988.

Kathy Scott, Chief Financial Officer

Kathy joined BioSurplus in March 2010. Prior to BioSurplus, Kathy was a Partner at RA Capital Advisors, a San Diego private investment bank providing financial advisory services. She spent over 15 years with RA Capital Advisors, completing billions of dollars of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and restructurings for a broad range of corporate clients, both in the United States and internationally.

Kathy managed highly complex transactions, including the acquisition of the Titan Corporation by L-3, and acting as financial advisor to the post-bankruptcy Enron. She has consummated transactions in various industries, including life sciences, energy, aerospace and defense, manufacturing and retail. In addition to leading transactions, she was also the CFO and Chief Compliance Officer at RA Capital.

Kathy started her career as an auditor in Arthur Andersen’s San Diego office, focusing on both public and private clients. She also has been the CFO of FeRx, a start up biotech company. A CPA and CFA charter holder, Kathy graduated magna cum laude from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in economics / business and was named to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. She is currently a Vice Chair on the board of directors of the YMCA of San Diego County.

Octavio Espinosa, VP of Sales, Auctions, & Marketing Operations

Octavio leads the inside sales, operations and product marketing teams at BioSurplus.  Prior to joining the company, he was a biotechnology industry scientist for nearly 25 years and held numerous senior-level positions in the areas of R&D, manufacturing, marketing and customer relations.  The core of his technical career was as Senior Microbiologist with the Dow Chemical Company, where he headed bioprocessing and scale-up operations, QC analytical capabilities and technology transfer collaborations.

Prior to Dow, Octavio contributed to the development of Mycogen Corporation, and was instrumental in equipment asset disposition upon its acquisition.  Octavio received his marketing and undergraduate microbiology education and training at the University of California, San Diego.  He is a member of American Society of Microbiology (ASM), Society of Industrial Microbiology (SIM) and the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE).

Dawn Hocevar, VP of National Business Development

Dawn is instrumental in growing relationships with equipment manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and other supply channel and auction partners throughout the country. She also serves as National Program and Development Chair at Women in Bio, where she guides outreach and promotional efforts for the programs that the organization offers to its members.

Prior to joining BioSurplus in 2007, Hocevar held various positions while employed at Fisher Scientific for 20 years, including senior sales representative and corporate account manager. She managed sales representatives in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as Utah. Prior to Fisher Scientific she also worked as a Licensed Medical Technologist at Stanford Medical Center. Hocevar received her Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in biology and minor in chemistry from San Jose State University.