Thinh’s educational background was in Science Pre-Professional Studies at Notre Dame. He originally planned on going to medical school but got more interested in doing more entrepreneurial things. Thinh was at an elevator pitch contest where he was a finalist for pitching a nano-sized glucose monitor idea. He met Lynette Prezyna thereafter and joined the ESTEEM program the following year. During Thinh’s time with the ESTEEM program, he worked with Professor Aaron Striegal and Ph.D candidate Michael Kennedy on commercializing an inexpensive and alternative balance rehab tool for stroke patients. In addition, he worked two part-time jobs while in the ESTEEM program. Thinh worked with Professor Michael Mannor and Viva Bartkus on a strategic management research project, and with the Office of Technology Transfer where he assisted on market research for commercially viable technology. Thinh was privileged with the opportunity to learn more about the patent and licensing world, which ultimately launched him into his career after the ESTEEM program. He was recruited by an adjunct professor in the ND MBA program where he was also a managing director for a startup called IPXI. IPXI was a financial exchange startup that focused on creating an alternative marketplace for IP licensing and a secondary exchange based on trading IP rights.
At IPXI, Thinh was a financial analyst that assisted on valuation of intellectual property. He created financial models for IP licensing campaigns based on extensive market research and assessing the commercial viability on state-of-the-art technologies. Following IPXI, Thinh joined Ventas, a multi-billion dollar company that is the second largest Healthcare Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). Here he is paired with an Asset Manager and manages over 200 properties in senior housing and hospitals that generates approximately $320 million of NOI every year. In addition, he assists on risk management decisions on lease compliance issues as well support underwriting initiatives to drive up ROI on redevelopment projects.
Thinh remarks that “ESTEEM has taught me valuable business acumen that has assisted me on driving strategic initiatives in my career. Becoming an 'intrapreneur' at the corporate level has provided me opportunities to excel at my strengths and create data-driven decisions for risk compliance and accretive investments.”