John Bardis founded MedAssets in June 1999 and has served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer since its inception. With more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry, beginning with American Hospital Supply and Baxter International, he has held various senior management positions, including Vice President of the Baxter Operating Room Division and General Manager of the Eastern Zone. Mr. Bardis left Baxter in 1987 to join Kinetic Concepts, a publicly-traded company, which was the nation's largest specialty bed and medical equipment rental company at the time of his departure as President in 1992. From 1992 to 1997, Mr. Bardis was President and CEO of TheraTx, Inc., another publicly-traded company and a leading provider of rehabilitation services and operator of skilled nursing facilities. In 2011, Mr. Bardis was appointed to the board of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). He serves on the Board of Advisors of the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona and formerly served for 12 years on the Board of USA Wrestling (1995 to 2011). He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business from the University of Arizona.
Mr. Bardis has been named by Modern Healthcare as one of the "Top Most Influential Leaders in Healthcare" for the last three years (2011, 2012, and 2013). In 2013, he was the recipient of Becker Healthcare's Annual Healthcare Leadership Award, which named him as one of the Thirty Top Leaders in healthcare.
In 1995, while President and CEO of TheraTx, Mr. Bardis was named Entrepreneur of the year by INC. Magazine. That same year, the publication named TheraTx as the second fastest growing public company in America, growing from $15 million to over $500 million in revenue in five years.
Mr. Bardis was named by Ernst &Young as Healthcare Entrepreneur of the Year, Southeast National Finalist in 1995. In 2012, he again received recognition from Ernst & Young as the Technology Entrepreneur of the Year in the Southeast.
In June 2013, Mr. Bardis was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as an Outstanding American, an honor bestowed to those who have used the disciplines of the sport to launch notable careers in other walks of life, such as science, technology and business. He is among 49 individuals to receive the award.
Mr. Bardis also has been recognized as a McGuire Center Entrepreneurial Fellow by the University Of Arizona Eller College Of Management, and has served as the University of Alabama LR Jordon Distinguished Lecturer.
Mr. Bardis founded the MedAssets Norman Borlaug Humanitarian Award, which each year provides the recipient with $100,000 in direct financial aid to carry out their charitable mission. In addition to regular and ongoing support for multiple non-profit organizations, Mr. Bardis was instrumental in establishing MedAssets corporate charity status for Mully Children's Family Charitable Foundation, Heart for Africa and MedShare International. He was named the Atlanta West Point Society Citizen of the Year in 2010. In 2011, he received the "Atlanta Healthcare Leader" award from Business-to-Business magazine.
Mr. Bardis was recognized for his civic outreach by Modern Healthcare as the inaugural recipient of the Community Leadership Award, which recognizes leadership, dedication and financial contributions in support of numerous charities, responsiveness to global human tragedies, and care and provision for people in need. He is the founder and Chairman of the Atlanta Fire Youth Ice Hockey League, and has received the University of Arizona C.A.T.S Silver Anniversary Award from the Athletics Department for his life-long involvement with and support of sport for youth.
Support for Our U.S. Military
Mr. Bardis is the Founder and Chairman of Hire Heroes USA, the nation's largest veteran employment integration and veteran training organization. In 2011, Mr. Bardis established the MedAssets "George Herbert Walker Bush Pacesetter Award," which recognizes and honors our nation's veterans who have embraced the opportunity to serve others inside and outside the U.S. Armed Forces. In 2012, he provided ongoing leadership and financial support for "The American Fallen Solders Project" and creation of its National Portrait Gallery at the MedAssets Plano, Texas office. The organization provides an original portrait of their fallen loved one to comfort and heal grieving families of America's fallen military.
In addition to these worthwhile programs, Mr. Bardis' leadership resulted in MedAssets support of our U.S. troops overseas through the Marine Staff Sgt. Oscar Canon Military Care Package Program, which sends care packages each quarter to soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. To date, the company has shipped more than 17,925 packages.
The Olympic Games
Mr. Bardis served as Team Leader of the U.S. Greco-Roman Wrestling Team for the 2007 World Championships where Team USA won the world team for the first time in wrestling history. He also was named Team Leader of the U.S. Greco-Roman Wrestling Team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
In February 2013, Mr. Bardis was among the highly-respected leaders within the American wrestling community to serve on the Committee for the Preservation of Olympic Wrestling (CPOW), whose mission is to insure that wrestling remains as a core sport of the Olympic Games. He was selected by the committee to serve as Director of Development and Finance. In September 2013, CPOW succeeded in its mission when the International Olympic Committee voted to reinstate wrestling back onto the program for the 2020 and 2024 Games.
Rand Ballard has served as our Senior Executive Vice President and in the Office of the Chief Executive since October 2008 and Chief Customer Officer since October 2006. Mr. Ballard also served as Chief Operating Officer from October 2006 to March 2012. Mr. Ballard has been a director since 2003. Mr. Ballard served as President of MedAssets Supply Chain Systems and led our sales team prior to serving as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Customer Officer. Prior to joining MedAssets in November 1999, Mr. Ballard's most recent experience was as Vice President, Health Systems Supplier Economics and Distribution for Cardinal Healthcare. Mr. Ballard holds an M.B.A. from Pacific Lutheran University with a triple major in finance, operations, and marketing. He was a deans' list undergraduate at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and holds a Bachelor of Science degree with concentration in nuclear physics, nuclear engineering, and business law. Mr. Ballard has served as Chairman of the Board of the Meals on Wheels Association of America Foundation, Chairman of the Healthcare Supply Chain Association (formerly the Healthcare Industry Group Purchasing Association) and Chairman of the Healthcare Industry Supply Chain Institute. Mr. Ballard serves as a Trustee of the Meals on Wheels Research Foundation and is Vice President of The Health Careers Foundation, a non-profit organization providing scholarships and low interest loans to non-traditional students pursuing a degree in the healthcare field.
Harris (Terry) Hyman has served as a director and a member of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors since March of 2005. Mr. Hyman also serves as Chairman of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Hyman is Senior Principal of Flexpoint Ford LLC, a private equity firm focused on the healthcare and financial services sectors. From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Hyman served as a General Partner of a middle market private equity firm where he was responsible for healthcare investment activity. Prior to 2003, Mr. Hyman was a Managing Director of Credit Suisse First Boston, where he served as Co-Head of Healthcare Mergers and Acquisitions. Mr. Hyman serves on the Board of Directors of Eagle Hospital Physicians, Inc. Mr. Hyman received a B.S.E. degree, magna cum laude, from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Vernon Loucks has served as a director since September 2007 and is a member of the Compensation Committee and Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors. Mr. Loucks is Chairman of The Aethena Group, LLC, a healthcare merchant banking firm. He is retired Chairman of Baxter International Inc. and served as CEO of Segway LLC. Mr. Loucks is active in business, education and civic affairs. He is a former chairman and co-founder of The Healthcare Leadership Council, is a Life Trustee of Rush-Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago and has served as chairman of the Health Industry Manufacturers Association as well as special adviser to the director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Mr. Loucks served on the New York Stock Exchange Listed Company Advisory Committee and on the International Advisory Panel of CapitaLand Limited (Singapore). He also served as a Senior Fellow of The Yale Corporation. Mr. Loucks holds a bachelor's degree in history from Yale University and a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Terry Mulligan has served as a director since June 1999 and is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors. Additionally, Mr. Mulligan serves as Chairman of the Senior Advisory Board. Mr. Mulligan retired in 1996 from Baxter International, after serving 26 years with the company where he was Group Vice President of Health Systems, and prior to that, was Senior Vice President of Corporate Sales and Marketing. He was a member of both the Senior Management and Operating Management Committees at Baxter International. Since 2008, Mr. Mulligan currently serves on the Board of Directors and Audit, Finance, Compensation and Governance Committees of Wellmark, Inc., headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. Mulligan holds a B.S.S.E. from the University of Iowa. Mr. Mulligan served in the United States Army from 1968-1970 and was stationed in Heidelberg, Germany. Mr. Mulligan was awarded the Army Commendation Medal as a 1st. Lieutenant, for "Exceptionally Meritorious Service in Europe" in 1970.
C.A. (Lance) Piccolo has served as a director since April 2004 and is a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors. Mr. Piccolo is the President and Chief Executive Officer of HealthPic Consultants and was formerly the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Caremark International Inc. Mr. Piccolo serves on the Board of Directors of Fidelis SeniorCare, Inc. Physicians Interactive and CVS Caremark Corporation, where he also serves on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. He is a trustee of Boston University and Lake Forest Hospital Foundation and serves as a member of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management Advisory Board of Northwestern University. Mr. Piccolo is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Lance holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University.
John Rutherford has served as a director since August 1999 and is a member of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. From 1998 to the present, Mr. Rutherford has served as a Managing Partner of Parthenon Capital, a private equity investment firm. He served on the Board of Directors of Kenexa Corp from 1999 to 2006 and serves on the boards of several privately held companies. From 1991 to 1998, Mr. Rutherford was the Chairman of the Parthenon Group, a consulting firm. A native of Wellington, New Zealand, Mr. Rutherford holds a B.E. (1st Class Honors) degree from the University of Canterbury, an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Connecticut and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Samuel Skinner has served as a director since November 2009 and is a member of the Compensation Committee and Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors. Mr. Skinner is the Retired Chairman, President and CEO of U.S. Freightways Corporation. Mr. Skinner was previously President of the Commonwealth Edison Company and its holding company, Unicom Corporation, now Exelon Corporation. After retiring from Commonwealth Edison Company and Unicom, Mr. Skinner served as Co-Chairman of Hopkins & Sutter, a national law firm based in Chicago. During his five years at Unicom, he helped position the company for the emerging competitive market and led the company's successful effort to obtain successful legislation to restructure the electric utility industry in Illinois. Prior to joining Commonwealth Edison, he served as Chief of Staff to President George H.W. Bush. Prior to his White House service, Mr. Skinner served in the President's cabinet for nearly three years as Secretary of Transportation and was credited with numerous successes, including the development of the President's National Transportation Policy and the passage of landmark aviation and surface transportation legislation. Mr. Skinner served in the office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois from 1968-1977 amd was United States Attorney from 1975-1977. From 1977 to 1989, Mr. Skinner practiced law as a senior partner in the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin. From 1984 to 1998, while practicing law full-time, he also served as Chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority of northeastern Illinois and was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as Vice Chairman of the President's Commission on Organized Crime. He also has served as an adjunct professor of management and strategy at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Mr. Skinner serves on several public company boards.
Bruce (Toby) Wesson has served as a director since June 1999 and is Lead Director and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors. Additionally, Mr. Wesson is Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. Mr. Wesson is Founding Partner Emeritus and Senior Advisor at Galen Management, a healthcare venture firm, after serving as Managing Director from 1990 to 2011 as well as general partner of Galen Partners, L.P. over the same period. Mr. Wesson served over twenty-three years with the Corporate Finance Division of Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Co. Inc., an investment banking firm, most recently as Senior Vice President and Managing Director. While at Smith Barney, Mr. Wesson headed the "Major Account Group", which was responsible for many of the firm's largest accounts. He also chaired the Valuation Committee, which supervised all valuation opinions provided by the firm. Mr. Wesson served as a director of Chemtura Corporation from 1980 to 2010. Mr. Wesson serves as a Director and as a member of the Compensation and Audit Committees of Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company. In addition, Mr. Wesson has served as a Director (since 2006), including as Vice Lead Director (since 2008) and on the Compensation Committee of Derma Sciences, Inc., a manufacturer of dermatological products and also serves on the Board of Directors for several privately held companies. Mr. Wesson holds a B.A. from Colgate University and a M.B.A. from Columbia Graduate Business School.
Carol J. Zierhoffer is the Global Chief Information Officer for Bechtel Corporation. She assumed this role in September 2013. Carol is in charge of the vision, strategy, and planning for Bechtel's Global Information Systems & Technology (IS&T) organization. She joined the MedAssets Board of Directors in April 2013, leads its Information Technology (IT) committee and is a member of the Audit Committee. Ms. Zierhoffer has had a distinguished information technology and services career with a number of market-leading global companies. Prior to joining Bechtel, Carol was Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Xerox Corporation from January 2012 – September 2013 where she was responsible for all aspects of Information Technology (IT) leading an organization of approximately 1250 direct and 3000 leveraged IT staff worldwide. Prior to that, Ms. Zierhoffer was vice president and global CIO for ITT Corporation. From 1988 to 2008, she worked with Northrop Grumman Corporation in various IT leadership positions, most recently as vice president and CIO of the company's mission systems sector. Ms. Zierhoffer holds a master's degree in computer information systems from Bentley College and a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of New Hampshire.