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.
Keith Thurgood is President of MedAssets Spend and Clinical Resource Management segment. Previously, Mr. Thurgood served as deputy commanding general and chief of staff for the United States Army Reserve. Prior to that, he was President and CEO of Overseas Military Sales Corporation. In 2010, Mr. Thurgood led one of three operating divisions for Sam’s Club as Senior Vice President, Operations. From 2007 to 2010, he was chief executive officer of The Exchange, the Department of Defense’s $10 billion for-profit global retailer. From 2006 to 2007, Mr. Thurgood served our country in the U.S. Army as commanding general of the 143rd Logistics/Forward Command and deputy commanding general of the 377th Theater Support Command. From 1988 to 2006, Mr. Thurgood held a number of positions with PepsiCo and Frito Lay, Inc. including director of strategic sourcing, director of supply chain management, and director of strategy and innovation. Mr. Thurgood holds a Ph.D. from Capella University, a Master of Strategic Studies from Army War College, a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston University, and a Bachelor's Degree from Brigham Young University.
Amy Amick is President of MedAssets Revenue Cycle Management segment. Previously she was chief operating officer for M*Modal, a $450 million healthcare technology organization. From 2009 to 2012, she was a general manager, worldwide services with Microsoft, where she was responsible for customer-facing functions across Microsoft’s Health Solutions Group. Prior to that, Ms. Amick was senior vice president, services, with Allscripts-Misys, overseeing implementation services, clinical and revenue cycle consulting practice, and warehouse operations. From 2001 to 2008, she worked with Cerner in a number of leadership roles, including responsibility for professional services and support across 13-state territory. Ms. Amick received a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and leadership studies from the University of Richmond.
Dr. Sears has an extensive background in the healthcare consulting industry. He is recognized for being a catalyst for instituting and managing improvement in patient care and clinical outcomes, medical staff governance and operations issues and improved financial performance in healthcare organizations.
Keith Hicks was named Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer in April 2013. In this capacity Mr. Hicks oversees the Company's human capital strategy and implementation including workforce planning, talent management, organization design and development , executive and employee compensation and talent acquisition. He brings 25 years of industry experience and human resources leadership to his role. Mr. Hicks most recently served as the executive vice president of Human Resources for Radiant Systems, Inc. where he was responsible for all aspects of human resources across Radiant's global operation. Prior to that, Mr. Hicks was a partner with Accenture and during his 21-year tenure held several executive human resource positions with increasing responsibility from regional to global scope. Mr. Hicks graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in computer science.