John A. Bardis Founder, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, MedAssets, Inc.
John Bardis founded MedAssets in June 1999 and has served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer since its inception. Beginning with American Hospital Supply and Baxter International, he 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. Kinetic Concepts, a NASDAQ traded company, 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 NASDAQ traded company, which was a leading provider of rehabilitation services and operator of skilled nursing facilities. In 1995, TheraTx was named the second fastest growing public company in America by INC. Magazine, growing from $15mm to over $500mm in revenue in five years. Mr. Bardis was named Entrepreneur of the year by INC Magazine in 1995. Mr. Bardis graduated with a B.S. in Business from the University of Arizona. Mr. Bardis is the founder of Hire Heroes USA and is Chairman of the Atlanta Fire Youth Hockey Club. In 2013, Mr. Bardis was appointed to the Board of Advisors of the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona and to the board of The Committee to Preserve Olympic Wrestling. In 2011, Mr. Bardis was appointed to the board of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Mr. Bardis was Team Leader of the U.S. Greco-Roman Wrestling Team for the 2007 World Championships and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Rand A. Ballard Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Customer Officer
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.
Michael P. Nolte Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Mike Nolte joined MedAssets as Chief Operating Officer in March 2012. His career spans the health care, technology and financial services industries. Mr. Nolte most recently served as vice president and general manager of the Americas Services business for GE Healthcare IT, overseeing more than 1,700 staff focused on GE's healthcare software portfolio that includes revenue cycle, clinical/EHR, and digital imaging solutions. Among other roles at GE, he previously led GE Healthcare's Enterprise Revenue Cycle software business. Prior to his seven-year GE career, Mr. Nolte spent five years with McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. Before entering the private sector, he served in the United States Army from 1992 through 1998, ending his military career as a Captain and Company Commander for a rapid deployment medical supply chain and maintenance organization. Mr. Nolte holds a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Charles O. Garner Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Chuck Garner is MedAssets' Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and oversees the Company's finance, investor relations, corporate development, and information technology operations. He was previously Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, where he led strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, business integrations and partnership activities. Prior to joining the Company, Chuck was responsible for strategic planning and corporate development at Coca-Cola Enterprises. His broad business experience includes positions as a management consultant with Bain & Company, where he advised clients on growth strategies in the technology and service industries, and in software design and business development at American Management Systems (now CGI) where he served healthcare and government clients. Chuck earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems from Loyola College in Maryland, and has also earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Keith L. Thurgood Ph.D. President, Spend and Clinical Resource Management Segment
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.
Greg A. Strobel President, Revenue Cycle Management Segment
Greg Strobel is President of MedAssets Revenue Cycle Management Segment. He was President of the company's Revenue Cycle Services business prior to August 2011. Mr. Strobel joined MedAssets in 2005 as Vice President of Revenue Cycle Services Sales. He has spent over 20 years in the healthcare revenue cycle industry from both an operational and sales executive capacity. Prior to MedAssets, he held senior level roles for companies including Ernst & Young, Health Management Systems, McKesson and Siemens. Mr. Strobel graduated from Millersville University in 1984 with a degree in Computer Science and a concentration in Business.
Nicholas J. Sears M.D. Chief Medical Officer
Nick Sears, M.D. serves as Chief Medical Officer for MedAssets, Inc. Dr. Sears joined MedAssets through Aspen Healthcare Metrics as Senior Vice President of Clinical Services in 2004. Dr. Sears is a Board Certified Cardiovascular Surgeon with more than 20 years of experience as a cardiothoracic surgeon and physician executive. He practiced Cardiovascular and Thoracic surgery for 12 years in both the private and academic settings. He served as Vice-chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Vice-chief of Surgery at Tampa General Hospital, and as Co-Director of the Cardiac Transplant Program. He also held the position of Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of South Florida College of Medicine.
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.
Jonathan H. Glenn Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Administrative Officer
Jon Glenn is an Executive Vice President and the Chief Legal and Administrative Officer of MedAssets. His areas of responsibility also include risk management, corporate governance and compliance, and governmental affairs. Mr. Glenn received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1975 and was in private practice in Baltimore, Maryland, until 1992, when he became Vice President and General Counsel to PersonaCare, Inc., a long-term and subacute care provider. He became Vice President and General Counsel of TheraTx, Inc., a publicly-traded provider of rehabilitative therapy and subacute care upon its acquisition of PersonaCare in 1994, and served in that capacity until 1997. Mr. Glenn joined MedAssets in March, 2000.
Lance M. Culbreth Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer
Lance Culbreth is a Senior Vice President and has served as our Chief Accounting Officer since November 2010. Mr. Culbreth joined the Company in November 1999 as Senior Accountant, and served in such capacity until he was promoted to Vice President and Corporate Controller in 2006. He has been instrumental in the development and leadership of the Company's accounting department. Mr. Culbreth has over 17 years of experience in the accounting and finance industry, including having previously worked for Arthur Andersen, LLP as a senior audit associate from January 1998 to October 1999 where he performed audit and other transaction services for enterprise clients in a variety of industries. Mr. Culbreth also served in various accounting roles for Serologicals, Inc., a biotechnology company, from January 1994 to December 1997. Mr. Culbreth graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting.
Keith Hicks Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer
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.