The MBDA Business Center-Atlanta is celebrating their 10th anniversary through its 2014 Business Opportunities Series, which are quarterly networking and discussion events created to inform clients, entrepreneurs and professionals of viable opportunities in healthcare, construction and engineering, manufacturing and global exporting. The first installment of the series is Innovation in Healthcare: Accessing Emerging Opportunities, where top industry leaders in construction, manufacturing, purchasing and information technology will share advice and their best practices and strategies for winning healthcare’s most competitive contracts. To register for the event visit here.
Executive Vice President,
Georgia Hospital Association
Bio: Glenn Pearson is board certified in healthcare administration and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He provides leadership to the following areas at the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA): Financial Services (Medicare, Medicaid, commercial payers, etc.); Health and Emerging Technologies; Georgia Hospital Health Systems, Inc. (For-profit entrepreneurial subsidiary); and Public Relations and Communications.
Prior to moving to GHA, he was Vice President of Data and Shared Services for the Hospital Council of Western Michigan in Grand Rapids. His care hospital experience includes positions at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan, the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, and the Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus. He earned a Masters of Health Administration Degree from Ohio State University and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Syracuse University Honors Program.
Glenn has held leadership positions in various national, regional and local organizations and committees including the American College of Healthcare Executives, Association of Healthcare Enterprises, Allied Association of Hospital Accountants, Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives, Leadership Atlanta, Technology Association of Georgia, Southern HIPAA Administrative Regional Process, Georgia Strategic Local Implementation Process, and others. He is currently serving as a Regent in the American College of Healthcare Executives, representing the 1,500 ACHE affiliates in the state of Georgia and chairs the board of Why Should I Believe? Ministry.
Chris Kunney, CPHIMS, CPHIT, MSMOT
Executive Information Technology Strategist
Bio:Christopher Kunney is a senior level Healthcare Information Technology Executive and Strategist. Kunney provides guidance and thought leadership specific to emerging healthcare technology offerings, compliance related issues and technology adoption. His recent roles include serving as Director of Emerging Healthcare Technology for AT&T; Vice President and COO for HealthInovation; and Vice President and CIO for Piedmont Healthcare. Kunney currently serves as managing partner of Infinite Options, LLC and also maintains strategic alliances with various IT consulting firms such as BCT Partners, JVION and The Desir Group.
Kunney serves as instructor-at-large for Southern Polytechnic University Professional Education – HIT Certification Program and is an industry adviser to the MBDA Business Center Atlanta Healthcare Program, ITT Technical Institute and DeVry University – Atlanta. He also serves on the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce HIT Public Policy Taskforce and Bioscience – Health IT Leadership Council and active member of the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF). Additionally, Kunney’s leadership roles include: the 2014 President of the Healthcare Information Systems Society (HIMSS) – Georgia Chapter and the Board Chairman of Ivy Preparatory Academy of Schools. He’s previously served as past Chair of Dr. Ben Carson Foundation Atlanta Chapter and board emeritus for the Men’s Health and Wellness Center.
Christopher is a graduate of Fort Valley State University, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science/Mathematics and Executive Master of Science Degree in Management of Technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition to his formal education, he’s received various certifications in the areas of healthcare information technology (CPHIT), customer relationship management (CRM), technical management, total quality control, project management, and other various I.T. related fields of study.
Vice President of Healthcare,
JE Dunn Construction
Bio: Russ Ardillo is the Vice President of Healthcare at JE Dunn Construction, leader in the commercial construction industry since 1924. Ardillo, who received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management from the US Air Force, has over 30 year experience in construction. He is responsible for working with the project team to prepare pre-construction, budget proposals, value engineering and schedules. Ardillo has completed construction projects from the design to the construction phase and provides overall project leadership through client move-in. He is responsible for all Operational Planning activities at JE Dunn Construction, including quality, scheduling and cost.
Ardillo has completed projects in healthcare, hospitality, retail, education and housing. Ardillo served as Project Executive over the following healthcare projects: renovation and an addition to the Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, South Carolina; pre-construction and construction of a 400,000 square foot major trauma center expansion for the John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California; renovations of 9,600 patient wing rooms, the MRI department and Oncology department of the DeKalb Medical Center in Decatur, GA; a 16,000 square foot addition, a 30,000 square foot new laboratory and a power plant addition to the Archibold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, GA ; and the new construction of eight proto-type Children’s Medical Clinics for the Egleston Children’s Medical Clinics in Atlanta, GA. Ardillo has also completed the pre-construction for the Emory Candler School of Theology in Decatur, GA; the new replacement high school for Chamblee High School in Atlanta, GA; and a 300 acre development of Park 2001 in Reno, Nevada.
Mark Cartwright, CPSM, CPSD
Senior Director, Supplier Diversity,
Bio: Mark Cartwright is the Senior Director of Supplier Diversity for Novation. Cartwright earned a Master of Business Administration Degree with a Finance concentration from Virginia Tech, as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management. He is certified by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) as a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM). Mark was also among the first in the U.S. to achieve the Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity designation (CPSD) from ISM.
In May 2013, Mark accepted the position of Senior Director of Supplier Diversity for Novation; the nation’s leading health care supply chain expertise, analytics and contracting company. Markets served by Novation include acute hospitals and systems, academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, ambulatory care facilities, physician clinics, home health, long-term care facilities, and through Provista; the education and corporate markets.
Prior to Novation, Mark was appointed by then Governor Robert McDonnell to the newly created role of Director of Supplier Diversity for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Reporting directly to the Governor, Mark was charged with providing leadership and direction to 171 state agencies in an effort to increase spending with small, minority and women-owned businesses. Mark was able to Increase spending with minority-owned businesses by 46% by establishing an unprecedented level of collaboration and understanding between state agencies, buyers, suppliers, contractors and other stakeholders. Mark was the Administration’s point person for legislation which resulted in the newly created Office of Small Business and Supplier Diversity.
Chief Development Officer,
TeleHealth International Partnership
Bio: Matt Jansen is the Chief Development Officer for TeleHealth International Partnership (TIP). Jansen is currently developing new models of connected care strategies with corporations, countries and other health systems on an international scale. Jansen’s success in the United States in applied TeleHealth initiatives and services under Georgia Partnership for Telehealth (GTP), is now focused on providing cost effective, efficient and high quality healthcare to hundreds of thousands globally. TIP has assembled a world renowned telehealth team of experts to reach beyond their borders to make the world a healthier place.
As former Executive Director for GPT, he has experience in implementing Telemedicine in nursing homes, school clinics, corrections, specialty clinics, emergency departments, ICUs, primary care, child advocacy centers, community mental health and continuing education. GPT’s statewide collaboration among policy, healthcare providers and patient adoption has led to a tremendous rate of success. In January 2013, GPT reported patient encounters increasing to over 130,000. GPT now has over 400 partners with over 250 specialists and healthcare providers, representing over 40 specialties participating in network.
Jansen has over 15 years of experience in marketing, social enterprise strategic planning, program management, and resource development. He has earned a Master of Public Administration from Valdosta State University and led several explosive initiatives. His experience and expertise has successfully secured over $20 million in local, state, federal and foundation support; established one of the largest Boys & Girls Clubs of America projects to sustain after school programs for 5,000 children; designed a content development network for U.S. Education TV that is in over 300 schools nation wide; founded a chapter for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of the Alapaha Judicial Circuit; established a Cyber Academy Charter School that was recognized as Affiliate of the Year in 2007 and Charter School of the Year in 2008, by Communities in Schools; and implemented the first Rural School-Based TeleHealth Clinic model in Georgia that will be in over 50 schools by the end of 2014.
Director, Supplier Diversity & Sustainability,
Owens & Minor Inc.
Chair, Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance
Bio: Angela Wilkes is Director of Supplier Diversity & Sustainability, Owens & Minor Inc., the largest distributor of brand name medical and surgical products in North America. As Director of Supplier Diversity and Sustainability for Owens & Minor Inc., Angela leads the corporation’s nationally recognized supplier diversity programs, partnerships, and strategies. Working with numerous healthcare systems, nonprofits, government agencies, universities, and senior leadership, Angela develops and implements programs that leverage sales and serve as a model for the healthcare industry. She most recently served as Director of Supplier Diversity & Small Business Liaison Officer, following her role as Director of Customer Relations and Government Accounts for Owens & Minor.
Angela established the first Healthcare Supplier Diversity Symposium, sponsored by Owens & Minor and now in its seventh year. The event attracts more than 300 participants including healthcare providers, manufacturers and distributors, group purchasing officers, and corporate and community leaders. Continuing her outreach, Angela founded the Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance, which creates opportunities for previously underutilized businesses and supply-chain stakeholders.
Angela contributes her energy and expertise to the community by serving on the boards of the Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council, the Commonwealth of Virginia Supplier Diversity Advisory Council, and as Chair of the Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance. Owens & Minor Awards Include: Novation Diversity Advocate of the Year (2011); Premier Diversity Award, 2011 Honorable Mention; Premier National Supplier Diversity Award, 2005 and 2008; Advocate of the Year Award, Virginia Minority Supplier Development Corporation, 2005; and Virginia Minority Supplier Development Corporation of the Year Award, 2004.
Deborah Williams, MSM
Senior Director, Sourcing & Supplier Diversity
Premier Healthcare Solutions, Inc.
Bio:Deborah Williams joined the Premier healthcare alliance as the Senior Director of Supplier Diversity in early 2008 based in Charlotte, N.C. Upon joining Premier Healthcare Solutions, Inc. Williams is responsible for the Premier Supplier Diversity Committee and under her leadership she has launched and enhanced the program to include the Sourcing, Education and Enrichment for Diverse and Small Suppliers (SEEDS), a program aimed at increasing the number of qualified small, diverse and regional enterprises on the Premier contract portfolio. In 2010, her responsibilities were expanded to include responsibility for the Premier Regional Purchasing Coalitions (RPC) program. Premier supports 18 active collaboratives comprised of more than 100 Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNS) and Affiliated Hospitals to achieve the following objectives: performance based participation, savings targets that drive voluntary member commitment and increased market share to Premier contracted suppliers.
She came to Premier from Mills-Peninsula Health Services, a Sutter Health affiliate, in Burlingame, California, where she was the Director of Contracting and Value analysis. Before that, she was a Medical Surgical Service Line Director for Broadlane Inc., assigned to the Kaiser Permanente account.
Williams honed her leadership, strategic sourcing and management skills during a 20-year career at the Detroit Medical Center. She began her career as a contract administrator for the Detroit Medical Center and was promoted to marketing support manager where she was a strategic sourcing manager, responsible for the Detroit Medical Center’s Affiliate program, comprised of 6 hospitals and led the supplier diversity program for 16 acute care hospitals – 10 owned, leased or managed by the DMC and six affiliate hospitals.Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s in management from Walsh College.