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Executive Forum 2018 Speakers


as of 9/28/17

2018 Executive Forum Emcee

Ernie Clevenger - President & CEO, CareHere

Since 1983, Mr. Clevenger has worked in the self-funded community in various capacities including: Chairman and President of the Self-Insurance Institute of America, Chairman of the Workforce for Electronic Data Interface (WEDI) advising United States Department of Health & Human Services, President of American Progressive Benefits and Executive Vice President of Alliance Underwriters and two of the nation's leading providers of stop loss insurance for self-insured employers. Mr. Clevenger and Ben Baker co-founded CareHere in January 2004.

Mr. Clevenger is a graduate of David Lipscomb University and received his MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management of Vanderbilt University. He received his FLMI from the Life Management Institute.


Tuesday, February 6, 2018    


 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Keynote


“The Future of Health & Medicine:  Where Can Technology Take Us?”

Presented By: Daniel Kraft, M.D.

Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur and innovator.

With over 20 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation, Kraft has chaired the Medicine Track for Singularity University since SU’s inception. He is the founder and executive director of Exponential Medicine, a conference that explores convergent, rapidly developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare.

Following undergraduate degrees from Brown University and medical school at Stanford, Kraft was board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics after completing a Harvard residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital & Boston Children’s Hospital, and fellowships in hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplantation at Stanford.

He has multiple patents on medical device, immunology and stem cell related patents through faculty positions with Stanford University School of Medicine and as clinical faculty for the pediatric bone marrow transplantation service at University of California, San Francisco.

Kraft’s academic research has focused on: stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, stem cell derived immunotherapies for cancer, bioengineering human T-cell differentiation and humanized animal models. Clinical work focuses on: bone marrow and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for malignant and non-malignant diseases in adults and children, medical devices to enable stem cell based regenerative medicine, including marrow derived stem cell harvesting, processing and delivery. He also implemented the first text-paging system at Stanford Hospital.

Kraft recently founded Bioniq Health, focused on enabling connected, data driven, and integrated personalized medicine. He is also the inventor of the MarrowMiner, an FDA approved device for the minimally invasive harvest of bone marrow, and founded RegenMed Systems, a company developing technologies to enable adult stem cell based regenerative therapies.

Kraft is an avid pilot and has served in the Massachusetts and California Air National Guard as an officer and flight surgeon with an F-16 fighter Squadron. He has conducted research on aerospace medicine that was published with NASA, with whom he was a finalist for astronaut selection.

Kraft’s experience and vision in many ways epitomizes the kind of out-of-the-box thinking that is shaping, not only the future of healthcare, but also the future of wellness, prevention and biopharma. 


 10:50 AM – 11:50 AM : Session

"The Art of Customer Engagement - Giving Heart and Structure to Your Organization"

Presented By: Diane Magers - CEO, Customer Experience Professionals Association

Diane is a passionate, experienced Customer Experience executive, change agent and sherpa for new and developing customer obsessed leaders.  She believes that brands who win choose to focus on human and emotional elements of business.

Diane has over 25 years of building and growing Customer and Employee focus.  She is currently interim CEO for the Customer Experience Professionals Association.  Most recently at AT&T, she led Customer Experience strategy by transforming customer and associate engagement. In 2011, she founded Customer Experience Catalysts as a consultancy and thought leader for organizations who were launching or progressing customer and employee experience to grow their brand value.   She also developed and led Customer Engagement at Sysco Foods Corporation. 

Diane holds an M.S. in Psychology and an M.B.A. She is a Certified Customer Experience Professional (CCXP) and also holds NPS, VoC and CEM certifications. 


 1:35 PM – 2:50 PM : Session             

"Why Improved Doctor-Patient Communication on Prices Can Curb Costs"

Presented By: Elisabeth Rosenthal, M.D.

Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal was for twenty-two years a reporter, correspondent, and senior writer at The New York Times before becoming the editor in chief of Kaiser Health News, an independent journalism newsroom focusing on health and health policy. She holds an MD from Harvard Medical School, trained in internal medicine, and has worked as an ER physician. She lives in New York City and Washington, DC.


 3:05 PM – 3:30 PM : Session

 Just in Time – What is Happening Now!

Presented By: TBD

Stay tuned for the sure-to-be riveting speaker in this year's TED Talk-style session!


 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM : Session              

“The ‘What…If’ Experience”

Presented By: Mike Rayburn

As a Hall of Fame international keynote speaker, author, comedian, and world-class guitarist, Mike Rayburn is an inspirational thought leader and one of the most in- demand and un-conventional keynote artists in the world. Drawing from his success as an entrepreneur as well as a Carnegie Hall headliner, Mike is a master at increasing profitability and impact by inspiring your team to become possibility thinkers and virtuoso performers... all by daring you to ask the question, “What if...?” 


The “What If...?” Experience is Mike’s transformational, hilarious keynote presentation.In it Mike uses his amazing guitar work and hilarious comedy as a metaphor, to illustrate three tools designed to turn your team into an army of innovators with the peak performance skills to transcend the status quo to stop managing change, and lead by creating change. Oh... and they’ll laugh so hard it hurts! 


The measure of any speaker is the results they produce. Mike is consistently cited as“the hit of the conference,” and “what we needed and didn’t even know it.” More importantly, businesses regularly attribute significant, sometimes exponential increases in sales, impact and morale to the application of Mike’s keynote tools and breakout session content.


Also, in the same way a great song gets stuck in your head, Mike’s “What if...?”message gets repeated over and over, imprinting his most powerful tool in their memories and affecting immediate results and permanent improvement. 


Always on the cutting edge, international keynote speakerMike Rayburn is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), Hall of Fame speaker (CPAE), two-time TEDx presenter, has performed more than 4,000 presentations and his comedy remains in heavy rotation on Sirius/XM radio. Mike has been featured in USA Today, Newsweek, Billboard, American Entertainment, Gig, and Successful Meetings magazines.



Wednesday, February 7, 2018


 8:40 AM – 9:40 AM : Session

“Healthcare Reform and the Failure of Washington. What Now?”

Presented By: Sal Nuzzo, VP of Policy for The James Madison Institute

A native of high-tax/low-growth Connecticut, he left New England for Florida State University, a warmer climate and a healthier economy. 

Sal has spent his 20-year career engaged in the policy arena – in the Florida legislature, as a policy consultant across the country, and with free enterprise organizations in the Sunshine State. 

Prior to his tenure with The James Madison Institute, he served with the Florida Chamber of Commerce, where he directed the Chamber Foundation’s policy research efforts.

Sal earned his degree in economics with a concentration in Public Policy from FSU while serving with the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA).

He is a frequent contributor to state and national publications that deal with the substantive issues of the day, and toils in the weeds as a member of several policy work groups that advise Congressional and White House leaders, both Republican and Democrat. 


10:00 AM – 10:55 AM : Session          

How to Become a Local Media Health Insurance Expert

Presented By: Annie Smith, Trey Hinson, and Zach Swenson - Ocozzio, Inc.

Annie Smith - Vice President of Marketing Strategy

A seasoned marketing strategist, Annie has worked with a variety of national brands including Chevrolet, CVS and the NFL. Prior to joining Ocozzio in 2016, Annie led the American Cancer Society’s marketing efforts as Senior Director of Creative and Brand Strategy where she was responsible for national donor engagement and consumer health campaigns. As Vice President of Marketing Strategy at Ocozzio, Annie brings her experience and creative flair to the self-funding industry. After graduating from the Ohio State University, Annie headed south and now lives in Augusta, Georgia with her husband, two children and new puppy.

Trey Hinson - Executive Vice President

Before joining Ocozzio, Trey started his career in the (big, bad) world of the Carriers, serving in a variety of leadership roles between operations, marketing and sales. Raised in a political family from the age of 8, Trey is quite familiar with media relations and the subtle art of story-telling while under pressure. With an undergrad degree from the University of South Carolina’s School of Business and an MBA from Webster University, he combines strategic principles with real world knowledge for aligning marketing strategies to maximize budgets and enhance positive exposure.

Zach Swenson - Client Relations

Zack is a natural born “front-man”. Put him in front of a band or in front of a camera and he’s going to win hearts and minds. Zach spends his days leading the Business Development efforts of Ocozzio. His nights and weekends are devoted to his wife and three young children. 




10:55 AM - 11:50 AM : Session        

Bundled Payments - Where they came from and why they're likely here to stay!

Presented By: Michael Ceballos - Aver, Inc.

Michael is currently responsible for Aver’s business development.  He began his time at Aver as the Vice President of Customer Delivery which includes customers, client implementations and analytics.  Prior to joining Aver, Michael served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Development for Integra ServiceConnect, a growth equity backed healthcare services company.  Previously Ceballos served in various managed care general management and strategy roles including leading Centene’s Ohio Medicare-Medicaid Plan (MMP) and serving as Chief of Staff to UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare & Retirement CEO.  He began his career as an engineer, leading cross-functional teams.  Ceballos received both a Bachelor and Master degree from Stanford University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  He served as an Advisor to Care at Hand, a health care technology start-up acquired by Mindoula, and sits on Columbus Early Learning Center’s board of directors.  


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