7:00 am Registration / Networking / Breakfast Buffet Opens 7:30 am Breakfast / Roundtable Introductions and Topic Discussion 7:50 am Program Presentation Begins 8:30 am Audience Q&A 9:00 am Adjourn Presentation
9:15 am Final Networking
Health care costs continue to rise faster than inflation increasing insurance costs for employers and employees alike. In response, companies are aggressively employing creativity and technology to drive innovation. Attendees joined us for this important discussion on the current state of healthcare and how innovation is improving quality and convenience while reducing costs.
Heritage Group is a Nashville-based, healthcare-exclusive, growth equity firm with more than 30 years of experience financing and operating healthcare companies at all stages. With $400 million under management, Heritage provides capital and unique growth opportunities to businesses that improve the delivery of healthcare services. The firm’s strategic partners operate more than 500 hospitals with 90,000 beds and employ approximately 600,000 people. They cover more than 20 million lives under a number of leading health plans, deliver pharmaceuticals and medical products to more than 100,000 locations daily and generate revenues of almost $300 billion.
Director, Bancorp South, Greater Houston Partnership, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System
Deborah became President and CEO of the Houston Zoo in February 2005 following a long career in banking. At the time of her retirement, she was directing business in ten states in the Southwest, Midwest, and Texas and serving as President of Bank of America in Houston, the senior banking executive for community and civic activities in Harris County.
Ms. Cannon gained consumer, commercial, corporate, and international financial services expertise in a wide range of assignments. Ms. Cannon directed banking operations in Brazil for nearly four years, served as district manager for the Midwest division of Corporate Banking, and was president of a former subsidiary bank, as well as overseeing a number of other subsidiary banks. Ms. Cannon was also responsible for managing the Texas Commercial Bank.
Ms. Cannon was the first woman to represent the Bank overseas; she was the first woman president of a subsidiary bank; she was the founding Chairman of the Women’s Enterprise National Council and was the first female chair of the Greater Houston Partnership. Ms. Cannon also founded the women’s mentor program at the Bank that is now active across the country.
Ms. Cannons has overseen tremendous growth and revitalization of the Zoo during her tenure as CEO. The zoo has grown admissions by more than 50%, Member households fourfold and revenues threefold and also doubled the staff. Additionally, the zoo has made more than $125 million in capital improvements, bringing the Zoo from a fairly mediocre one to one of the top zoos in the country.
Active in the Houston community, Ms. Cannon serves on a number of boards of directors, including the Greater Houston Partnership; Memorial Hermann Healthcare System Board, the Physicians Referral Services Board (which manages the retirement funds for the M D Anderson Physicians) and Bancorp South. She previously served on the M D Anderson Board of Visitors, as well as the boards of the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, The YMCA of Greater Houston, The Houston Technology Center, The Houston YET Center and the Houston Business Development, Inc. She was the founding member of the Executive Women’s Partnership of Houston. In 1998 she was presented the Women of Excellence Award by Women’s Enterprise Magazine and in 2004 was the recipient of the Leadership Houston Award for Outstanding Leadership and the Houston Area Women’s Center Making a Difference Award.
A long-time resident of Texas, Ms. Cannon attended Georgetown University and graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BBA. She has completed International Lending Studies at the University of Virginia; the National Commercial Graduate School of Lending at the University of Oklahoma, and the Management of Manager’s course at SMU.
Bryan Bui joined Heritage Group in 2018 and serves as a Principal for the firm. Prior to joining Heritage Group, Bryan was a founding member of Oxeon Ventures, the de novo arm of Oxeon Partners. As a Director, Bryan led in the ideation, development, and creation of tech-enabled service companies focused primarily on the provider system environment. Since 2014, Oxeon Ventures has created three stand-alone companies: Risalto Health, Empiric and Docent. Prior to his time within the venture studio, Bryan led strategy and marketing teams at Pfizer where he focused on oncology and vaccination.
Bryan graduated from USC with a B.A. in Business Strategy and attended NYU Stern for his MBA. When he’s not continuing our focus on relationships, you can find him likely on a river, pursuing his lifelong fascination with fly fishing and the rivers of the American West. Bryan and his wife reside in Nashville and are looking forward to pursuing their lifelong goals there – namely, getting a big dog.
Graham Hunter joined Heritage Group in 2012 and serves as a Principal for the firm. Prior to joining Heritage Group, Graham was an Associate with Ridgemont Equity Partners, a $3 billion private equity firm in Charlotte, NC focused on buyout and growth investments across a broad range of industries. While at Ridgemont, he played an active role in all aspects of deal execution and provided post-acquisition support to portfolio companies. From 2006-2009, he worked as an Analyst in Leveraged Finance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In that role, he helped originate, structure and execute approximately $30 billion in credit facilities to support leveraged buyouts, acquisitions, recapitalizations and refinancings.
Graham graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Economics from Davidson College. He resides in Nashville with his wife and two daughters.
Professor, University of Texas Public Health System
Director, Institute for Health Policy at the SPH
Associate Director, Texas Medical Center’s Health Policy Institute
Stephen Linder received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Iowa, with faculty appointments at UCLA and Tulane before coming to the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health. Active in the non-profit community, he recently chaired the governing board of Mental Health America of Greater Houston and served as a member of the Texas Environmental Research Consortium’s Board, the Advisory Board for BridgeUp at Menninger Clinic, and the Steering Committee of the National Network of State and Local Surveys. As a faculty member, his current research focuses on community-based needs and health risks, specializing in cumulative risk characterization, needs assessment and measurement.
Stephen is Principal Investigator on The Health of Houston Survey 2017-18, a 5,700-household survey, the Academic Lead for the Houston site of Global Cities Changing Diabetes, sponsored by Novo Nordisk, and the Principal Investigator on the Healthy Cities Research Hub, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative. He serves in several academic leadership positions, including: Director of the Institute for Health Policy at the SPH, Associate Director of the Texas Medical Center’s Health Policy Institute, directs the TMC|72 program, providing data for elected officials, and directs the Policy Impact Grant Program, awarding $750,000 annually to Texas Medical Center institutions. His work with doctoral students has been recognized by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, the McGovern Foundation, and the University of Texas Board of Regents. He currently serves as a University of Texas System Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Fellow of the Shine Academy of Health Science Education.