(L-R: Dan Thomas, Emmitt Smith, Scott Wood, Bart Conner, founder Michael Wilson, Doug French, Joe Cunningham MD, Stan Dennis)
Michael G. Wilson

Founder, CEO Healthcare Highways, Inc.

Michael G. Wilson graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1979 with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration/finance. He was a five-time All American gymnast at the University of Oklahoma and NCAA Champion in floor exercise in 1979. Mr. Wilson was also a member of the World Cup and World Championship teams in 1978 and 1979, and a member of the 1980 Men’s Olympic gymnastics team.

Mr. Wilson has more than 34 years of experience in healthcare, third-party administration, consulting, and managed care. He began his career with the Equitable Life Assurance Society of New York, and then co-founded Equitable Plan Services, Inc., a third-party administrator located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He also co-founded PPO Oklahoma, a statewide PPO network. Mr. Wilson sold his interest in both Equitable Plan Services and PPO Oklahoma in 1994.

In 1995, Mr. Wilson founded Corporate Health Plans of America, Inc. (CHPA), in Dallas, Texas, implementing his concept of a contemporary consulting firm. In 2004, he sold CHPA to Arthur J Gallagher Consulting in order to focus exclusively on founding Texas True Choice.

As founder, president, and CEO of Texas True Choice, Inc. (TTC), Mr. Wilson responded to the challenge of providing premiere statewide PPO access to clients whose employees were located throughout the state of Texas. Incorporated in 1996, TTC quickly became one of the largest PPO networks in Texas. Mr. Wilson sold TTC to Viant Holdings, Inc., (Viant) in October 2007. Viant was subsequently acquired by MultiPlan in 2010.

In 2008, Mr. Wilson acquired Century Healthcare, LLC, a limited-benefit health plan. Under his leadership, Century Healthcare grew to be known as the market leader in limited-benefit plans, MEC, and MVP.

In 2012, Mr. Wilson founded and became the chairman/CEO of Healthcare Highways, Inc.. Healthcare Highways is an innovative healthcare and network company that partners with best-in-class payers and businesses with complimentary solutions to create competitive options for large employers, small businesses, and hourly/part-time workforces.

Bart Conner

Board of Directors

Inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2012, Olympic Gold Medalist Bart Conner, along with his former coach and business partner Paul Ziert, built an impressive business and philanthropic career that focused on his passions, including the Olympics, health and fitness, public relations, and media and communications.

Mr. Conner has been active in the world of gymnastics. The Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy in Norman, Oklahoma, is one of the largest and best-equipped gymnastics centers in the United States.

Mr. Conner, along with his wife, Nadia Comaneci, host the Bart & Nadia Sports Experience, a multi-sport, health and wellness event held every February at the Cox Arena and Convention Center in Oklahoma City, OK. Their goal is to promote good choices and “ownership” of our health and wellness status by offering free health screenings and interactive fitness challenges, in addition to a variety of sports competitions designed to encourage young people to be proactive about their fitness and health.

Mr. Conner serves as Associate Publisher of the International GYMNAST magazine, which began in 1956, and continues to be the most respected gymnastics publication in the world.

Started in 1998, Perfect 10 Productions, Inc. is a TV production company created to promote televised gymnastics events from around the world for ESPN, Fox Sports Net, Oxygen and others. Perfect 10 Productions, Inc. currently produces the Nadia Comaneci International Invitational.

In addition to these and other business ventures, Mr. Conner and his wife have traveled extensively since 1976, delivering inspirational speeches to the corporate leadership and clients of many Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Conner graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in journalism and public relations from the University of Oklahoma. He volunteers much of his time to charitable organizations and served as vice chairman of the Special Olympics International until 2015. Mr. Conner, an Emeritus Life member of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Chairman of the Board of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame, also volunteers at the University of Oklahoma College of International Studies and Creative Oklahoma.

Joe Cunningham, MD

Managing Director, Santé Ventures

Joe Cunningham is a founding partner and managing director of Santé Ventures, an early stage life science and healthcare venture capital company based in Austin, Texas. Prior to taking on this role, Dr. Cunningham was a healthcare venture partner with Austin Ventures and vice chairman of the Ascension Health Ventures investment committee. He is also the former chief medical officer of the Providence Health System and executive director of the 300-physician Providence Health Alliance, both of which belong to the Ascension Health system. He has extensive management experience and is recognized nationally for his expertise in healthcare delivery systems, physician associations and compensation models. Dr. Cunningham serves on advisory boards for both United Healthcare and Health Care Services Corporation (BC/BS). He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Quality Assurance and Peer Review. Dr. Cunningham received his Bachelor of Science and MD degrees from Texas A&M University and his Master of Business Administration from Baylor University.

Stan Dennis

Operating Partner, Welsh, Carson,

Anderson & Stowe

Stan Dennis has a diverse background in healthcare and more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare services and payer-services systems. He is a co-founder, board member, and investor in Healthcare Highways, Inc., a leading provider of limited benefit plans, pharmacy management services, and a clinically integrated health plan. Since 2015 Mr. Dennis has served as an operating partner with Welsh Carson Anderson and Stowe (WCAS), a leading healthcare private equity firm, where he focuses on healthcare investments. When Mr. Dennis served as the president and COO of NaviHealth, a former WCAS portfolio company, NaviHealth grew to serve nearly 2 million health plan members and more than 75 partner hospitals and physician groups. He also served as executive vice president of Optum, where he was responsible for more than $10 billion in revenue at UnitedHealth Group. His tenure includes C-suite roles at Texas Health Resources, Allina Health System, PhyCor, and Anthem. He has also served on several boards of directors and committees.

Doug French

Managing Director, Santé Ventures

Doug French has more than 30 years’ experience as a distinguished healthcare executive. He is co-founder and managing director of Santé Ventures, an early-stage healthcare venture-capital firm with $260 million under management with offices in Austin and Houston, Texas.

He is the past president and chief executive officer of Ascension Health. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, Ascension Health is the largest nonprofit system in the United States, with more than 70 facilities operating in 36 markets and 20 states and operating revenue of $18 billion.

Mr. French serves on numerous boards of directors, including those of Herman Miller, Inc. (MLHR) and four privately held companies representing $190M of invested capital. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has published and spoken extensively on leadership development, healthcare ventures, healthcare collaboration, innovation and healthcare IT. He earned a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Xavier University in 1979.

Emmitt Smith

President & CEO, Emmitt Smith Enterprises

Emmitt Smith is a professional football icon, one of the game’s greatest players. In his 15 years in the National Football League, Smith amassed many records that still stand today, including all-time leading rusher and all-time rushing touchdowns. Smith’s impressive resume also includes appearances in three Super Bowls and membership in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. After retiring from football, Mr. Smith served as a football analyst for ESPN and the NFL Network.

Now Mr. Smith has transitioned to the role of businessman and entrepreneur. He runs several real estate, construction, and technology companies and is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and REALTOR®. His current businesses include ESmith Legacy, a premier real estate development and asset management firm; EJ Smith Construction, a Dallas-based commercial and civil construction manager and general contractor firm; ESmith Realty Partners, a national commercial real estate services company; ESmith Capital Partners, specialists in the procurement of commercial real estate equity and debt financing; and Prova Group, Inc., a mobile authentication company.

Published in 2011, his most recent book, Game On, outlines the principles that helped Mr. Smith succeed both on and off the field. Active in charitable outreach in the Dallas area and on a national level, Smith and his wife Pat founded Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities to provide unique experiences and educational opportunities to underserved youth.

Dan Thomas

Board of Directors

Dan Thomas joined Provista, a proven supply chain partner, in 2011 and served as its president and CEO until his retirement in 2017. During his tenure, Provista achieved impressive growth rates and expanded its services into the education and government sectors through strategic acquisitions.

Before joining Provista, Mr. Thomas served as chief executive officer and a board member of Viant, Inc. until it was sold to MultiPlan, Inc. in 2010, for approximately $900 million. Viant was a leading healthcare cost-management company that served the nation’s largest health insurance companies, third-party administrators, government agencies, and employers.

Mr. Thomas served as chairman of the Board of Directors of Concentra, Inc. from 2007 through 2010, when Concentra was sold to Humana Inc. for $790 million. Prior to joining Viant and becoming chairman of Concentra’s board of directors, Mr. Thomas served as president and chief operating officer of Concentra from 1993 to 1998 and as CEO from 1998 to 2007. Through its affiliated physicians, Concentra provided occupational medicine, urgent care, wellness and preventive services, physical therapy, physical examinations, travel medicine, and drug testing through over 300 medical centers located in 40 states. When Mr. Thomas was president and chief operating officer, Concentra grew from $15 million to $620 million in revenues.

Before joining Concentra, Mr. Thomas spent several years with Medical Care International, Inc., a national surgical center company, and practiced as a Certified Public Accountant at KPMG. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa.

Scott Wood

Risk Management

Scott Wood is a nationally recognized insurance industry expert with 30 years of experience in insurance company operations, administration, and marketing. His expertise includes strategic planning, risk management, product development, reinsurance, marketing, and alternative funding, including self-funded plans.