Update from symplr
As a trusted partner in healthcare, we understand the importance of making the health and safety of our employees, customers, and our local communities our top priority. The recent COVID-19 Delta variant surge is a serious matter that we have been monitoring closely alongside our customers. As cases continue to climb across the country as well as attendees and other large companies withdrawing from HIMSS, we have made the decision to not attend HIMSS 2021 in Las Vegas next week. This was not an easy decision — we look forward to seeing our customers at HIMSS every year — but this is a decision that reflects our values and commitment to do everything we can to protect our employees, our customers, and the communities we live in.
We will still actively participate in the conference virtually and look forward to engaging with all of you who requested meetings with us next week. If you were planning on dropping by our booth at HIMSS, we still want to connect with you and share some of the results our customers have experienced during 2021. Click here to schedule an appointment to learn more about our expanded solutions in healthcare operations.
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Meet the symplr team at HIMSS
BJ Schaknowski is a seasoned software industry executive, with over 20 years of experience in leadership roles across a wide variety of operating functions. Before joining symplr, BJ served as the Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Vertafore, the world's leading provider of insurance technology. Prior to that, BJ spent four years at LexisNexis Software Solutions in progressively ascending roles, culminating as its SVP Marketing, Sales & Services. He held numerous senior and global leadership roles earlier in his career at CA Technologies, Intuit, and Sage Software.
BJ brings his dedication to creating balanced value and outcomes for employees, customers, and shareholders to the symplr community. He earned a BA in Communications from the State University of New York at Geneseo and his MBA at the University of Georgia – Terry College of Business. BJ served in the United States Marine Corps infantry as an enlisted reservist for 8 years. He lives in Denver with his wife, Heather, and two children.
As Chief Operating Officer, Tres Thompson brings nearly 30 years of financial, sales and business development experience to symplr. Most recently he served in senior executive positions at Cardtronics, a leading provider of fully integrated ATM and financial kiosk products and services, where he helped lead the company through several mergers and acquisitions and an IPO.
Thompson’s experience spans multiple industries including financial services, enterprise software and technology, energy, and private equity and venture capital. He also has international business development and leadership experience and is a licensed CPA. Thompson earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Trinity University.
Chief Operating Officer
Julie Walker serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for symplr. She works with key industry and business leaders to define strategies and identify growth opportunities for symplr in the evolving healthcare GRC landscape. Her team also helps lead the symplr M&A strategy by coordinating the execution and integration of acquisitions and partnerships.
Previously, Walker successfully led symplr’s Workforce Management and Access Management business segments. Prior to joining symplr, Walker served in a senior role at ProviderTrust, and was Vice President of Sales at the National Healthcareer Association, a division of Ascend Learning – both SaaS healthcare technology companies. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Valparaiso University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Lipscomb University.
Chief Strategy Officer
As Chief Marketing and Product Officer, Brian Fugere leads all marketing, product, and User Experience (UX) design efforts in the company. Bringing almost 30 years of go-to-market experience in software companies of all sizes, Fugere was most recently the CMO of Virence Health, a carve out from GE Healthcare. Prior roles include President of The Estimating Edge, COO and CMO of RemitDATA, as well as leadership positions at Belo Interactive, Stryker, and America Online.
A self-described “utility infielder," Fugere has deep experience in executive leadership, marketing, product, sales, and operations across public, private equity, and venture-backed companies. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, an MBA from George Mason University, and completed a leadership and business program at Harvard Business School.
Chief Marketing and Product Officer
As Chief Sales Officer, Jason Rupert is a transformational Sales leader with a strategic philosophy centered on customer satisfaction and high-performing teams. A veteran software executive, Jason has held numerous senior global sales and operations roles at Worldpay / FIS, NCR Corp, Digital Insight, and Intuit. Prior to symplr, he served as the Sr. VP & GM of Worldpay / FIS Global SaaS software business.
His areas of expertise also include leading Marketing, Professional Services, and Go-to-Market teams through change to achieve top line revenue growth. Above all, Jason places high value on client and prospect relationships throughout the sales lifecycle and beyond. Jason earned his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and his Master’s in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas. He lives in Arkansas with his wife Lezle and their daughter Blair.
Chief Sales Officer