Meet symplr at HIMSS 2024

March 11-15, 2024
Booth #3921 | Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL

Connect with symplr to learn how we can help symplify your healthcare operations  

We believe connected enterprise operations are the bridge to sustainable and scalable change in healthcare operations. Our provider data management, workforce management, and healthcare governance, risk management, and compliance solutions improve the efficiency of healthcare operations, enabling healthcare givers to provide high-quality patient care. 

Want to learn more at HIMSS? Schedule time to meet with our leadership team at booth #3921 to discover how we can help symplify your healthcare operations to drive better outcomes.

Gather, network, and learn with symplr at HIMSS 2024!

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Visit booth 3921 for snacks and cool swag!
Stop by booth 3921 to see how we're investing in the future of healthcare operations and meet our team. While you're there, grab a snack and some cool swag.
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Show off your putting skills with our golf game!
Ready to sharpen your putting skills and capture the moment? Swing by our booth, play our interactive golf game, and strike a pose with our reaction camera!
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Join us for our Purple Haze Happy Hour events!
Join us for Happy Hours at booth 3921 from
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 12, and Wednesday, March 13, for drinks and networking with the symplr team and peers!
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Discover symplr with a custom demo!
Our product experts will be on-hand to answer your questions and provide demonstrations so you can see how we can help symplify your healthcare operations.
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Explore our product innovations!
Our executive leadership and product team will be on-site, eagerly available to engage with you, discuss our latest innovations, and provide insights into our upcoming initiatives.
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Come try our signature donut: The Purple Glaze!
Visit booth 3921 on Tuesday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to noon, and Wednesday and Thursday, March 13 & 14, from 9:30 a.m. to noon to chat and try a Purple Glaze donut!

Meet the symplr Team at HIMSS

Executive Leadership

BJ Schaknowski
Chief Executive Officer

BJ Schaknowski

Chief Executive Officer

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. Deeply committed to philanthropic efforts, BJ was recently appointed to the Susan G. Komen Board of Directors, joining an elite group of nearly two dozen executives from various industries who help govern and advise Komen, which is the world’s leading non-profit breast cancer organization. He is a Fellow of the American College of Health Data Management. BJ 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. Schaknowski also 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.

Brian Fugere
Chief Product Officer

Brian Fugere

Chief Product Officer

As Chief Product Officer, Brian Fugere leads all product management and user experience (UX) design efforts in the company. During the past two years, he also served as the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and led the engineering organization. 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, Chief Operating Officer and CMO of RemitDATA, and leadership positions at Belo Interactive, Stryker, and America Online.

Fugere has deep experience in executive leadership, marketing, product, sales, and operations across public, private equity, and venture-backed companies. He is a Fellow of the American College of Health Data Management. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, an MBA from George Mason University, and has completed a leadership and business program at Harvard Business School.

Nicole Rogas
President

Nicole Rogas

President

As President, Nicole Rogas is responsible for driving symplr’s revenue growth strategy and overall customer experience providing oversight and vision for the Sales, Client Success, Support and Services teams.

A recognized healthcare IT and revenue cycle management leader, Nicole is focused on fostering a high-energy, high-performing culture putting the employee and the client at the center. Prior to symplr, Nicole spent 19 years at Experian Health, formerly Passport Health, where she successfully held numerous leadership positions, most recently as its Chief Commercial Officer. In this role, she oversaw the National Sales Team, among other cross-functional teams that focused on customer health and driving growth throughout all healthcare channels.

Nicole also is a recipient of the 2019 Women in Sales Awards - North America and has been an advocate for women and working parents through her career. She also is a Fellow of the American College of Health Data Management. Nicole earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Marketing from Marquette University and her Master’s in Business Administration from Benedictine University. She lives in Elmhurst, Illinois with her two children. For more on Nicole, please visit her LinkedIn profile.

Kristin Russel
Chief Marketing Officer

Kristin Russel

Chief Marketing Officer

As Chief Marketing Officer, Kristin Russel drives the development and execution of symplr’s comprehensive marketing strategy, overseeing all branding, digital and product marketing, sales enablement, public relations, community outreach programs, channel partnerships, and business development.

Recently named one of Becker’s top 100 women in healthcare, Russel is a tenured leader and a visionary in the healthcare technology industry. She also is a Fellow of the American College of Health Data Management. Before joining symplr, she led marketing at Quest Analytics and Carrot Inc. and drove revenue and new growth initiatives through strategic partnerships and marketing at Humana, Cerner, and Omnicell. She is also a successful entrepreneur, having founded fin-tech company Anachron, which was ultimately sold to ING Bank. Russel has a bachelor’s degree from McMaster University in Canada, an MBA from École Supérieure de Commerce in France, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Carleton University in Canada.

Karissa Fuller
Managing Director of Workforce Management

Karissa Fuller

Managing Director of Workforce Management

Karissa Fuller is Managing Director, Senior Vice President over symplr’s Workforce Management pillar. She has over 20 years of healthcare experience both in the payer and provider space. Karissa is driven by inspiring and empowering her teams to create a first class customer experience with positive business outcomes.        

Prior to this position Karissa held leadership roles at symplr, HealthcareSource, NaviNet and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island. She received a BS in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island. Karissa lives in South Kingstown, Rhode Island with her husband Mike and their two daughters.

Austin Dirks
Managing Director of Contract and Supply Management

Austin Dirks

Managing Director of Contract and Supply Management

Austin Dirks is a Managing Director, Senior Vice President within symplr’s Contract and Supplier Management Pillar. Austin is the former CEO and Founder of GreenLight Medical leading the company from inception to acquisition by symplr in March 2022. Before founding GreenLight Medical, Austin worked as a cardiac medical device sales representative for St. Jude Medical (acquired by Abbott), as well as for Thoratec Corporation, working on merger and acquisition opportunities within the Business Development team.

Austin holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt, Austin was a member of the Track and Field team as a pole vaulter. Austin resides in Nashville, TN but is originally from Lincoln, NE. He patiently awaits the next Nebraska football national championship.

William Christy
Managing Director of Provider Data Management

William Christy

Managing Director of Provider Data Management

Bill Christy is the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of symplr’s Provider Data Management Solutions. In this role, Bill oversees the product vision, development, and go-to-market strategy to deliver solutions that help payers and providers improve healthcare outcomes. A seasoned healthcare operations leader, Bill previously was Chief Customer Officer at symplr, and he continues to be a strong champion for the customer experience. Bill began his career as a biomed technician in the U.S. Air Force. After a successful career serving his country, Bill moved on to GE Healthcare, where he spent nearly 19 years holding vital leadership roles, such as Customer Operations Manager and Enterprise Services Director.

Bill received a BS in Business Administration degree from University of Maryland Global Campus and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland University College. He lives in Rochester, New York with his wife Cathy and four children.

Tony DiGiorgio
Chief Architect / VP Technology Enablement

Tony DiGiorgio

Chief Architect / VP Technology Enablement
Vijay Jayaraman
Vice President, Strategy

Vijay Jayaraman

Vice President, Strategy
Jason Bove
VP of Engineering

Jason Bove

VP of Engineering