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About the Authors

Kev Coleman

Kev Coleman

Kev Coleman is the Head of Research & Data where he is the author of the HealthPocket InfoStat Reports. Mr. Coleman performs research across the healthcare market, leveraging emerging sources of data from government, nonprofit, and private sectors. Key areas of study for Mr. Coleman include healthcare consumerism and issues associated with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Mr. Coleman lives in New England and holds degrees from Eastern Nazarene College, Yale University, and Duke University. His professional career includes over a decade of executive work in consumer-facing healthcare and financial technology.

Bruce Telkamp

Bruce Telkamp

Bruce Telkamp is the CEO and Co-Founder of HealthPocket and a frequent contributor to the HealthPocket’s research publications. Mr. Telkamp lives in Los Altos, CA and holds a degree in Economics from UCLA and a law degree from University of California, Hastings.

Jesse Geneson

Jesse Geneson

Jesse Geneson is a Research & Data consultant and a contributor to HealthPocket's research publications. He lives in Cambridge, MA and holds a degree in Mathematics from Harvard University and is currently a doctoral candidate in Applied Mathematics at MIT. His mathematics research includes papers in combinatorics, graph theory and pattern avoidance.

Sam Gibbs

Sam Gibbs

Sam Gibbs is Executive Director for HealthPocket, Inc. Previously, he served 15 years at eHealth, Inc. as President of Government Systems responsible for new technology solutions for public and private health insurance exchanges. Prior to joining eHealth in 2000, Gibbs was founder and president/CEO of AVCOM Systems, Inc. Under his leadership, AVCOM grew to a nationwide enterprise and Internet-systems-integration concern before being acquired by Rand Worldwide. Mr. Gibbs holds a B.S. degree in Aeronautical Technology from Arizona State University and is currently pursuing a Masters degree with a concentration in Public Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Contributing Authors

Steve Zaleznick

Steve Zaleznick has several decades of experience developing and leading highly regarded programs for consumers of health care and financial services. Key areas of focus for Mr. Zaleznick include Medicare, health insurance decision support tools and health insurance exchanges. Mr. Zaleznick lives in Washington, DC and holds a degree in Economics from Brown University and a law degree from Georgetown University.

Jeffrey C. Smedsrud

Jeff is a health insurance entrepreneur with 30 years of business and product development experience. He has been a keynote speaker at many trade conferences focusing on emerging health insurance trends, and has written extensively on how brokers and advisors should tailor benefit plans to meet individual client needs. Most recently he was chief marketing officer at The IHC Group ( NYSE:IHC) and president of American Independence Corp. (NASDAQ:AMIC). Earlier in his career he helped develop state-based risk pools for the medically uninsurable, and was the founder of the National Association of State Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans. He has testified on insurance related topics many times before state and federal legislative committees. He lives in Eden Prairie, MN.

Dave Briere

Dave has over 25 years of experience in the health care management field. His experiences span the areas of Health Plan marketing and operations, medical group and hospital administration and public health policy development. In addition he has been an officer in several health care related start-ups. The most recent was Benu, Inc. a private, multi-carrier exchange company. A primary focus of his career has been product and business development in the managed care industry. He has developed and implemented innovative new products for a number of health plan industry leaders. His experience has also included serving as President /COO of a regional health plan and medical group operation. Dave received his undergraduate degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota and his Masters in Hospital and Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota.

Peter Barth

Peter has over thirty years of experience in program management and the engineering of health, education, and geophysical information services. For several years he served as adjunct professor for the University of San Francisco, with focus areas in management information systems and customer-centric approaches to systems analysis and design. Peter lives in Northern California and holds degrees in physics from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta and the University of Vermont, where he specialized in stochastic modeling of neural networks.

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