President Mexican Council for Medical Tourism A.C.
Over the last 30 years, he has professionally continued to develop in the Tourism Industry; including Hotels, Restaurants, Destination Management Company.
He has developed knowledge and expertise on the design of strategies to be implemented in the organization, logistics, marketing, advertising, promotion and development of tourist products.
His portfolio of clients is integrated by domestic and foreign trademarks; such as: Pfizer Laboratories, 3M Mexico, Mercedes Benz Mexico, Novartis Mexico, Sandoz Mexico, Sara Lee Mexico, Playtex Apparel Mexico, Sun Microsystem Mexico.
President Cypress Benefit Administrators
Tom is the founder and president of Cypress Benefit Administrators, a Third Party Administrator and a member of the Lucent Health family of companies; CEO of Argus Claim Review, a claim auditing and negotiation organization; and Principal of Armada Business Services, a TPA consulting and Business Process Outsourcing service company. He has as his responsibilities overall direction of business development, sales, marketing, strategic planning, stop-loss market development and managed care relationships at each company.
Tom brings over 30 years of management experience in Third Party Administration, health insurance, consulting and managed care to Cypress. He has been at the senior level of several health care businesses, including TPA, HMO, PPO and insurance entities as CEO, Vice President and Director. Prior to founding Cypress in 2000, Tom spent several years as Director of Marketing and Provider Relations for one of the largest TPAs in the country and has successfully developed managed care networks throughout the nation.
Tom has served as the Chairman of the Board of the Society of Professional Benefit Administrators based in Washington, DC and is a member of the Health Care Administrators Association, Self Insurance Administrators Association and the National Association of Health Underwriters. His undergraduate degree is from the State University of New York College of Arts and Sciences at Geneseo, NY and his post-graduate work was done at Gannon College in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Founder Tropical Benefits
Kimberly A. Eckelbarger, is a business consultant and founder of Tropical Benefits dba Tropical Risk Management, in Trinity, Florida.
She is a co-author of Breaking through the Status Quo, which addresses transparency of costs and financial hedging strategies for managing the healthcare supply chain. Her passion is controlling PBM cost and Hospital pricing to improve EBITDA for her clients.
She is a contributor to Dee Edington’s “Shared Values, Shared Result” book on organizational leadership, covering engaging employees without financial incentives. She was published in Life by Design, not Choice, and has been featured in both Employee Benefit News and Benefits Pro Magazine. She also served as a panel participant at the Annual Ascend 2018 Conference.
Executive Vice President,
Operations and Network Development SkyMedicus Inc.
As Director of Operations, Tom is responsible for expanding the SkyMedicus network of healthcare providers and facilities internationally, as well as developing a domestic network. Additionally he is working with healthcare brokers, third party administrators, major corporations and employer coalitions to enable their clients to take advantage of the high quality, cost efficient healthcare services on a global scale.
His career began, at Grady Memorial Hospital, a 1,000 bed tertiary teaching hospital affiliated with Emory University School of Medicine, where he served 14 years as its Associate Executive Director. Following Grady, he was Executive Director at R.T. Jones Medical Center in Canton, GA, a rural hospital that was struggling financially. He successfully moved the hospital to a sound financial footing, completed an eight million dollar renovation/expansion of the facility, and recruited needed physicians to the community; he left the facility well funded and respected in the community.
He was recruited by Blue Cross Blue Shield Georgia to develop HMO Georgia, a for profit, managed care subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield Georgia, serving as its Chief Operating Officer, he secured the Certificate of Authority, developed the provider network throughout Georgia and established the marketing/sales plan. HMO Georgia ramped up rapidly and moved to a profitable status over a short number of years. He went on after this to develop and operate other managed care organizations in Georgia.
He was also a Partner and CEO of Prime Living, Inc., a real estate development company, developing and managing assisted living communities in Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee.
Tom holds a degree in Business Administration from Georgia Southern College and a Masters in Health Administration from Georgia State University. Tom served his administrative residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, in Chicago, Illinois.
Head of Institutional Agreements Secretariat Clínica Universidad de Navarra (CUN), Navarra Health Tourism, Spain
Alonso’s 6 years of experience in patient care at the Clínica Universidad de Navarra is linked with developing agreements with Medical facilitators and Institutions both public and private where medical procedures are provided at closed and competitive prices.
His previous 28 year experience in Consumer Goods (P&G, Colgate Palmolive, SC Johnson’s Wax) has enabled him to understand the differences between targeting “consumers” and attracting “patients”. He is focused on developing the North and Latin American regions as sources of growth contributing to the increasing number of patients travelling to Pamplona and Madrid in Spain to be taken care of at CUN.
Vice President East Coast Underwriters, LLC
Mike joined ECU in April, 2008 as the Vice President of Sales. Prior to ECU, Mike was a member of the Senior Management Team with one of the largest Third Party Administrators (TPA) in the country. Working in the industry since 1997, Mike held various positions, including Director of Stop Loss for both Claims and Underwriting. He also spent time in Sales and Product Development.
Mike attended Canisius College and is a native of Buffalo, NY.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer SkyMedicus Inc.
Amy Holcomb has a multi-faceted, entrepreneurial track record in the public and private sectors. She is a high energy, fiscally conscious and goal driven healthcare technology executive that approaches each new business challenge with her intrinsic flair for innovation, creative problem solving and measured risk taking to drive consistent bottom line improvements and shareholder returns.
Amy began her career working for the US Government while obtaining masters degrees in Strategic International Management and Healthcare Administration. Her passion was to compliment her natural tech savvy background with a strong foundation in healthcare and international business. During her 7 year tenure with the Department of Treasury, she worked on the team that created the first e-file & tax CRM systems, managed multi-state training initiatives, and approved clearances for tax software developers yearly including Intuit and H&R Block. Amy was primarily responsible for managing and implementing all new technological advancements to rapidly grow the Department of Treasury’s product offerings. Through this work environment, she realized the importance of a proprietary CRM platform for both the private and public business sector success in the healthcare technology arena.
Recognized as a high potential executive by the US Government in 2004, Amy’s career took a leap out of the public sector in 2005 and into the private sector to focusing her skill on developing international health care initiatives through the medical tourism industry. Her broad depth of knowledge quickly led her to be known as the international expert in this field. Her ability to develop on a business to business level, as well as a customer to business model has landed her multiple awards and international recognition.
Her expertise has been instrumental in strategic planning and implementation of operations for many large medical organizations and international hospital chains over the last decade. She has consulted with world powers such as China and 60 other countries to implement medical tourism initiatives. She currently serves as an advisor to the Chinese, Indian and El Salvadorean governments to build a framework for government revenue through medical tourism.
There is a relatively small segment of leaders in the business world who are able to build relationships, trust and rapport with almost anyone and are able to broker the relationships and make connections between people to create partnerships, alliances and motivation for forward momentum. Amy consistently proves her ability to lead through diverse and challenging situations and has a track record of accomplishments that include turning around chaotic and struggling operations, launching startups, managing new healthcare facilities, creating and launching new and improved educational, clinical and operational programs, as well as supporting continued organization growth and expansion of mature, established operations.
As a media expert appearing on all major news networks across the country, as well as internationally, her expertise is in demand to educate on the cost saving solutions, benefits and expansion options of medical tourism. She brings a broad scope of experience in health care, internet commerce, and inter-cultural development to her business breadth. She was recognized as a top female Entrepreneur in several states by several organizations for her work since 2008.
Amy Holcomb's is the founder and CEO of SkyMedicus Inc., the world’s leading provider of Medical Tourism resources and information, having helped more than 50,000 clients to save money and access medical treatments not available in their local area. SkyMedicus encourages Domestic and International Medical Tourism. Her vision is to impact the healthcare industry, by providing healthcare information, alternatives and cost savings to make quality healthcare affordable to all, via an accessible platform.
Benefits Director HSM
Tim Isenhower, Director of Benefits – has worked with HSM and their self-insured health insurance for the past 25 years. Managing a self-insured health plan through the 90’s to today has provided him the opportunity to think out of the box for reduced healthcare cost programs including direct contracting, on site clinics, chronic disease management, and medical tourism. With IndUShealth, Tim and HSM were pioneers in self-insured companies offering medical tourism, as was presented on ABC News and Nightline.
Rafael Lorenzana, DDS
Chairman, El Salvador Medical Tourism Committee
Owner, Lorenzana & Dental Associates
Dr. Lorenzana has been in practice since 1974. Until 1979, his dental office was dedicated to general practice with a special focus in Oral Surgery and Prosthodontics.
At the beginning of 1979, he went to the United States to pursue his training in Prosthodontics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and later at The Medical University of South Carolina.
In 1982, Dr. Lorenzana was appointed as Assistant Professor at the Baylor College of Dentistry, a position he held for six years. He achieved a second dental degree as a Doctor in Dental Surgery at Baylor and opened a private practice of Prosthodontics for seven years in the Highland Park - Dallas area.
In the late 80’s, he obtained the prestigious certification from The American Board of Prosthodontics.
Dr. Lorenzana’s research has been published in worldwide-recognized journals, and he has also participated as a speaker in various medical tourism conferences around the world.
In 1992, he decided to return to El Salvador and open his own dental facility, forming the now known Lorenzana & Dental Associates.
Executive Director PROMED Costa Rica
Political scientist, with a specialization in International Relations and Diplomacy. Born and raised in Italy, he resides in Costa Rica since 2004.
He has worked in the Organizing Committee for the Summit of Heads of State and Government of 2004, was Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica from 2005 to 2006, Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry 2006 to 2007 and Chief of Staff of the Minister of Competitiveness from 2007 to 2010.
Since 2006 he has participated in the structuring of the Medical Tourism Cluster and the Retirement Living Cluster in Costa Rica. Since 2010 serves as Executive Director of both PROMED (the Costa Rican Healthcare Chamber, previously Council for International Promotion of Costa Rica Medicine) and PRORETIRE (the Council for the Retirement Living Industry)
He is an international consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank IDB and has developed projects in countries like Belize.
Specialist in public-private partnership, cluster structuring, governmental relations.
Patient Ambassador SkyMedicus
Executive Director Slovak Medical Travel Network
Management professional with IT background, experience in public administration, EU funding, energy industry, healthcare IT and MICE tourism private-public cluster creation.
Managing Partner Wesmarc Group
Marc Wilson is the Managing Partner of the Wesmarc Group (WMG), an Employee Benefits and Human Capital Management consulting firm. Marc has worked in the financial & insurance services industry for 15 years and is also a Certified Health Care Reform Specialist. He graduated, magna cum laude, from Arizona State University and is he also an Eagle Scout. When he is not working, he enjoys watching ASU Football and spending time with his wife Annalis, and their dogs, Kobe, Indy, and Lucky.
Areas of Expertise/Roles and Responsibilities>Marc oversees the design, development, implementation, and communication, of employee benefit plans, cost containment strategies, and workforce management solutions for WMG’s clients. He works closely with sales and operations to achieve the firm’s purpose of helping business Owner’s manage the long-term “health”, well-being, productivity, and profitability (“wealth”) of their companies and their employees by focusing on the entire employee lifecycle and helping them manage the two biggest expenses on their P&L, labor costs and healthcare spend.