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Annual Conference Speakers




Jeff Butler, JB International
Authenticity is the New Authority
Wednesday, May 8th | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Creating a Cohesive Team 
Thursday, May 9th | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Jeff Butler is an international top-rated keynote speaker, author and passionate millennial who helps the world's top corporations improve their relationships with millennial employees and keep them engaged.  




Jerry Allen, Jr., Walker Allen
North Carolina Medical Board - Responding to a Request
Wednesday, May 8th | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Jerry Allen, Jr. represents physicians, physician practices and other private health care providers in medical regulatory matters. Jerry also consults with the North Carolina Medical Society regarding medical form and legislation.  




Matt Johnson, Wake Internal Medicine Consult.
Creating a Culture of Service Excellence through
Improved Employee Engagement

Wednesday, May 8th | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Matt has worked in the healthcare industry for over twenty years as both a clinician and an administrator. In June 2014, Matt was recruited as the new Chief Administrative Officer for one of the premiere physician-owned multi-specialty groups in Raleigh, North Carolina. Since assuming this new role, the group was instrumental in the formation of one of the first and largest ACOs in the country.    




Kari Kalgren, K2
Tools to Identify Waste and Discover Opportunities for Cost Reduction
Thursday, May 9th | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Kari has a passion for helping others understand how to build a better, sustainable workflow. The director of K2 Health, Kari’s team provides training solutions to physician practices and life sciences companies. 





Matt Neuwirth, Enterprise Medical Recruiting
Physician Recruitment: Successful Candidate Sourcing Strategies
Thursday, May 9th | 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Over the past nine years, Matt has worked exclusively in the healthcare provider recruitment sector. At Enterprise Medical Recruiting, Matt leads the national Business Development team. He partners with clients to develop customized recruitment engagements tailored to meet the ever-changing healthcare landscape in order to help recruit the best physician, advanced provider, and executive leadership talent.




Joy Hord, Parker Poe
Private Equity Investment in Physician Groups
Thursday, May 9th | 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Joy Hord focuses her practice on regulatory and compliance matters specifically related to the health care industry. Her clients include hospitals, physicians, pharmacies, and other health care providers. She also has significant experience representing health care professionals and organizations with business law and transactional issues. 




Todd Zigrang, Health Capital Consultants
Private Equity Investment in Physician Groups
Thursday, May 9th | 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Todd A. Zigrang, MBA, MHA, FACHE, CVA, ASA is the President of Health Capital Consultants (HCC), where he focuses on the areas of valuation and financial analysis for hospitals, physician practices, and other healthcare enterprises. Mr. Zigrang has over 23 years of experience providing valuation, financial, transaction and strategic advisory services nationwide.  




Dr. Sharon Jones, Ph.D., The Dot Consulting
Excel Focused! A Quick Pivot Table How-To
Thursday, May 9th | 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Dr. Sharon Jones, Ed.D is the founder and CEO of The Dot Consulting and the Dottie Rose Foundation, where she leads and implements technology-focused education and innovation. Dr. Jones has found her passion in education and has served as a Career and Technical Education teacher in the public school system as well as a Sr. Technical Trainer at Central Piedmont Community College. 




Tim Gard, Hall of Fame Speaker
Leadership: Tao of Humor
Thursday, May 9th | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE, is a tears-in-your-eyes funny keynote speaker who teaches people how to become more resilient and resourceful as well as coaching businesses on how to enhance employee productivity and enthusiasm.  He is a CPAE (Council of Peers Award of Excellence) Hall of Fame Speaker, an elite honor shared by 150 people worldwide, as well as a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional). 




Mark Werner, Healthy Blue
Blue Premier Update
Thursday, May 9th | 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Mark Werner, is vice president of Network Management for Blue Cross North Carolina.  In his role, he is responsible for contracting, servicing and creating strategic partnerships with providers in North Carolina. Mark has over twenty years of experience in the managed care business and has an extensive background in negotiating and educating managed care provider networks in North Carolina. 




Michelle Torak, NCMGMA ACMPE Liaison
ACMPE Certification - What is it & CE Requirement Updates
Friday, May 9th | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

As the ACMPE Forum Rep for the state of North Carolina, Michelle Torak serves as a resource and mentor for managers interested in the pursuit of Board certification or Fellowship in the American College of Medical Practice Executives. 




Representative Dr. Gregory Murphy
The Health of Healthcare Politics in North Carolina
Friday, May 9th | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Dr. Murphy is presently the President of Eastern Urological Associates in Greenville and Affiliate Professor and Chief of the Division of Urology at the ECU School of Medicine. Dr. Murphy’s professional career has been primarily one of clinical practice and administrative leadership positions. His clinical practice is at Vidant Medical Center, a level 1 Trauma Center, which captures a referral basin of 29 eastern NC counties.




Representative Josh Dobson
The Health of Healthcare Politics in North Carolina
Friday, May 9th | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Josh Dobson is the State Representative for the 85th District. He was appointed to the seat in 2012 and was re-elected in 2015. Before becoming a State Representative, Dobson was elected as County Commissioner, serving for two years. Currently, Dobson serves as Chairman of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee and chairs the Health House Standing Committee.




Nathan Babcock, Parker Poe
State of Change: Where we are in North Carolina Politics
Friday, May 9th | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Nathan Babcock serves as government relations director for Parker Poe's Government Relations & Lobbying Team. Nathan supports firm clients with the development and execution of comprehensive government relations strategies at the local, state, and federal level, including lobbying, communications, political consulting, issue ad campaigns, and independent expenditure campaigns.




Steve DeBiasi, EmergeOrtho, PA
Disaster Preparedness Panel
Friday, May 9th | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Stephen DeBiasi serves as the Chief Executive Officer of OrthoWilmington, a medical group with 18 specialists, 18 mid-level providers and more than 200 employees created by the 2012 merger of Atlantic Orthopedics and Wilmington Orthopaedic Group.




Rose Duckworth, Children's Health of Carolina, PA
Disaster Preparedness Panel
Friday, May 9th | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rose Duckworth is the Director of Health Informatics and Compliance at Children's Health of Carolina, PA with 27 years of medical office experience. Rose is a member of NCMGMA, Kiwanis and NC Pediatric Society, where she serves on the Finance and Development Committee and Manager's Advisory Committee.




William C. Ray, North Carolina Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Management
Disaster Preparedness Panel
Friday, May 9th | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Mr. William Ray is currently the Assistant Director for Planning and Homeland Security within the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management. Previously, Mr. Ray managed healthcare emergency preparedness and response for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Emergency Medical Services. Mr. Ray’s professional experience has focused on emergency management, homeland security, and public health and healthcare preparedness at various public sector levels within North Carolina.



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