President, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah
Jim brings extensive commercial, Medicare and self-funded insurer experience to his position as President of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah, the state's first health insurer. In this capacity, Jim is responsible for directing statewide operations and optimizing market performance, while representing and promoting Regence in business and civic arenas throughout the state.
Jim has expansive not-for-profit experience, serving for nearly 16 years as part of the Rocky Mountain Health Plans and CNIC Health Solutions organization. Rocky Mountain Health Plans was the largest not-for-profit health insurer in Colorado. Jim was a chief architect behind acquiring CNIC Health Solutions in 2004 as a way to expand Rocky's product portfolio into the self-funded line of business. Jim then served as CNIC's president and CEO for the past 10 years, growing and expanding CNIC's business in multiple states. Earlier in his career, Jim held leadership roles spanning 15 years with another large health insurance organization as it moved through a series of mergers, starting as Lincoln National before ultimately becoming PacifiCare Health Systems/Secure Horizons.
His responsibilities have included policy planning and implementation as well as direction and coordination of departments and functions including production, pricing, sales, distribution of products, operations and clinical activities, and negotiation and approval of contracts and agreements with provider organizations, suppliers and vendors.
While in Colorado, his community engagements included substantial and active involvement with the American Diabetes Association as well as board service with the JDRF and Ronald McDonald House. He was also a volunteer soccer coach.
He's a graduate of Ursinus College in Pennsylvania with a degree in economics and business administration.