Graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University in 1984. Worked for Exxon Corporation for 12 years in Midland, Texas and Thousand Oaks, California. Involved in development of three offshore oil and gas platforms in Santa Barbara channel offshore California. Became CEO of Gunnison Valley Hospital, a small rural hospital in central Utah, in 1996, and was in this position for 15 years. Served as chairman of the Utah Hospital Association (UHA) governing board 2009-2010. Joined the UHA as the rural hospital improvement director in 2011 and am still in this position. Work with all rural hospitals in Utah to assist with operational efficiency improvement. Primary focus is on the nine rural independent hospitals because these hospitals are not part of a larger system or corporation and hence resources are limited.