Michael J. Gade Joins EmployerDirect Board of Directors

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - Nov 18, 2013) - EmployerDirect, a leader in value-based healthcare that helps large, self-insured employers provide transparency around the quality and cost of their employees' planned medical procedures, is pleased to announce that Michael J. Gade has joined its Board of Directors. Mr. Gade is an Executive in Attendance and a Professor of Marketing at the University of North Texas and a Senior Advisor to the Global Consumer Group at the Boston Consulting Group.

Mr. Gade has been at the University of North Texas since 2000, where he has taught the Capstone Marketing course to graduating seniors and advanced marketing courses to Master of Business Administration (MBA) candidates. At the Boston Consulting Group, he focuses on consumer products, retailing, financial services, operational productivity enhancement, brand and private label positioning, and development experience across multiple product categories. 

"With more than 30 years of marketing and management experience, Mike is an excellent addition to our Board of Directors, and we hope to leverage his considerable business development experience as we look to continue to expand our SurgeryPlus Benefit with Fortune 100 companies," said Thomas Johnston, EmployerDirect CEO. "We have proven our bundled case rates saves our clients between 30 to 50 percent on elective procedures with our high-quality narrow provider network. With Mike on board, we are looking to him to help us share this model with even more companies across the country."

Mr. Gade added, "EmployerDirect has tremendous potential to be a game-changer in the healthcare industry. I look forward to bringing my vast experience working with Fortune 100 companies to EmployerDirect and contributing to the future direction and growth of the company."

Mr. Gade also serves on the Board of Directors for the following companies: Rent-A-Center, Inc., The Crane Group, Inc., MFRI, Inc., and MACS, Inc. Private Equity. He was named a Beta Gamma Sigma Outstanding Business School Professor in 2013, the Marketing Man of the Year by the American Marketing Association in 1987, and received the University of North Texas Outstanding Faculty Award in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University in 1974 and his MBA in 1975.

About EmployerDirect Healthcare
EmployerDirect, a leader in value-based healthcare, transforms the way self-funded employer health plans purchase healthcare for their members, saving 30-50 percent on planned medical procedures with the potential to reduce total plan cost by 6-10 percent. The company also offers a unique medical concierge service that assists covered members with selecting a provider, scheduling a procedure, transferring medical records, coordinating travel logistics and negotiating surgery costs BEFORE the surgery occurs. For more information about EmployerDirect, please visit www.edhc.com or call (888)241-8537.

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