Tony Burke Joins Ringleader Ventures

Ringleader Ventures (RLV) announced today that Tony Burke, former American Hospital Association Solutions President and CEO, has joined the firm as Industry Director to co-lead its third venture fund, Oper8, targeting health care providers.

"The Oper8 fund will invest in startups that can help health care providers deliver state-of-the-art care through efficient cost-effective operations,” says Mike Bechtel, Managing Partner of Ringleader Ventures. "Tony has been building constructive partnerships between hospitals and startups for more than 20 years. No one is better positioned to help drive meaningful innovation in this space.”

Says Burke, “Regulatory and payment ambiguity have providers doing a delicate balancing act to make the appropriate investments required to transform. All this while driving costs out of the system. We’ll be targeting investments that will move the system to a more consumer-centric model, help deliver the highest quality of care, and maintain focus towards both cost containment and revenue generation.”

Bechtel adds, “There are no shortage of health-tech startups out there, but we suspect the next great health startup might currently see itself as a retail, cyber-security, or artificial intelligence company. With Tony on board, we'll be able to see health care applications the entrepreneurs themselves might not yet see.”

Burke concludes, "The Oper8 Fund offers a way for health systems and hospitals to invest in improving the business of health care.”

Prior to RLV, Mr. Burke served as President and CEO of AHA Solutions, a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association charged with identifying and partnering with organizations to help foster operational excellence in hospitals. During his tenure, Tony founded AHA SmartMarket, a social network and marketplace connecting health care professionals, thought leaders and vendors. Tony is a graduate of California State University-Fullerton, where he received a BA in Marketing and Public Relations. He also serves as Mentor for MATTER, a Chicago-based health care incubator.

About Ringleader Ventures
Established in 2013, Ringleader Ventures (RLV) is a Chicago-based VC firm that invests in profitable partnerships between established enterprises and exceptional entrepreneurs. For more information, please visit http://www.ringleaderventures.com

Scott Ham Joins Ringleader Ventures

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Scott Ham Joins Ringleader Ventures to Co-Lead New Insight-Driven Insurance FundRingleader Ventures (RLV) announced today that Scott Ham, former Transamerica Life and Protection President and CEO, has joined the firm as Industry Director to co-lead its latest venture fund, INSight, targeting the insurance industry.Chicago, IL (PRWEB) November 29, 2016Ringleader Ventures (RLV) announced today that Scott Ham, former Transamerica Life and Protection President and CEO, has joined the firm as Industry Director to co-lead its latest venture fund, INSight, targeting the insurance industry."The INSight fund addresses the insurance industry’s need for profitable growth through new, non-traditional revenue”, says Mike Bechtel, Managing Partner of Ringleader Ventures. "Scott takes our operation to the next level, bringing significant industry expertise, a track record of innovation leadership, and a first-hand understanding of the organizational and market pressures facing the insurance C-Suite."INSight’s thesis is driven in part by the experience of partner company, Maddock Douglas, Inc., an innovation consultancy with a significant insurance industry footprint. Says Ham, “Our new fund will optimize financial and strategic value for our investors, a select group of leading reinsurers, carriers, and distributors. Our approach is innovative in two significant ways. First, we’re insight-driven; anchoring our investment strategy around insurance customers’ emerging behaviors and expectations. Secondly, we’re searching well beyond the crowded #Insuretech sector.”Bechtel adds, “We specialize in fishing for non-obvious startups from adjacent ponds that may have unknowingly built something extremely useful to the insurance industry.”Maria Ferrante-Schepis, EVP and Managing Principal at Maddock Douglas, and author of the book ‘Flirting with the Uninterested: Innovating in a “Sold, not Bought” Category’ is both an LP in the INSight Fund, and its Customer Insights Principal. She says: “Scott Ham’s addition to our team underscores RLV’s commitment to balancing venturing expertise with deep industry acumen.”Bechtel concludes, "Given the never-ending chatter about disruption, we believe our novel enterprise-to-entrepreneur (E2e) approach brings David and Goliath together constructively, and for mutual advantage.”Adds Ham, “I’m looking very forward to it.”Prior to RLV, Mr. Ham held several executive leadership roles within Transamerica, including Chief Distribution Officer, with responsibility for overall direction of sales, marketing, product development, CX, innovation and omni-channel distribution across all business lines. Before assuming the role of Chief Distribution Officer, Scott served as President & CEO of Transamerica’s Life & Protection division. Scott holds a JD from Pepperdine University School of Law and a BA from the Pennsylvania State University.About Ringleader Ventures Established in 2013, Ringleader Ventures (RLV) is a Chicago-based VC firm that invests in profitable partnerships between established enterprises and exceptional entrepreneurs. For more information, please visit http://www.ringleaderventures.com For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/ringleader/scottham/prweb13881373.htm

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