industries ranging from healthcare to pharmaceuticals, to semiconductors. He is well known for his ability to apply strategic principles and quickly grasp entirely new industries. He has guided Global Fortune 50 companies such as GlaxoSmithKline and Intel. Today, he is a Partner with Omicron Partners, LLC, a Strategy and Operations advisory firm. Most recently, Benedict was recruited to HonorHealth as the top Procurement and Supply Chain executive. At HonorHealth, he restructured the procurement and supply chain organizations post-merger and consolidated two ERP systems. Previously, he was Chief Information Officer, Vice President of Supply Chain for Tenet Health, and Vice President, Supply Chain, Vanguard Health Systems at Abrazo Community Health Network. Benedict received a bachelor’s in psycho-biology from Albright College and a Master’s of Business Administration with a specialization in finance and operations from University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business. He is a co-author of the Business Process
Management Common Body of Knowledge versions 2 and 3. He is an Adjunct Professor and has taught Project Management at Arizona State University. Tony resides in Tempe, Arizona, and enjoys golf, hiking, and motorcycle touring.
Maria Hames joined HealthCare Links in March 1991. She has 20 years of experience in the healthcare market. Her background includes working with companies in senior management roles in the arena of healthcare corporate development and national sales management. Ms. Hames has been involved in start-up and acquisition, operational/sales management, strategic planning, accreditation, practice management, managed care contracting and risk contracting. As a partner in HealthCare Links, her responsibilities include IDN sales and contract implementation on behalf of HealthCare Links’ clients. She simplifies very complex sales processes at some of the largest healthcare organizations in the country. More importantly, her relationships are built on trust with a sincere desire to see all parties benefit. Her educational experience includes a Bachelors Degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in business management from Pepperdine University.
Director, Contracting and Resource Utilization, CHRISTUS Health
Sean Poellnitz is Director, Contracting and Resource Utilization for CHRISTUS Health. CHRISTUS Health is an international Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system comprised of almost 350 services and facilities. In his role, Sean is heavily involved with change management, contracting strategy, GPO utilization, Value Analysis Committees, benchmarking integration and project management including working with senior executives (CEO, CNO, CFO, COO, and CIO) to drive positive change across CHRISTUS. He leads a team that manages a Capital Program with $1.3B of assets under management while coordinating contracting for Radiology, Lab, Cath Lab and Clinical Equipment. Formerly, Sean was the Contract Administrator at CHI Health Nebraska. Poellnitz, a native of Pittsburg, PA earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, AL. He has a graduate certification in Human Resource Management from Southern New Hampshire University and is currently completing his Masters in Organizational Leadership at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH. Sean and Shavon, his wife of 9 years, have one daughter.
Director of Nursing, Surgical and Emergency Services, Cleveland Clinic – Avon Hospital