Michael O. Leavitt is Chairman of the Board of Leavitt Risk Partners.
Mike Leavitt is the founder of Leavitt Partners where he helps clients navigate the future as they transition to new and better models of care. In previous roles, Mike served in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush (as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and Secretary of Health and Human Services) and as a three-time elected governor of Utah.
Mike grew up in Cedar City, Utah, where his upbringing was rooted in the values of the American West, with its emphasis on hard work and common sense. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business while working in the insurance industry. In 1984, he became chief executive of The Leavitt Group, a family business that is now the nation’s second largest, privately held insurance brokerage.
In 1993, Mike was elected governor of Utah. He served three terms (1993-2003). In 2003, he joined the Cabinet of President George W. Bush, serving in two positions: first as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (2003-2005) and then as secretary of Health and Human Services (2005-2009). At HHS, he administered a $750 billion budget — nearly 25 percent of the entire federal budget — and 67,000 employees.
He led the implementation of the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program. The task required the design, systematization, and implementation of a plan to provide 43 million seniors with a new prescription drug benefit. By the end of the first year, enrollments exceeded projections, prices were lower than projected, and seniors expressed high levels of satisfaction.
Mike’s strategic ability can be seen in his redesign of the nation’s system of quality and safety standards for imported goods. In the spring of 2006, President Bush assigned him to lead a government-wide response. Within months, he commended a major strategic shift in U.S. policy on import regulation and trade.
A pattern of innovation runs throughout Mike’s career. When he was elected governor, Utah’s major freeway system was dangerously inadequate. Taking what some thought was a significant political and financial risk, Mike instigated a design-build system, creating cost and quality incentives between the state and its contractors. The project was finished in half the originally projected time and well under budget.
Mike is, at heart, an entrepreneur. As governor, he organized a group of his colleagues to form Western Governors University. At WGU, degrees are earned based on competency rather than credit hours. WGU now has more than 60,000 students who reside in each of the 50 states and several foreign countries. Enrollment is growing at 35 percent a year. In November 2008, TIME magazine named WGU “the best relatively cheap university you’ve never heard of.”
Collaborator is a word that comes up repeatedly when one examines Mike’s background. His skill led his colleague governors to elect him as chairman of the National Governors Association, the Republican Governors Association and Western Governors’ Association. His book—Finding Allies, Building Alliances—was released in September 2013 by Jossey-Bass Publishers and chronicles his expertise and passion for collaboration.
Mike is a seasoned diplomat, leading U.S. delegations to more than 50 countries. He has conducted negotiations on matters related to health, the environment, and trade. At the conclusion of his service, the Chinese government awarded him the China Public Health Award – the first time this award has ever been given to a foreign government official.
Phil Harker is President and CEO for Leavitt Risk Partners. He is responsible for the general strategy, direction, and operations of the company. He brings over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry primarily focused on the development and implementation of shared-risk models.
Prior to joining Leavitt Risk Partners, Phil led the Client Relations organization as a Senior Vice President at Rally Health where he played a key role in the rapid growth and ultimate sale of the company.
Earlier in his career, he worked as a senior vice president at UnitedHealth Group within the Ingenix/Optum business unit. Phil was the general manager of the Underwriting and Actuarial business within Optum and later joined the business development team where he was responsible for growth and retention for multiple businesses within the company resulting in a period of hyper-growth. In a previous role, Phil served as a management consultant with Deloitte and Touche Consulting Group where he worked with senior business leaders to implement growth strategies in the healthcare industry.
Phil holds a master’s degree in business administration from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University.
As Executive Vice President and Director of Insurance Operations, Regi applies his decades of risk management expertise to shaping the vision of LRP’s best-in-class solutions. He brings over 20 years of insurance industry experience.
Regi began his career in the insurance industry with Federated Mutual Insurance in the claims department and then moved into healthcare where he worked for several years with the prestigious Mayo Clinic. In 1995 he went to Portland, Oregon as the Director of Risk Management at Oregon Health & Science University. In 2000 he began working as an independent consultant on a variety of insurance and healthcare projects which he did up until co-founding BLIS in November of 2005. He has deep experience in the design and development of new insurance products having previously successfully launched a new line of insurance.
Craig Omer is chief financial officer at Leavitt Risk Partners. He brings decades of financial experience to the firm and its clients.
Craig worked for 36 years as an auditing and accounting services professional, primarily at KPMG where he served as Managing Partner of the firm’s Salt Lake City office from 1997 to 2009. He has provided services to a variety of publicly traded and privately held companies, performing auditing, financial reporting, and Securities and Exchange Commission compliance services. Currently, he serves on the board of directors for Savage Companies and CRS Engineering.
His professional and civic activities include having served as Board Chairman of Junior Achievement of Utah, Board Treasurer of Habitat for Humanity, Board Treasurer of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, President of the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants, member of the Brigham Young University and Weber State University National School of Accountancy Advisory Boards, member of the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants, member of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Governing Council.
Craig graduated from University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Adam Toronto is chief operating officer for Leavitt Risk Partners. He leads enterprise-wide operations including general management, human resources, information systems, and operational expansion initiatives.
Adam previously served as Deputy Director of Advance for Secretary Mike Leavitt at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In that role, he managed domestic and international Secretarial travel campaigns for departmental initiatives such as Value Driven Health Care, Import Safety, Electronic Health Records and Health Diplomacy. He was also part of a cabinet-wide team that organized two rounds of the Strategic Economic Dialogue between the U.S. and China, involving 10 U.S. Cabinet members and Chinese counterparts.
Adam also served in the Office of the Chief of Staff at HHS, under Rich McKeown. He supported Rich in overseeing public policy and operational aspects of the largest civilian department of the federal government with a staff of 67,000 and a budget of $750 billion.
Adam received his master’s degree in business administration and bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from University of Utah.