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Keynote Speakers

David Herman

David Herman, M.D., CEO, Essentia


David C. Herman, MD, serves as chief executive officer for Essentia Health, an integrated health system headquartered in Duluth, Minn. Dr. Herman oversees 69 clinics, 15 hospitals and 14,400 employees who care for patients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Idaho.


Dr. Herman is a native of International Falls, Minn. He received his medical degree from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn., and completed his residency in ophthalmology at Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education. He was a senior staff fellow in ocular immunology and uveitis at the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. He received a master’s degree in medical management from The University of Texas at Dallas.

Ben Nemtin

Ben Nemtin


#1 New York Times Bestselling author and star of MTV's The Buried Life, Ben Nemtin's story begins 10 years ago. Fed up with the monotony of day-to-day life in college, Ben and his friends set out on a two-week road trip with a camera and a borrowed RV to complete a list of "100 things to do before you die." For each item they accomplished on their list, they helped a complete stranger cross something off their own list. Since then, Ben and his friends have crossed off nearly all 100 list items and they have encouraged millions to believe that anyone can do anything.


Ben's bucket list quest has brought him from the White House to play basketball with President Obama {#95) to Oprah's couch {#61) to having a beer with Prince Harry in London {#82). Currently, Ben is crossing off '#91: Make a Movie', with The Buried Life feature documentary film set to release in 2018.


Jesse Berg

Jesse Berg, Partner, Gray Plant Mooty


Jesse Berg is a partner at Gray Plant Mooty. Jesse counsels providers on the Stark Law, Medicare reimbursement issues, HIPAA and antitrust issues. Jesse provides legal guidance to hospitals, physician groups and ancillary providers, such as imaging facilities and ambulatory surgery centers, as well as complex regulatory matters. Jesse previously served as assistant attorney general in the Health Care Division of the Minnesota Attorney General's Office. 

Rob Dalton

Rob Dalton, President, Dalton Brand Catalyst


Rob Dalton’s career includes creative leadership positions at advertising agencies Young & Rubicam (New York), Cole & Webber (Seattle), and his own branding and go-to-market strategy firm, Dalton Brand Catalyst (Minneapolis). Rob honed his craft at Fallon (Minneapolis). His advertising has won virtually every industry award in the business. For the past decade, Rob has been traveling the country, solving critical branding and strategic problems for growth-minded companies. He has a rare ability to meld consumer insight, company culture, product benefits and creative “pixie dust” to create powerful brand foundations and unexpected, creative solutions that drive business. His collaborative approach and nurturing demeanor have earned him the title “Brand Therapist” among many of his clients. Clients Rob has served include: Boston Scientific, AMS (American Medical Systems), The Wall Street Journal, Fair Isaac & Company (FICO), Lee Jeans, Timex, Federal Express, Ford Lincoln Mercury, General Mills and many other companies, ranging from Fortune 500’s to start-up organizations and “challenger” brands.

Maureen Ideker

Maureen Ideker, Consultant, GPTrac


Maureen Ideker RN BSN MBA is one of MN and the Midwest's pioneers in telehealth. She started her work in Telemedicine in 1994 while the Director of Nurses at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena, MN. She worked with many state and federal grants, such as those awarded from the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT) with the University of MN and from the USDA-Distance Learning and Telemedicine. Since 2011 she has served as the System Director of Telehealth for Essentia Health-Duluth, MN, an integrated ACO and the largest rural healthcare provider in MN. Maureen has been instrumental in developing over 30 rural originating Telehealth sites across MN, WI and ND at hospitals, clinics and long term care facilities and more than 30 specialty outreach services across Essentia Health. She is actively involved with public policy related to telemedicine & access to broadband. She is a frequent speaker and presenter in MN and ND related to implementing Telehealth and using it to address rural health access and provider shortages.

Jay M. Kirschbaum

Jay M. Kirschbaum, JD, LLM, FLMI, VP Compliance Services, Lockton


Jay has more than 30 years of experience as a tax attorney specializing in employee benefits and the application of a broad range of compensation and employer-sponsored benefits programs. Jay's experience combines a high level of technical expertise with creative and practical business-oriented solutions in the design, administration and compliance of health and welfare benefits plans, qualified retirement plans, fringe benefit plans, and executive compensation including nonqualified deferred compensation and equitybased programs. Prior to joining Lockton, Jay lead the compliance review process for Aon's merger and acquisition practice. Jay was previously the national practice leader for the legal and research team at Willis Towers Watson. There he directed a team of employee benefits attorneys and paraprofessionals who provided technical and marketing assistance to employee benefits producers in Willis offices worldwide. The team provided guidance on all employee benefits programs under ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, and all other statutory and regulatory provisions. Jay served as a Peace Corps volunteer and business consultant from 1979 to 1982 in the Dominican Republic, Honduras and El Salvador.


Designations | JD, LLM, FLMI Education LL.M in taxation | New York University School of Law, New York, New York J.D. with distinction | University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, Arizona B.S. in business administration | Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri Professional Affiliations American Benefits Council | Former Chair and Executive Board Member Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis | Former Chair, Employee Benefits Committee Washington University School of Law | Adjunct Professor American Bar Association | Tax Committee Arizona Bar Association Missouri Bar Association LIMRA | Fellow, Life Management Institute 

Penny Osmon Bahr

Penny Osmon Bahr, Healthcare Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen


Penny is an executive level health care operations expert that works to, develop business strategy, navigate regulatory impact and execute improvement across the healthcare ecosystem. She brings over 20 years of industry experience and has worked across the continuum with independent physicians practices, accountable care organizations, health systems and health plans. 

Drew Voytal

Drew Voytal, Government Affairs Analyst, MGMA


As an Associate Director for MGMA Government Affairs, Drew serves as a member liaison to inform membership of the federal rules and regulations impacting medical group practices around the country. He works closely with MGMA state affiliate chapters to organize grassroots efforts and is a frequent speaker at state and national meetings. Before joining MGMA, Drew worked as a Senior Education and Outreach Associate for the CAQH Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange, where he provided program evaluation and led strategic communications projects for CAQH and its stakeholders. Drew holds a Master of Public Administration with a Healthcare Administration focus and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, both from Western Michigan University.

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