The Benefit Informatics leadership team brings together decades of healthcare payment, insurance, financial, system integration and marketing experience. Working together, and with the leadership of Benefitfocus, our leadership team adheres to the Benefit Informatics vision of providing healthcare cost transparency to all stakeholders in the employer-sponsored benefit plan industry.
Philip Kurtz founded Benefit Informatics, Inc. (Beninform Holdings) in 2000 and serves as President and CEO. He provides leadership in building a professional team, determining strategic direction and planning, and overseeing financing activities.
Kurtz started his career as a Certified Public Accountant, operating his own public accounting firm. In 1983, he founded CIS Technologies Inc. (now McKesson), which transformed the healthcare reimbursement industry by electronically processing insurance claims through a clearinghouse concept that is now used by 95 percent of U.S. hospitals.
Kurtz is a lifetime member of the Health Insights Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Directors of i2e, a state government sponsored program to promote Oklahoma-based technology companies, and Bios Corporation, a for-profit company providing caretaker services for adults with developmental disabilities. Kurtz received his Bachelor of Science Degree from The University of Tulsa and was honored with the University’s 2003 Outstanding Business Alumni Award.
Phil Bruns has built an operations team around solid development and operational procedures promoting quality, reliability and cost-effectiveness. Prior to being named COO in 2008, he served as Chief Technology Officer since the company's founding.
Bruns began his career at NASA's Johnson Space Center. He led the software development team that designed software applications for Space Shuttle flight planning and flight control. In 1993, Bruns joined CIS Technologies as a software engineer. He oversaw development, maintenance and support activities, centralized clearinghouse applications and Internet deployment of applications.
He earned an MBA from Oklahoma City University and holds a Master of Science in Physical Science from the University of Houston. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. Bruns leads the technology committee for Eisenhower Elementary School and serves on the board of directors for the Kendall-Whittier Ministries Community Organization.
Ron Houghton leads the Benefit Informatics Marketing and Sales team. Prior to joining Benefit Informatics in 2000, Houghton served as National Sales Director for Qwest Cyber Solutions, a joint-venture Internet services firm created by Qwest Communications Inc. and KPMG consulting and led the company’s ASP business development initiatives.
From 1989 to 1996, Houghton served in senior sales management with CIS Technologies, Inc. (now McKesson). Houghton was instrumental in launching a number of strategic new products and services for CIS. Serving as General Manager of the company’s largest and most profitable region, he managed a $10M business operation and led his team to record sales and implementation of health care reimbursement software products and outsourcing services.
Ron began his career with IBM Corporation in 1979. Houghton holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration/Marketing from Oklahoma State University.
Jay Jackson brings a vast array of corporate finance and business planning experience to Benefit Informatics. He leads the financing, accounting and corporate secretarial duties as well as keeping stakeholders informed of the company’s performance and financial state.
Jay began his career as an auditor for KPMG Peat Marwick, having in-charge responsibilities for clients in several industries including healthcare, oil and gas, insurance, banking and others. At Century HealthCare Corporation he served as Director of Accounting, significantly improving the timeliness and accuracy of the corporate and consolidated accounting functions. He was subsequently promoted to Chief Financial Officer and played a key role as a senior member of the management team.
Jackson holds a Bachelors of Business Administration-Accounting Major, Oklahoma State University, and is a Certified Public Accountant. He serves on the Board of Directors of Palmer House, a non-profit organization offering drug abuse programs.