As Founder and Principal at Desert Vista Advisors, Jack provides advisory support and executive coaching to individual leaders, management teams, and organizations. His experience combines his passion for consulting and executive coaching with over three decades as a Partner with international executive search and leadership consulting firms. He is certified as an executive coach by the Hudson Institute of Coaching in Santa Barbara, California and a Life Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Previously, he served as a Consultant at Spencer Stuart where he specialized in CEO, Board, and senior level executive management assignments in the healthcare industry. During his search career he conducted more than 400 CEO, Board Director, COO, CFO, CMO and other top management searches for clients, including healthcare providers, physician organizations, academic medical centers, payors, associations and professional service firms. During his tenure, he served as the Healthcare Services Practice Leader and managed the firm’s Los Angeles Office. Acknowledged by his Spencer Stuart colleagues for high-quality work on behalf of his clients, Jack received the firm’s prestigious Lou Rieger Quality Award five times.
Prior to entering the executive search profession, Jack’s career spanned several segments of healthcare, including management positions with Healthwest, an integrated healthcare system, where he held senior roles at the flagship hospital and other entities. Earlier in his career, Jack was a consultant and manager with the healthcare practice of Coopers & Lybrand (today PWC).
Jack is active in the industry, is a former regent of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and served as chair of the ACHE Consultants Forum. A noted expert on leadership, governance and career success, Jack’s expertise has been featured in articles on career management and corporate governance in leading trade publications such as Trustee, Modern Healthcare, Healthcare Executive, and The Journal of Healthcare Management. He regularly speaks at industry events and in university settings.
Jack received a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles and was inducted into the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society in recognition of his efforts to promote strong leadership in the industry. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the United States International University, Cal Western campus. He is the first individual to receive both the Leadership Award and the Ira Alpert Service Award from the UCLA Health Policy and Management Alumni Association. He also serves on the Board of Partners in Care Foundation as well as the Charles Drew University School of Medicine Dean’s Advisory Committee.