Rick Lindquist, President of Zane Benefits, is an American entrepreneur and a frequent contributor and author and sought-after speaker. In 2014, he co-authored a book with Paul Zane Pilzer called The End of Employer Provided Health Insurance that is a best seller on Amazon. Rick is responsible for the development of the firm’s flagship product, ZaneHealth, which helps employers ensure compliance with IRS, ERISA, and HIPAA regulations and the market reforms of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In June of 2014, Rick was featured in an article on the front page of The New York Times Small Business Section explaining how Zane Benefits’ software addresses the challenges small businesses face in offering compliant health insurance solutions. Zane Benefits has also been featured on the front page of other national publications such as The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Rick joined Zane Benefits as its thirteenth employee in 2007. He was promoted to Director of Sales in 2009 and took over as President in 2011. Rick received a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Duke University.
Sarah Barnes joined Zane Benefits with a wealth of operating experience. She spent 4+ years at Overstock.com as a member of the Executive Management Team responsible for running on-line marketing. Most recently, Sarah was a member of the leadership team and ran marketing at Daily Bread LLC -- a privately-held, fast-growing consumer goods company. Sarah began her career in commercial banking and investment banking at Barclays Bank PLC, Salomon Brothers and Salomon Smith Barney before joining The Mayfair Group as a Managing Director in private equity. She also spent several years working in asset management at Leucadia National Corporation overseeing strategic investments and portfolio companies. She holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Chris Hansen is Zane Benefits’ Chief Technology Officer. Prior to joining Zane Benefits, Chris was a Senior Software Architect at Experticity where he helped set the direction for the company's technology offerings and evolved the technical infrastructure for future growth and expansion. Prior to Experticity, Chris held various software development roles at Overstock.com. In his 7 years with Overstock.com, Chris led software development teams on mission-critical projects and was a leader on the Software Architecture team in helping evaluate and integrate new technologies into the enterprise. Chris also served on the board for the Utah Java User Group from 2009 to 2014. Chris received his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Utah.
Chad Garner is a sales executive with over 10 years of experience in both sales and marketing. Chad joined Zane Benefits from Daily Bread LLC, a fast-growing consumer products company. At Daily Bread, Chad was a member of the executive team; he played a key role in building a world class sales organization in the start-up phase, developing and retaining sales expertise in the growth phase and ultimately, the successful sale of the company. Over the years, Chad has also been responsible for many other important aspects of the business beyond sales: marketing, customer experience, product development, pricing strategy and branding. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Economics from Utah State University, where he minored in Portuguese, and International Business. Chad is fluent Portuguese, having served a 2-year mission in Salvador, Brazil.
David Eastman is a General Partner at Prospector Equity Capital, L.P. He has been a Managing Director at Hunter Capital Group, the Fund's management company, since 1998. In 2010, Mr. Eastman helped found Ad-Vantage Networks, Inc., a provider of unique online advertising technology. He served as the COO of Ad-Vantage from 2010-2012, and its CFO through 2013, managing the company’s merger with a public company in 2012 creating MediaShift, Inc. Previously, Mr. Eastman focused on private equity investments in Europe, most recently as a partner of Prague-based Tyn Group, where he worked on acquisitions in international franchising and telecommunications. Mr. Eastman has also worked as a private equity investor in Asia with Unifund International and as an investment banker with Banque Paribas and Drexel Burnham Lambert in the United States. Mr. Eastman received his M.B.A. in Finance from the University of California at Los Angeles and his B.A. in Economics from Harvard University.
Jim Tozer is an active venture investor and the President of Vectra Management Group, a real estate investment firm focused on Utah and Manhattan. He has formerly served as President of Prudential-Bache Securities, a Senior Vice President of Citibank and as a Senior Executive Vice President of Shearson Hayden Stone and, subsequently, of Marine Midland Bank. He was a founding investor and director of LendingTree. He holds a BA from Trinity College (where he is currently a trustee), and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Paul Zane Pilzer is a world-renowned economist, a highly successful social entrepreneur, an adjunct professor, and the author of nine best-selling books and dozens of scholarly publications. Pilzer completed Lehigh University in three years and received his MBA from Wharton in 15 months at age 22. He became Citibank's youngest officer at age 22 and its youngest vice president at age 25. At age 24, he was appointed adjunct professor at New York University, where he taught for 21 consecutive years. Over the past 30 years, Pilzer has started and/or taken public, five companies in the areas of software, education and healthcare. In healthcare, he is the Founder of Zane Benefits, Inc. (2006) and Extend Health, Inc. (1999), the two leading U.S. suppliers of personalized health benefits to corporate America including Wal-Mart's Sam's Club.
Dalton Wright has over a decade of experience working with startups as an entrepreneur and venture investor. He is a partner at Kickstart Seed Fund, Utah’s most active fund with over 80 portfolio companies, and is currently completing a fellowship with the Kauffman Fellows Program. Previously he was on the founding team of the first early-stage venture fund in Mexico, Alta Ventures Mexico, which raised $70M to accelerate entrepreneurship in Latin America. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. His prior education includes a BA in Finance summa cum laude from the University of Utah, where as a student he discovered his passion for entrepreneurship while attempting his first startup. To help other young entrepreneurs, Dalton recently launched Campus Founders Fund to back student-led companies.