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Our Leadership Team

Rick Lindquist, President & CEO

Rick Lindquist is Zane Benefits' President and CEO. Lindquist is a frequent speaker and reference for his expertise on consumerized employee benefits, tax and health policy, and the Affordable Care Act. He is the co-author of The End of Employer-Provided Health Insurance (Wiley 2014) and has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Bloomberg, PBS, and Inc.. Rick joined Zane Benefits as its thirteenth employee in 2007 and took over as President in 2011. Rick received a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Computer Science from Duke University.

Chris Hansen, CTO

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. 

Paul Zane Pilzer, Director & Founder

Paul Zane Pilzer is a world-renowned economist, social entrepreneur, and The New York Times bestselling author of 11 books. Pilzer received his BA from Lehigh University in three years and 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 35 years, Pilzer has started and/or taken public, five companies in the areas of education and healthcare including Zane Benefits (2006) and Extend Health (1999), the two leading U.S. suppliers of personalized health benefits. Extend Health filed an IPO in 2012 and was acquired by Towers Watson in 2012 for $435 million.

David Eastman, Chairman

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.

W. James Tozer, Jr, Director

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.

Dalton Wright, Director

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. 

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