Mike Weinholtz, Chief Executive Officer
Mike was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, which he considers a great place to be from. Buffalo boasted multiple automobile factories during Mike’s youth, and he followed the family tradition during his early 20s, becoming a third generation factory worker. One of his jobs was to throw 25-pound steel billets into a 2,000-degree oven so they could be melted and made into parts. Though the work was strenuous, Mike created mental challenges out of it and genuinely enjoyed his time in the factory—an indication of future creativity and patience. This experience of working in an auto factory may explain Mike’s lifelong obsession with cars.
After working his way through college, Mike was ready to move on, though his family struggled to understand why anyone would want to leave the security of the factory. In the early ‘90s, he cofounded Therapists Unlimited and helped develop it into a successful healthcare staffing company. In 1998, Mike moved to Salt Lake City with his wife and son, and joined CHG as CEO. The Weinholtz family has called Utah home ever since.
When he’s not overseeing CHG’s growth into one of the nation’s most respected companies, Mike loves to read, watch movies and spend time with his family. He and his son (a jazz and rock drummer) shared an unforgettable experience in May of 2011 when they got backstage passes to the U2 concert in Salt Lake City and were able to meet with Bono before the show. Perhaps inspired by the band’s epic performance, Mike now says he’d like to learn to play an instrument. In the meantime, he’ll continue to dedicate his life to the company he loves.
Leslie Snavely, Vice President, Marketing
Leslie hails from the rural town of Shelby, Ohio. When she was in middle school, her family took an epic road trip to Yellowstone National Park. While driving westward through Illinois, they stopped in Springfield to visit the Abraham Lincoln home and museum. The trip came at an impressionable time in Leslie’s life and she left Springfield greatly inspired by the life and accomplishments of Lincoln.
Leslie had always dreamed of being an engineer and worked through high school doing drafting for a local civil engineer. She pursued her passion in college, focusing on chemical engineering and the fascinating intricacies of chemical processes. The realities of the job eventually dawned on Leslie, however, and she decided that crawling up chemical towers in cold weather didn’t really appeal to her, so building on the analytical skills she’d developed through engineering, she transitioned into the marketing world.
While she treasured the rolling farmland of her hometown, Leslie finds mountains stunning and loves living in Utah and working at CHG. She and her husband are the proud parents of a darling girl, whom Leslie considers her greatest accomplishment.
James Marshall, Vice President, Finance
James grew up in Roswell, New Mexico, the UFO capitol of America. Interestingly enough, not much was said about aliens in those days. The town was mostly known for the rocket experiments that scientist Robert Goddard conducted there in the 1930s and ‘40s. Many kids in Roswell attended Goddard High School and took pride in their moderately famous hometown hero. It wasn’t until he returned years later that James witnessed the town’s startling transformation into an over-the-top UFO emporium.
James has always been inspired by his older brother, so when his brother entered the Navy’s elite SEALs training program, James followed in his footsteps. He attended a military college with the hopes of becoming an officer in the Navy, however, his passion for numbers led him to a career in accounting. He continued his education at New Mexico State University and graduated in 1991 with a degree in accounting.
James joined the CHG team in 1998 and has been thoroughly impressed by the company’s commitment to its putting people first culture. He is thrilled to be a part of CHG, working with the best leadership team out there. James loves spending time with his wife and two daughters, enjoying the beautiful Utah seasons, from summers on the golf course to winters on the ski slopes.
Kevin Ricklefs, Senior Vice President, Talent Management
Growing up in Los Angeles, California, Kevin had his sights set on becoming a mathematician. He dedicated himself to the subject throughout high school and later earned a college degree in applied mathematics.
Rather than commit to the lifelong string of tests which career mathematicians face, Kevin decided to join a business team where he could put his data processing skills into action. His Talent Management teams run all of CHG’s “people” aspects, including attracting new talent, training and developing employees, providing benefits, planning celebrations and being there on the bittersweet day when beloved employees retire. Kevin excels at analyzing groups of people and knowing how best to motivate them. Often, this includes Kevin infusing the room with the unique brand of energy that has made him a company legend.
Kevin and his wife are the proud parents of two teenage boys. Their eldest son just moved out of the house to start college, meaning the Ricklefs will be empty nesters when their younger son graduates high school in a few short years. This is a radical concept that has left them wondering how they’ll fill their time. For his part, Kevin is considering a graduate degree in mathematics.
Sean Dailey, Chief Financial Officer
Growing up in Ohio near the shores of Lake Erie, Sean was drawn to sailboat racing at a young age. He spent much of his childhood developing his skills and competing on the beautiful waters of the Great Lakes. This love for racing has continued throughout his life.
While earning his degree in accounting at the University of Georgia, Sean found time to run on the track team. He still runs today and competes in ultramarathons. In February of 2012, Sean and his brother completed New Zealand’s “Coast to Coast,” a 150-mile adventure race that required them to traverse the entire South Island in two days by running, cycling and kayaking.
Sean joined CHG in 1998 and has acclimated to the unique offerings of Utah. A father of two, Sean is happiest when he’s spending time outdoors with his family. He and his children are avid kart racers. It’s important to note that the go-karts the Daileys race aren’t the type you see at amusement parks—they are competition-grade vehicles capable of speeds of up to 70 miles per hour, similar to the kind used to train NASCAR champs such as Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon. Whether it’s in a sailboat, kayak, or kart, Sean loves challenging himself and learning new skills.
Mike Peterson, Vice President, Information Technology
Mike is a Salt Lake City native. He credits his parents with teaching him from a young age that he could accomplish absolutely anything he wanted to in life. This no-boundaries philosophy was taught to Mike while he rode in the back seat of his parents’ car as a small child. They’d tell him he could have any car he wanted when he turned 16--as long as he bought it. Mike took this to heart and saved every dime. He got his first job in sixth grade, working for a local vegetable farmer. His efforts paid off when he turned 16, and he bought a beautiful blue ’67 Firebird.
After graduating from Weber State University with a degree in information technologies, Mike earned an MBA from Westminster College. As vice president of information technologies at CHG, his goal is to provide a flawless experience to business partners and sales teams, so they can provide a flawless experience to their providers, clients and patients. As the company grows, Mike’s team strives to enable and support this growth.
Mike is a restless sort who always prefers to be moving. He runs 3-5 days a week and loves hiking through the Rocky Mountains. He treasures the moments he’s spent in remote meadows listening to the wind blowing through the trees. He recently added archery to his list of outdoor activities. Despite his adventurous soul, he truly enjoys his job at CHG. In fact, if he had one wish in life it would be that everyone in the world would look forward to coming to work each day as much as he does.
Scott Beck, President and Chief Operating Officer
Growing up in a tightknit Idaho family, Scott always looked up to his father, who was a physician. Inspired by the important work his father did every day, Scott decided that he too wanted to go into medicine and help people. He was on a pre-med track at the University of Utah until his marketing classes helped him realize he also had a passion for business. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in marketing, he earned an MBA in marketing and business.
For Scott, CHG is the perfect intersection of healthcare and marketing. CHG healthcare clinicians touch the lives of millions of patients and families each year, and Scott takes great pride in helping to organize that effort. He has a passion for creating an entrepreneurial environment where leaders thrive. Scott works each day to build a world-class service organization that places healthcare professionals where they’re needed and when they’re needed, to the patients who need them most.
Scott’s family has a serious case of wanderlust and they love to travel the world. In 2010, they traveled to Kenya and helped build a school for children in a remote area. This experience had a profound impact on Scott, his wife and their two children. Eager to help even more, his 13-year-old son returned to Kenya for three weeks to assist in the building of more schools. Scott took great pride in watching his young son bravely travel without his parents to go and make a difference in the world.
Pat Kennedy, Group President, Weatherby Healthcare
Pat grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. In an era when very few women were professionals, her mother was the president of a prominent import/export company. Her mother’s position required her to travel extensively as she worked with mining companies around the globe. In the interim, Pat was raised by her non-English speaking German grandmother, whom she affectionately called “Oma.”
After graduating college and starting a family of her own, Pat found herself following her mother’s footsteps. She arrived at Weatherby Healthcare in 2007 with more than 25 years experience in leadership within the staffing industry. As group president, Pat oversees all strategy and operations, and takes particular joy in knowing that Weatherby Healthcare’s physicians administer lifesaving care to patients on a daily basis.
A grandmother herself now, Pat treasures her five grandchildren. When she’s not spending time with family, her favorite pastime is reading a book in her garden at home, surrounded by her pets.
David Baldridge, Group President, CompHealth Locums and SLC Allied
Dave grew up in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. In high school, he took an occupational aptitude test that was supposed to tell him what field he was best suited for. When he got the results back, his top two occupations were bus driver and librarian. Based on those results, Dave decided the most perfect job in the world for him would be driving the BookMobile.
After graduating from Oklahoma State University with a degree in business administration, Dave started his career in sales and management. Over the years, his work took him to San Antonio, Denver and eventually Salt Lake City. It was in Utah that Dave found the perfect job with CompHealth in 1990.
In his role at CompHealth, Dave focuses on continued growth and efficiency, and providing value to healthcare clients and providers. He has over 20 years experience with the company and is committed to creating new opportunities for others.
Dan Thomson, Vice President, General Counsel
Dan Thomson grew up in Covina, California, about 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The tiny city, whose motto is “One Mile Square and All There,” boasts an extremely diverse population, which helped Dan learn from a young age how to appreciate other cultures and get along with people. He treasures his time in Covina as a great life experience.
As a boy Dan wanted to be a chemist, because they got to blow things up. He excelled in his high school science classes and enrolled at Brigham Young University intent on earning the right to professionally blow things up in a lab. Dan developed strong new interests while in college, however, and he eventually earned a J.D. degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School and a master of accounting degree from BYU’s Marriott School of Management.
Dan builds his team by focusing on collaboration and consultation. His team’s goal is to continually improve the quality of healthcare provided by CHG and find the best possible assignments for its physicians. Dan’s proudest moment actually came outside the office, when his two-and-a-half year old twins recently learned how to spell their names.
Mark Law, Group President, CHG
Like many youth of his day, Mark grew up idolizing metal bands like ACDC, Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica. Though he dreamed of becoming a rocker himself, it became painfully clear at an early age that he had absolutely no musical talent. Ever the loyal fan, Mark sported a mullet for several years and can still be found listening to heavy metal as he cruises into work each morning.
A Utah native, Mark attended the University of Utah and graduated with a degree in finance. He remains a rabid U of U fan and his office is a sea of red. Following college, Mark’s transition from rocker to businessman was relatively smooth, though he still had one remnant from his rocker days early in his career at CHG—a ponytail. It’s been thrilling for Mark to watch the company grow and develop. One of his main goals is to help the company maintain its unique culture and people first focus as it gets bigger.
Mark, his wife and their two children love living in the West, with its rugged beauty, relaxed pace and amazing people. In fact, a recent outdoor highlight for Mark was going to Moab, Utah, on a scout trip with his son. They camped among the beautiful red rock of the area and rafted down the Colorado River.
Alan McIver, Group President, RNnetwork, Foundation Medical Staffing, and CompHealth Allied
Alan grew up among the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. His father, an airline pilot, was a powerful example of perseverance and integrity. Inspired by his dad, Alan intended to become a pilot as well. But that idea came to a screeching halt when he applied for flight certification and found out he has color blindness and could never fly commercial planes.
Uncertain of what to do with his life, Alan dropped out of high school and spent the next year trying his hand at a variety of professions. His father patiently watched these wanderings and then suggested that college was the answer. He set up an appointment for Alan with the dean of admissions at the University of Utah and handed him a ticket to Salt Lake City. Motivated by the faith his parents had in him, Alan excelled in his studies and went on to earn a finance degree and MBA from the University of Utah.
Alan brings 25 years of industry experience to his role at CHG and is thrilled to be part of the important work we do here. He strives to lead with the same ethics his father embodied and is committed to helping his team develop both professionally and personally. Alan and his family love the openness of Utah’s terrain and spend as much time outdoors as possible. He is a die-hard car and motorcycle enthusiast, and can often be found racing his Ducati superbike at Miller Motorsports Park.