Geffert

Clint Geffert

President, VGM & Associates

As president of VGM & Associates, Clint oversees all of the specialty healthcare groups, including membership, under the VGM Group, Inc. umbrella of businesses. These divisions include VGM’s contracting team, The van Halem Group, U.S. Rehab, VGM Live at Home, Orthotic Prosthetic Group of America (OPGA), Essentially Women, VGM Government Relations, People for Quality Care, Nationwide Respiratory, Freedom Link, VGM Alternate Care, VGM Retail, VGM Home Infusion, VGM Wound Care, VGM Market Data, and the reimbursement team. In his role, his focus is on identifying solutions for VGM’s membership so they can provide higher quality care at a better cost. This encompasses the post-acute market as well as growing and expanding VGM’s market-oriented business solutions, government and regulatory efforts, key strategic relationships, and priority corporate initiatives.

Clint has been with VGM since 2012 and has a B.B.A. and an Associate of Science degree in respiratory therapy from Texas State University-San Marcos. Connect with Clint on LinkedIn or email him at [email protected].

 


 

Kauten

Jeremy Kauten

Chief Information Officer, VGM Group, Inc.

Jeremy Kauten, chief information officer and senior vice president of information technology at VGM Group, Inc., has spent his entire career in the cyberworld. He currently focuses on protecting computers, networks, programs, and data from unauthorized access, change, or destruction. In addition, he coordinates the optimization of technology throughout VGM’s business units.

Jeremy's involvement at VGM started in 1997, when he committed himself to growing VGM Forbin and positioning the organization as a leader in healthcare web development and online security. He is a regular contributor to the trade press and is a frequent technology speaker at industry events. Jeremy earned a bachelor's degree in marketing and business management from Upper Iowa University with additional credits from the computer information systems program at the University of Northern Iowa. He also holds an A.A.S. in law enforcement and an M.B.A. from the University of Iowa Executive Master of Business Administration Program. Connect with Jeremy on LinkedIn or email him at [email protected].

 


 

Kazynski

Dave Kazynski

Executive Vice President, VGM Group, Inc.

Dave Kazynski is executive vice president of VGM Group, Inc. where he manages special projects and provides leadership to VGM entities, including VGM Forbin, Strategic Imaging, and corporate IT. Dave was previously president of HOMELINK, a subsidiary of VGM Group, Inc. He served in this capacity since helping the late Van G. Miller develop the HOMELINK network for VGM’s home medical equipment (HME) members in 1993. More than 20 years later, the network, which connects payers to credentialed, community-based providers, has expanded to include home health; complex rehab technology; orthotic and prosthetic services; transportation; breast pump program; accessibility modifications; physical, occupational, and speech therapy; and hearing healthcare. Connect with Dave on LinkedIn or email him at [email protected].

 


 

Kloos

Mike Kloos

President, VGM Insurance Services

Mike Kloos is the president of VGM Insurance Services, a division of the VGM Group, Inc. that specializes in providing insurance solutions and risk management services to over 8,000 customers in the home medical equipment, home health and hospice, physical therapy, orthotic and prosthetic, and golf and hospitality industries. Under Mike’s leadership, the company has tripled its written premium since 2013 and has modernized the company with a new paperless system and digital platforms. Mike has been with VGM since 1994, holding several leadership positions within VGM Financial Services and growing the business to become the premier lender in the home healthcare market. Mike serves on the executive board for the American Association for Homecare and is co-trustee for the VGM Group, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Connect with Mike on LinkedIn or email him at [email protected].

 


 

Laures

Sara Laures

Chief People Officer

Sara Laures is the chief people officer for VGM Group, Inc. where she oversees people and culture strategy, human resources, talent acquisition, organizational development, and facilities management, and manages corporate projects that support the success of VGM’s multiple businesses and its employees. Sara has held roles in multiple VGM businesses during her career. She began at VGM’s HOMELINK division in 1998 and spent five years developing a foundational knowledge of care coordination and its impact on patients’ access to quality healthcare. For 14 years, she was responsible for leadership of VGM Education, spearheading the development of its robust virtual education platform and content. In her current role, she worked to expand workplace flexibility guidelines when VGM transitioned to a work-from-home policy, improving work-life balance of all employees—especially working mothers.

Sara has a bachelor’s degree in health services administration from Upper Iowa University. Because of her experience working her way up the corporate ladder, Sara advises and mentors many other aspiring female leaders. As an iPEC certified professional coach and Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner, she is a knowledgeable resource for women in the workplace. To further support and recognize employee owners at VGM, Sara has grown Women in Leadership (WIL) at VGM; helps guide the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee; and emcees the VGM Award ceremony. She also serves on a number of boards and task forces in the Cedar Valley community. Connect with Sara on LinkedIn or email her at [email protected].

 


 

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Mike Mallaro

Chief Executive Officer, VGM Group, Inc.

Mike Mallaro is CEO of VGM Group, Inc. where he led the development of the employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). He began his tenure at VGM in 2001, serving as CFO until becoming CEO in 2016. Prior to VGM, he was CFO of a regional off-price retailer. He also spent 12 years as a CPA in an international accounting firm. During Mike’s tenure, VGM has consistently ranked as a Top Workplace in Iowa. In 2019, he received the Leadership Award for Large Employers from Iowa Top Workplaces, an award based on employee responses to the survey. Mike frequently speaks at regional and national conferences on topics including healthcare trends, financial benchmarks, business plan optimization, and strategic growth. He holds a B.B.A in accounting from The University of Iowa as well as CPA (inactive) and CMA designations. Connect with Mike on LinkedIn or email him at [email protected].

 


 

Miehe

Christa Miehe

President, Moxie

Christa Miehe is president of Moxie, a full-service marketing agency Christa helped create by merging three VGM entities—VGM Marketing, Hellman, and VGM Events. Previously, she was president of Marketing and Shared Services for VGM Group, Inc., where she guided company strategy to coordinate and execute various marketing and certain shared internal services across VGM’s divisions.

Christa has been with VGM since 2002. She is a copywriter by schooling, an event expert by experience, and a marketing leader through her commitment to creating impactful solutions for clients. She is a strategic problem solver with depth of knowledge in a full spectrum of valuable disciplines from editing to strategic planning, project coordination to corporate communications. Christa shapes culture at VGM as a member of the senior leadership team and shares her passion for philanthropy in overseeing the VGM Community Giving committee. Connect with Christa on LinkedIn or email her at [email protected].

 


 

Nygren

Jim Nygren

Chief Financial Officer, VGM Group, Inc.

Jim Nygren is the chief financial officer of VGM Group, Inc. and steward of accounting and treasury operation. He’s the lead financial voice of the company and provides vital strategic, analytical, and financial perspectives for the VGM family of businesses.

Jim joined VGM in 2014 and has held positions in VGM Marketing, and most recently, as the vice president of business development and marketing at HOMELINK, where he oversaw the expansion of solutions and network development for workers’ compensation and group health payers. Jim holds a B.A.A. in finance from the University of Northern Iowa and an M.B.A. with an emphasis in finance from Iowa State University. Connect with Jim on LinkedIn or email him at [email protected].

 


 

Stolz

Jeremy Stolz

President, VGM Fulfillment

Jeremy Stolz has been with VGM since 2003, officially becoming president of VGM Fulfillment, a division of VGM & Associates, in 2017. VGM Fulfillment provides logistics and technology solutions to healthcare providers, and under Jeremy’s leadership, it has experienced significant growth and an expanding footprint, with annexed space in Waterloo, Iowa, and additional warehouses established in Nashville, Tennessee, and Phoenix, Arizona. VGM Fulfillment serves hundreds of providers and millions of patients with these three distribution centers. Connect with Jeremy on LinkedIn or email him at [email protected].
 


 

Waller

Matt Waller

President, HOMELINK

Matt entered the healthcare industry through HOMELINK’s parent company, VGM Group, Inc. and since then has helped HOMELINK successfully develop and implement new product lines such as physical therapy, hearing healthcare, and home and vehicle modifications. During his time with HOMELINK, Matt contributed to HOMELINK’s growth in both workers’ compensation and group health business development and sales team efforts. Prior to becoming president and a member of VGM’s senior leadership team, Matt served as senior vice president of sales and marketing.

He earned his B.A. in communication studies from the University of Northern Iowa. Matt is passionate about serving on work- and community-related committees and boards. He helps recognize the accomplishments of employee owners as an emcee of the VGM Awards ceremony as well as staying involved in various VGM committees. Outside of work, he founded the nonprofit organization Diamonds and Fields, an organization that built the first all-inclusive Miracle League baseball field in Northeast Iowa at All-Play Ballpark in Parkersburg, Iowa. Connect with Matt on LinkedIn or email him at [email protected].

 


 

Walsh

Jim Walsh

Board Chairman and General Counsel, VGM Group, Inc.

Jim Walsh is board chairman and general counsel of VGM Group, Inc. As an original investor, Jim has been involved with the company since the late Van G. Miller founded it in 1986. Ten years after his initial investment, Jim became VGM’s corporate counsel, a director of all its companies, and a frequent source and consultant to members of VGM-sponsored companies. Jim is also one of three co-trustees who serve as the governing board for VGM’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).

Jim is also passionate about building up the community and is active in a number of downtown development projects and special events in VGM’s hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, and the Cedar Valley area. One notable event is the annual Iowa Irish Fest, founded by the Cedar Valley Irish Cultural Association, of which Jim serves as president. The event offers nearly 50,000 annual attendees the chance to participate in a premier cultural event that broadens their global perspective and introduces them to experiences and lifestyles far beyond the Midwest, while acknowledging and celebrating the history of the Irish community. Connect with Jim via email at [email protected].