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In fact, he says there are only three things he micromanages: the company’s brand, culture and strategy. “If I see us going in a direction that conflicts with the brand, then I’ll get involved,” he says. “If I see us doing things that change the culture that we’ve built, that change the secret sauce behind the culture that we’ve built, then I’ll get involved in that.”
Cameron is devoted to the growth and development of his employees. He claims to have virtually no employee turnover, due in part to generous compensation packages and quarterly bonuses. “If you’re willing to share the wealth with the people who are generating it, the pie grows, and there’s just more to go around for everybody,” he says.
“I often say, a little bit tongue in cheek, that I have three assignments: identify the best people, steal them and keep them happy.”
The company also maintains a “flat” organizational structure, with nine managers reporting to Cameron and all 220 other employees reporting to those managers—effectively giving every team member direct access to top management.
A major key to the continued success of Christopherson Business Travel is its investment in software development. This strategy has enabled it to take advantage of the internet and build targeted solutions for its client base. The company now has 11 pieces of proprietary software.
Cameron served as president of the Utah Business Travel Association from 2008 to 2010, and he currently serves on the advisory board of Delta Air Lines, as well as the board of ACTE.
Amy Rees Anderson
Amy Rees Anderson became CEO of MediConnect.net in 2004; just two years later, she created MediConnect Global by merging the company with two other businesses. The result is one of the largest health information exchanges in the world.
“We want to transform healthcare,” says Anderson. “We really believe that what we do with the gathering of health data and facilitating the exchange of that data electronically and securely at the patient’s control is really the key to changing healthcare in our country and being able to lower the cost and improve the quality.”
Anderson’s large-scale vision for the company has propelled it from $2.8 million in annual revenues in 2003 to nearly $60 million in 2011. Last year, MediConnect Global added 1,300 new customers, resulting in 40 percent revenue growth over 2010.
The company makes medical records available at any time to any authorized requestor. In addition, it has secured a patent for delivered protected health information via the internet, ensuring the company’s position as a leader in the personal health record (PHR) market. MediConnect’s PHR platform was one of only four systems chosen by the Obama administration to participate in the U.S. Medicare PHR Choice pilot program.
“She really, really understands the products and services that she has to offer. She knows every detail about this business,” says Alan Hall, managing director at Mercato Partners and board member for MediConnect Global. “She is the prototypical CEO who can sell. She can go out and visit with any potential customer and close that deal.”
Anderson credits effective communication for the success of her organization. “If I’m not communicating with my people, someone will communicate on my behalf, and it won’t be my messaging,” she says. In fact, about a year ago she began writing a daily blog for her employees, who are spread across four locations worldwide.
“I would share with them what was going on that day, what were the things I was working on, what were the struggles I was going through as CEO, what were the lessons in life that I was learning. Every day, I would keep them in the know,” she says. “It really got everybody in that company on the same page. And it has had more of an impact than anything I’ve done as a leader.”
Anderson is also very involved in the community. She serves on the board for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Eccles School of Business national advisory board and the Sundance Institute advisory board. She recently chaired the American Heart Association’s 2010 Go Red for Women event, which raised more than $100,000 for heart disease research and educational efforts.