DREW KALLESTAD & KEN SLOAN
Drew Kallestad: Founder, Chief Strategy Officer
Ken Sloan: Founder, Chief Growth Officer
AGILITY Innovation Partners
Drew founded AGILITY in 2018, armed with over three decades of executive experience in healthcare, ranging from employee benefit consulting & health risk management to healthcare finance & employee engagement.
A truth seeker and business connector, Drew has successfully guided innovation launches in health data analytics, payment integrity, direct primary care, and improved health outcomes fields. Pre-Agility, Drew served as Executive VP at CoBiz Insurance. As the senior member of the division, he led the transformation of the Employee Benefits team. The firm tripled in size during that time.
Today, Drew’s most invigorating “innovation workstation” isn’t behind a desk or a laptop, but up at his Colorado mountain getaway, skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, and fly fishing.
Ken has successfully launched multiple innovations in health technology, insurance technology, and has experience leading teams that have played a key role in transforming healthcare and wellbeing in America.
He started this pursuit as an early adopter of consumer-driven health plans/ consumerism in healthcare in the early 2000s and moved into behavior change and driving innovation in health insurance for key stakeholder groups. Prior to co-founding AGILITY, Ken served as the Vice President of Growth and Distribution at Vitality Group, a leading global behavior change health tech company.
Originally from the Chicago area, Ken and his family now live in Evergreen Colorado. He enjoys everything outdoors, spending time with kids, grandkids, and the family’s Black Labrador, Teddy.
About the Business
Since its inception in October 2017, Nice Healthcare (one of Agility Innovation Partners’ key initiatives) has focused on making primary care affordable and accessible to people who historically have not had access to care, either for cost concerns, convenience, or other factors. Nice clinicians currently provide healthcare services for over 200 small businesses that encompass 30,000+ members.
Nice’s goal is to enable its care team to treat as many medical conditions as possible. By expanding its offering to include over 550 acute and chronic medications free of charge as well as virtual physical therapy to address the musculoskeletal needs of its patients, Nice is broadening the ways members engage with their Nice provider. Genevieve Swenson, co-Founder and COO, and FNP elaborate. “We want every one of our members to know that we are in their corner. Whether they are healthy, have the sniffles, or are managing chronic health conditions, a Nice healthcare provider is going to be able to engage with them and help them accomplish their goals. Expanding our prescription formulary and adding access to licensed physical therapists are the two newest examples of how we are broadening ways we can help.”
Matt Nelson: Senior Vice President, Crest Insurance Group
Matt is a Senior Vice President at Crest Insurance Group in Tucson, consulting with companies to identify and implement insurance, risk management, and employee benefits solutions. With more than a 15 years of industry experience, he has served as a keynote speaker on the healthcare industry, leadership, workplace culture and risk management for professional organizations throughout Southern Arizona, including the City of Tucson, Greater Tucson Leadership, the Financial Executives and Affiliates of Tucson, and the CEO Roundtable of Tucson.
Matt is an active member in the Tucson community, having served as a Non-Commissioned Officer in the Arizona Army National Guard and volunteering with multiple local organizations, including as Treasurer and a Big Brother with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southern Arizona, a volunteer with the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, Chair of the Pima County JTED’s Business and Industry Council, a builder with Habitat for Humanity and many other local youth charities.