Michael W. Kosloske, our founder, was appointed Chief of Product Innovation in November 2015. Prior to that, he served as our Chief Executive Officer since we began operations in 2008. Mr. Kosloske has served as our Chairman since 2012, and was appointed Executive Chairman in November, 2015. Prior to founding our Company, from 1987 to 2007, Mr. Kosloske was president of Health Plan Administrators, Inc., or HPA, a fully-insured niche and individual health insurance company that focused on online sales. In 2005, Mr. Kosloske sold HPA to Independence Holding Company, a New York Stock Exchange-listed holding company engaged in the life and health insurance business, and he remained president of HPA until 2007. Previously, from 1986 to 1987, Mr. Kosloske was marketing manager for Dun & Bradstreet Plan Services, Inc., a third-party administrator in Tampa, Florida. Mr. Kosloske holds a bachelor of science degree in risk management and insurance from Florida State University.
Gavin Southwell was most recently Chief Operations Officer at Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford (CGSC), the largest independent global wholesale and reinsurance broking group with a network of 60+ offices across the Americas, Europe, and Asia, employing over 1,800 skilled professionals.
Gavin was responsible for the Group's operations and technology as well as establishing the commercial strategy for each region, the set-up of new offices and integration of acquired businesses, and the design and implementation of a Target Operating Model by business type.
Gavin has a detailed knowledge and experience of insurance having worked in senior executive positions for a broker, MGU, insurer and reinsurer with a proven track record of delivering enhanced performance with a customer focused approach.
Prior to joining HII and co-founding HealthPocket, Bruce was a senior executive at eHealth Inc. for 12 years, where Bruce oversaw all business and marketing functions for eHealth. Before that Bruce was a senior executive with MetaCreations and an Attorney with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Bruce has a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings and a B.A in from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Michael D. Hershberger was appointed Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary of the Company in September 2015. Prior to that, he has served in various roles at the Company including Senior Vice President of Finance and Business Development and Chief Financial Officer since 2011.
From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Hershberger served as senior manager at Baker Tilly, a full service accounting and advisory firm, where he was responsible for managing housing research. Previously, from 2002 until 2005, Mr. Hershberger served as president of Urban Solutions, Inc., a real-estate development firm. Mr. Hershberger also served as a lecturer at the University Of Wisconsin Graduate School Of Business in 2011 and 2012.
Mr. Hershberger served as chief financial officer of Health Plan Administrators, Inc. from 1992 to 2002, where he was responsible for oversight of financial reporting and financial operations.
From 1988 to 1992, Mr. Hershberger served as commercial loan officer at Draper & Kramer. He served as senior accountant at Coopers & Lybrand from 1985 to 1987. Mr. Hershberger holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Augustana College and earned his Masters of Science degree in urban land economics/finance from the University Of Wisconsin Graduate School Of Business. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.
Prior to joining HII and co-founding HealthPocket, Sheldon was a senior executive at eHealth, Inc. for 12 years, where he oversaw all technology functions for eHealth. Before that Sheldon held executive technology positions with Eclipsys Corporation and Ameritech Health Connections. Sheldon has a B.S. in physics from the Fuzhou University of China, an M.S in physics from Idaho State University and a Ph.D. in medical informatics from the University of Utah.