Board of Directors
Founder & Chairman of the Board
Hire Heroes USA founder John Bardis has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry, serving most recently in Washington D.C. as the Assistant Secretary for Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
In 1999, he founded MedAssets, one of the country’s leading healthcare financial improvement companies that provided services to four out of every five hospitals and more than 100,000 health care providers. Mr. Bardis served 15 years as chairman, president and chief executive officer of MedAssets, and as chairman and CEO until he retired in 2015.
Prior to that, he was president and chief executive officer of TheraTx, a leading operator of skilled nursing facilities and provider of rehabilitation services. In recognition of his successful leadership there, Mr. Bardis was named Entrepreneur of the Year, in 1995, by INC Magazine. The publication also named TheraTx the second-fastest-growing public company in America, growing from $15 million to more than $500 million in revenue in five years.
From 1987 to 1992, Mr. Bardis was at Kinetic Concepts, the nation’s largest specialty bed and medical equipment rental company, where – at the time of his departure – he was serving as president. Before that, he was vice president of Baxter Operating Room Division and general manager of the Eastern Zone at Baxter International. He also worked at American Hospital Supply.
Today, Mr. Bardis is nationally recognized as an influential leader in the healthcare industry and healthcare technology sector. For four consecutive years (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), Modern Healthcaremagazine identified him as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Leaders in Healthcare.” Mr. Bardis is a frequent presenter at healthcare conferences and meetings. He has also made guest appearances on the CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business networks. His healthcare articles have appeared in national publications, including Forbes, Market Watch, Institutional Investor and Investor’s Business Daily.
Mr. Bardis holds a Bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Arizona. In addition to serving as the Chairman of the Board at Hire Heroes USA, he and his wife are involved in a number of philanthropic endeavors, including Mully Children’s Family International (MCF) and ongoing projects aimed at honoring American troops overseas and our nation’s veterans.
Charles Macintosh is a former Managing Director at First Key Holdings, a portfolio company of Cerberus Capital Management. He has been a senior mortgage trader for 15 years at Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers and Raymond James and head of capital markets for Thornburg Mortgage. Mr. Macintosh holds a BA in Economics from Middlebury College and is an avid athlete, having competed in over 150 triathlons.
Lauren Condoluci is a corporate and crisis communications specialist. With extensive in-house and agency experience, Ms. Condoluci has developed and executed communications programs for some of the world’s most recognizable brands and provided strategic counsel during difficult situations.
Currently at Netflix, Ms. Condoluci has previously held positions at Latham & Watkins, Rubenstein Communications, Ernst & Young and Lockheed Martin. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Georgetown University and a Master’s in Communications from New York University.
Marshall Lauck currently serves as the Chief Growth and Marketing officer for the Bob Woodruff Foundation.
Formerly the President of J. Walter Thompson INSIDE, he led the JWT team of Employer Branding, Culture Transformation, and Recruitment Marketing specialists across offices in New York, Atlanta, Washington DC, and Los Angeles. Prior to taking on the leadership role with JWT INSIDE, Marshall served as the Chief Operating Officer for the J. Walter Thompson Atlanta and Houston offices. Marshall started with JWT in 2006, acting as the account lead for the United States Marine Corps business where he led the direction and strategic development for the account for over six years. Before joining J. Walter Thompson, Marshall was a Brand Manager at Kraft Foods, supporting and leading multiple brand teams, including P&L responsibility for a product portfolio with close to $100 million in annual sales. Marshall’s 17 years of brand marketing and advertising experience were preceded by service in the United States Marine Corps, first in an operational assignment at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, followed by several years assigned to the Marine Corps Recruiting Command in Quantico, Virginia.
Val Nicholas is Senior Vice President Creative Director at SummitMediaCorp. He is on the forefront of guiding on-air content and digital deliverables aimed at diverse audiences in both traditional and emerging formats. Building consensus among entertainment industry and government groups, he is a founding member of the Hiring Our Heroes and Got Your 6 veterans support initiatives, theGrio.com (an African American news site), NBCBLK.com and NBCOut.com.
Mr. Nicholas’s career in Television spans both Broadcast and Cable. From his beginnings in local station TV broadcasting, he has produced everything from news and sports to elections, talk shows and live events. Within NBC, he is credited with invigorating creative staff and developing an acclaimed approach to innovation. He has presented his creative principles to corporate audiences throughout North America and internationally.
During the years General Electric was NBC’s parent company, he taught his Maximum Creative session at GE’s Crotonville Leadership School where it was the school’s highest-rated class. It continues to be well received at NBCU/Comcast.
Mr. Nicholas has been with NBC since 1998 with a brief break in 2000 to work with ABC’s Creative Department. The recipient of 24 Emmy nominations and winner of seven, he was the developer and producer of Snap.com (commercial spot), which also won the prestigious international Best Commercial in the World award and AdWeek’s Best Commercial of the Year. Additional awards include three NBC Golden Peacock Awards, various Promax Gold Medallions and an Emmy nomination for brand packaging MSNBC/NBC.
Mr. Nicholas graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from California State University and served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Interests include music, outdoor athletics and Tae Kwon Do, in which he holds a black belt. He lives in the New York City area with his wife.
A Naval Academy football player and graduate, Brian Stann served two deployments with 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and was awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third highest award for valor, for his actions near the Al-Romana Bridge during Operation MATADOR in May 2005.
Mr. Stann’s MMA (mixed martial arts) career began in 2003 in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP), where he earned black belt certification as an MCMAP Instructor Trainer. He began fighting professionally in 2006, while still on active duty in the Marine Corps. In 2008, he defeated Doug Marshall to become the WEC (World Extreme Cagefighting) Light Heavyweight Champion, and he debuted in the UFC in 2009. Stann retired from UFC fighting in 2013, but remained involved as a UFC fight analyst and speaker.
Mr. Stann stepped down as President and CEO of Hire Heroes USA in September 2017, after serving nine years in the leadership role. Under his leadership, Hire Heroes USA built a national reputation of excellence and was recognized as a best-in-class veteran service organization by the Call of Duty Endowment and the George W. Bush Institute.
Mr. Stann is currently the Chief Operating Officer at FirstKey Homes – a Cerberus Capital Management portfolio company, and resides in Alpharetta, Georgia with his three daughters.
Maj. Gen. Keith Thurgood
Maj. Gen. Keith Thurgood, USA (Ret.) is a member of the faculty at the Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point. He had served as President of the Spend and Clinical Management segment of MedAssets from January 2012 to January 2015. Prior to that, he was the President and CEO of Overseas Military Sales Corporation. He also served as Senior Vice President of Operations for Sam’s Club and as the CEO of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), the United States Department of Defense’s $10 billion global for-profit retail arm. He has also held executive positions with Frito-Lay and PepsiCo.
In addition to his civilian job, he has over 28 years of Army service, both active and reserve, and has been mobilized for three active duty tours since Sept 11, 2001, serving as the commanding general of the 143d Transportation Command (Forward) and as the Deputy Commanding General, 377th Theater Support Command, Coalition Forces Land Component Command. Maj. Gen. Thurgood’s last assignment was the Deputy Director, Office of Business Transformation (Secretary of the Army) and the Chief of Staff and Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Reserve in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Thurgood has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brigham Young University, where he was a ROTC scholarship award winner, recognized for academic achievement, as well as a Distinguished Military Graduate and recipient of the George C. Marshall Leadership Award, conferred annually to the top ROTC cadet at each university. He has a MBA from Boston University, a MS in Strategic Studies from the Army War College, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Development and Leadership from Capella University.
Mr. Thurgood and his wife, Carol, reside in Plano, Texas.
Joshua Weintraub currently serves as the Head of Residential Mortgage Investing & Senior Managing Director for Cerberus Capital Management. He joined Cerberus in 2008.
From 2008 to 2009, he was a Vice Chairman of Residential Capital and member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Prior to that, he spent eight years, from 2000 to 2008, at Bear, Stearns & Co. From 2000 to 2007, he headed the Agency MBS business,and, in 2008, he co-headed U.S. Residential Mortgage and asset-backed securities trading.
Prior to Bear Stearns, from 1999 to 2000, Mr. Weintraub managed Agency and Non-Agency MBS structured product trading at Greenwich Capital. From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Weintraub traded whole loans and Agency and Non-Agency Securities at Lehman Brothers. From 1991 to 1993, he worked at Chase Manhattan Bank where he graduated from the Management Development Program for Operations and Systems.
Mr. Weintraub is a graduate of Lehigh University.