After nearly seven years working devotedly as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for South Country Health Alliance (SCHA), Brian Hicks is set to retire in August, bringing an accomplished 43-year career in business and finance to a close.
“Brian’s stewardship, dedication and integrity have played an integral role in the success of our organization,” said SCHA CEO Leota Lind. “He has worked tirelessly on behalf of our members, providers, counties and staff and viewed each new challenge as an opportunity to make improvements.”
Hicks joined SCHA as CFO in 2009, in the midst of a particularly challenging few years for the organization as SCHA faced financial loss and uncertainty as a viable health plan. During his first year, Hicks worked with the Joint Powers Board, Finance Committee and SCHA staff to help redirect the organization’s business goals and strategy. At the same time, he was responsible for reporting financial plans and forecasts to state and federal regulatory agencies and to some county boards.
“Several of the counties had lost confidence in South Country and were close to withdrawing,” said Hicks. “By working together with leadership within the company and within the counties, we were able to rebuild South Country’s financial strength. South Country has since enjoyed six straight years of financial gains.”
Before SCHA, Hicks worked 25 years at Allianz Life, where he began as an entry-level accountant and progressed to corporate controller and treasurer, claim director and CEO of the company’s non-insurance subsidiaries. He then spent three years as CFO for Minnesota Visiting Nurses and four years as director of the Central Business Office for Medical Advanced Pain Specialists.
Hicks held many responsibilities as SCHA’s CFO, including financial statement preparation and analysis, reporting, budgeting, audit coordination, general ledger, project management and contract bidding, as well as serving on several executive committees and overseeing the Human Resources and Provider Network Management departments.
“I’m very proud of my time spent at South Country and have enjoyed being able to work with our excellent board and staff,” said Hicks. “It’s a great organization with a great team of people.”
“On behalf of our board and staff, I would like to express our gratitude to Brian for his many contributions to South Country Health Alliance,” said Lind. “We are sad to see him leave but are excited for him to have more time to spend with his family and enjoy retirement.”
A farewell open house will be held Thurs., August 4, from 1-3 p.m. at SCHA’s Owatonna office at 2300 Park Drive, Suite 100. All friends, coworkers and well-wishers are welcome to attend.