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Steven Hess

VP, Corporate Development and Strategy

"Driving industry-wide transformation and creating lasting value is a team sport. Vertafore has created a highly collaborative culture where everyone is focused on partnering with our customers and partners to achieve that ambitious goal. We’re going for it! "

Steven brings more than 20 years of business experience in strategy, operations, acquisitions and large-scale business transformations. His expertise spans a broad range of web-based and enterprise technology, professional services and business processes outsourcing. 

As Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy, Steven is responsible for shaping Vertafore’s overall growth strategy, identifying synergies within the insurance ecosystem, and directing M&A and partnership activities. 

Prior to joining Vertafore, Steven held senior executive positions at MedAssets and Zelis Healthcare, where he was focused on the development and delivery of products and services that served both the healthcare insurance and provider markets. Earlier in his career, Steven held a variety of positions spanning finance, marketing and product development for early-stage technology companies and private equity-backed services organizations. 

Steven holds a degree in Economics from Colorado State University. He resides in Denver with his family and is an accomplished mountaineer and a world record holder for summiting the highest mountain on all seven continents. 

Steven's 5 Fast Facts

1. What do you love most about your role at Vertafore? 

I’m passionate about tackling big problems and working with both individuals and organizations to achieve their full potential. At Vertafore, we work in a highly complex industry that requires bridging the gaps between a wide range of stakeholders. There is tremendous opportunity to innovate and deliver value to our customers and we have assembled an incredible team of people to get it done. 

2. How did you get into the InsurTech business? 

Previously, I worked primarily in the health tech and services sector where I was first exposed to the carrier market. When I had the opportunity to join Vertafore, I saw it as a perfect opportunity to apply what I had learned in healthcare insurance to the broader market. It’s been a really rewarding crossover for me personally. 

3. What are you most excited about for the future of InsurTech? 

Insurance is a highly complex, regulated and fragmented industry, and I think Vertafore is uniquely positioned to be the catalyst for a more connected experience across all stakeholders and channels. I believe that the application of our technology and services can transform our industry by creating a win-win for everyone involved. 

4. What’s your idea of the perfect weekend? 

Anything outdoors that gives me the opportunity to get out of the city and unplug. I find that getting outside provides an opportunity to slow down, take a step back, and reflect and recharge. Then I’m ready to come home ready to tackle the week.  

5. I’m coming to visit you! What are your favorite/must-do things in your city? 

Pull up a chair for a cold beer at one of our breweries, attend a sporting event with crazy Denver fans, and make sure to get out of the city to enjoy the mountains in any season. Also, explore the many and unique neighborhoods of the Denver metro area; there’s something for everyone!