Baker Tilly US hires healthcare specialist Jeffrey Strauss

10 June 2016

Baker Tilly US has hired healthcare specialist Jeffrey Strauss as Director in its Chicago-based Healthcare Consulting Practice. Strauss joins from J Strauss Consulting, and will be responsible for servicing the firm's healthcare clients with new technologies and processes.

Prior to joining Baker Tilly, Jeffrey Strauss was President at his consulting firm, J Strauss Consulting, founded in 2005. Strauss’s firm provided clients with solutions to challenges and sought improvement opportunities in their healthcare revenue cycle. Concurrently, between 2010 and 2013, Strauss was an Associate Director of Protiviti’s Central Region Healthcare Practice. In the role, he was responsible for sales and delivery of the revenue cycle and ICD-10 solution improvement for a range of strategic clients. Earlier roles include Vice President at Health Management Systems, Director at the InfoTrust Group, Director at West Suburban Hospital Medical Center - preceded by a range of positions culminating in Director at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center / Rush Health Plans, Staff Accountant at Helix, and Staff Accountant at Bon Secour Hospital; where he started his career in 1986.

Strauss holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Purdue University.

Jeffrey Strauss - Baker Tilly

Baker Tilly has hired Strauss as a Director for its Healthcare Consulting Practice. In the new role, Strauss will be responsible for services to the firm’s healthcare clients by providing them with strategic insights and through leveraging new technologies and processes.

“Jeff brings significant knowledge to the healthcare consulting practice, and we could not be more pleased to have him on board,” Says David Gregory, Healthcare Consulting Leader at Baker Tilly. Commenting on his new role at Baker Tilly, Strauss states that “data is increasingly becoming the key to a successful healthcare organisation,” and further elaborates “reviewing claims and data elements enables efficiencies for clients that would otherwise remain untapped.”

As Baker Tilly continues to grow their national practice and focus on the emerging value-based care trends, David Gregory's response on the addition of Strauss as Director is "he will be an integral part of leading these efforts in Chicago. His specific skill set is extremely beneficial in today’s healthcare world and will prove to be a differentiator with clients.”


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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019

Three senior level consultants have been boosted to the rank of Partner at Quantum Advisory, as the firm works to meet heightened levels of client demand. Aled Edwards, Amanda Burdge and Chris Heirene become Partners as long-time Quantum member Rob Davies retires in May after 15 years as a Partner at the firm.

Founded in 2000, Quantum Advisory provides pension and employee benefits services to employers, scheme trustees and members, with five offices across the UK. The firm has enjoyed exponential growth in recent years, following a number of major client wins and booming demand for its services. It opened a new office in Bristol in 2016 to service the South West and in 2017 relocated its Cardiff office to a larger site within the Welsh capital to house the increased workforce. More recently, Quantum relocated its Amersham, Birmingham and London offices to more spacious premises in the centre of both cities to cope with demand.

The financial services consultancy, which employs 115 people across the UK, has promoted three senior team members to Partner, as part of its wider growth plans. The firm has moved Aled Edwards from Principal Consultant & Actuary, while Amanda Burdge has ascended from Principal Investment Consultant. Chris Heirene, former IT Manager, has also joined the ten current Partners at Quantum.

Aled Edwards most recently managed the actuarial team within Quantum’s Cardiff office as well as providing technical training for all staff. He boasts more than 17 years of pensions experience. He started his career as an Actuary at Jardine Lloyd Thompson’s Bristol wing, before joining Quantum in 2011. Edwards is also the President of the Welsh Actuarial Society (WAS), which supports actuaries and actuarial students living or working in Wales.

Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of Partners

Amanda Burdge joined Quantum’s team in 2001, as one of the fledgling firm’s first employees. Most recently she was a Principal Investment Consultant with the firm, and with more than a quarter of a century’s experience in the sector, she is responsible for providing investment advice to many of Quantum’s key clients with both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. Prior to her time with Quantum, Burdge spent two years as a consultant with SBJ Benefit Consultants (now Capita), and three years with Tesco Pension Trustees. She currently sits on the Regulation Committee for the Pensions Management Institute.

Chris Heirene initially worked with Quantum as an IT Consultant with Teamwork Technology Services and then UES for over five years, before finally joining the firm itself in 2011. He is now responsible for Quantum’s IT systems across all of its offices, including the network and core server infrastructure which supports the business. Heirene is heavily involved in utilising IT to improve and build upon the processes in place throughout Quantum.

David Deidun, Partner at Quantum Advisory, said of the promotions, “This is a very exciting time for Quantum. The recent round of promotions fully recognise the hard work and dedication shown by the three, all of whom go above and beyond for the company. I’ve no doubt that Aled, Amanda and Chris will settle into their new roles with ease and look forward to working together to grow Quantum even further.”

The news comes as Rob Davies retires in May, after spending fifteen years as a Partner at Quantum. A qualified actuary, Davies was instrumental in setting up Quantum’s Investment Division, specialising in aiding clients with their investment strategies. He will remain with the company on a part-time consultancy basis, while working with several clients in the Fiduciary Manager area.