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John A. Bardis

Assistant Secretary for Administration (ASA)
HHS Office of the Secretary

John Bardis is the Assistant Secretary for Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Mr. Bardis founded Hire Heroes U.S.A in 2006. Hire Heroes has grown to be the largest and most successful non-profit veteran employment and training organization in the United States. Hire Heroes achieved over 6,000 confirmed hires, representing a 45% conversion rate from “helped” to “hired” in 2016. As a result of their proven success and transparency, HHUSA has been recognized as best-in-class by the Call of Duty Endowment, the George W. Bush Institute, the USO and several additional impactful organizations. Hires for the month of January 2017 exceeded 700 veterans.

In 1999 John Bardis founded MedAssets (NASDAQ: MDAS), one of the leading healthcare financial performance improvement companies in the United States, serving four out of every five hospitals and over 100,000 healthcare providers.  He served for 15 years as its chairman, president and chief executive officer and as chairman and chief executive officer until he retired in 2015.  As a result of Bardis’ distinguished leadership as MedAssets’ chief executive, he is nationally recognized as an influential leader in the healthcare industry and healthcare technology sector. Bardis was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Leaders in Healthcare” for four consecutive years (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014).  In 2012, Bardis received recognition from Ernst & Young as the Technology Entrepreneur of the Year in the Southeast.

From 1992 to 1997 Bardis was president and chief executive officer of TheraTx (NASDAQ: THTX), a leading operator of skilled nursing facilities and provider of rehabilitation services.  In 1995, in recognition of his successful leadership at TheraTx, Bardis was named Entrepreneur of the Year by INC. Magazine. The publication further named TheraTx as the second fastest growing public company in America, growing from $15 million to over $500 million in revenue in five years. In 1995 Bardis was honored by Ernst & Young as Healthcare Entrepreneur of the Year, Southeast National Finalist.

From 1987 to 1992 Bardis was at Kinetic Concepts (NASDAQ: KCI), the nation's largest specialty bed and medical equipment rental company, where he served as president at the time of his departure in 1992.  From 1984 to 1987, Bardis was vice president of the Baxter Operating Room Division and general manager of the Eastern Zone at Baxter International (NASDAQ: BAX).  Prior to that, Bardis was at American Hospital Supply.

Mr. Bardis has served on several boards.  He is the now retired founder and chairman of Hire Heroes USA, the nation’s largest veteran job placement organization.  In 2015 he was appointed to the Strategic Planning Committee of the board of Scripps Health in San Diego, CA, and to the Board of Advisors of Jackson Healthcare in Alpharetta, GA.  In 2011 Mr. Bardis was appointed to the board of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). In 2012 USADA investigated and later suspended Lance Armstrong for his use of banned substances dating back to 1996.

In 2008 Bardis served as Team Leader of the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team, and was Team Leader in 2007 of the U.S. Greco-Roman Wrestling Team for the 2007 World Championships where Team USA won the world team for the first time in wrestling history. In 2012 Bardis served as a member of the distinguished Committee to Protect Olympic Wrestling (CPOW). In 2013 he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as an Outstanding American. He served for 12 years on the Board of USA Wrestling (1995 to 2011). 

Bardis served on the Board of Advisors of the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. He served on the Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce for 2014 and 2015.

Mr. Bardis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of Arizona.

Bardis is a frequent presenter at healthcare conferences and meetings and has made live appearances on several occasions on the CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business networks.  He has published a variety of healthcare related articles in national publications including articles in Forbes, Market Watch, Institutional Investor and Investor’s Business Daily.

Mr. Bardis is married and has three children.  He and his wife Judy are actively involved in a variety of philanthropic endeavors, including Mully Children’s Family International (MCF), founded to manage residential homes for the feeding, care, education and reintegration of orphaned children in Kenya. In 2015 the Bardis’s completed executive production of the documentary film entitled “Mully” to chronicle the remarkable life works of Charles and Esther Mully. “Mully” is currently in distribution and has received awards in 2015 from the Austin Film Festival and Virginia Film Festival. In 2016 the film was accepted to a variety of film festivals, including Atlanta, Winnipeg, the Salem Film Festivals, the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and the Africa World Documentary Film Festival. Mully will premier in U.S. theaters in the fall of 2017.

Mr. Bardis is also the founder of a variety of ongoing philanthropic projects aimed at honoring our nation’s active duty U.S. troops overseas and our veterans, including the Oscar Canon Military Care Packages Project and Hire Heroes USA.

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Content last reviewed on March 17, 2017