Our mission is clear:
There has to be a better way.
Long-time friends, Brandon Cruz and Clint Jones, were shopping for health insurance after college. Finding coverage – and understanding how to use it – proved to be anything but simple. They faced mountains of paperwork, confusing health insurance terminology, and astronomical prices. At one point, they turned to each other and said, “There has to be better way.”
So, in 2001, they set out to find that better way. Brandon and Clint founded GoHealth, a company that revolutionized the health insurance shopping process – and the health care industry as a whole. While the future of the health care industry is ever-changing, our focus and determination has remained razor-sharp. As our customers evolve, as their needs continue to change and adjust, so does GoHealth.
Everyone who is a part of GoHealth – from our executive team to our board to each one of our hundreds of employees across the country – understands the importance of what we do every day. We’re here for Americans, we understand their needs, and we work harder to get them what they deserve.
As the General Counsel of GoHealth, Brad oversees all of the company’s legal affairs, including commercial, regulatory, employment, compliance, and corporate legal matters. Prior to joining GoHealth as General Counsel in 2011, Brad worked in the Chicago office of a nationally recognized law firm and formally represented GoHealth as outside counsel.
Brad graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He later attended the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree.
Brandon Cruz, Co-founder and President of GoHealth, has 16 years of experience as an entrepreneur, leader, and investor in the health care technology industry. Brandon co-founded GoHealth with two primary goals: build and inspire a world class team, and offer innovative products and solutions to improve the health care industry. GoHealth quickly set the standard for changing the health care industry through a variety of innovative applications that are used by over 135 insurance carriers and millions of individuals each month.
Since its founding in 2001, GoHealth has twice been listed by Inc magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing companies in the country, has been named one of Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces, listed as part of Crain’s Fast 50, a Top 100 Digital Company by Built in Chicago, one of the 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For, and was named to Deloitte’s 2014 North America Technology Fast 500.
After graduating from Miami University in Ohio, Brandon worked at Lante as a Systems Developer. Throughout his career, Brandon has invested in over 35 early- and late- stage technology companies. He has been included in the Techweek 100, Crain’s 40 under 40, and was named a Midwest winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Brandon is an active member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and regularly speaks on the topics of technology and health care in Chicago and across the country.
Since 2004, Shane Cruz has helped build GoHealth from a startup to a leading health insurance technology company. As Chief Technology Officer, Shane is responsible for setting strategic product direction, overseeing software development and operations, and building technology partner and government relations. Under Shane’s leadership, GoHealth became the first WBE to enroll consumers in subsidized health plans under the Affordable Care Act. Shane is also a founding member and President of the Association of Web-based Health Insurance Brokers (AWHIB), which works to better facilitate the enrollment of Americans in state and federal marketplaces.
Prior to GoHealth, Shane held technical leadership positions at Convergys and the world-renowned MIT Media Lab. He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer science and electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Jake Gudmundsen joined GoHealth in 2014 to focus on corporate strategy and business-wide initiatives, including the acquisition of software technology company, Creatix, Inc. Jake later transitioned into an operational role, where he guided the direct sales team to its most profitable year on record. In his current role, Jake leads the overall strategy and execution for GoHealth’s direct-to-consumer & business-to-business sales divisions.
Prior to joining GoHealth, Jake was a consultant at Bain & Company, where he worked on executive-level strategic projects for Fortune 500 clients. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Clint Jones is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GoHealth. Clint focuses his time driving company strategy, business functions, and overall corporate development. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors for GoHealth.
A recipient of the Midwest Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Clint has also been named to various annual Chicago leadership lists, including Crain’s 40 Under 40 and Techweek100. Clint is recognized as a thought leader throughout the industry and is passionate about growing Chicago’s reputation as a technology hub.
Since its founding in 2001, GoHealth has been named one of Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces, a Top 100 Digital Company by Built in Chicago, one of the 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For, and was named to Deloitte’s 2014 North America Technology Fast 500.
Before co-founding GoHealth and assuming his role as CEO, Clint was the Intranet Market Manager for HOLT Value, a former division of Credit Suisse. He earned degrees in marketing and management information systems from Miami University in Ohio. In addition to his current roles at GoHealth, Clint also serves on the boards of HealthJoy and Loud Interactive.
Mark Monitello joined GoHealth in September 2014 as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Mark brings expertise in leading human resources departments in high growth companies that have intensive technology and sales operations.
Prior to GoHealth, Mark was the Senior Vice President, Human Resources at FTD Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:FTD), a recognized leader in providing floral, gift and related products throughout the United States and abroad. During his tenure with FTD, Mark oversaw human resources and facilities functions for a $650M+ publicly traded company having approximately 1,000 employees. Mark also worked as Vice President, Staffing at the United Online corporate headquarters, Vice President, Global Staffing for MasterCard International, and managed HR and staffing departments for Amdocs Inc., GE Capital and IBM.
Michael Owens is responsible for the development of GoHealth’s Virtual Marketing Organization, a national network of top insurance agents that connects consumers with local agents. Michael has more than 20 years of experience in the insurance, health care, and financial industries.
Prior to joining GoHealth, he was President of America’s Health Care Plan in Dallas, Texas and Vice President of Development for Insurance Capital Management, Inc. He has also held VP positions at Network Medical Review Company, Ltd. in Rockford, IL and the Ceres Group, Inc. in Cleveland, OH.
Michael serves on the board for a 501(c) (3) organization devoted to children and adults with disabilities, and he donates time to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. He received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s of business administration from the University of Chicago.
Jim Sharman joined GoHealth as Chief Operating Officer in 2018. Jim brings over 25 years of operations, supply chain, and leadership experience to the GoHealth team.
Prior to joining GoHealth, Jim was Chief Operating Officer of Coyote Logistics, LLC, a UPS company based in Chicago. Jim was also Managing Partner at Truecast Capital, President and CEO of World Kitchen, LLC, and CEO of Rubicon Technology, Inc.
Jim serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Spartan Motors, Inc., and he is also an active supporter of Chicago Hope Academy. Jim graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a degree in engineering, and he holds a Master in Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Cem Varon is the Senior Vice President of Product and Engineering at GoHealth. Prior to joining GoHealth, Cem worked at NAVTEQ, where he led the development of real-time traffic information services for navigation across 40 countries. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Colgate University and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University.