April 6, 2015, by Steven Romero, Development Officer, via email
Kerry Weems, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, and College of Business Alumnus spoke with the College of Business Ambassadors on Wednesday April 1st, 2015.
Weems served the Federal Government for 28 years in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
He was nominated by President George W. Bush to run the Medicare and Medicaid Services Center from 2007 to 2009. In that capacity, Weems oversaw a budget that was greater than the defense budget for the United States. He implemented numerous programs and landmark Medicare payment reforms.
Even though he could have remained in that position after the Bush Administration, he decided to transition into the private sector. He currently serves as CEO of TwinMed, a nation-wide distributor of medical supplies. He joined the company in 2013 after working for General Dynamics.
At General Dynamics, Weems headed a division of more than 4,500 health and health information technology professional providing IT solutions to federal, state, and international governments.
He advised the Ambassadors that a critical part of success is showing up. He advised them that showing up to work every day on time should be a given for any individual who wants to succeed, and to be extremely observant and aware of the culture of the organization in which they work.
Taking every opportunity to learn from colleagues and supervisors is also a critical aspect of success — especially when first starting at a new organization.
Weems told the Ambassadors that when the time is right, speak up and offer their opinion; however, be sure to be an expert on what they discuss.
Most importantly of all, Weems said to stand up and do the right thing; be prepared to walk out rather than do something that is morally or ethically wrong.
Later in the day Weems also spoke to students in Thom Pittz’s Management 470 (Project Management) class in Guthrie Hall.