Jim Prendergrast, 317 Ventures & HealthiestYou

Former CEO, HealthiestYou, Founder, 317

The path to success is often a windy road. Just when we think we are on our way, we hit a bump. Sometimes they are unavoidable hurdles; other times they are self-inflicted. Every business leader knows that.

On Thursday, October 5, AzBL is thrilled to welcome Jim Prendergast, serial entrepreneur and most recently, founder and CEO of the telehealth company HealthiestYou, which Jim sold last year. He’ll share with AzBL members and guests the personal and professional hurdles he has faced and his formula to overcome them, as he transformed the telehealth industry, and in doing so, how he traded in a relationship-robbing work ethic for a joyful and fulfilling life ethic.

As he was building HealthiestYou, Jim seized the new consumerism mindset sweeping a nation of smartphone users. In an era where scheduling a ride, booking a vacation, or making a restaurant reservation is one simple click on a smartphone, Jim decided caring for one’s health could benefit from the same consumer-minded approach. Consequently, Jim envisioned and developed HealthiestYou, a re-imagined telehealth engagement company that introduced a new level of access to health care, and much needed transparency to medical providers and prescription costs.

Attracted by his novel approach to consumer engagement, telehealth giant, Teladoc acquired HealthiestYou last June for $162 million, representing one of the largest acquisitions the company has made to date. With a restless spirit to pursue other passions in his life, Jim left HealthiestYou in January, 2017. Examining his past failures and successes through a filter of the many life lessons he has learned along the way, this propelled Jim to start his new company, “317 Ventures.”

Today Jim is working with entrepreneurs and business leaders everywhere to help them maneuver the challenges of starting, building, and growing their own businesses, through one-on-one complimentary consultations. He is also writing a book about the “myths” that CEOs subscribe to and the “shift” needed to live a healthy and happy life without sacrificing family and relationships along the way. He plans to launch his national speaking and book tour in 2018.

In June 2016, Jim was named a finalist in the Consumer Technology category in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for 2016. During his tenure at HealthiestYou, the company was recognized with accolades, such as the Arizona Central “Top Company to Work for in Arizona” award and the Phoenix Business Journal “Best Places to Work” award. In 2015, HealthiestYou’s national ranking was at #847 in the Inc. 5000 list of America’s Fastest Growing Companies, and the very next year they moved up to #397 in the Inc. 500 list. They were also recognized #34 on the exclusive 2016 Entrepreneur360™ list of the Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America as determined by Entrepreneur Magazine.

From accolades to acquisitions, Prendergast who grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, graduating from Iowa State University, and is a fierce supporter of developing business in Arizona. In a recent Startup Grind interview he shared his unwavering belief in the Silicon Desert and that Arizona is ripe with talent and opportunity making it the perfect place for tech businesses to bloom. Now that is a true Arizona business leader. Please plan to join AzBL Thursday, October 5, 2017 to learn more about Jim Prendergast.

We extend our gratitude to this month’s featured event partner, Arizona Eye Specialists for their support of AzBL. Click here for more information on Arizona Eye Specialists

Thursday, October 5, 2017
NEW earlier start and end times!
5:00 pm Registration & No Host Cocktails
6:00 pm Welcome by AzBL President, Kerry McBay
6:15 pm Dinner & Conversation
6:45 pm Presentation by Jim Prendergast, Former CEO, HealthiestYou, Founder, 317 Ventures
7:45 pm Meeting Adjourns

Gainey Ranch Golf Club
7600  Gainey Club Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

​$75 per person
RSVP requested by 10/3/17
Guest and prospective members are encouraged to attend AzBL events.

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Call 480.496.4229 for additional event details

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