Richard Helppie is widely credited with revolutionizing the healthcare information technology consulting industry. Prior to Helppie founding Superior Consultant in early 1984, the consulting industry was modeled after the audit business, i.e., regional offices with a hierarchy and local franchise where consultants were mostly limited to advice and white papers. Helppie introduced the business model of ³advise and do², which, despite resistance from entrenched consultants of the time, has become the business model in practice today. Other innovations include bonus structures, legal infrastructure, ³co-opetition² with other industry participants, and widely adopted customer service methods. He began practicing the concept of a mobile work force, national deployment, and little office overhead as he literally built the company, Superior Consultant, ³from the computers up.² While in leadership at Superior, the company grew from a one-person operation to industry leadership with a peak employment of over 1,400 employees and annual revenue of $149 million.
An innovator and market-leader, he developed and executed the firm's public financing and gained recognition for Superior (formerly SUPC) as a NASDAQ top performer multiple times and led the first public financing of a pure play healthcare consulting business with Superior Consultant¹s 1996 IPO. Later, weathering the 1999-2000 IT market changes, he successfully re-positioned the company with Outsourcing as its lead offering and regained Superior's NASDAQ top-performing distinction. Ultimately, the firm was sold to a Fortune 500 company in 2005.
Today, Rich Helppie serves as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Santa Rosa Holdings where he brings over 26 years¹ experience in business services and healthcare and over 37 years¹ experience in information technology. Rich is a successful entrepreneur having served with distinction on boards of privately-held, publicly-traded and not-for-profit entities. He is the founder of Santa Rosa Consulting and Vineyard Capital Group, a firm that specializes in investing and providing governance and advisory services to small to medium-sized companies.
Jim House is a Senior Financial Officer with 25 years of professional financial experience. Over the course of his career he has raised or committed over $250 million in debt or equity capital for companies at all stages of development in a number of industries, including technology, manufacturing, distributions, healthcare and education. He has held a number of financial executive positions for both public and private entities, providing hands-on experience building and financing growth/value companies. In his positions as Chief Financial Officer, he performed the lead financial role in a variety of capital projects, including multiple IPO’s, numerous commercial lending projects and a secondary public offering. In addition, he successfully completed the evaluation, negotiation and financing of more than 15 mergers and acquisitions for both domestic and international companies. He also has extensive experience in public reporting and communicating with financial analysts and investors in the Wall Street community. Mr. House is a graduate of Michigan State University and is a member of the Financial Executive Institute and the Institute of Management Accountants.
Richard Saslow, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, comes to Vineyard Capital Group with more than thirty years experience in commercial law. Mr. Saslow has formerly served as a member of the Board of Directors and as General Counsel to Superior Consultant Company, and in that capacity helped manage ten mergers and acquisitions, public company regulatory issues including corporate governance and Sarbanes Oxley compliance, contract processing, negotiation and management, and litigation matters. Mr. Saslow also was active in the sale of Superior Consultant Company to ACS, after which he remained with the ACS legal department in a lead role providing support to ACS’ healthcare provider business. Prior to joining Superior, Mr. Saslow spent twenty years in private practice specializing in complex commercial litigation, including securities, antitrust, banking and construction matters. Mr. Saslow appeared before state and federal courts of all levels, including the Michigan Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court, where he argued a case involving the role of private litigation in the regulatory oversight of investment markets.
Grant Helppie CEO, Augustus Properties, is an Associate Partner within Vineyard Capital Group. Prior to joining Vineyard, he provided corporate marketing, industry research, contract writing and financial management assistance for a Fortune 500 company. Grant attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh majoring in computer animation, and also Grand Valley State University with a major in Marketing.