Justin has over 15 years of experience in software development and 10 years doing software product design, with much of that experience gained at start-up companies in marketing communications and informatics sectors. As Vice President of Product Development at Spiral 16 (later acquired), he stepped into the emergent field of data science as applied to “Big Data”, leading a team focused on Natural Linguistic Processing and Sentiment Analysis algorithm development as applied to social media monitoring – that is, teaching machines to understand and quantify what humans are saying on the web. Justin and team were focused on processing large datasets to pick up “signals out of the noise” that would help customers drive business practice.
It was in a chance discussion with his father – a veteran cardiac cath lab director and industry consultant – that he learned of the challenges of doing predictive purchasing and inventory control in healthcare. He realized the power of Big Data informatics had not yet been fully realized in the healthcare space, and immediately began work on developing the algorithms to combine hospitals’ disparate data sets into meaningful information that could drive financial best practices.
Mr. Hester is a corporate finance professional with more than 13 years of diversified financial and investment experience. He is responsible for providing decision support to the executive team with a focus on the intersection of finance, strategy and operations. Mr. Hester also serves on the board of directors at Immacolata Manor as Treasurer and Finance chairman.
Previous experiences include investment banking, asset management and providing project finance analysis to government agencies on public-private partnerships. He holds a B.S. and M.A. in Economics from the University of Kansas, FINRA Series 7 & 63 licenses, and is a member of the Kansas City CFA Society.