I am Chairman Emeritus of a multimillion-dollar consulting firm, Applied Revenue Analytics. Prior to founding my own firm, I was a partner at Ernst & Young, a $14 billion, and Big Six global consulting firm. My career has been built around my ability to assess challenges and then determine optimum solutions. I consult with executives, boards of directors, and business leaders in the health care industry throughout the United States. During my thirty-five year career, I have consulted to clients in virtually every U.S. state and five countries. I have served as the interim CIO of prestigious academic medical centers including New England Medical Center-Tufts University (NEMC) in Boston and Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore. I have spoken at conferences and seminars around the country, and on a few occasions internationally. My areas of expertise are in strategic planning, revenue cycle management, and project management. I have been sought to help address issues that range from complex problem solving and strategic alliances to human resources and financial matters. While working at NEMC, I was selected by CIO Magazine as one of the top 100 Information technology executives in the United States.
I am a graduate of the College of Commerce and Business Administration with a degree in Economics from the University of Illinois. I have been involved in continuing professional education most of my career. I have taught at corporate education centers in Atlanta, Chicago, and Cleveland. I have taught management subjects for Accenture, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and IBM. I have developed course material, led multi-instructor curriculum, and taught numerous management-related courses. I have provided course material and guest lectured on management information systems for Georgetown University and Tulane University. I have participated in executive education with professors from Duke, Harvard, and Ohio State. I have co-authored a book published by Wiley & Sons, Information Technology for Integrated Health Systems, on managing information technology and organizational dynamics within multi-hospital health care environments.
My political involvement began early as a member of Young Republicans at Rantoul Township High School in Rantoul, Illinois, and College Republicans at the University of Illinois. I served as a Congressional intern in Washington, D.C., conducting legislative research for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives who later served as the Secretary of Agriculture under President George H.W. Bush. I attended the 1976 National Republican Convention in Kansas City, conducting advance work for President Gerald Ford. I have held a Top Secret security clearance with the Department of Defense. I have served as an appointed Deputy County Clerk assisting in voter registration and Election Day poll monitoring. I have voted in every primary and general election, save one, since age eighteen. I have attended the Feldman Campaign School conducted by the Republican National Committee, which is a concentrated course on conducting campaigns for individuals seeking public office. I have assisted directly and indirectly in the campaigns of public officials running for town commission, countywide positions, state legislatures, governors, and members of both chambers of Congress, representing four different states. I served three terms as the Mayor of Cornelius, a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina. I was uncontested in my first and second re-election races. As mayor, I also served as one of nine voting members of the Mecklenburg County Metropolitan Transit Commission. I now serve as the State Senator representing Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and parts of Charlotte. In my first year in the state Senate I was the primary sponsor and architect of the Property Tax Revaluation bill as well as Kyla’s Law, a bill protecting children from child abuse. Also, I was the primary author of the final version of the Health Care Transparency bill, ensuring better insight for consumers into the cost of health care services.
Recognition as Legislator
My Senate work was recognized by several organizations as follows: Both the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research and NC Free Enterprise Foundation selected me as the “Top Freshman Senator” from 15 new Senators. NC Free also ranked me as the 8th overall most effective State Senator. The NC Sustainability Energy Association named me the “Emerging Leader” in the Senate. The Family Policy Council rated my voting record with a handful of other state legislators as 100% pro family. The American Conservative Union, the gold standard of legislator ratings, recognized me with their “Defender of Liberty” award for having a 100% conservative voting record. The North Carolina Chamber of Commerce identified me as one of only four Senators with a 100% pro business voting record! Finally, Civitas ranked me the number one (tied) Effective Conservative of the entire 170 members of the NCGA.
Over the past twenty-two years I have been very active at my church in Davidson, North Carolina. I have served in many capacities, including a mission trip to Cuba. I completed a three-year term on the Staff Parish Committee, which functions as the Human Resources Department for the church, overseeing the evaluations of six ministers and a staff of thirty-six. I had a long stint on the long-range planning committee from our first years with the church having fewer than 400 members to our current membership of more than 4,000 parishioners. I am serving a four-year appointment to the Leadership Development Committee for the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, responsible for the leadership development of over 1,400 ordained ministers. In the local community I served on the board of directors of the Cornelius-Lake Norman Youth Athletic Association(CLNYAA), and as athletic director for our youth baseball program. I personally developed a course and manual for our area youth baseball coaches, and coached in CLNYAA leagues for 10 years. I served four years on the Finance and Long Range Planning Committees for The Peninsula Country Club in Cornelius. I am past Chairman of the Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation, and Culture Advisory Board. I served five years as an appointee of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners as a Mecklenburg Parks & Recreation Commissioner. I have been continuously involved with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for the past 18 years, working directly with the current and past superintendents of the 148,000 student school system. I was elected to and served on the Davidson International Baccalaureate Middle School Leadership Team for three years. As Senator, I currently serve on the State’s eLearning Commission chaired by the Lt. Governor, the State Board for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the State Advisory Board for Cancer Coordination and the UNC System Strategic Direction Advisory Committee. I am the only elected official to tour and meet with the Chancellors of all 17 UNC System schools. I was most recently appointed to the State Board for the NC Health Information Exchange.
My wife of 34 years, Dr. Nancy Tarte, is a board-certified pediatrician at Davidson Clinic. My oldest son, Nathan has political science degrees from Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (masters). My middle son, Ryan, studied mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech University. My daughter, Natalie, graduated this past May with a biology degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with plans to attend medical school.