Premier's Leadership Team

"Leadership is about being a servant first" 

-Allen West

Preston Smith, JD, FACHE

Preston W. Smith, JD, FACHE, President of Premier Anesthesia, is board certified in healthcare management and brings more than 20 years of healthcare leadership experience to the company. Prior to joining Premier Anesthesia, Preston was president of Tyler & Company, a healthcare executive search firm that specializes in recruiting senior leadership for medical practices, hospitals and healthcare systems. Preston has also served as president of anesthesia at a national, multi-specialty professional medical service company, later holding the roles of chief revenue officer and chief compliance officer for its parent company.Additional leadership roles that Preston has held include  working as a private practice attorney specialized in hospital law, medical malpractice defense, physician practice dispute resolution and litigation. He also served as a state senator in the Georgia General Assembly for four consecutive terms. As a result of his patient-centered advocacy and healthcare reforms, Preston was named Legislator of the Year by the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals, Medical Association of Georgia, Georgia Orthopaedic Society, Georgia Gastroenterology Society and the Society for Ambulatory Surgery Centers.

Al Head, MD, FASA, Chief Medical Officer

After 20 years of experience as a practicing physician and 11 years serving as an academic department chairman and director of a perioperative service line for a health system, it became clear to Al Head, MD, FASA, that the current healthcare system was not sustainable without significant changes. Reimbursements were declining while quality measures and regulatory services were increasing, and healthcare organizations needed guidance on how best to navigate this paradigm shift. Dr. Head is a former anesthesia residency director and academic chairman at the Medical College of Georgia. He received his medical degree from Emory University, where he was chief resident and completed his fellowship in cardiac anesthesia. He obtained an additional clinical and research thoracic fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) at Harvard University, and stayed on staff at MGH for nine years.

Robert Johnson, Vice President of Business Development

Robert Johnson is the Vice President of Business Development for Premier Anesthesia and Premier Consulting Services. He has over 30 years of healthcare industry experience with an extensive background in hospital operations and physician management services. His experience includes various leadership roles such as the VP of Physician Services at HCA, Associate COO at Duke Hospital, and VP of Baylor College of Medicine. Most recently, he was a Principal of Enhance Healthcare. Robert holds an MBA from Loyola University Maryland. He is responsible for our Business Development Team and ensuring a smooth transition from new business development to the operations team.

Brian Norris, Vice President of Operations

Brian has 20 years of executive leadership and serial entrepreneurship.  Brian’s most recent role before rejoining Premier was on the hospital and health system side as the AVP of Medical Affairs and chief executive of the faculty practice plan of a university health system. During Brian’s tenure, the health system achieved unprecedented surgical volume and downstream surgical revenues. Brian has managed growth and cost containment in every surgical specialty and most general and specialty medical practices. He has achieved 2 patents on medical process devices and performed many startups across the Southeast. Brian attained his Bachelor of Science with honors in Organizational Management with a minor in Sociology, at Mobile College, and earned a Masters in Ethics concentrating in Bio, Medical, and Business Ethics at Spring Hill College.

Adam Grant, Vice President of Operations

Adam has ten years of healthcare industry experience and an extensive background in financial and operational analytics. Throughout his career, he’s served as the Vice President of Operations and Anesthesia Finance for multiple anesthesia management companies, where he focused on optimizing operational efficiencies and identifying performance improving opportunities. He has a history of leading by example and motivating team members to perform at their highest level. He holds a master’s in business administration from Kennesaw State University and is a Lead Six Sigma certified.

Shannon Stahl, Vice President of Staffing and Recruiting

Shannon joined Jackson Healthcare from Kelly Services, Inc., one of the largest global staffing firms where she served in multiple senior management positions over 17 years, including Regional Director of Kelly Financial Resources; Director of Implementation and Service, launching 600 on-site accounts at client locations; and Director of Operations, Europe, launching the company's first pan-European account. Alongside the President, Shannon launched a new business for Jackson Healthcare in 2009 and then transitioned to Premier Anesthesia in 2016.  Shannon brings the team a wealth of experience in recruiting, operations, sales, marketing and technology. She graduated from the University of Michigan.

Randy Walker, Controller

Randy has an extensive background in healthcare and physician practice management with over 25 years of experience in Finance and Accounting. Prior to joining Premier Anesthesia, he was a partner with a financial advisory services firm. Randy has held leadership roles such as regional vice president of finance and vice president of finance. Randy's experience also includes nine years with an international accounting firm.  He holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of South Carolina.

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