About
Blackmaple Group

Experience is Everything

BMG was founded in 2007 with a simple vision: to recognize the physician’s role by placing him (or her) at the very core of the business value chain. After nearly two decades of health group management, I recognized a fundamental gap in the way the business of health care is done in the United States: doctors play a smaller role than they should – or worse, are altogether absent – when it comes to the biggest business decisions affecting our industry. The health care system cannot thrive without physicians at the helm in partnership with business leaders. That’s why I started the Blackmaple Group.
 
We started as a consulting firm, bringing top-level business expertise to the table in independent physician groups as a co-equal to the clinical side. We work with CEOs, board members, and Chief Medical Officers in some of the most prestigious provider groups in the country. And, in 2013, we started a purchasing business at the request of two of our clients – it’s proven hugely popular, and is now the largest Medline industries customer in the sector.
 
We believe doctors are at the core of the value proposition, and deserve to be at the core of the business. We believe that by combining clinical expertise with top-level business expertise we can create huge value and drive down costs. We believe in the power of volume, and what our network of over 13,000 providers buying as one can do.
 
BMG has grown in leaps and bounds since starting at my kitchen table over a decade ago. Please feel free to reach out to me or my partner Marc Cooper to see what we can do for you.
 
Warm Regards,
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Jeffrey R. Gold

Founder & CEO

Jeff serves as Blackmaple Group’s senior strategist and chairs the board of directors, managing key customer accounts and plotting strategy for clients and the company. Prior to founding BMG, he spent more than 25 years in senior executive positions with hospitals, medical billing companies and physician group practices in both the USA and Canada. A finance specialist by training, Jeff is a nationally recognized expert on medical billing, contract adjudication, healthcare financial management, and distressed asset turnaround including reorganization and bankruptcy. He’s also a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Project Management Professional.

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Marc A. Cooper

President & COO

Marc is known for his impressive ability to guide large-scale change, driving reorganizations, new partnerships, major implementations, and mergers and acquisitions. He was also instrumental in building Blackmaple Group Purchasing Solutions, where he continues to focus on member engagement, supplier relationships and best practices for members to maximize savings. A renowned speaker and facilitator, Marc is often called upon to address teams during retreats. Prior to joining BMG, he served as Senior Vice President with Capital One Bank, and has worked in the USA, Canada and the EU.

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Genevieve L. Fairbrother MD, MPH

Chair of WHAAPA

Originally from England, Dr. Fairbrother traveled extensively before emigrating to Hershey, Pennsylvania, in 1977. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wellesley College in 1988. She stayed in Boston and received both her Medical Degree and her Masters in Public Health from Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Fairbrother completed her residency at Emory University School of Medicine where she was Administrative Chief Resident. She joined Obstetrics and Gynecology of Atlanta in 1996. She is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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John A. Burigo, MD

Board of Directors

John A. Burigo, M.D. FACOG is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and practices at OB/GYN Specialists of the Palm Beaches, PA, at the Palm Beach Gardens location in Southern Florida. Dr. Burigo has been practicing medicine since 1980 and accomplished much of his education in the state of New York. He received his M.D. degree at New York Medical College and completed his OB/GYN residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In addition to his many medical achievements, Dr. Burigo has also served as both President and board member of the Florida Obstetrics and Gynecology Society (now known as ACOG District XII) and as a board member for the Florida Neurologic Injury Compensation Association (NICA). His practice is also a strong supporter of the Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Healthy Mother’s/Healthy Babies of Palm Beach County.

Russell Hodgson

Chief Technology Officer

Russell brings his decades of experience in the health care and technology fields to Blackmaple Group where he is responsible for designing and implementing all aspects of BMG’s software and data systems. He is also responsible for the integration of BMG’s systems with all of its partners, ensuring a smooth transfer of data between all points. Additionally, he oversees the creation and implementation of all financial reporting against BMG’s GPO data. Prior to BMG Russell worked at Castle Connolly Medical Ltd as their CTO for 20 years where he was instrumental in taking the company from a small book publisher to a major online presence in the health care field, resulting in their sale to Everyday Health in 2018. Russell has also created various applications that have been purchased by companies such as Rosco Laboratories, as well as being invited to Microsoft to discuss application development associated with building airports within Flight Simulators. He is a graduate of Colgate University with degrees in English and Computer Science, as well as a masters from NYU.

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Nili Gold

Director of Outreach and Development

Responsible for all client outreach and new business development for national group purchasing organization. Responsibilities include; planning and executing detailed market and territory development plans, building a robust, high-quality opportunity funnel, orchestrating, communicating, and effectively utilizing internal resources as the leader of team sales efforts targeting complex sales opportunities, establishing and tracking your progress associated with commercial key performance indicators and preparing accurate account information, including sales forecasts.