Since 1994, John G. Self has led hundreds of high-profile searches throughout the world, delivering exceptional results for his clients in Hawaii, across the mainland U.S. and Middle East. He has recruited from Canada, The Republic of the Philippines, Australia and South Africa. He also is active in supporting executives through career transitions in the firm’s outplacement practice.
He is widely recognized throughout the executive search industry for his keen insights in candidate screening and selection, and his talent for mastering the needs and organizational culture of his clients. In honor of his considerable recruiting successes and for his volunteer mentoring of early careerists and career management coaching, Mr. Self was named 2010 Regent Award winner as the Senior Healthcare Leader of North Texas.
Prior to establishing JohnGSelf + Partners, Mr. Self served as chairman and senior client advisor for the former JohnMarch Partners Inc., a successful and highly renowned executive search firm he founded in 1994.
His distinguished background includes many executive and leadership roles, including serving as special projects manager for East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System in Tyler. In that role, he managed the successful repositioning of the system’s home infusion therapy business, an assignment he began as an outside consultant. During his tenure, top-line revenues and profits increased significantly. He was subsequently promoted to the system leadership team and was appointed executive director of East Texas Emergency Medical Services, the state’s largest private ambulance company. During this time, ETMC EMS was named Private Provider of the Year by the Texas Department of Health and underwent a major restructuring that integrated 12 separate county service agreements into a master regional network.
After coordinating the search for his replacement at EMS – and finding an ideally suited candidate who stayed in the job for 20 years – Mr. Self reorganized ETMC System’s international recruitment company, as well as its nurse and physical therapy recruitment business, successfully recruiting allied health professionals in four countries.
Prior to joining the ETMC System, Mr. Self served as principal with CitiHealth Inc., a consulting firm that provided interim management and marketing resources to community hospitals and affiliated businesses. He was managing director of CitiHealth’s turnaround management advisory services practice, advising rural and community hospitals on successful repositioning strategies.
From 1980 to 1987, Mr. Self served as senior vice president and senior business development officer for Hermann Hospital’s Affiliated Hospital Systems, one of the nation’s largest regional rural and community hospital networks. Prior to rejoining the Hermann System, Mr. Self was the regional development manager for hospital acquisitions for LifeMark Corp.
From 1977 to 1980, Mr. Self served as the national marketing manager for the medical division of Rocky Mountain Helicopters of Provo, Utah, the largest provider of emergency helicopter transport systems in the United States. In this position, Mr. Self directed marketing and business development strategies that resulted in the addition of 12 new contracts to operate hospital-based helicopter systems. He also was involved in identifying and recruiting program directors, pilots, and support personnel for the proposed helicopter systems.
Mr. Self spent his early career as a newspaper crime reporter in Houston, a job that fine-tuned the talents that today make him a sought-after executive search consultant. In his daily quest to give readers a complete and accurate representation of the explosion of crime in this growing city, he honed his interviewing skills and learned the value of persistence in digging for details. By working with everyone from criminals to victims to law enforcement, he grew to become an excellent judge of character – a life skill that serves him well in his current role. Mr. Self is a published author and highly rated speaker, conducting lectures on career management and recruitment issues. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from East Texas State University (Texas A&M Commerce).
Laura Merker is a senior healthcare executive with more than 25 years of verifiable success in business development, practice management and merger advisory services as well as a senior clinician and executive, manager and clinician in a range of healthcare systems and hospitals.
As Managing Director — a strategic partner — for JohnGSelf + Partners, Dr. Merker is responsible for business development and executive recruitment projects in New York and the East coast. Dr. Merker is based in the New York and Connecticut offices.
Her background in public health, executive leadership and nursing in a variety of settings uniquely qualifies her to identify and assess executives for C-suite and leadership positions.
Dr. Merker began her healthcare career as a registered nurse, graduating from New York University Bellevue and Mills School of Nursing. Upon graduation, she worked in emergency nursing before moving to Arizona and then to Nebraska to work with the American Indian population.
Upon returning to New York, Dr. Merker matriculated at Columbia University, graduating magna cum laude and then pursued a master’s in public health. She moved to the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia where she obtained a doctorate in public health and anthropology, studying under the late Margaret Mead, her friend and mentor.
Dr. Merker’s clinical leadership experience includes several positions in large academic health systems: Associate Director of Research at Mount Sinai in New York, Associate Director of Columbia Neurological and Psychiatric Institute, Vice President for Patient Care Services at Nassau University Medical Center, and Associate Hospital Director at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
She joined Ogden Allied Services in 1983, a Fortune 200 company, as Corporate Vice President to create a new division for health and hospitals. Dr. Merker developed and grew new businesses such as long-term care facilities, drug and alcohol treatment centers, and retirement homes. She also created a clinical division for prisons.
In 1988, Dr. Merker was recruited by the American Hospital Association to become vice president for the development of various healthcare enterprises. She routinely lobbied Members of Congress on issues such as credentialing of personnel, substance abuse, quality improvement initiatives, shared governance, educational funding and immigration policy.
In 1985, Dr. Merker founded a consulting firm with a focus on physician groups, hospitals and nursing homes and re-engineering processes and personnel to enhance patient outcomes while improving productivity.
In 2004, she joined Empath, a privately held consulting firm specializing in increasing productivity and efficiency of operations though innovative information technology solutions. As a Senior Vice President of Business Development, Dr. Merker expanded the Firm’s business by forming partnerships with leading edge healthcare organizations to improve outcomes and enhance revenue streams.
Ms. Pearce serves as a Managing Associate for JohnGSelf + Partners. She is responsible for project management, resource coordination as well as social media operations and management of the Firm’s web site.
She attended Iowa State University (Ames) and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Marketing with a minor in Design. Her background includes more than 12 years of experience in account management, marketing and business strategy, employee engagement, and corporate communications. In addition, she helped to launch and establish multiple new departments within a company that grew from 30 to 400 employees in the time she was employed.
Ms. Pearce has launched multiple communication initiatives including quarterly town hall meetings, an online corporate community, corporate newsletters for employees and clients, a corporate giving and volunteer program, as well as establishing a team of subject matter experts to assist in providing quality content for employees, customers and prospects to stay abreast of the latest trends in marketing.
During the last five years all areas of her work have included the use of digital and social media tools to strengthen communication with company employees as well as connect with clients and customers. She has participated in seminars and conferences on such topics as Business Strategy, Social Media, Digital Marketing, Direct Marketing, and is certified as an Inbound Marketing Professional.
Ms. Swain is the Firm’s behavioral and values interview consultant. She brings more than 20 years of extensive and diverse experience in counseling, public speaking, education, training, sales, and career transition coaching. She holds a B.S. degree in Business and a M.A. Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Western Kentucky University. She is the President of Strategic Intelligence, Inc. Ms. Swain was an instructor at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, from 1998 through 2003 teaching Career Management, Organizational Change, Human Resources Administration, and Business Communications. She has facilitated career transition workshops and provided executive leadership coaching for multiple corporations in all industries including privately held and Fortune 15 companies.
During her career, she had a private counseling practice and was founder of two successful consulting firms designed to improve personal and professional competencies. Ms. Swain has developed and facilitated a broad range of customized training and development programs for various business and industry enterprises such as: Voluntary Hospitals of America, Kinetic Concepts, GTE, AT&T, Kodak, Unysis, Lincoln Properties, Owens and Minor, IMCO, SKB, Right Management Inc, Abbott Laboratories, Scott Paper, Dallas Community Colleges, Kim Dawson Modeling Agency, Cardinal Health, Time Warner, The MED Group, Sabre, Motorola, Hire Heroes USA, Staff Care, StratCenter and Right Management.
Her career includes developing and directing a Counseling and Career Center for Clarke College of Iowa, authoring the career management class for the Cox School of Business at SMU, and authoring the partnership selling course for Hewlett Packard.