B.E. Smith Executive Team

At B.E. Smith, we know what it takes to be a strong executive leader. Our pedigreed senior leadership team brings deep knowledge of marketplace trends, finance, operations, marketing, talent strategy, retention, and innovation in the rapidly changing healthcare industry to work for you.


Cody Burch, MBA, CPA

As Executive Vice President, Cody Burch provides both strategic and operational oversight of B.E. Smith’s core business including the senior executive search, talent strategies, human resources, finance, and information technology departments. Mr. Burch brings extensive knowledge and a diverse background with direct experience in healthcare recruitment, business operations and financial management. Joining B.E. Smith in 2005, Mr. Burch has held expanding roles across the organization including providing leadership in the Interim Leadership and Executive Search divisions. He is well recognized within the healthcare, financial, and human resources communities for his expertise in recruitment strategies, operational performance, and financial management. His commitment to service excellence is invaluable to B.E. Smith and its clients, offering a high level of accessibility, accountability, and professionalism.

Mr. Burch holds a Master of Business Administration from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri and Bachelor Degrees in Economics and Business Administration from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Mike Supple, MBA

Mike Supple brings more than 25 years of executive leadership experience and a successful track record of building strong relationships with hospitals and healthcare systems. As Executive Vice President, Mr. Supple leads B.E. Smith’s end-to-end business operations including sales delivery, interim leadership, market expansion, demand generation, client retention as well as corporate communication. He excels at partnering with a wide range of healthcare organizations, from established Fortune 50 companies to startup ventures, and maintains an extensive national network of healthcare executive leaders. A recognized leader in the industry, Mr. Supple serves as a national advocate for B.E. Smith clients and an expert on healthcare trends and challenges. He is an experienced national speaker, presenting on topics such as healthcare technology, market development, management strategies, generational workforce, and new leadership competencies. Mr. Supple is also a published thought leader and subject matter expert on executive team mentoring, development, and succession planning.

Mr. Supple earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis on Marketing and Finance from the University of Iowa.

Bryan Christianson, MBA

As Senior Vice President for the Client Organization at B.E. Smith, Bryan Christianson has executive responsibility for overseeing regional and national teams focused on maintaining current and creating new client service partnerships. Mr. Christianson brings a breadth of healthcare experience that includes administrative roles within Academic Medical Center and Community Hospital settings along with individual contributor and leadership roles in sales, marketing and business development for healthcare technology suppliers. Specific areas of expertise include business and strategic planning along with operational improvement and technology implementation initiatives within the service lines of perioperative services, cardiology and radiology. Since joining B.E. Smith in 2010, Mr. Christianson has supported healthcare providers in overcoming a variety of clinical, financial, and operational challenges. Through his leadership, B.E. Smith has established and maintains successful partnerships with industry leading organizations including Kaiser Permanente, Dignity Health, and St. Joseph Health.

Mr. Christianson holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Tippie School of Management at the University of Iowa. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospital Administration from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Sue Martin

As Senior Vice President of Interim Leadership at B.E. Smith, Sue Martin brings more than 30 years of healthcare experience. Her successful track record includes executive leadership experience in business generation, process design, as well as C-suite communication and collaboration. She excels at linking organizational vision and strategic goals across all levels to ensure success. Mrs. Martin provides overall leadership and strategy for B.E. Smith’s Interim Leadership division, as well as strengthens strategic relationships with B.E. Smith clients and interim leaders.

Mrs. Martin holds a Master of Science degree in Gerontology from Lindenwood University and a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Missouri St. Louis. She is certified in Health Care Leadership through the Henry Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri Kansas City and Cerner Corporation. Mrs. Martin is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Kansas City, Missouri Chapter of Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), and holds an associate membership with American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).

Mark Madden

As Senior Vice President of Senior Executive Search with B.E. Smith, Mark Madden leads the executive search services for senior executive positions, bringing more than 25 years of expertise in healthcare recruitment for C-suite executives, physician executives, medical group practices and senior services administrators. He has led the full scope of the executive search process, working with boards, senior level executives, and physicians. His search engagements have included C-suite positions for large multi-site, integrated, and tertiary health systems, as well as smaller community hospitals and medical group practices. Mr. Madden’s years of extensive healthcare search experience provide him with a vast network of executive contacts, as well as a thorough knowledge of the urgent issues facing healthcare leaders.

Mr. Madden holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business.

Lisa Carr, MBA

As Senior Vice President, Talent Strategies, Lisa Carr leads the firm’s Talent Strategies Division, which focuses on identifying and building strong relationships with the healthcare industry’s top executive talent. An accomplished healthcare executive, Ms. Carr brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in talent acquisition and management, including the healthcare industry. Her diverse background includes supporting recruitment and human resources initiatives for large health systems and academic medical centers, as well as both not-for-profit and public organizations. Ms. Carr excels at building high performance teams and aligning business strategies with talent acquisition and recruitment initiatives. She has successfully developed strategic plans to address workforce planning, internal succession management, and employment branding. Additionally, healthcare providers and candidates value her ability to quickly build strong, collaborative relationships.

Ms. Carr earned a Master of Business Administration from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud. Minn., and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources and Personnel Administration from the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Mary Bristow, MA

As Vice President of Marketing, Mary Bristow leads marketing, communications, and strategic planning for B.E. Smith. Central to this role is the development and execution of innovative marketing strategies designed to drive brand awareness, support key business initiatives, facilitate lead generation, and strengthen the company’s role as a thought leader in healthcare executive leadership. Ms. Bristow brings more than 20 years of experience leading and executing marketing and product strategies in support of new business ventures and expansions, product launches, and innovative marketing programs across start-up, growth, and established businesses. Her proven track record includes defining, articulating, and executing high-profile initiatives in branding, campaign management, internal communication, public relations, social media, product strategy and development, sales and sales tool development. B.E. Smith clients greatly value her extensive national and international corporate strategy and operational experience.

Ms. Bristow earned a Master of Arts in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and International Relations from Clark University.

Ben Harber, MBA

As Vice President at B.E. Smith, Ben Harber leads the firm’s Professional Services organization. He is an accomplished healthcare executive, bringing 25 years of progressive operational leadership experience to his responsibilities. Central to his role is providing strategic vision, leadership, and direction to B.E. Smith’s shared services model. Through these efforts, Mr. Harber delivers increased value and improved efficiencies for client partner organizations. He is considered an expert in the areas of multi-site healthcare operations, large medical group management, ACO operations, product management, large-scale revenue operations, reinsurance, and health plan provider contracting. An operations turn-around leader, B.E. Smith clients value his insight and expertise in acquisition planning and integration.

Mr. Harber received his Bachelor of Administration in Finance and a Master of Business Administration from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. He obtained his Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean certification from General Electric. Mr. Harber is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).



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