Christian Ries

Sr. Healthcare Consultant at SHC Pacific- Founder of Award-Winning AI Startups- Autodidact- Prone to geeking out

Dana Point, CA

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I am a seasoned tech innovator, founder of an award-winning startup, and am an operations/legal/supply chain executive & consultant who is passionate about making enterprise SaaS cool. I have led multimillion-dollar end-to-end digital transformation projects in the healthcare, enterprise tech, and Fortune 500 spaces. The companies I have founded and client projects that I have been engaged in have been featured in Forbes, Fortune, WSJ, MarketWatch, Silicon Valley Market Journal, Spend Matters, and Yahoo! Finance. I have also run over $600m in strategic sourcing projects for clients and, on average, save them between 6-18% on like-to-like items/services, with single results as high as 54%. When I am not behind my computer building companies/moving and shaking, I can be found in the outdoors, on the water, or in National Parks climbing up big stuff with my family.

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Strategic Sourcing
Board of Directors
Predictive Sourcing
Smart sheet
Enterprise Wiki Software
Standard Operating Procedures Software
Work experience

Nov 2020 - Present

Principal Advisor

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Mar 2020 - Present

SHC Pacific

Sr. Healthcare Consultant

At SHC Pacific, we are building disruptive and technology-enabled multi-million dollar rapid growth companies for some of the world's leading healthcare delivery networks. We like making cool stuff and enterprise SaaS that's disruptive and fun to use for end-users. Responsibilities: - Client & Executive facing data analysis & reporting - Scoping, planning, designing & building first-mover companies - Building complex operating and costing models - Business case/opportunity assessment - Creation of disruptive user stories, workflows, and wireframes using customer-driven development and agile development methodologies - Helping build rapid growth businesses staffed with rockstar teams for large clients - Improving existing businesses via digital disruption and rebranding - Creating omni-channel modalities of customer interaction to increase company velocity - Team design and building- writing job descriptions, building a candidate pipeline, etc. - Sales, Marketing, and Growth Plan creation - Selecting operational partners and outsourced service providers

Aug 2018 - Present

Contributing Writer

Writing reviews of the strangest equipment in surfing as well as sensational articles in surf news, the decline of professional competitive surfing, and all things tawdry in the surf industry. Beach Grit is Ultra Hard Surf Candy.


Apr 2017 - Mar 2020

Bid Ops

Founder and Chief Operating Officer (Partial Equity Exit)

As seen in Forbes, Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, SpendMatters, Yahoo! Finance & Silicon Valley Market Watch- Winner of the 2019 Future 5 award from Spend Matters for "Best Procurement Software", Winner of DEMO 2019 by Digital Procurement World; -Founded and developed Bid Ops from a vision into an operating company with an 8 figure valuation and helped launch bid enablement software that has recently crossed $150m in contracts sourced in 11 months of the product being live. -Created, digitized, automated and implemented tools, policies, and processes for functions including but not limited to: -Accounting/ERP deployment -Financial and Tax Reporting -Human Resources/Employee Satisfaction -Board of Director Meeting Routine and Reporting -Product Development -Accounts Payable/Receivable -Payroll, Benefits, 401(k) -Travel and Expensing -Supply Chain and Logistics -User Training -Enterprise Account Deployment (Fortune 100 and 500 deployments) -Managed multiple rounds of investment and growth, including 409(a) and issuance of option grants - Co-developed specs for cloud-based AI software that generated, on average 16.84% in savings for products and 27.45% savings on services -Received the Future 5 award from Spend Matters, which named Bid Ops as one the top 5 procurement solutions influencing the digitization of supply chain globally out of a field of 550+. -Bid Ops was nominated as a rising star in procurement by the Sourcing Industry Group. -Engaged in thought leadership for Institute of Supply Management, ProcuRising, and Future of Sourcing


Jan 2015 - Apr 2017

Providence Health & Services

Manager of Strategic Sourcing

- Implemented digitized solutions for Revenue Cycle Management, Supply Chain, HR, Blood Procurement, Storage Logistics, Value Management, Accounts Payable, Management of Contingent Labor, Language Access, and Class Action Lawsuits. - Sourced rare commodity and purchased service contracts with approximately $24m in savings. - Negotiated the best pricing for blood cells and platelets in North America. As a result, I was interviewed by subject matter experts at MD Buyline to learn how I achieved that pricing in a volatile global market. - Helped design department workflow and hire talent for a growing team as it moved from expiration date to category management. - Implemented cost-neutral reverse auction technology on difficult to source categories netting up to 54% in savings. - Custom sourced and awarded the largest single award contract in the legacy organization's history ($540m)


Jan 2014 - Jan 2015

Insight Global

Sr. Supply Chain and Merger Consultant

- CA Attorney General contractual due diligence - Assisted with the re-sourcing of operations essential contracts during the merger of two shared services supply chains with approximately $35m+ in landed savings. - Approximately $.5b in spend under management. -Co-led a cross-functional compliance project for IRS compliance associated with ACA provisions and implemented regulatory and contractual safeguards to help the organization avoid $54m+ in potential penalties. - Received commendation from the organization's CFO and was formally named as the company-wide internal subject matter expert on sourcing compliance in a memorandum disseminated to 1000+ hiring managers. - Co-led the digitization and implementation of an internal compliance and value management system. - Sourced and implemented complex projects associated with TJC/ADA/FDA/OSHA compliance, including but not limited to Language Access, Ambulance Services, Transcription, Radiopharmacy, Elevator Service, and Patient Linen.


2010 - 2013

Delaware Law School

Doctor of Law - JD, Health Law

2006 - 2010

Monmouth University

Bachelor of Arts - BA, Political Science and Government

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