Executive Engagement Director
“He has an ear for the deeper things that most people miss. It informs his work as well as his life in extraordinary ways and makes him a powerful advocate and a sage counselor.”
James joined the ranks of The Parnassus team in 2014 where he came on board as an Associate and currently contributes as an Executive Engagement Director. He has a natural bent toward curiosity about people and problems and has developed a strong intellect for healthcare. James has led recent engagements focused on complex VBC team builds for at-risk providers spanning multiple segments of healthcare.
Notable solution sets for James have included placements of Chief Growth Officers, Chief Operations Officers, Division Vice Presidents, Vice Presidents of Network/Provider Engagement, Global Marketing Vice Presidents, Medical Directors, and Vice Presidents of Payor Strategy.
James graduated from Clemson University and has a sizable network of friends nationally that are dedicated to spending their lives in meaningful pursuits. James and his wife, Kendell, live in Beaufort, SC with their three biological children and have welcomed a few sweet faces into their home as foster parents over the years. When he’s not connecting with healthcare leaders, James can be found spending time outdoors with his wife and kids going for walks, fishing, and boating.
“At the risk of sounding over-dramatic, I’d say the experience was life-changing. James and John didn’t simply help me “land a job,” they led me through a highly introspective exercise and connected me with an organization that perfectly aligned with my personal values and professional goals. As a candidate, I felt that my expectations were well managed throughout the process, and I was well prepped and informed at every turn. The Parnassus Group was so in touch with their client and the culture, that I feel like I started my orientation well before I was hired and hit the ground in full stride on day one.”
-Chris Price, Division Vice President
More from our Clients & Candidates:
“James and The Parnassus Group are very professional and take pride in doing a great job to find clients the candidates that they are looking for. Lots of rigor is applied to calibrating on candidate profile and attributes, and it is clear that they really take this part of the search serious and then prove that they can flex adapt to meet client’s needs. They deliver a thoughtful client management process with high touch treatment including clear updates and next step planning.”
-Kenny Gardner, Chief People Officer
“My experience was “five star” as James and The Parnassus Group exceeded my expectations. They took the time to understand my needs then kept me up to date in a manner that was organized, efficient and productive. I hold James as the benchmark for how executive recruiting should be managed. The hires have exceeded my expectations as they have begun to assume responsibility in their roles. The Parnassus Group provided outstanding candidates and helped manage them, as well as me, through the process of selection and offers. Call me delighted and appreciative”
-Carolyn Kibler, Group Vice President of Operations
The Parnassus Group is absolutely, 100%, truly unique. Little did I know 5 years ago that I would develop a friendship with John and the Parnassus Group. A brief call, which led to a short meeting, has turned into a meaningful relationship. I don’t think about the Parnassus team as a firm, I think of them as trusted advisors and friends. John has been a mentor to me, and someone that I think to call when I’m faced with difficult decisions, or I’m seeking an unbiased view. But it doesn’t stop with John, he’s developed a team that is bright, talented, and wants to provide a service that is unparalleled.
When I think about the time I’m with my family during the work-week, the amount of hours are precious. I’ve made a commitment (most of the time) to set my phone down when I walk in the house at the end of the day, and try not to pick it back up until the kids are in bed. While this may not sound like a lot, I’ve found it’s the little things that create the necessary boundaries.
What are some of the things that you have learned as a leader that involved your decision making process about coming to DaVita?
Over the years, I’ve heard the phrase, “life is a journey, not a destination”. This became true when I started working at Davita, and realized that the Village provided an opportunity to learn and grow, and be part of something bigger than an employee fulfilling a role in an organization.
Prior to DaVita, I spent a number of years in an organization wanting more, but unclear where I would find it, and how I would get there. When I learned about DaVita, I was intrigued by the concept of Teammates, and hearing stories about tenure and the ability to grow within the organization.
As I’ve experienced this journey first hand, I’ve found the experience to be more fulfilling than I could have imagined. Knowing that I can raise my hand to gain exposure to a project, be called on by Teammates outside my lane provides energy to continue to want to do more. This is an organization that encourages an entrepreneurial spirit, while never having to leave the organization.