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Well-known and respected in business and economic circles, former Secretary of Commerce and banking executive at JP Morgan Chase Daley is an authority on job creation, economic growth, global competitiveness and international trade. As Chief of Staff in the Obama administration, Bill Daley was instrumental in developing the American Jobs Act, brokered an agreement to reduce the deficit by over $2 trillion, and played a central role in passing historic trade agreements. He is a sharp and frequent commenter on politics and our economy.
Uniquely qualified to discuss the challenges and solutions in health policy, Senator (and Dr.) Bill Frist is consistently recognized among the most influential leaders in American healthcare. He is a nationally acclaimed heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and chairman of the Executive Council of the health investment firm Cressey & Company. He is the co-founder of Aspire Health, the nation’s largest provider of non-hospice, community-based palliative care in the country.
Senator Frist has also been a leader in education, having founded the State Collaborative on Education Reform (SCORE) in Tennessee, which has become a national model on how to best reform a statewide education system.
Senator Frist has been at the forefront of many debates and government initiatives that have shaped a myriad of policies over the years. He brings an experienced voice to the current issues of health reform, education, government policy, global health issues and volunteerism.
He is actively engaged in the business as well as the medical, humanitarian, and philanthropic communities.
An Evening with Bill Daley and Bill Frist
Bill Daley has spent his career at the intersection of government and business. As Chief of Staff in the Obama administration, Bill Daley was instrumental in developing the American Jobs Act, he brokered an agreement to reduce the deficit by over $2 trillion, and he played a central role in passing historic trade agreements. Well-known and respected in business and economic circles for his experience as a Secretary of Commerce and JP Morgan Chase banking executive, Bill Daley is an authority on job creation, economic growth, global competitiveness and international trade.
Mr. Daley currently serves as a Managing Partner and the Head of United States Operations at Argentière Capital AG, a hedge fund based in Switzerland.
As President Obama’s Chief of Staff, Mr. Daley was involved in all aspects and issues faced by the President and his administration. President Obama also tapped him to be a co-chair of his reelection campaign.
Prior to serving as Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama, Mr. Daley served as Vice Chair, Chairman of the Midwest Region, and head of the Office of Corporate Responsibility for JP Morgan Chase. Mr. Daley served as President of SBC Communications (now known as AT&T) from 2001-2004.
Mr. Daley was the campaign chairman for Al Gore’s presidential run in 2000, and prior to that, he served as the U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 1997-2000, overseeing a department of more than 40,000 people. Mr. Daley also served as Special Counsel to President Clinton in 1993, focusing on international trade issues.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Daley was a partner at the law firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt; was President and Chief Operating Officer of Amalgamated Bank of Chicago; and was a lawyer at the firm of Daley and George. He has also served on the boards of a number of corporate, academic, medical, charitable and civic organizations.
Bill Daley was born in Chicago, Illinois where he also completed his education including a B.A. from Loyola University and a law degree from John Marshall Law School.
Bill Frist has excelled, rising to the very top in not one career as many do, but in three entirely separate and independent careers.
In medicine, as a heart and lung surgeon, he performed the first lung transplant and the first pediatric heart transplant in Tennessee, and the first successful combined heart-lung transplant in the South.
In politics, as a United States Senator, he ascended to become the highest elected position in that body, the Majority Leader, having served fewer total years in Congress than anyone elected to that position in history.
In business, as an entrepreneur and investor, he cofounded and grew Aspire Health over a five year period to become the largest community-based palliative healthcare company in America.
As the founder and director of the Vanderbilt Multi-Organ Transplant Center, he performed over 150 heart and lung transplants, authored over 100 peer-reviewed medical articles, and published seven books on topics such as bioterrorism, transplantation, and leadership.
As the first practicing physician elected to the Senate since 1928, Senator Frist represented Tennessee from 1994 until 2006, serving on both the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) and the Finance Committees responsible for writing all health legislation. As Majority Leader, his leadership was instrumental in passage of the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act and the historic PEPFAR legislation that has provided life-saving treatment globally to over 12 million people and reversed the spread of HIV/AIDS worldwide. He also held seats on the Foreign Relations Committee where he chaired the Subcommittee on Africa, the Commerce Committee, and the Banking Committee. He served six years with President Clinton and six years with President Bush. Honoring his pledge to serve just two terms, he left the Senate and his position as Majority Leader in 2006.
Dr. Frist annually has led medical mission trips to Africa and Haiti, and emergency response teams to disasters around the globe, including to Sri Lanka after the Indian Ocean Tsunami, Bangladesh, Sudan, New Orleans after Katrina, Haiti after the earthquake, and the horn of Africa. He is chairman of Hope Through Healing Hands, which focuses on global health and global poverty; SCORE, a statewide collaborative education reform organization that has helped propel Tennessee to prominence as a K12 education reform state; and NashvilleHealth, which works to improve the health and well-being of Nashvillians by targeting tobacco use, heart health, and reducing infant mortality.
His current board service includes the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Kaiser Family Foundation and the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian. Senator Frist serves as a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Additionally, he is a member of the advisory committee for global health at Harvard Medical School.
In the private sector, he serves on three public (NYSE) company boards: Select Medical, Teladoc and AECOM (the largest engineering/architectural company in the world). In addition, he is a board member of Unitek (nursing and information technology), Aegis Sciences Corporation (laboratory), Aspire Health, MDSave (health consumerism), Cognosante (health information technology), Devoted Health (health plans), MyNexus (home health) and Accolade (patient navigation).
Currently, Dr. Frist serves as an adjunct professor of Cardiac Surgery at Vanderbilt University and is a partner of both investment firms Cressey & Company and Frist Cressey Ventures. He is actively engaged in medical, humanitarian, and philanthropic communities.
He has three sons and lives on a farm with his wife Tracy in Franklin, Tennessee.