Preferral's leadership team has deep roots in building and scaling healthcare technologies.
President, CEO & Board Chairman
Mr. Aylward is the President of Preferral and has 25+ years of experience in healthcare. Prior to joining Preferral, he was President & CEO of MedCenterDisplay, LLC and successfully sold the company to PatientPoint.
Prior to joining MedCenterDisplay, he was the CEO of Sy.Med Development, Inc. a HealthStream, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSTM) company. He joined Sy.Med in February 1997 as VP, Sales & Marketing and was named Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO in May 1997. Aylward remained in that position until the sale of Sy.Med to HealthStream in October 2012. Under his leadership, Sy.Med won numerous business awards, including the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America three years in a row. Additionally, Sy.Med became an MGMA AdminiServe® Partner and a Microsoft® Gold Certified Partner.
Mr. Aylward has received numerous personal awards including the 2012 Health Care Hero Award and the 2012 Business Leader Top 50 Entrepreneurs.
Founder, CTO & Board Member
Mr. Gautsch is the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Preferral. He studied Computer Science at the University of Notre Dame, and while there, was a winner of the GE & Oschner Health Hospital Quest competition.
Mr. Gautsch has broad experience developing software solutions in healthcare and has developed applications used widely in healthcare settings such as hospitals, clinics, and SNF's across the country including population health platforms used in academic research, clinical workflow and analytics tools, and telemedicine platforms. Additionally, he has developed and licensed proprietary technology to some of the largest healthcare informatics companies.
Mr. Casey joined Preferral in August, 2017 to lead sales and marketing efforts. Prior to joining Preferral, he spent 6 years in healthcare revenue cycle management, working in operations, sales, and client development. As a Director of Business Development in the RCM field, Mr. Casey’s sales efforts resulted in a 91% increase in quarterly revenue, and a successful sale of the company. Mr. Casey graduated from Taylor University in 2011 with a degree in Business Management and minors in Spanish and Human Resource Management.
Christopher Rand, CFA
Mr. Rand is the Co-founder and Managing Director of TriStar Technology Ventures in 2009. Through his role at TriStar, he serves on the Board of Directors for Angel Eye, Carrot Medical, Cobra Introducer, Evermind, InvisionHeart, MedCenterDisplay, Octovis, Preferral and Nashville Capital Network. Prior to co-founding TriStar, Mr. Rand was the Manager of New Venture Development in Vanderbilt’s Office of Technology Transfer and Enterprise Development. That responsibility included licensing Vanderbilt intellectual property, assisting in the formation of new start-up companies and working with existing start-ups. Since beginning as the Chancellor’s Fund in 2000, Vanderbilt has invested a significant amount of capital into 30 different Vanderbilt-related companies. Mr. Rand was responsible for managing this portfolio and represented Vanderbilt on the boards of five of these companies.
Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Mr. Rand worked in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ valuation group, providing consulting and transaction support services. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from Vanderbilt.
Byron Smith, MBA
Mr. Smith is a Principal at Mountain Group Capital and currently serves on or has visitation rights to the board of directors of the following companies: NuSirt Biopharma, Silicon Ranch, AgTech Accelerator, Preferral, and splitsecnd. Mr. Smith previously served on the board of directors of Aspire Health, MedCenterDisplay, and Myomo (NYSE:MYO).
Prior to his involvement with MGP, Mr. Smith held a long and distinguished career in the wireless and tech spaces. After receiving an MBA from the University of Chicago, Mr. Smith began his career at Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo in brand management and advertising. After eight years in packaged goods marketing, Mr. Smith transitioned into tech. First, in the early days of wireless, Mr. Smith served at Verizon (formally GTE); prior to the merger creating Verizon, all U.S. operating areas reported to him. In early 2000, Mr. Smith moved to Silicon Valley, where he was the EVP/GM and Chief Marketing Officer with Excite@Home. In Silicon Valley, Mr. Smith gained experience in media/content and internet technology/infrastructure. Mr. Smith moved home to Tennessee in 2002 with Asurion as EVP/CMO. He led the relocation of Asurion’s headquarters from Silicon Valley to Nashville.
Mr. Smith was also a founding board member at The Nashville Entrepreneur Center and sits on the boards of The Trinity Forum in Washington D.C. and Lost Valley Ranch in Colorado. Recently, Mr. Smith taught entrepreneurship as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
Dr. Thomas Gautsch, MD
An expert in Shoulder and Knee Surgery, Dr. Gautsch is a graduate of the top ranked medical school in the world, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Gautsch is a Fellowship trained, Board Certified, Diplomate of The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is among only a handful of surgeons in the region honored with certificates in both Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. A researcher and contributor to textbooks of Orthopaedic Surgery, he also spent six years with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the UCLA, in Surgical and Chief Residency. Dr. Gautsch has been distiguished as a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons, a Fellow of The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, as well as a Fellow of the National Institutes of Health, in addition to election to a number of other professional societies and organizations.
Dr. Gautsch is the founder of the Southern Sports Medicine Institute, where he has performed over 15,000 successful surgical procedures.