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George DeVries

CEO, Chairman and Co-founder, American Specialty Health Inc.

Launched from a second bedroom in his San Diego Condo in 1987, George DeVries, CEO, chairman and co-founder of American Specialty Health Inc., grew his business into a formidable company. Today, American Specialty Health Inc. is one of the nation’s largest health services organizations, offering programs to more than 30 million people. Recent accomplishments include the launch of Empowered Decisions!, a non-pharmaceutical and non-invasive approach to pain management and the launch of Active & Fit Direct, a consumer self-pay fitness center program. In its 30 years, American Specialty Health has grown to employ 1,400-plus people. In 2017, American Specialty Health Inc. projects the company will generate $490 million in revenue.

ALMA MATER: University of California, San Diego

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT: Board of Trustees, Culver Educational Foundation in Indiana.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Pacific Coast Grill in Cardiff.

BUSINESS ADVICE: “Surround yourself with great people in your personal and professional life.”