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By Liz Warren-Pederson


MedAssets CEO John Bardis (Eller Marketing ‘78) held his quarterly earnings call at McClelland Hall November 3 — and he invited 50 finance and entrepreneurship students to listen in.

MedAssets CEO John Bardis on his quarterly earnings call. Photo by Thomas Veneklasen.

MedAssets CEO John Bardis on his quarterly earnings call.
Photo by Thomas Veneklasen.

“John was very high-energy, friendly to everyone in the room, and obviously passionate about his company, MedAssets,” said finance senior Corey Galbraith. “The call was a unique experience because the majority of earnings calls take place at a company’s headquarters behind closed doors. We watched John answer analysts’ questions, and I was impressed with his very thoughtful and informative answers.”

After the call, Bardis took questions from the audience. “He took the time to explain the specifics of what his company offers the marketplace and the position his company is in relative to the macroeconomic environment,” Galbraith said. “It was easy to see the relation between his passion for MedAssets and how informed he was with every aspect of the company.

MedAssets CEO John Bardis and Eller College dean Len Jessup (both center front) with finance and entrepreneurship students and faculty following Bardis's earnings call. Photo by Thomas Veneklasen.

MedAssets CEO John Bardis and Eller College dean Len Jessup (both center front) with finance and entrepreneurship students and faculty following Bardis’s earnings call.
Photo by Thomas Veneklasen.

“As a finance student, it’s easy to forget that that the numbers I analyze on financial statements reflect companies that are managed by individuals who care deeply about their business,” Galbraith said. “The earnings call was a good reminder of the hard work and emotion that goes into making and sustaining a great company.”

Bardis was in town for UA Homecoming. He also participated in a panel talk on entrepreneurship.

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