Donovan Pyle, CEO of Health Compass Consulting is one of two individuals in the country who have both the Registered Employee Benefits Consultant designation awarded by NAHU and is certified by the Validation Institute as a Certified Health Value Professional.
Donovan Pyle, a recent recipient of the Validation Institute’s Certified Health Value Professional program is on the quest to help organizations and their employees reclaim the nearly $1 Trillion dollars wasted on healthcare and health insurance every year in the United States.
Pyle is the founder and CEO of Health Compass Consulting in Orlando, Florida, and we recently sat down with him to spotlight his experience in pursuing the Health Value Professional Certification.
Why did you decide to become a Certified Health Value Professional?
“Fixing our country’s dynamic and often complex healthcare system requires continuous study, and I found the opportunity to learn from professionals who help make purchasing decisions for fortune 100 companies irresistible. The collective resources available to benefits professionals through the Validation Institute cannot be found anywhere else”.
What got you into the employee benefits space?
I spent 10 years playing drums professionally in Manhattan after college, and while opening for the rock band “Heart” in Detroit, I fractured a bone in my kick-drum foot. It was my first interaction with the medical industrial complex as an adult, and it didn’t go very well. Making things worse, my band’s record label went bankrupt shortly thereafter, and I decided it was time to take on a bigger societal challenge. Throughout my time in New York, I saw first-hand how distortions in our healthcare system negatively affected my artist friends and created inequities in the marketplace. Although I originally wasn’t sure how I could help improve the vertical, opportunities became more self-evident as I moved throughout the industry and saw how the pieces fit together.
Improving our healthcare system can be a daunting challenge. What inspires you to keep going?
Three things: my wife who is a constant source of love and energy — our one-year-old son who teaches us to see things in a different light — and, lastly, the American people who are hungry for viable solutions to their everyday problems.
Describe your certification experience in one word.