President | CEO
As President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TAP Solutions, Matthew Phillips is responsible for leading the company’s overall strategic direction, growth and execution. Matthew founded TAP Solutions with the vision of combining a new, forward-thinking software solution with sound business practices to create a more effective and optimized path to business growth for clients.
Matthew has previously held Executive and Leadership roles at healthcare organizations such as Catholic Health Initiatives, the McKesson Corporation, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Children’s Health of Atlanta. Under his executive leadership, Matthew has delivered strategic guidance to drive successful enterprise software implementations, while managing substantial budgets and large international teams.
Working in healthcare, Matthew saw how difficult it was for hospital systems to manage the large, outsourced workforce of vendors, consultants and healthcare professionals. Healthcare organizations had to manually manage the sourcing, hiring, tracking, accounting, invoicing and payment of each vendor. He experienced first-hand where all the bottlenecks were, and then developed a groundbreaking new software program that solved each of them. A program that added predictive analytics. That was the beginning of TAP Solutions.
Matthew has received a B.S. from Eastern Kentucky University, an M.S. in Chemistry from Wright State University, and an M.B.A. from Colorado State University. He also has certifications in Project Management (PMP), is an Agile Certified Scrum Master, and is certified in Six Sigma Lean operations.
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer, Josh Howell is responsible for executive oversight of the company’s core operations.
Josh is a member of the founding team that took Level 3 Communications public and built it into a Fortune 500 telecommunications company with a global network spanning 60 countries. Prior to that, he was a member of the team that took another telecommunications company public, MFS, and built it rapidly into a Fortune 500 company. Before that, he served as president and CEO of Carl Byoir, a leading international agency. He worked with the senior executive teams of IBM, GE, Wendy’s, Anheuser-Busch and the National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia.
Josh has worked with leadership teams and boards for more than 20 years. He has helped companies navigate a broad range of issues – crisis management, extensive merger and acquisition restructuring, organization and culture change. He has helped reposition companies through more than a dozen mergers and acquisitions, including Global Crossing, MCI, WilTel, Broadwing, Genuity and MFS.
Josh is an active business leader in the community , having served on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Corporation, Junior Achievement and the Boy Scouts. He studied engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy, received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from George Washington University and did graduate studies at Harvard.
Executive Vice President
Tarra Ryerson, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for TAP Solutions, is a seasoned corporate executive whose career has spanned the technology, software and healthcare industries.
In this role, Tarra oversees the planning, development and execution of TAP’s marketing and sales initiatives. From client relations to marketing communications, Tarra is responsible for sales management, new business development, product development, distribution channel management and customer service. Her primary focus is on the customer and delivering programs that help customers better understand and benefit from TAP’s innovative technology platform.
Previously, Tarra has held leadership positions within the sales and marketing departments at Logic Healthcare, CaridianBCT and Level 3 Communications. Tarra received her Bachelors of Arts & Sciences degree from William Jewell College. She is an active member in the Denver community and holds a seat on the board of Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain division.
Robert Read III
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer of TAP Solutions, Robert Read is responsible for providing strategic, executive and fiduciary oversight of the company’s financial and business operations.
Robert brings more than two decades of experience managing complex financial and business operations. His responsibilities have ranged from fiscal responsibility to strategic planning for EHR applications, Revenue Cycle billing and claims for third-party outsourced solutions. He has been involved in developing policy, process systems, and business planning and requirements for large-scale software solutions. Robert brings deep experience and understanding of system engineering, new business development, product development, implementation and business operations.
Robert earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Columbus and is certified in international business product development by the NIMBA institution in Sweden; Value-Based Six Sigma Green Belt from Michigan University; System Engineering from Stevens University; Stage Gate Methodology and CMMI level 3 by ITT; and Agile Certification, C-Prime.
Chief Technology Officer
Lanny Kness, Chief Technology Officer, is charged with developing the company’s long-term technology vision, leading and mentoring the technical community within TAP Solutions. As CTO, Lanny drives cross-company engineering initiatives and oversees the technology department to ensure the highest standards of quality and security measures are rigorously maintained within the enterprise platform.
With over two decades of experience in the software development life cycle, Lanny has extensive system support and management experience across various healthcare and scientific industries.
Lanny holds a BA in Philosophy, a BS in Mathematics Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.