“However, we never want to lose sight of the potential to partner with like-minded organizations right here in our own backyard.”
Downs, who is responsible for EK Health sales in the Northern California region, has more than 18 years of California-focused sales and marketing experience, including work for a major insurance carrier, national managed care company and a mortgage lending firm.
“Derek’s sales expertise, along with strong interpersonal and analytical skills, makes him a tremendous asset to our team,” said Anita Breedlove, Executive Vice President of Business Development for EK Health Services.
“EK Health has spent much of 2012 preparing to move into new markets,” she said. “However, we never want to lose sight of the potential to partner with like-minded organizations right here in our own backyard.”
"As EK Health focuses on its mission to transform managed care with everyone in mind, we don’t want to lose sight of the fact that ‘everyone’ largely includes California,” said Breedlove. “Derek will assist our Business Development Team greatly in this regard.”
Prior to working as a Licensed Insurance Agent for United Healthcare covering multiple Northern California counties, Downs managed over 80 accounts in California for a large managed care company, including marketing cost containment services to workers’ compensation insurance company decision makers.
A long-time Sacramento resident, Downs attended California State University in Sacramento.
Founded in 1998 and headquartered in San Jose, CA, EK Health Services®, is a URAC workers' compensation utilization management accredited company. A leader in national workers’ compensation managed care services, EK Health specializes in case management, utilization review, peer review, bill review and Medicare Set Aside for insurance companies, employers, for-profits and public entities.