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Steve Neeleman

Steve Neeleman

Title: Founder and Vice Chair

Company: HealthEquity

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Educational Background:

Board Certified Surgeon, University of Arizona, 2003
MD, University of Utah, 1998
BA, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Utah State University, 1994

Huntsman School Interactions:

Distinguished Executive Alumnus Award - December 6, 2016
Professional Achievement Award Recipient - February 4, 2015
Executive Leadership Speaker - February 16, 2011


Stephen Neeleman is the CEO and founder of HealthEquity (, a personal healthcare financial service and health savings account company based in Draper, UT. Dr. Neeleman founded HealthEquity to repair the fractured relationship between patients and their physicians and to help more people obtain quality health insurance by re-introducing consumerism into healthcare.

As a board-certified physician, Dr. Neeleman brings to HealthEquity passion and firsthand knowledge for the practice of medicine.

Prior to his medical training, Dr. Neeleman worked as general manager for Morris Air (later acquired by Southwest Airlines), in Utah.

Dr. Neeleman combined efficiency, technology and excellent customer service to succeed in a rocky industry. This innovative business model allowed Morris Air to rise above financially struggling competitors. Dr. Neeleman's goal is to use this model to help save another struggling industry: American healthcare.

In addition to his duties as CEO of HealthEquity, Dr. Neeleman is currently a practicing general and trauma surgeon for Intermountain Healthcare at American Fork Hospital and Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Utah. Dr. Neeleman was appointed by Governor Gary Herbert to serve as a board member of HIP Utah, Utah’s high-risk insurance pool. He also serves on the Council for Affordable Health Insurance HSA Working Group and on America’s Health Insurance Plans’ HSA Leadership Council. Dr. Neeleman is a former assistant professor of surgery at the University of Arizona and the co-author of The Complete HSA Guidebook—How to make health savings accounts work for you!

Dr. Neeleman completed his undergraduate degree and played football at Utah State University. He attended medical school at the University of Utah and completed his surgical training at the University of Arizona.

Related Huntsman News Articles:

2016 Distinguished Executive Alumnus (Huntsman Alumni Magazine - Fall 2016)
E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year (Huntsman Alumni Magazine - Fall 2013)


Executive Leadership Speaker Series: February 16, 2011