Huntsman Alumni Magazine

Fall 2013

E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year

Stephen Neeleman '94

Dr. Stephen Neeleman ‘94, Founder and CEO of HealthEquity, was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) for 2013 in the health care products and services category for the Utah Region. He will now move on to compete at the national level for the award. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

"I took this class, medical sociology, taught by Reed Geertsen, and it reallyopened my eyes to the cost of healthcare and our system of health insurance."

Neeleman credits a USU class he took during his sophomore year for giving him the idea for what became HealthEquity. “I took this class, medical sociology, taught by Reed Geertsen, and it really opened my eyes to the cost of healthcare and our system of health insurance,” he said.

After graduating from Utah State, where he also played football, he went on to the University of Arizona Medical School. He is still a practicing surgeon with the Intermountain Healthcare system, but has devoted his time and energy to creating HealthEquity, a health savings trustee that services more than 800,000 health care accounts for employees at more than 23,000 companies across the United States.