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Belonging: Meet Jonathan Davis

Belonging: Meet Jonathan Davis

You may know Jonathan Davis for his health insurance prowess, his recitation on accounting theory, or how a Medicare Advantage bid works. But many at Belong know him for his truly random questions on the “random” Slack channel. A proud graduate of University of Alabama (Roll Tide!), Jonathan and his family live in Nashville, Tennessee.

What led you to this career or to Belong?

When I was in college, I was studying finance but I really didn't want to go work on Wall Street or be a financial planner. The only other real option was to become an accountant and that's what I did. I landed in health care, because (in truth) it paid $1.65 more an hour than the job with the bank. If the bank had paid the same amount who knows if we’d still be having this conversation.

What kinds of activities energize you?

As a healthcare leader I get energized by thinking through complex problems, especially when weighing the benefits for the company.  I enjoy time with my family, especially helping my kids get through their daily homework or just talking about with my older two now that they're about to start high school. I’ve got them thinking through career goals before they get to college so they can really set themselves up for success. I enjoy mentoring people and helping people grow in their careers. It really energizes me to grow companies, taking them from either an incubation or concept into midsize or large employer; really gets me excited.  I’ve been working in healthcare for close to 30 years and thinking through what we can change in healthcare and thinking through the healthcare system pieces and parts that are really broken. How do we make it better?

What do you do outside of work for fun?

We're just busy with life with the kids and shuffling them to and from whatever their extracurricular is at one time. I play guitar, I watch a lot of college football (that's a vocation). 

I'm an investor in a whiskey business/distillery, so there's a passion for the spirit. I love really good whiskey and crafting it. I also enjoy understanding what someone else may think is good whiskey and learning from that.

What words would friends use to describe you? 

Loyal, kind-hearted, knowledgeable, generous, faithful, good listener.

How do you describe Belong to friends or family?

I think how I describe it best is we don't necessarily make the product, we make the product better. And then they say, what the hell does that mean. 

I usually share Belong’s mission, which is to help the most vulnerable in our healthcare system today and those are duly eligible individuals. We use clinical resources and non-clinical resources to help them understand their health and what it means to take care of themselves.  

What's the best advice you were ever given and who was it from?

I love a quote from a sign in a barbecue joint that read “don't try and teach a pig to sing. You’ll only waste your time, and it annoys the pig”. The whole point of that is don't try and force somebody to do something that they don’t want to do or don't have the skill set to do because you're just going to waste your time and infuriate the other person. 

Another quote I read was in a book on Nick Saban, “You are not guaranteed the outcome, you are only guaranteed the opportunity to get the outcome.”

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