Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Covert, a Co-Founder of the Company, was Chief Executive Officer of First Choice ER, LLC, from 2006 to 2012. Mr. Covert led First Choice ER, LLC to seven straight years on the Southern Methodist University and the Dallas Business Journal’s 100 fastest-growing private companies in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, as well as two years on the Inc.’s list of the Top 500/5000 fastest growing companies in the country. Prior to co-founding the Company, Mr. Covert spent 15 years in the financial services industry, including 3 years running legislative and regulatory activity for the American Financial Services Association, a national trade association based in Washington, D.C., one year overseeing government affairs activity in the southeastern United States with The Associates, and 10 years overseeing government relations activity for all 50 states and internationally with Wells Fargo & Co. Mr. Covert has also served on numerous state trade association boards over his 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. In addition, Mr. Covert currently serves on the Advisory Board for Equity Estates Fund II and serves in an advisory capacity for IdeaCage, a company he helped establish in 2012. Mr. Covert holds a bachelor's degree in banking and finance and a master of business administration degree from Stetson University.