Leadership

The Businessolver® executive team: leadership that delivers with heart

Vision, purpose, and strength. That’s what characterizes Businessolver leaders.
What sets them apart is their heart, empathy, and authenticity.
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Jon Shanahan

President and CEO

Back in 1998, Jon started Businessolver with co-founder Sean McMurray, focused on solving a real problem, and inspired by a big vision. He wanted to create a benefits administration solution that combined the best in technology and service with a fierce focus on the end-user. They rolled up their sleeves and got it done.

From that beginning, Businessolver has grown under Jon’s leadership, and has continued to build its reputation and market share. The original mission hasn’t changed; the focus continues to be marketing-changing technology, a commitment to service, and a keen understanding that everyday people rely on us to deliver their benefits. It’s a responsibility that Jon ensures everyone understands and gets behind.

Jon is always on the move — tracking market changes, learning about new innovations, and meeting with clients and prospects around the country. He’s in the Des Moines office; he’s in Denver. He’s on the ground in Charlotte. He’s at the company gym. He participates in every bi-weekly new hire orientation, greeting each new Solver personally. Personal accountability is important to Jon, and that includes everything from the company’s overall strategic approach to servicing clients, to making sure employees have what they need to succeed.

While he’s been at the helm at Businessolver since the beginning, his prior professional life provided the jumping off point for the venture. Before founding Businessolver, Jon was vice president of consulting services at Holmes Murphy & Associates (HMA), a leading national insurance agency. Jon also rolled up his sleeves as director of operations for a leading healthcare organization (HHS Inc., which was acquired by Gentiva Health Services Inc.)

Jon's Solver Strengths
Competition | Ideation | Futuristic | Command | Significance

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Rae Shanahan

Chief Strategy Officer

Delivering the best benefits administration technology solution at Businessolver is truly a team sport, and Rae is quarterback, coach, and cheerleader all rolled into one.

Solvers take the field each day with an organizational perspective called “The Businessolver Way.” It’s the playbook for how we treat each other and our clients, an intentional guide that defines our core values, core business, operating principles, safe environment, and common language.

Rae has overall responsibility for maintaining and enhancing this playbook, which informs our business excellence, training, client engagement, and product development efforts. She leads by example with a continuous focus on learning and excellence, overseeing the parts of Businessolver that get us from market to client and employee delight.

As Businessolver grows, Rae has ensured we have the rock-solid foundation and strong ethic necessary to continue to deliver on our promises – both to the market and to our employees. She is passionate about Businessolver’s culture and focus on excellence, and she works tirelessly to refine and improve both. Ask her what she likes best – she will say she gets to live her personal mission every day: “Living with energy – creating it, sharing it wherever I go.”

Rae joined Businessolver in 2000, after more than a decade in HR, both on the client side and the delivery side. Rae was a major accounts district manager for ADP and worked in various human resources positions at Maytag Corporation, including recruiting, compensation, organizational development, and employee training.

Rae's Solver Strengths
Strategic | Command | Input | Relator | Achiever

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Sean McMurray

Chief Technology Officer

Some people have great ideas and never act on them. Sean McMurray isn’t one of them.

Throughout his 20+ year tech career, Sean has specialized in developing and implementing data-based information technology platforms. And, just to round things out, he also started seven companies, including co-founding Businessolver in 1998.

In fact, he was one of the original builders and designers of the Benefitsolver platform, and he served on the board until rejoining Businessolver as our Chief Technology Officer in 2017.

Sean is responsible for strategizing and driving our technical vision, leading all aspects of the company’s tech development and future growth. He is fanatical about security, and he and his team are constantly working to safeguard our systems and data from threats.

He’s held executive-level roles at several firms in technology and financial services – including founding DataVision Resources and serving as its CEO until it was acquired by Equifax in 2011. Additionally, Sean previously was Chief Technology Officer at SmartyPig, LLC, principally responsible for managing all regulatory and compliance issues, monitoring risk and security during and after integration, and designing accounting and tax solutions for the financial aspects of SmartyPig until 2015.

Outside Businessolver, Sean serves on the public Board for West Bank (WTBA) and as head of the risk/IT committee.

Sean's Solver Strengths
Activator | Ideation | Achiever | Competition | Arranger

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Todd Seiffer

Chief Financial Officer

Todd Seiffer joined Businessolver in 2015 as chief financial officer. He oversees all our finance, accounting, treasury and legal operations. Todd focuses on ensuring Businessolver’s financial operations are sound, and he supports our overall business objectives. Todd has over two decades of experience and has worked extensively in the technology industry.

Prior to joining Businessolver, Todd was senior vice president of finance and treasurer at Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. a healthcare information company. He was previously a vice president at Bear Stearns, and he also worked in the syndicated finance group at Banc of America Securities. Todd began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Todd received his Master of Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University – Tepper School of Business, is a Registered Certified Public Accountant in Illinois, and holds an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University.

Todd's Solver Strengths
Strategic | Achiever | Relator | Responsibility | Self Assurance

Jon Shanahan

Back in 1998, Jon started Businessolver with co-founder Sean McMurray, focused on solving a real problem, and inspired by a big vision. He wanted to create a benefits administration solution that combined the best in technology and service with a fierce focus on the end-user. They rolled up their sleeves and got it done.

From that beginning, Businessolver has grown under Jon’s leadership, and has continued to build its reputation and market share. The original mission hasn’t changed; the focus continues to be marketing-changing technology, a commitment to service, and a keen understanding that everyday people rely on us to deliver their benefits. It’s a responsibility that Jon ensures everyone understands and gets behind.

Jon is always on the move — tracking market changes, learning about new innovations, and meeting with clients and prospects around the country. He’s in the Des Moines office; he’s in Denver. He’s on the ground in Charlotte. He’s at the company gym. He participates in every bi-weekly new hire orientation, greeting each new Solver personally. Personal accountability is important to Jon, and that includes everything from the company’s overall strategic approach to servicing clients, to making sure employees have what they need to succeed.

While he’s been at the helm at Businessolver since the beginning, his prior professional life provided the jumping off point for the venture. Before founding Businessolver, Jon was vice president of consulting services at Holmes Murphy & Associates (HMA), a leading national insurance agency. Jon also rolled up his sleeves as director of operations for a leading healthcare organization (HHS Inc., which was acquired by Gentiva Health Services Inc.)

Jon's Solver Strengths
Competition | Ideation | Futuristic | Command | Significance

Rae Shanahan

Delivering the best benefits administration technology solution at Businessolver is truly a team sport, and Rae is quarterback, coach, and cheerleader all rolled into one.

Solvers take the field each day with an organizational perspective called “The Businessolver Way.” It’s the playbook for how we treat each other and our clients, an intentional guide that defines our core values, core business, operating principles, safe environment, and common language.

Rae has overall responsibility for maintaining and enhancing this playbook, which informs our business excellence, training, client engagement, and product development efforts. She leads by example with a continuous focus on learning and excellence, overseeing the parts of Businessolver that get us from market to client and employee delight.

As Businessolver grows, Rae has ensured we have the rock-solid foundation and strong ethic necessary to continue to deliver on our promises – both to the market and to our employees. She is passionate about Businessolver’s culture and focus on excellence, and she works tirelessly to refine and improve both. Ask her what she likes best – she will say she gets to live her personal mission every day: “Living with energy – creating it, sharing it wherever I go.”

Rae joined Businessolver in 2000, after more than a decade in HR, both on the client side and the delivery side. Rae was a major accounts district manager for ADP and worked in various human resources positions at Maytag Corporation, including recruiting, compensation, organizational development, and employee training.

Rae's Solver Strengths
Strategic | Command | Input | Relator | Achiever

Sean McMurray

Some people have great ideas and never act on them. Sean McMurray isn’t one of them.

Throughout his 20+ year tech career, Sean has specialized in developing and implementing data-based information technology platforms. And, just to round things out, he also started seven companies, including co-founding Businessolver in 1998.

In fact, he was one of the original builders and designers of the Benefitsolver platform, and he served on the board until rejoining Businessolver as our Chief Technology Officer in 2017.

Sean is responsible for strategizing and driving our technical vision, leading all aspects of the company’s tech development and future growth. He is fanatical about security, and he and his team are constantly working to safeguard our systems and data from threats.

He’s held executive-level roles at several firms in technology and financial services – including founding DataVision Resources and serving as its CEO until it was acquired by Equifax in 2011. Additionally, Sean previously was Chief Technology Officer at SmartyPig, LLC, principally responsible for managing all regulatory and compliance issues, monitoring risk and security during and after integration, and designing accounting and tax solutions for the financial aspects of SmartyPig until 2015.

Outside Businessolver, Sean serves on the public Board for West Bank (WTBA) and as head of the risk/IT committee.

Sean's Solver Strengths
Activator | Ideation | Achiever | Competition | Arranger

Todd Seiffer

Todd Seiffer joined Businessolver in 2015 as chief financial officer. He oversees all our finance, accounting, treasury and legal operations. Todd focuses on ensuring Businessolver’s financial operations are sound, and he supports our overall business objectives. Todd has over two decades of experience and has worked extensively in the technology industry.

Prior to joining Businessolver, Todd was senior vice president of finance and treasurer at Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. a healthcare information company. He was previously a vice president at Bear Stearns, and he also worked in the syndicated finance group at Banc of America Securities. Todd began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Todd received his Master of Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University – Tepper School of Business, is a Registered Certified Public Accountant in Illinois, and holds an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University.

Todd's Solver Strengths
Strategic | Achiever | Relator | Responsibility | Self Assurance

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Dave Moore

Senior Vice President of North American Sales

Carpe diem is Dave’s favorite saying because it sums up his passion to live each day with energy, commitment, and excellence.  This is the same way he approaches his work at Businessolver, with a focus on creating and leading a world-class team focused on supporting our customers throughout the decision process. 

As our sales leader, Dave develops and enables the strategic vision of the sales organization, helping bring Businessolver to the right potential clients. He oversees a team of solution-based sales professionals focused on listening to the concerns and meeting the needs of HR and benefits professionals. 

Prior to joining Businessolver in 2010, David was regional vice president of sales at Perquest.  He has over a decade of human capital management experience where he's held a variety of sales and senior leadership roles, including at ADP. 

David received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

Dave’s Solver Strengths
Strategic | Relator | Responsibility | Activator | Analytical

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Marcy Klipfel

Senior Vice President of Employee Engagement

At Businessolver, we are fond of saying “we see things differently.” As our employee engagement leader, Marcy embodies that pioneering perspective.

Since joining in 2015, Marcy has “seen things differently” by revolutionizing the recruiting and hiring process, targeting and nurturing employees for skills, not positions. This unique approach has directly and positively affected Businessolver’s talent pool and bottom line.

She has also focused on employee engagement initiatives, believing that empathy plays a major part in employee job satisfaction and productivity. She oversees the team that supports the entire employee lifecycle, including recruiting, training, compensation, benefits, succession planning, organizational design, compliance, and performance management, driving a culture of high performance and collaboration.

Prior to joining Businessolver, Marcy spent more than a decade at General Growth Properties, where she served as Vice President of HR. She also served as the Senior Vice President of HR with Kum & Go. Marcy is a member of the Forbes Human Resources Council.

Marcy has a passion for volunteerism and community service. She’s served on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Citizens Foster Care Review Board and in various leadership roles for the Kappa Alpha Theta Des Moines Area Alumnae Chapter. Marcy is a sustaining member of the Des Moines Junior League. At Businessolver, she serves on committees for Couture for a Cause and Annie’s Ride.

Marcy studied journalism and business and received her Executive MBA at the University of Iowa.

Marcy's Solver Strengths
Achiever | Relator | Competition | Woo | Strategic

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John McKlveen

Vice President of Corporate Development

John is vice president of corporate development at Businessolver. He is responsible for strategic growth initiatives and strategy, focusing on partnerships and acquisitions.

John brings deep corporate finance and strategy experience to Businessolver, most recently serving as a senior member of the Private Placements group at RBC Capital Markets. Prior to that, John was a director, strategy and business development, for UnitedHealth Group. He joined Businessolver in 2014 and is based in San Francisco, CA.

Originally from Des Moines, John remains loyal to Midwest sports teams and is known to sneak in an Iowa Cubs game during summer visits. When not working or rooting for the Cubs, John can be found running the trails and spending time with his family in beautiful Marin County.

John received his Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in Providence, RI and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

John’s Solver Strengths
Achiever | Learner |Individualization | Analytical | Input

Dave Moore

Carpe diem is Dave’s favorite saying because it sums up his passion to live each day with energy, commitment, and excellence.  This is the same way he approaches his work at Businessolver, with a focus on creating and leading a world-class team focused on supporting our customers throughout the decision process. 

As our sales leader, Dave develops and enables the strategic vision of the sales organization, helping bring Businessolver to the right potential clients. He oversees a team of solution-based sales professionals focused on listening to the concerns and meeting the needs of HR and benefits professionals. 

Prior to joining Businessolver in 2010, David was regional vice president of sales at Perquest.  He has over a decade of human capital management experience where he's held a variety of sales and senior leadership roles, including at ADP. 

David received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

Dave’s Solver Strengths
Strategic | Relator | Responsibility | Activator | Analytical

Marcy Klipfel

At Businessolver, we are fond of saying “we see things differently.” As our employee engagement leader, Marcy embodies that pioneering perspective.

Since joining in 2015, Marcy has “seen things differently” by revolutionizing the recruiting and hiring process, targeting and nurturing employees for skills, not positions. This unique approach has directly and positively affected Businessolver’s talent pool and bottom line.

She has also focused on employee engagement initiatives, believing that empathy plays a major part in employee job satisfaction and productivity. She oversees the team that supports the entire employee lifecycle, including recruiting, training, compensation, benefits, succession planning, organizational design, compliance, and performance management, driving a culture of high performance and collaboration.

Prior to joining Businessolver, Marcy spent more than a decade at General Growth Properties, where she served as Vice President of HR. She also served as the Senior Vice President of HR with Kum & Go. Marcy is a member of the Forbes Human Resources Council.

Marcy has a passion for volunteerism and community service. She’s served on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Citizens Foster Care Review Board and in various leadership roles for the Kappa Alpha Theta Des Moines Area Alumnae Chapter. Marcy is a sustaining member of the Des Moines Junior League. At Businessolver, she serves on committees for Couture for a Cause and Annie’s Ride.

Marcy studied journalism and business and received her Executive MBA at the University of Iowa.

Marcy's Solver Strengths
Achiever | Relator | Competition | Woo | Strategic

John McKlveen

John is vice president of corporate development at Businessolver. He is responsible for strategic growth initiatives and strategy, focusing on partnerships and acquisitions.

John brings deep corporate finance and strategy experience to Businessolver, most recently serving as a senior member of the Private Placements group at RBC Capital Markets. Prior to that, John was a director, strategy and business development, for UnitedHealth Group. He joined Businessolver in 2014 and is based in San Francisco, CA.

Originally from Des Moines, John remains loyal to Midwest sports teams and is known to sneak in an Iowa Cubs game during summer visits. When not working or rooting for the Cubs, John can be found running the trails and spending time with his family in beautiful Marin County.

John received his Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in Providence, RI and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

John’s Solver Strengths
Achiever | Learner |Individualization | Analytical | Input