Michael R. Draa has been our Chief Executive Officer since January 1, 2012 when he formed Warbird Consulting Partners by leading a management buyout of the Accounting Advisory Practice from Huron Consulting Group. While at Huron, Michael served as the Practice Lead for the Accounting Advisory Practice. Prior to joining Huron, he was a partner at Callaway Partners, overseeing National Service Delivery on all projects. Mike also currently serves as the acting EVP of Warbird’s U.S. Healthcare Practice.
Mr. Draa has more than 30 years of accounting and consulting experience during which he has held several executive and senior management roles including accounting, sales and marketing and operations. During that time he has successfully led both strategic and tactical projects and teams. Mike’s deep industry experience includes Healthcare, Technology, Manufacturing, Automotive, and Media and he has vast expertise in many functional areas including: management of restatements, turnarounds, bankruptcy reorganization and liquidation, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, system conversions (ERP), shared service implementation, start-ups, compliance, process re-engineering and technology ventures.
Mr. Draa sits on the Board of Directors of non-profit organizations and holds a degree in accounting and business management from Cedarville University.
Michael has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare information technology and an ability to blend strategic vision and tactical implementation of information systems to drive growth and change and provide cost-effective resolutions to business challenges. He is recognized for implementing a wide variety of IT solutions, enhancing performance and productivity to optimal levels of excellence and delivering outstanding customer service in highly regulated environments. One example of the results he delivers is a CERNER optimization for a Midwestern community hospital that realized $20M in savings following his recommendations. Additionally, as a result of the first ever FTC-required divestiture of a hospital from a system, Michael successfully negotiated the IT divestiture terms between the hospital and the FTC before being named Interim CIO. In that capacity, he worked within a tight 18-month timeline to negotiate with vendors and build both an implementation timeline and an IT department to implement close to 300 applications, one of which included CERNER. His core competencies include, but are not limited to, strategic and tactical, infrastructure optimization, project management, growth planning and client and vendor relationships.
Prior to Warbird, Michael worked with Canvas iT, where he was Vice President of Operations. Before that, he was AMR project manager for Community Health Systems (CHS), where he reduced an IT implementation project timeline by onethird and met Meaningful Use requirements. Previously, he held the title of CIO at Pioneer Health Services and IT Director at Regency Hospital Company.
Michael earned his BA at Kennesaw State University. He holds Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and is a Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA) and a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP).