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Matthew Kim’s path to CEO of an emerging health-tech holding company didn’t take the traditional route. There was no Ivy League school, no stint at an international consulting firm, and no VC funding to fuel SureCo’s growth. Instead, Matthew and his fellow co-founders bootstrapped this Great Place to Work-Certified® and Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Company through grit, determination, and continuous innovation.
A serial entrepreneur since cutting his teeth in insurance sales at HealthMarkets Inc, a Blackstone Group company, Matthew built and led his own health care agencies before transforming this current iteration of SureCo into a health-tech play set on saving America’s broken healthcare ecosystem. Matthew is a member of YPO Pacific One Chapter and was recently selected to the On Deck Scale Fellowship.
As he continues to evolve SureCo’s revenue model from traditional services to software, Matthew enjoys reading, music, golf, and spending time with his wife, family, and friends. He likes to say SureCo’s secret to growth is good people from unconventional backgrounds, doing unconventional things, and finding success in unconventional ways. His biggest piece of career advice for young professionals wanting to lead their own companies someday — learn to sell.
Favorite Hobby: Reading. When he’s not reading non-fiction, he loves fantasy books like Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Ready Player One.
Favorite travel destination: Ibiza, Spain
Favorite sports team: Dallas Cowboys
Matt Christopherson, one of SureCo’s founders, manages all of sales. He has owned three businesses, including an internet service provider sales company and a toner sales company, which is where he met Matt Kim. After leaving toner sales, he founded Bayside Insurance with Matt Kim, which is now the SureCo we know today.
Matt is proud to say that his greatest accomplishment in life is becoming a dad and learning how to be a better father every day. He is an involved family man with his wife, two daughters, four sisters, two sister-in-laws … and no boys! However, Matt admits that he was lucky to have found his brothers later in life, Matt Kim and Marc Bablot!
Matt’s second proudest accomplishment is this business, SureCo. When he first began, he never imagined it would become what it is today. He’s overjoyed to have witnessed the growth of everyone involved. Matt claims that his business partners and his wife have inspired and influenced him the most.
Favorite movie: Deadpool or John Wick
One thing Matt still hopes to achieve: To learn the piano and start a music band with his kids!
Little-known fact: Matt played in a band when he was 19-22, and almost went on tour with No Doubt!
Marc Bablot is one of the three founders of Sureco. Marc grew up in Orange County and attended the University of Southern California where he Majored in Business. Prior to SureCo, Marc was in the mortgage business for over 15 years. After the mortgage crises of 2007, he decided to take a stab at insurance where he teamed up with Matt K. and Matt C., the rest was history!
Marc is proud to say that his greatest accomplishment professionally is this incredible company, SureCo. His proudest personal accomplishment raising his 3 kids with his wonderful wife Tracie. One of his favorite experiences is coaching his children’s sports teams.
Throughout his career, Marc has learned that the best way to grow is to not be afraid to fail. He explains that some of his greatest failures as a person have resulted in outstanding growth professionally and personally. Marc’s biggest piece of advice to those still finding their career is to take risks, try something new, and get out of your comfort zone.
Phone app he can’t live without: Amazon.
Characteristic every leader should possess: Fortitude
Where will you be in 10 years: With no plans to retire ever, something that will have to do with investing and meeting new challenges and people!
Before joining SureCo, Erik was co-founder and CFO of the venture-backed technology company, Hixme. Upon meeting the SureCo team, they quickly recognized opportunities with the complementary business models and alignment with SureCo’s goals and mission. This led to SureCo’s acquisition of Hixme in the summer of 2020.
At SureCo, Erik’s role is constantly evolving. Right now, his focus is on establishing and building operational effectiveness across the organization and developing the company’s enterprise market strategy.
Erik attended college at UC Santa Barbara, but before settling in Southern California, he spent a few years working in Boston, and he quickly admitted the weather was not ideal. At home, Erik has 3 children and spends a typical Saturday surfing in Malibu before shuffling his kids around to their extracurriculars.
Favorite travel destination: Mexico
Favorite Food: Ramen
Where Erik will be in 10 years: On a beach in Mexico renting out umbrellas and selling smoothies!
Donald has been working in marketing and advertising for more than two decades now, helping companies navigate the ever-changing landscape. When he met the SureCo founders in 2018, the company’s vision and goals resonated strongly with his values … and he hasn’t looked back since! In joining the SureCo team, Donald brings decades of omnichannel marketing experience as a C-level officer and agency entrepreneur with two successful exits. He’s a performance-driven problem solver who has served as an agent of change for companies such as AMD, Appian, Allergan, Mazda, Microsoft, Montage Resorts, Motorola, Omni Hotels, Pacific Life, Volvo, United Healthcare and more.
At home, Donald lives with his wife of 24 years and their three daughters. On the weekends, he typically spends time as “Coach Donald”, bikes or runs along the beach, and often finds adventure — like skydiving in Arizona for his daughter’s 18th birthday!
App he can’t live without: ESPN.
Favorite travel destination: Lake Tahoe
Favorite Band: The Clash
Amir graduated from the University of Windsor with a degree in Computer Science and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He launched his career at Legalzoom.com, where he played a critical role in building the company’s backend infrastructure. During his 10 years at the company, the small startup grew to be the largest online legal website in the nation by the time he left.
Amir previously worked at HixMe, where he successfully launched their innovative B2B enterprise health benefits platform. He orchestrated the company’s development of a powerful engine that enabled employees to select tailored health insurance coverage, owned by HixMe — a radical change from the traditional, limited group health plan structure offered by most employers.
Amir is a hands-on technology executive with over 20 years of experience in information technology, programming, architecture and innovation. He joined SureCo as CTO to help grow our enterprise market and its core businesses when we acquired HixMe in 2020. Amir joined the SureCo team with a vision and passion for improving the healthcare industry through technology.
When he’s not at work, Amir enjoys spending time with his wife, two kids, and their dog. They take advantage of the California weather all year long by hiking, camping, bicycling, and skiing.
The apps he can’t live without: Spotify, Waze, Strava, and soon, it will be the DocDay app!
Favorite hobby: Painting large abstract art.
Secret Talent: He’s a great chef and his specialties are paella, ceviche, and penne alla vodka.
Amy is our people guru and has specialized throughout her career as being a catalyst for start-ups, turn around companies, and high growth, high performing teams. Her passion is growing brands through building talent, fostering leadership and creating inclusive cultures where being your best self is the key to success. She entered SureCo with over 20+ years of people operations experience within the technology sector, working for companies such as Nordstrom, Activision Blizzard, Epic Games, and Daimler AG.
At home, Amy lives with her husband of 27 years and is the mother of two of the coolest people on the planet. Amy’s favorite thing is to spend quality time together with her family and friends.
Best advice she received: Be yourself. Your journey is your journey.
Favorite leadership quality: Integrity
Personal motto: Growth and comfort never co-exist