Mike Plaia

Mike Plaia, Chairman & CEO, PharmaPoint
ROI Podcast Episode 261

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Mike Plaia is a proven hands-on leader and senior executive with over twenty years of leadership and business experience in small, medium, and large companies. He is responsible for the overall performance of PharmaPoint, an innovative technology-enabled pharmacy management and software company focused on medication optimization and outpatient retail pharmacy management for hospitals, health systems, and physician groups. PharmaPoint has been recognized as one of the most innovative, inspiring and fastest-growing private companies for six consecutive years (2013-2018) by Inc. Magazine, a Fast Track 30 company by the Birmingham Business Journal (BBJ) for three consecutive years (2015-2017), and highlighted in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ report, “Digital Accelerators for a New Innovation Era.” In addition to these corporate accolades, Mike has been recognized by the BBJ as a Top 40 Under 40 recipient (2003), Top CEO (2015), Veteran of Influence (2018) and Who’s Who in Healthcare (2021-2022).

Prior to PharmaPoint, Mike served as a founder and chief operating officer of Source Medical, the largest nationwide provider and leading source of information technology solutions and other critical services for ambulatory surgery centers, specialty hospitals and rehabilitation clinics. During his tenure, Mike developed the initial business plan, helped raise all capital and spearheaded the acquisition and integration of three companies and one asset purchase from a publicly traded company.

Mike also co-founded Industriaplex, Inc. and served as executive vice president of business development. Industriaplex focused on providing a full range of commercial equipment, systems, maintenance and professional services to national retail, food service, and industrial customers in the United States, Canada, Middle East and Asia. Industriaplex was twice ranked in the top 100 of the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies.

Working on the corporate audit staff for General Electric (GE) in more than seven different GE businesses, Mike oversaw such initiatives as acquisition integrations, Six Sigma implementations, financial audits and controllership assessments.

Mike is passionate about mentoring our younger generation through sports and pursues a lifestyle of giving back to his community. He has served two terms as president of the Hoover Athletic Association (HAA) governing youth sports in the city of Hoover. Mike has coached more than 500 area youth in both football and baseball over the past ten years. He now works with his alma mater, John Carroll Catholic High School, in helping coach within their football and baseball programs, while also serving on the school’s advisory board.

In addition to his commitment to coach and mentor area youth, Mike also believes deeply in giving back to the city he loves and was raised to appreciate. To that end, he has served more than 10 years as chairman of Rise Above, Inc., a charitable foundation providing contributions to a myriad of non-profit organizations within the Birmingham community. His most recent commitment is to serve as chairman of gotURback, Inc., a not-for-profit organization focused on helping children facing adversity. It is both founded and led by local high school students who have a passion for being known as a generation of selfless leaders.

Mike served his country on active duty for the United States Armed Forces from 1994 until 1997. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and was then stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as a Field Artillery Officer for the United States Army.

After his time at West Point, Mike served as Graduate Assistant Coach (awarded Army Achievement Medal for performance), Fire Directions Officer (awarded Army Achievement Medal for performance) and Assistant Divarty S1 (awarded Army Commendation Medal for performance). He also earned the distinction of Commandant’s List Graduate, Master Fires Award (highest academic average in fire support) and Master Shooter Award (best in observed fire) at the Field Artillery Basic Course.

In addition, Mike was a three year letterman in both football (Coaches Award for “Most Courageous Attitude”) and baseball (voted co-captain by the team). Mike Plaia was selected by West Point leadership to escort President Bill Clinton during his inaugural visit to the Academy in 1993.


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