Accounting for More by Helping Others
“I knew I wanted to be in this field, and being in the business school affirmed that with the great professors and teachers."
With a father who was an accountant, Brosius was introduced to the field at a young age. Still, it wasn’t until he arrived at Emory University that the decision was confirmed. Brosius credits an influential accounting professor, John R. Jones, who was a retired Arthur Andersen & Company partner.
“I knew I wanted to be in this field, and being in the business school affirmed that with the great professors and teachers,” said Brosius. “He was an inspirational leader. He brought his experiences from his own profession to the classroom. He made accounting fun. You enjoyed going to class, enjoyed him teaching the class.”
With his career path cemented, Brosius would go on to work as a traditional staff accountant for four years before moving into the healthcare finance industry. He would launch a start-up with two partners and remain the CFO of the enterprise for eight years in Texas before taking on increasing responsibilities with a boutique healthcare consulting firm and a long-term acute care hospital company. Along the way he garnered expertise with joint ventures, financial turnarounds, interim management, acquisition analyses and feasibility studies.
Most recently, Brosius used all of this skill as senior vice president and chief financial officer for the University of Maryland Medical System Capital Region Health, where he was responsible for the overall financial operations of three facilities.
“What’s the one thing you ask yourself every day?”
Throughout his experience, Brosius has identified one strength that he especially enjoys. That’s being the finance go-to person for a clinician — nurses, physical therapists and doctors — and in turn, they help him when it comes to understanding a procedure.
In Maryland, he worked in a system that struggled to the point where 65 percent of the local residents left the county for their healthcare because it was so poor. It’s a contrast from his previous position at Baylor-St. Luke's Texas Medical Center in Houston, a large teaching hospital with many more acute patients.
That contrast proved to be an appealing element to make the move in 2017, and it made him think of one question from the Jim Collins book, “Good to Great”: “What’s the one thing you ask yourself every day?”
“I could ask, ‘What have I done today to improve patient care for the people of Prince George’s County?’ which is very different than my last job where measuring market share was the main focus,” he said. “It’s a very different environment in Maryland.”
Brosius recently left his position in Maryland and is contemplating his next move, most likely within the healthcare sector. Hospitals will continue to be challenging entities for the foreseeable future. If the right opportunity arises outside of hospitals, he will definitely examine it.
“I really love giving back to Goizueta,” Brosius told the audience. “For those of you who think you don’t have time, some very small gestures go a long way.”
Whether working in Texas, Atlanta or Maryland, Brosius has retained his strong commitment to Emory. Along with writing letters of recommendations for his classmates’ children, he participated in Goizueta’s mentor program, served on the Goizueta alumni board from 1998 through 2006 and as president of the board for two years. He would go on to preside over Emory’s alumni board, as well.
In 2012, Brosius was the recipient of the Alumni Service Award. Speaking at that time, Brosius said: “I really love giving back to Goizueta,” Brosius told the audience. “For those of you who think you don’t have time, some very small gestures go a long way.”
And it is with this same zest for making time for Emory that Brosius is finishing his third year as a member of the Emory University Board of Trustees, where he serves on the Woodruff Health Sciences and Audit & Compliance Committees. Additionally, he serves on the Emory Healthcare Board of Directors.
“Serving as a Trustee and Director, I am able to utilize my healthcare skill set in the areas where it most benefits Emory University and Emory Healthcare. As evidenced by the growth of Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, we are making significant investments that will serve the residents of greater Atlanta, the region and internationally.”
As for the future, Brosius is focused on his next chapter.
Regardless of the next move, it’s a sure bet that his foundation in accounting will play a major role.
“Things seem to fall in place, and I just go with that attitude,” he said.