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Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations


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Mario Franco, PMP, CDFM, COR, FM, is the senior vice president of finance and operations for The Center for Health Affairs and its business affiliates CHAMPS Group Purchasing and CHAMPS Oncology.

In this role, Franco is responsible for the overall financial and operational platform for the organization which includes managing the financial and internal functions of the corporations that comprise The Center for Health Affairs, working to safeguard the organization’s financial assets, and supporting the organization’s efforts in reaching its strategic goals. Franco helps the organization achieve financial success by serving on the GCHA board, the investment committee, as well as the budget and finance committee.

Franco brings more than 20 years of experience in analyzing financial data and driving effective organizational leadership toward a common cause or direction. His background includes operations, financial management, leadership development, program management, procurement and acquisition, legal – civil reviews, cash management, curriculum development and public speaking. He has extensive experience in program management initiatives, both in the United States and other countries. These economic restructuring and educational platform initiatives have accounted for more than $300 million dollars. Prior to his current role at The Center, Franco served as a commanding officer, executive officer, legal administrator, controller, budget officer, finance officer, training officer, program manager and as an operations officer.

Franco received his undergraduate degree from Cal State San Marcos and graduate degree(s) from National University. He has a Leading with Finance certificate from Harvard Business School, a Certificate of Accountancy from National University, and a Project Management and Contracting certificate from Defense Acquisition University. He is currently a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, American Society of Military Comptrollers, Healthcare Financial Management Association, Disabled American Veterans Charity and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He has spoken at numerous professional venues, both stateside and foreign, on a variety of different topics ranging from financial accountability, appropriated dollars, joint service agreements, team building efforts, fiscal law and effective leadership. He also served 20 years as an active duty United States Marine.

Franco’s areas of expertise and speaking topics include:

  • Contracting
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Fiscal Law
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Program Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Team Building
  • Training and Logistics

For more information or to contact Mario Franco, please call 800.362.2628 or contact us.