George B. Salem, founder & president of Proxsys, has nearly 30 years of extensive experience in the healthcare industry. He has a demonstrated track record of successfully building companies, management teams, and raising capital.
Salem also founded and serves as president of GBS Ventures, LLC, an organization formed to facilitate the development of healthcare-related businesses with a primary focus on healthcare services. Recently Salem co-founded Respond Medical Staffing Corporation, a company that provides medical staffing to healthcare organizations.
In 1995, he founded and served as president and CEO of GuideStar Health Systems, located in Alabama, until its purchase by Maven Corporation in 2003. In 1984, he co-founded and served as president of Southeast Health Plan, based in Alabama, until its purchase by PCA Corporation, a publicly traded company. PCA was later acquired by Humana Corporation. He has also held executive positions at Methodist Health Systems, based in Memphis, Tennessee, and at Miami Valley Health Systems, based in Dayton, Ohio.
Salem has served on the Policy Coordinating Council for HIAA, and served six years on the Board of American Managed Care and Review Association. He serves on the Boards of the Brain Trauma Foundation (based in New York), Birmingham Southern College, American Behavioral, University of Alabama in Birmingham Graduate School of Public Health, and Junior Achievement of Greater Birmingham. He is a member of the Rotary Club International (recently recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow), The Birmingham Venture Club, L.R. Jordan Management Society, and the Newcomen Society of the United States, and was selected as a participant in Leadership Birmingham.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Birmingham Southern College, a Master of Business Administration from Samford University and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
Salem has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including:
- 1998 John S. Jemison, Jr. Venture Award
- Birmingham Business Journal – Birmingham’s Magic 25 – August 1998
- Inducted into the Birmingham Southern College Sports Hall of Fame – May 2002