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Matt Ohrt

Tuesday, December 5th, 2023

Throughout his career, Matt has served as an influential executive leader, working for companies such as Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Badger Mining (#1 Great Place to Work in America awards), and recently, as the Vice President of HR for Merrill Steel in Schofield, WI. He is a proven transformational leader in areas of employer healthcare, lean manufacturing and work culture.


Matt has become known in Wisconsin for his work at Merrill Steel as the VP of HR, in which he led the company on a healthcare transformation journey to save the employer and employees millions of dollars, while dramatically improving the quality and availability of care.

Today, through the Healthcare Best Practice Group in Wisconsin Matt founded in 2018, made up of 2,000 individuals and 800 employers, he is leading a movement in the state to restore trust to healthcare.

For his actions:

• Matt was chosen as the HR Professional of the Year in 2019 by the Central Wisconsin Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM);
• In 2020, Matt received the Healthcare Transformation Award for Wisconsin;
• Also, in 2020, Matt was given the National Employer/Purchaser Healthcare Award, an award previously won by Disney, Boeing, and Walmart.
• In 2022, Matt was selected by the Free Market Medical Association to receive the “Be the Beacon” Award. Most recently, Matt wrote a book called: “Save Your Company, Don’t Feed the Beast - The Employer Healthcare Success Formula.”

Based on his first-hand experience and his research of the 6 mature employer healthcare success stories Matt developed a practical and understandable guide for all employers to transform their health plans. Matt and his wife Denise live in Mosinee, Wisconsin and serve as Champion Foster Parents for Marathon County. They currently have 5 children, ranging from 27 to 5 and are actively adopting children out of the social services system. In 2018, they founded NOAH; a nonprofit foster closet that freely collects, stores, and gives supplies, equipment, toys, and clothing to foster parents in Wisconsin.

• In 2020, Matt and Denise were selected to receive the Governor’s Foster Parents of the Year award.



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