Zest Health Announces $6M Series A Financing

We are excited to announce our $6M Series A financing & group of investors to help consumers Be Smarter & Buy Better using our integrated, “human-centric” mobile application and Smart Concierge service.

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Be smarter.
Buy better.

Zest Health empowers its members to be smarter via access to content and 24/7 next generation advocacy support. Our members can buy better with Zest's help by matching their demand with providers’ supply and payment innovation. Results are refreshing: deeper discounts for the consumer and enhanced economics for providers.

"This app is the best tool I have to help me understand and navigate my health benefits and healthcare needs all in one place. The concierge care team is friendly and supportive when I call in and their help really saves me time scheduling appointments. It used to take me 3 phone calls to find out where I can get the most cost-effective diagnostics, one to the provider, one to the insurance company and one to the doctor's office...now it's just one."

— Zest Health Member, Apple App Store ℠ Review

24/7 Smart Concierge

Members are one tap away from the 24/7 concierge support of a Registered Nurse who offers personalized guidance.

Appointment Scheduling

In seconds, members find and book time with in-network providers.

Relevant Employer Messaging

We deliver tailored messaging via popular delivery formats.

Zest Shopping Marketplace

Innovative purchase techniques and payment dynamics deliver consumers savings on goods and services and eliminate hassle for providers.

One App, All Your Benefits

We simplify health benefits. Our members have up-to-date details on their consumption of care and plan design.

Portable Across Plans

Members’ ability to navigate the health system remains unchanged as employer benefits evolve.

About Us

Healthcare costs are out of control and consumers are bearing the burden in the form of higher premiums and deductibles. Zest Health brings a refreshing consumer-centric approach to healthcare. We demystify healthcare and benefits to save our members time and money. Members access the Zest Health platform through our mobile apps, available on the App Store and Google Play.

Healthcare is simple with Zest Health. Be smarter. Buy better. Together.


Operating Team Members
Shawn Ellis


Larry Trusky

Chief Technology Officer

Jonathan Ozeran

Vice President, Product

Sean McNamara

AVP, Sales

Nick Ludovico

AVP, Sales

Michael Peri

Director, Strategy & Engagement

Laura Patterson

Office Manager

Daniel Maschmeier

Software Engineering Lead

Phil Slama

Senior Software Engineer

Dalton Azlin

Data Integration Engineer

Tomas Mariani

QA Software Engineer

John Cook

Engagement Analyst

Tara Latta

Implementation Account Manager

Mendy Quint, RN, CCM

Care Concierge Director

Laura Fairbank, RN

Nurse Concierge

Amanda Rizzio, RN

Nurse Concierge

Rosanne Peri, RN

Nurse Concierge

Donnamarie Calderon, RN

Nurse Concierge

Laura Diaz, RN

Nurse Concierge

Ryan Tiltz, RN

Care Concierge Technical Lead

Mae Jane Noble, RN

Nurse Concierge

Ryan Olsen

Care Concierge Operations Analyst

Julia Hines

Care Concierge Advisor

Lee Shapiro

Executive Chairman

Glen Tullman

Board Member

Brad Keywell

Board Member


7wire Ventures looks for and invests in innovative ideas and entrepreneurs that mainly address three critical areas: health care, education, and energy. Through the creation of new businesses, investments in early and growth stage companies, and by complementing funds with insight and experience, we transform great ideas into world-class companies. For more information please visit our website at http://www.7wireventures.com or like us on Facebook.

Lightbank is a Chicago-based investment fund focused on early-stage technology companies. Founded by Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell, who are founders of Groupon, MediaBank, InnerWorkings (NASDAQ: INWK) and Echo Global Logistics (NASDAQ: ECHO), Lightbank not only makes investments of capital, but also takes an active hands-on role in helping entrepreneurs ensure their early and mid-stage businesses grow and succeed. To learn more, please visit http://www.lightbank.com.

Zaffre Investments, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts that is committed to adding value through investments in new products, services and technologies that aim to improve the way healthcare is delivered and received. Zaffre focuses on companies across the healthcare landscape, with a primary focus on ACOs, consumer solutions, health information technology, and behavioral health. The firm is stage agnostic, considering a company’s financial and market positions, capabilities, and core values, as well as their missions and visions for the future. Zaffre employs a true partnership model for its portfolio companies, providing strategic direction, business support, industry connections and more. To learn more, please visit http://www.zaffreinvestments.com.

Martin Ventures provides capital, operational support & mentoring to entrepreneurs who are catalysts for change, focusing primarily on health care & technology. To learn more, please visit http://www.martinventures.com.

At Dallas Venture Partners, we invest in early-stage companies with experienced management teams and technologies that have the potential to disrupt and transform markets. To learn more, please visit http://dallasventurepartners.com.

Azimuth Ventures is focued on early-stage opportunities improving access and delivery of healthcare through technology-enabled solutions with tangible impact on clinical or efficiency outcomes. We gained our insights from Azimuth Ventures’ predecessor, Life Sciences Angel Network (LSAN) and are applying experiences gained there to a larger investment scale. To learn more, please visit http://www.azimuth.vc.


The team at Zest Health is always looking to share stories, traction and impact on both the healthcare consumer as well as our employer customers. To connect with us, please email contact@zesthealth.com or give us a call at 312-357-5180.

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Join Our Team

  • Senior Software Engineer (Platform & Internal Tools)

    Location: Chicago, IL

    We're looking for an enthusiastic, experienced and driven individual to join our team to focus on backend web engineering, platform services, internal tools as well as stability, performance and security. The Senior Software Engineer will be expected to design and develop server-side solutions while working side-by-side with product, design and engineering team members.

  • Senior Software Engineer (Mobile Commerce & Payments)

    Location: Chicago, IL

    We're seeking an enthusiastic, experienced and driven individual to join our team to focus on backend web engineering, platform services, payment infrastructure and our Zest Shopping Marketplace service.. The Senior Software Engineer will be expected to design and develop server-side solutions while working side-by-side with product, design and engineering team members.

  • Senior Outside Sales

    Location: Chicago, IL

    We're looking for a Senior Outside Sales professional who can target strategic TPA, health plan, broker and employer prospects, develop a pipeline in those channels and regularly on-board new customers. This role requires a hunter with an understanding of healthcare channels who can zero in on high value prospects, grow those relationships and achieve sales goals.

  • Director, Marketing

    Location: Chicago, IL

    We're looking for an experienced Director of Marketing, responsible for development, implementation and tracking of Zest Health’s marketing strategies, communications, and public relations activities. The Director, Marketing will ensure consistent, effective storytelling across all channels to increase Zest Health’s brand awareness and thought leadership in relevant markets.

  • Business Analyst

    Location: Chicago, IL

    We're looking for an enthusiastic, motivated and curious individual to join our team to focus on business and product requirements across our suite of mobile & web applications, platform, API and internal tools. The Business Analyst will be expected to support product, design and engineering team members by focusing on the definition, evaluation and refinement of business and product requirements.

Smart Concierge
  • Smart Concierge Benefits Advisor

    Location: Chicago, IL

    We’re growing quickly and are looking for an Insurance Analyst to provide healthcare advocacy services to Zest Health members in a member-focused environment. From helping members understand their insurance benefits to scheduling appointments with providers and investigating claim and billing inquiries, you’ll deliver exceptional concierge support alongside our team of Registered Nurses.

  • Smart Concierge Care Nurse

    Location: Chicago, IL

    The importance of the Zest Health brand is paramount, and the Smart Concierge Care Nurse is the ultimate champion of Zest’s brand. A candidate must demonstrate his/her ability to provide exemplary customer service, be a strong advocate for the customer, leverage triage protocols and properly document all interactions.

    Through the Smart Concierge service, Zest extends true concierge care to all. Zest’s nurses are key representatives that deliver this extraordinary level of service to members on a continuous basis.

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