Opening speaker

Mark Hertling, Lieutenant General, US Army (retired); Advisor to the Advent Health Leadership Institute, USA

Mark Hertling

Retiring from the US Army in January 2013, Lieutenant General (retired) Mark Hertling recently served as a Senior Vice President at the innovative Florida Hospital in Orlando from 2013-2017, and now acts as an advisor to the Advent Health Leadership Institute. He designed and teaches a physician and healthcare strategic leadership development program. He has written on a variety of topics, and his book Growing Physician Leaders was published in May 2016.

Hertling received a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy in 1975, and he is also a graduate of Indiana University’s School of Public Health, the School of Advanced Military Studies, and the National War College. In 2019, he received a Doctorate in Business Administration from the Crummer School at Rollins College, defending a thesis addressing leadership in the healthcare industry.

Mark served for 38 years in the US Army as a tanker and cavalryman. He finished his Army career as the Commanding General of US Army Europe. He also commanded the Army’s 1st Armored Division (1AD) in Germany and in Northern Iraq during the surge. He was the first commander of the Army’s Initial Military Training Command, where he revamped the way the Army does basic training for incoming soldiers.

Upon retiring, LTG Hertling was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sport and Nutrition. He serves as an advisor to the non-profit organizations “Mission: Readiness” in California, “Operation Gratitude” in Washington DC, he is an adjunct scholar at West Point’s Modern War Institute. He is seen on CNN as a military analyst.

Mark is married to his best friend, Sue. They have two sons, and five grandsons.

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