Eric Englemann

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Eric Engelmann

Geonetric, Inc.

Laureate 2014

For at least the last fifteen years, Geonetric has been building online solutions for hospitals. Founded on the principles that make a great company: transparency, trust and great soda, Eric Engelmann’s vision launched in 1999. Originally, Geonetric’s mission was to provide web assistance and content for everyone; however, Geonetric began strategic focus on providing online solutions for hospitals and the healthcare industry across the nation in 2004 and has been known as a proven leader in eHealth since its inception.

Authentic, grounded, and understated are all words to describe Eric. He never assumes he knows the right answer and he fosters a work environment for collaboration. From desks on wheels, an open floor plan and no managers, the culture and environment Eric has founded at Geonetric is unduplicated – his employees say no two days are alike. The decision to remove titles was integrated in January 2013 as a new way to present ideas and changes to the team followed. He holds his entire team accountable and is “a force of nature that does not view any task as impossible.”

Eric has led the growth of Geonetric, and now with the help of over 67 employees, Geonetric has opened its new 45,000 square-foot building in the popular New Bohemia arts and entertainment district where it’s designed to be the region’s epicenter of creativity and collaboration. Eric’s vision is for “the building to serve as a town square for creativity and entrepreneurship in Cedar Rapids and the Creative Corridor, creating the same type of environment that helped make places like Silicon Valley and Boulder so successful.”

Geonetric has received the recognition as one of the Fastest Growing Private Companies on the Inc. 5000 list for the past six consecutive years, the Corridor Business Journal 2012 & 2013 Coolest Place to Work, and 2012 & 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility. Numerous other awards include Top Work Place, Fastest Growing Company, Patriot Award, Health I.T. Innovator of the Year, and Software Company of the Year.

Dedicated to cultivating a culture in the Corridor that embraces the entrepreneurial spirit, Eric led the Iowa Startup Accelerator Initiative. The Iowa Startup Accelerator is Iowa’s first and only 90-day accelerator for early stage startups in the focus areas of agriculture, healthcare, education and transportation technologies. Ten teams are selected to participate and are paired with mentors to launch their concept.

Non-profit organizations in Linn County have also been the recipients of Eric’s generosity and talent through Operation Overnight. Operation Overnight provides non-profit organizations with new websites and marketing materials free of cost throughout a 24 hour time period. Over nine non-profit organizations have received new websites and the upcoming Operation Overnight takes place on October 23 – October 24, 2014.

When he is not working behind a computer, Eric is an active member of the Cedar Rapids Area Metro Economic Alliance, Technology Association of Iowa, and NewBo Open Coffee Club. “Eric looks at things in a new and different way in lieu of assuming it cannot be done. He is passionate about finding opportunities to support people in Cedar Rapids by creating an environment where they don’t want to leave,” states John Bloomhall, Chairman, Diamond V. Eric and his wife are proudly raising their two children in Cedar Rapids.

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