My name is Gary J. Borgstede. I am the Chief Administrative Officer and a Lead Team Pastor at Church of the King in Mandeville, Louisiana, one of the largest spirit-filled congregations in the Greater New Orleans Metro area.  Additionally, I am the President of The Make It Happen Learning Institute founded to help marketplace leaders make it happen in the marketplace for God’s glory and the benefit of others. I am also a Consulting Member Partner of the medical coding management services and technology firm, MedKoder, LLC , that brings medical coding with financial peace to health plans, health systems, hospitals, and physician practices across the United States. And lastly, as a Coachwell certified Executive Coach, I help organizations build healthy cultures of empowerment through Make It Happen Team Values that reach people and unleash their extraordinary God-given potential to make a difference in life.

I have been speaking on topics related to leadership, teamwork, and personal development for more than 15 years.  As a former business executive with operational responsibilities for multiple business divisions at Ochsner Health System, the largest integrated healthcare delivery system in the Gulf South, I have spoken at national business conferences, corporate leadership retreats, and team-building seminars.  Besides speaking on a national level, I have also taught leadership principles on the corporate level through The Make It Happen Leadership Development College as well as taught Management Accountability principles and People Management lessons as an executive faculty member of the Ochsner Learning Institute.  Lastly, as an executive staff leader, ministry team coach, and small group leader at Church of the King, I also enjoy the opportunity to share my faith and teach leadership principles based on the Word of God.

If you would like more information about opportunities for me to make a presentation to your company, team, or group, please contact me directly by sending an e-mail request for information to gborgstede@makeithappenbooks.com or calling me at 985-302-0858 .

Presentation Topics

  • Make It Happen Team Values: Keys To Building A High Performing Team ( 1.o hour presentation or 1.5 hour presentation) As a business leader with more than 20 years of diverse business leadership experience, Gary shares leadership insights on how to build a high performing team with Make It Happen Team Values.
  • The Make It Happen Journey Leadership Series: Creating A Team Culture Of Empowerment That Reaches People & Unleashes Their Extraordinary God-given Potential (Leadership curriculum presented in 4 – 1 hour sessions including a Workbook for each participant and a personal signed copy of Gary’s book, The Make It Happen Journey) As a business executive and author of the business leadership book titled The Make It Happen Journey, Gary teaches the leadership principles and Make It Happen Team Values that has helped him to successfully create team cultures of empowerment that reach people and unleash their extraordinary God-given potential to make a difference in life.
  • Enduring Patience: Building Blocks For Character That Lasts (45 minute presentation) As a certified finisher of the Florida Ironman triathlon race consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run, Gary shares the leadership lessons he learned in preparing for a long-distance endurance event and the leadership applications to successfully running the marathon of life)
  • Counting The Cost To Finish Well (45 minute presentation) As a certified RAAM team finisher, Gary shares his leadership experience and lessons learned in creating an 8-person cycling team to participate day and night in the non-stop 3,005 mile Race Across America on a bicycle climbing more than 100,000 ft of elevation over the mountains in Colorado and West Virginia, through the deserts of Arizona and New Mexico, through the agricultural plains of Kansas and Missouri, and across 14 states from Oceanside, California to the finish line in Annapolis, Maryland.
  • Leading A Winning Team With Influence That Makes A Positive Impact (30 minute presentation) As the recipient of the Ochsner Spirit of Leadership Awards for the Department of the Year and Community Service, Gary shares his personal leadership insights on how to lead a winning team that makes a positive impact for customers and team members.

Previous Speaking Engagements

  • Philadelphia AAHAM Conference, Pennsylvania
  • Cleveland HFMA, Annual Dinner Banquet, Ohio
  • Florida AAHAM Conference, Florida
  • Healthcare Billing & Collections Summit, Financial Research Associates, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Revolutionizing Health Care Billing & Collections Conference, World Research Group, Atlanta, Georgia
  • ASTD, American Society of Training & Development, New Orleans Chapter, Dinner Banquet
  • Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia, Business Office, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Arc Group Associates, CBO Outsourcing Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • HFMA Florida Chapter, Florida
  • HFMA Dixie Institute, Charleston, South Carolina
  • HFMA Louisiana Chapter, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • HFMA Lone Star Chapter, Dallas, Texas
  • HFMA South Carolina, Myrtle Beach
  • McKesson Company, Outsourcing Division, Georgia
  • Medical Data Systems, Leadership Meeting, Florida
  • HENA Conference, Pensacola, Florida
  • AAHAM ANI 2006 Conference, National Keynote, Arizona
  • HFMA San Diego Chapter, California
  • AAHAM Arizona and California Regional Meeting, California
  • His People Bible College, Potchefstrom, South Africa
  • Potchefstrom Technical College, Potchefstrom, South Africa
  • Gretna Business College, Louisiana
  • Integrated Revenue Management, Inc., Leadership Meeting, Florida
  • LHIMA, Louisiana Health Information Management Association, Conference
  • Ochsner Medical Library Knowledge Management Retreat
  • Blessey Marine Services, Captain’s Meeting One, Louisiana
  • Ochsner Patient Accounts Customer Service Leadership Meeting, Louisiana
  • Blessey Marine Services, Captain’s Meeting Two, Louisiana
  • Med Assets Business Summit, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Louisiana Medical Coding Professionals, Louisiana
  • St. John Parish Business Association, Louisiana
  • Church of the King, Men’s Breakfast, Louisiana
  • OSI Leadership Conference, Alexandria, Egypt
  • Corporate Green, Leadership Sessions One & Two, Louisiana
  • GNO Medical Group Management Association, Louisiana
  • Corporate Green, Leadership Sessions Three & Four, Louisiana
  • Diagnostic Imaging Services, Leadership Meeting, Louisiana
  • Church of the King, Leading Edge Marketplace Ministry, Weekly Breakfast Meetings
  • Make It Happen Penang, Business Leadership Seminar, Penang, Malaysia
  • Penang Marketplace Ministry, Penang, Malaysia


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