About The Soriant Team

Our professional consultants are former industry executives with decades of combined experience in contract negotiations, in house and third-party support services. Our people have the unique skills to understand the challenges and budgetary constraints that all our clients face.  Soriant proactively collaborates with everyone from the C-suite to the front line, acting as your partner to prioritize your financial interests and goals for the future. We assess and implement immediate solutions for today’s problems, while creating sustainable results. Getting to know our staff will give you a better idea of our team’s expertise. We want to achieve your facility’s goals, while anticipating and overcoming all barriers to change.

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Meet the Executive Team


Brian Nugent

“Navigating the healthcare industry is like a huge jigsaw puzzle; first we seek to understand our clients’ needs and then together, we find the pieces that are missing or overlooked.”

With over 30 years in healthcare consulting, Brian is known for his ability to lead, cultivate and build teams in times of upheaval. His management style focuses on “Change as an Opportunity” for new processes, new leadership, creative thinking, team building and overall bottom line results. By spending the necessary time during the assessment period, Brian focuses on the core issues quickly and works hand in hand with leadership to establish a solid plan. He empowers others by setting clear expectations, strong communication and holding people accountable. By working with current and new management to motivate and organize for effectiveness, Brian naturally inspires teams with a sense of passion and purpose, leading to cost reductions, revenues enhancements, increased customer satisfaction and employee morale improvement and retention – all a winning combination to leave a legacy of success! Most recently Brian managed an implementation at a hospital in North Carolina, where he was able to reduce operating costs in Food and Environmental services by $1 million annually over 10 years and an additional $1 million investment from a vendor for renovations.

Prior to Soriant, Brian was the regional vice president for Morrison Management, increasing territory accounts by over 100% in a 4-year period. As District Manager for Sodexho, he directed multi-million dollar financial operations budgets and exceeded their operating income by 10%. A winner of the World Wide Innovation Forum for the development of dining’s 5 S.T.A.R.S., Brian’s efforts resulted in successful JCAHO, federal and state surveys.

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Chief Operating Officer

“We treat every opportunity to work with our Clients as a partnership, and we make it our mission to create sustainable solutions that leave you with the knowledge and skills needed to continue making progress long after we leave.”

Erik brings a wealth of experience with an outstanding track record as an executive who has held a wide range of operational and strategic roles. Throughout his career Erik has helped organizations identify, evaluate and capitalize on market opportunities. His expertise in business, market and concept development, strategic and financial leadership, partnership development and negotiation has been complementary to his own personal goal of improving the lives of the communities in which he operates in.

Erik was previously the CEO and Founder of HealthZooks!, providing telehealth and digital health management tools to rural low-income communities in California, Mississippi, and Oklahoma. The companies pilot programs delivered meaningful health improvement outcomes in these underserved communities and deployed a technology platform that changed behaviors before unnecessary medical procedures and hospitalizations were required.

Prior to HealthZooks! Erik’s most recent experience was in the commercialization of new products and services for both B2B and B2C applications for Sodexo’s $4B Healthcare organization. Erik played an instrumental role in the evaluation and execution of acquisitions, corporate partnerships (both equity and non-equity based), VC/private equity relationships, public/private partnerships, joint ventures, and structuring/adding in-house development. Previous to Sodexo, Erik led the development of a high tech incubation group in Silicon Valley. Erik has a Master’s Degree in Finance and Economics.

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Christina Nugent
Chief Financial Officer

“I am continually inspired by the body of great work, know-how, and passion of the people at Soriant.”

Christina has served as Chief Financial Officer since 2008. A stock options trader for over 20 years, Christina spearheads the financial and human resources divisions. Her background gives a fresh vantage point to running a healthcare consultancy. She is responsible for maintaining Soriant’s competitive edge, attracting top executives and standardizing processes.

Prior to her trading career, Christina was influential in advancing Home Depot’s store IT operations as a Senior IS Director. After leaving Home Depot she worked for a subsidiary of Knowledge Universe bringing their innovative practices to Soriant. In addition to her CFO role, Christina teaches and manages a speaker series on stock options trading.

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Chris Brown
Senior Vice President

“It’s important to me that my work has a positive impact on healthcare. I enjoy knowing that money we save clients is redirected to patient care.”

Chris brings more than 18 years of healthcare support services expertise. As a former contract management provider, Chris has an in-depth knowledge of provider fees and fee structures, enabling him to safeguard critical funds. Chris excels at finding ways institutions can reap benefits via rebates, paying the right price for the right product, and retaining low costs.

Most recently, Chris partnered with a large health system to infuse a standardized waste stream management program producing a 5+ cost savings. Specializing in contract management and labor efficiencies, Chris has helped raised Press Ganey scores significantly and was instrumental in saving a 300-bed teaching facility $900K annually in valet services alone.

Before joining Soriant, Chris was influential in creating and developing Wellspring’s successful healthcare practice and its eventual acquisition by Huron Consulting. As Director at Sumter Regional Hospital and earning rookie of the year as a Director at Morrison Management, he specialized in P&L, contract management, production management, food services, B&I, LTC and acute care facilities.

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Jessica Rizzo
Senior Director Client Solutions

“At Soriant Solutions, we believe in creating a collaborative, side-by-side approach with transparency as the vital principal that brings visibility to key leadership in the areas of cost reduction, savings, operational efficiencies and process improvement.”

With over 14 years of healthcare experience, Jessica manages and develops strategic partnerships to align the right client with the right solution by investing the time to truly understand what the client is experiencing and mutually developing a plan for long term sustainable results. Jessica believes in fulfilling client expectations, building authentic business relationships, and working towards common objectives that are mutually defined.

Jessica began her career with Sodexo and in 2012, relocated to Nashville to work with SpecialtyCare. Her focus has always been in the purchased services space, directing national business development and growth strategies with a customer focused mentality. Additionally, Jessica was the first professional to receive certification in account management.


The Soriant brand was inspired by Richard Bach’s literary masterpiece, Jonathan Livingston Seagull. This character represents the essence of our company – the relentless focus to help others reach new heights with a commitment to delivering innovative and bold solutions through tenacity, knowledge, and passion. With the Soriant team working alongside our clients, we know our solutions will help you achieve new possibilities by anticipating the barriers, risks and opportunities that provide insight and sustainablity that will foster your teams ability to accomplish the desired results.