American Specialty Health Chairman and CEO George DeVries Named “CEO of the Year” by San Diego Business Journal


SAN DIEGO, September 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — At a ceremony celebrating innovative and successful business leaders San Diegothe San Diego Business Journal present George DeVries, co-founder, chairman and CEO of American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH) with a “CEO of the Year” award. DeVries was one of 20 CEOs honored at a ceremony held at the Burnham Center for Community Advancement. Over 200 CEOs have been nominated for the award.

“This award is quite an honor,” DeVries said. “It recognizes over three decades of hard work by our team. We are extremely proud of our continued growth and product expansion, and the strong culture and teamwork we have built within our organization. We have experienced significant growth over the past three decades due to our relentless commitment to our mission, innovative leadership and focus on technology development.”

DeVries added, “I am especially grateful to our incredibly talented team. I am grateful for their spirit of innovation that allows our business to thrive despite industry challenges and competition, in addition to their ability to pivot during unexpected situations, such as those we have faced with COVID-19 and its variants in recent years.”

DeVries co-founded American Specialty Health 35 years ago in the second bedroom of a townhouse in Southern California with $5,000 in seed capital. Overcoming financial, regulatory and industry hurdles, he and his team launched innovative specialty health networks for chiropractic and acupuncture care in California, then expanded nationwide, diversifying the company’s lines of business to include physical and occupational therapy, massage therapy and other musculoskeletal health services. DeVries then launched fitness and wellness solutions for health plans, employers and associations. Today, ASH is one of the fastest growing private benefits management companies in the nation, with more than 1,500 employees serving more than 57 million Americans.

“As I reflect on our 35 years, I am deeply grateful to our customers who trusted our vision during those early years,” DeVries said. “Many of them are still customers who continue to collaborate with us on new programs in addition to maintaining their old programs with us.”

DeVries has been repeatedly recognized for his innovation and leadership over the years. His other awards include:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award in Wellness, San Diego Business Journal, 2013
  • 50 Distinguished Alumni Awards, University of California, San Diego2011
  • Most Influential Award in Specialty Health, National Association of Specialty Health Organizations (NASHO), 2010
  • Innovation Award, American Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), 2004
  • Outstanding Graduate Awards, University of California, San Diego2001
  • National Health Sciences Entrepreneur of the Year, Ernst & Young, 2000
  • Appointment to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, 2000
  • San Diego Entrepreneur of the Year for Health Sciences, Ernst & Young, 1997

Through the leadership of DeVries and key executives, ASH has also been honored with the following awards:

  • 2022 Nation’s Best and Brightest in Wellness, National Association for Business Resources (NABR)
  • 2022 San Diego Best and Brightest in Wellness, (six consecutive wellness wins), NABR
  • Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest growing private companies, Inc. Magazine (ranked 10 times, 2009-2019)
  • One of the San Diego one Best WorkplacesSan Diego Union Grandstand (2020, 2013) & San Diego Business Journal (2009, 2006)
  • One of the 100 “Best Workplaces in Healthcare” Modern healthcare magazine (2008)
  • One of the 15 fittest American companies, fitness for men magazine (2008)
  • A Gold Award from Top Employers for Healthy Lifestyles, National Business Group on Health (2008 – 2011)

About American Specialty Health

American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH) is one of the nation’s leading independent, private specialty health organizations providing technology-enabled benefits management services, including musculoskeletal provider networks and programs, networks of fitness centers and exercise programs; and wellness solutions for health plans, insurance companies, employers and others. With offices at carmel (Indianapolis), IN, San Diego, Californiaand Fort Worth, TX. ASH has over 1,500 employees. For more information about ASH, visit or call 800-848-3555. Follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter at @ASHCompanies.

Lisa Freeman
American Specialty Health
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SOURCE American Specialty Health Incorporated


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