Describing Connextions as the “the leading technology and business solutions provider to the health care marketplace,” company President Steven Auerbach said that changes in the health care field have made consumers more involved. The Supreme Court decision June 28 in favor of legislation requiring all Americans to have health insurance will make this involvement even more pressing.
“What we do at Connextions,” said Auerbach, “is help people get the best health care. Help them buy the right products, use those products, select the right physician and navigate through all the price points.” He added that the company has grown “by 40 percent, year over year.”
Stephen Hemsley, CEO of UnitedHealth Group also spoke, praising the business climate of Texas, already home to 11,000 employees for the firm. Approximately 700 new jobs will also be added in Sugarland, San Antonio and Harlingen, he told the group, which saved its applause for the announcement of the 800 Irving-based jobs.
“The positions in Irving,” Hemsley said, “will be for health agents, managers, trainers, technologists and other business professionals.
“We chose Texas because of the state’s determination to keep its economy strong.”
In his comments, Governor Perry spoke of the “palpable energy here in Texas,” and, nodding to Hemsley, suggested he welcomed the company to move its headquarters from Minnesota to Texas.
“Texas is the place to come to,” Perry said, “to escape crippling tax rates, job-killing red tape, and lawsuits that are endless in their frivolousness. We are committed to the sound, conservative values that helped us build such a strong economy in the first place.”
Shaun Callaway, COO of the Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce said he was “very excited” at the announcement.
“Irving has the climate and the business structure to lure companies in,” Callaway explained. “Being the premier business address in the country is fantastic for us.
“With 70 percent of the tax base in Irving being paid for by the business community, it’s obvious that business is doing very well.”
He added that Connextions and UnitedHealth Group had been offered no incentives to locate here, either by the city of the state of Texas.
Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne echoed her belief in the strength of the city’s business environment.
“We’re going to be working with them ferociously to make sure that we are a good partner, and a good location,” Van Duyne said.
A website has been set up for information about the new positions at www.jobs.connextions.com and job fairs are being scheduled. Hiring and training will take place at the temporary offices of Connextions, 8700 Freeport Parkway in Irving.