Alan Ewalt, Partner
Well-traveled through the world of HR & beyond

Alan has over 32 years experience in the health care industry as a human resources and benefits executive. Before co-founding Preferred Partners Insurance Agency, he spent 25 years as the Chief Human Resources Officer at Tenet Healthcare, a multi-billion dollar hospital management company that at its peak had over 100,000 employees.

His previous experience included serving as the Divisional Vice President of Personnel for American Hospital Supply Corporation where he focused on recruiting, organizational development and preventive labor relations.


Alan has always had a particular interest in enhancing his company’s benefit plan competitiveness. He drove the early adoption of such concepts as self-funding, utilization review, and cafeteria benefit plans.


As cost containment became more important, he moved to implement case management, physician contracting, PPOs and managed care, while still striving to balance affordability with providing a quality offering of plans to employees. He directed the management of employee benefit plans, including integration of acquisitions and consolidation of benefit plans. He also oversaw cost containment efforts, led plan designing and communication, and initiated executive benefits such as Section 105 plans and SERPs.


Alan earned PPACA Certification as an expert in health care reform from the National Association of Health Underwriters. In addition to advising the firm’s clients on general benefits strategy, he provides executive compensation and benefits consulting with a particular emphasis on non-qualified compensation plans for tax-exempt organizations.

In business, Alan is known for saying, “Plan your work & work your plan.” Away from the office, he applies this same mindset to travel— planning trips around the globe and living out the adventures he has so carefully planned, often with members of his family by his side.

  • Preferred Partners Insurance Agency

    • Founding Partner

  • Tenet Healthcare

    • Executive Vice President, Human Resources

  • American Hospital Supply Corporation

    • Division Vice President, Personnel

  • U.S. Army Transportation Corp

    • 1st Lieutenant

  • Benefits administration

  • Human resources

  • Health care reform / compliance

  • Executive benefits

  • Retirement plans

  • Mississippi State University

    • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration

    • Master of Business Administration

  • National Association of Health Underwriters

    • Certificate in Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)