Employee Benefit Management Services (EBMS) is a leader in innovative healthcare solutions. The company offers a broad suite of services to support U.S. employers with managing their healthcare, including benefits administration, proprietary onsite/near site health centers, proprietary clinical and specialty pharmacy programs, employer direct network management, captive insurance risk services, and flex, HRA and HSA administration. EBMS serves more than 275 organizations across the United States.  The company’s founders chose to partner with Water Street in 2017 to advance their goal of improving the cost, quality and experience of healthcare for U.S. employers.

James Vertino


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James Vertino is a dynamic leader who has spearheaded transformational changes at EBMS and other healthcare companies throughout his career. He joined EBMS as CIO in 2017 and assumed additional responsibilities to position the company for long-term growth. James helped recruit exceptional leaders and guided significant upgrades to technology infrastructure, enabling EBMS to better serve members and evolve into a fully integrated healthcare-management company with a national presence. In his more than 25 years of leadership experience with MetLife, Lehman Brothers, CareSource and HealthPlan Services, James’ work has positively impacted the well-being of millions of customers and thousands of employees. He graduated magna cum laude from Medaille College in Buffalo, N.Y., with a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems.