Team Member Spotlight Q&A with Sean Ossont
This week we sat down with the president of Continual Care Solutions, Sean Ossont, to ask him ten questions about himself and his experience at the company. Sean is a recognized healthcare leader with experience in business management consulting, managed care, and academic medicine. Check out his latest blog post: Knowledge Will Lead Community Organizations.
1. What is your role at Continual Care Solutions?
My role is to steer the ship to ensure that we are going in the right direction and avoid as many unfavorable conditions as possible, while team members focus on a specific function of the ship. In a way, I have deliberately distanced myself from the product to ensure the company remains sustainable throughout our entrepreneurial journey. So, I spend much of my time executing corporate strategy, which includes finances, business development, investor relations, strategic partnerships and other necessary tasks.
2. Why did you decide to join the Continual Care Solutions team?
I have spent nearly my entire career in health care that spans over two decades with rich experiences in consulting managed care, academic medicine, and human services as a board member. So, in many ways, Continual Care Solutions was a magnet for me that draws knowledge from nearly all dimensions of my career.
3. What is your favorite thing to work on as part of your job?
Learning. I know, an odd answer, but it is really what I enjoy about this work. Without a doubt it has been the most individual professional development I have experienced throughout my career. As a leader of a startup, you need to take on a variety of roles that you know nothing about. I really mean nothing! The experience has forced me to learn and develop new capacities by conducting research, talking to individuals who actually know what they are talking about and then taking risks to learn even more. Humbling for sure, but I have always had a thirst for knowledge and enjoy lifelong learning.
4. What is something interesting about yourself?
I am an adaptive ski instructor and have been doing it for the last 20 plus years. During this time, I have instructed and coached over 100 aspiring skiers with disabilities. What is unique about the sport of skiing with the disabled community is that gravity works for you, not against you like many other sports. With some adaptive equipment and commitment to learning, some techniques, one can be carving through powder (snow) independently as long as their heart desires.
5. What makes Continual Care Solutions special?
We have a vision to help transform community organizations, which are a critical piece to the larger healthcare ecosystem. Our contribution is advancing a technology to organizations who serve individuals and families to lead their healthiest lives. Being in the trenches of social impact is 100% a special experience.
6. How has Continual Care Solutions changed since you started there?
As a founder, much has changed since day one. From having no customers, to having several; working in an office at home to opening “headquarters” to working at home once again due to COVID19; and going from a staff of three to a staff of ten who are all fantastic teammates.
7. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Ski. We are a family of winter recreation. When you live in an area with the white stuff, you might as well make the most of it and play in it. My family skis every week of the winter season. And if we are lacking snow locally, we will travel to find some.
8. Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
St. Kitts and Nevis. Having visited several destinations in the Caribbean, this island is special for a variety of reasons…the people are kind, rich in history, beautiful beaches and is not an overbuilt holiday location.
9. Where is your favorite place to eat?
Mamasan's. A local Thai and Vietnamese eatery. What really separates Mamasan's from others, beyond being fantastic ethnic cuisine, is that my entire family enjoys it as well, which makes for good family togetherness.
10. What is one of your favorite quotes?
One? Sorry, here are my top three at the moment:
“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard
“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it isn’t open.” – Frank Zappa
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West
To read Sean's blog post 'Knowledge Will Lead Community Organizations', click here.