Helena City Commission candidate Mark A. Burzynski

Mark A. Burzynski, for Helena City Commission 

Thom Bridge, thom.bridge@helenair.com

Mark A. Burzynski

Age: 64

Address: 3063 Early Bird Drive

Contact info: 406/439-6230; markaburzynski@gmail.com

Education: Master of Arts, Business Major: Health Services Administration, University of Master of Business Administration, University of Wisconsin; Bachelor of Arts, Marquette University

Occupation: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana (Helena, Montana 2000 to 2017) -- Divisional Senior Vice President of Provider Services:

  • Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer 
  • Chief External Affairs Officer 
  • Vice President of Health Affairs 
  • Vice President of Healthcare Management 

St. Vincent Healthcare (SVH), Billings, Montana 1984 to 2000:

  • CEO, Yellowstone Community Health Plan 
  • CEO, Rocky Mountain Health Network  (aka Billings Physician Hospital Alliance)
  • Chief Financial Officer 

Training, certifications and licenses:

  • Certified Public Accountant, Wisconsin License #8478-1, 1983
  • Licensed Producer, Montana License #717277, 2009
  • American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association Advanced Member

Relevant experience:

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Thirty-five years of leadership and management experience with an in-depth knowledge of both the financial and operational aspects of health care delivery and financing. Proven track record in developing, implementing and achieving strategic goals and corporate objectives in complex environments with multiple, competing stakeholders and priorities. Proven skills in financial management, managing multiple and diverse activities, interfacing with external stakeholders, and communicating both internally and externally. Specifically, operational and capital budgeting, financial analysis, short and long range strategic planning and execution, executive leadership, transparency, and innovative solutions to challenges.

Why are you running for this office?

My family enjoys a high quality of life in Helena as do many individuals, families, and enterprises/organizations, which is directly attributable to the service that people provide to others. For example, Helena is a better place because we are fortunate to have dedicated, caring individuals serving as the Mayor, Commissioners, and City employees, such as policemen, firefighters, and engineers. There are volunteers at Helena Food Share, Florence Crittenton, Friendship Center, St. Peter’s Hospital, Small Fry football, Babe Ruth baseball, Myrna Loy, Grandstreet, the Holter, and many other such organizations. We are blessed with teachers/educators that care. Lots of people serve us in a passionate manner that make a fundamental difference for our community. Many of the people that enhance our quality of life could be making more money or doing other things with their time, but they do not fortunately. On behalf of my family, I want to take my turn volunteering and serving the City of Helena and its residents and putting my professional experience and education to work for the City of Helena. Imagine the different culture we might have if we all took a turn serving our neighbors and the rest of the people of Helena. You are not a Commissioner for the money, ego, and or your personal agenda and biases. You are a Commissioner to serve. For me this is an issue of service to others.

What do you hope to accomplish in this office?

Increase the tax and enterprise fee bases of the City of Helena through business growth, annexation, and increased home value, which create greater economies of scale and marginal cash flows, which will help Helena generate the necessary incremental funds for appropriate staffing of the Police and Fire Departments and reserves for structured, programmatic replacement and maintenance of Helena’s infrastructure, which are critical cornerstones of business investment, home ownership, and enhanced quality of life. Moreover, a Commissioner must serve as an ambassador for potential economic development and businesses. The Commissioners should facilitate the placement of businesses in Helena and their long-term success. Given Helena’s dependence on tax based paychecks, Helena needs other sources of income to create additional tax revenues and economic balance. Think about the impact of the State of Montana’s tax cuts on individuals and families in Helena. Now where do they go for employment? Helena needs to be perceived as “welcoming” to economic development; economic development cannot be perceived as intrusive, which it currently is.

Why should people vote for you?

If there is one concern that is voiced repeatedly as taxpayers have spoken with me, it is that some of the current Commissioners have not focused on issues that are important to the taxpayers of Helena, which are clean water, wastewater, roads, the Police and Fire Departments, attraction of tourists, the recruitment of businesses and good paying jobs, and wise investment of their taxes. Given the age and fragility of the City’s infrastructure and the staffing of key City services, Helena’s citizens’ and taxpayers’ concerns are warranted. To have a better handle on the infrastructure and staffing needs, I have spent considerable time with the City’s department leaders to understand the function (e.g., Ten Mile Water Treatment Plant, bus service, nutrient loads on Lake Helena, etc.) as well as the challenges in continuing to maintain the services we have all come to expect. I want to restore taxpayer confidence in the City of Helena’s Commissioners and make sure their taxes provide them the service and security they deserve.

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