Meet the Collective: Quentin Blanton
Meet the Collective is our series highlighting the great people who make up Collective Health. Today, we’re sitting down with Quentin Blanton, Regional Vice President of Sales.
Where are you from?
I’m originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, but I’m a military brat, so I’ve lived all over the place, including Germany for nearly 7 years. Now, I work from home in SoCal in “Silicon Beach” — aka Playa Vista.
What happened in your career that led you to Collective Health?
I started early in the healthcare industry — as a college intern while at Morehouse — and decided to stick around for the last 16 years or so. Having access to high-quality healthcare that is sustainably affordable is a moral right to me, and as I watched the industry landscape change, I wanted to focus on being a part of the solution. I worked with Collective Health as a network partner and began to realize how Collective was truly walking the talk and creating an experience that members and employers deserved. They were challenging the status quo, and I wanted to be a part of that movement.
What excites you most about where Collective Health is going?
We’re just getting started! We are at the very beginning of where I think we will ultimately be, and the possibilities are exciting. Not only do we have a leadership team that is passionate about the work that we do, but we have a group of over 500 people that are dedicated to solving the problems of millions. Our growth since inception is impressive, and our outcomes prove that we are on the right track. In the next five years, I anticipate that Collective Health will be a household name and continue to raise the bar in the industry. It’s already evident that our work is causing others to adapt and change their business models. We are inspiring the industry to find new solutions to old problems that should have been fixed long before now.
What’s one of the most important lessons you’ve learned in your career?
Being your authentic self is the best way to get results. When you allow people to be their authentic selves, you come up with thoughts and ideas that might otherwise be suppressed.
What’s your favorite thing to do?
Besides hanging with my family, I love playing basketball. Catching a good movie would be a close second, and lately Orangetheory is becoming an obsession.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up and how does that inform what you do today? I wanted to be in the NBA. LOL. But it’s interesting thinking about that question because I’ve never thought about how that informs what I do today. Now, though, I’d say that playing sports all of my life taught me how to compete, how to be a team player, and how to hold my head high in times of defeat. Not making it to the NBA (or even college ball…) helped me to understand that, even when you don’t end up reaching your goals, you grow and learn and get better. Today, I value the input and experiences of everyone on my team. I know I don’t have all of the answers and can’t play every position, so I’m able to trust the input and contribution of others so that we can (Collectively) win.
What’s your favorite quote?
The only constant is change.