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AFC Executive Biographies

  • Dr. Bruce Irwin, MD Founder and CEO
    Dr. Bruce Irwin, MD Founder and CEO

    Born the son of a cobbler in Center Point, Alabama, Bruce Irwin spent much of his childhood watching physicians and nurses tend to his father, who lost both legs in a locomotive accident. By the age of four, that experience had instilled in the young man the dream of one day becoming a doctor. After attending the University of Alabama School of Medicine and achieving that dream, Dr. Bruce Irwin was working as an emergency room physician and discovered non-emergencies were clogging up the waiting rooms. Despite his lack of education and experience in business, he sketched a plan for a network of urgent care clinics on a notepad. Today, with more than 160 clinics and 500 in-network physicians caring for 2 million patients a year, American Family Care is the world’s leading provider of urgent care and family care.

    Along with his day-to-day role as leader of a fast-growing Inc. 5000 company, throughout his career Dr. Irwin has also stayed at the forefront of medicine. Indeed, in addition to his previous Fellowship in Primary Care Development at Michigan State University and board certification from the American Board of Family Practice, Dr. Irwin has held board seats and/or memberships in organizations such as the American Academy of Family Physicians, the National Association for Ambulatory Care, the American Academy of Medical Directors, the American Board of Family Practice, and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, among others.

    With the extraordinary success of AFC, Dr. Bruce Irwin has evolved into a leading philanthropist for health-related issues. In addition to serving in volunteer leadership roles and providing significant financial support to causes such as The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The American Heart Association, and The Arthritis Foundation, Dr. Irwin currently serves as Co-Chair of Alabama Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Light the Night Walk”.

  • Randy Johansen President and Member of the Board of Directors
    Randy Johansen President and Member of the Board of Directors

    Randy Johansen joined American Family Care in June, 1992 as Chief Operating Officer and became President in 2005. Randy has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare field, primarily in finance, business administration and operations. During his tenure with AFC the company has grown from 6 clinics located in Alabama to more than 160 clinics across 26 states. He has also played an integral role in all of the company’s major acquisitions, including the purchases of Trinity Medical Contractors – a health care recruiting firm that has been renamed American Healthcare Resources – and Doctors Express, the largest urgent care franchising organization in the U.S.

    Prior to joining AFC, Johansen worked for Southern Medical Health Systems in Mobile, Alabama where he served as Vice President of the Health Services Division, which included the management of physician offices, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, outpatient surgery centers and prison health care management.

    Johansen has been a featured speaker at various industry events and interviewed and/or quoted in important industry publications including The Wall Street Journal, Franchise Times, and The Ambulatory M&A Advisor, among others.

    Johansen received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Northeast Missouri State University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of South Alabama.

  • Joseph Hawley, CPA Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
    Joseph Hawley, CPA Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    Joseph Hawley joined AFC in January, 1998. Prior to joining AFC, he was in public accounting for over twenty years. He has worked with AFC as an independent accountant or consultant since its inception, including involvement with the original planning phase of the company.

    He has an extensive and diversified background in tax, accounting and management services. Joseph received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa.

  • Anthony Williams Chief Information Officer
    Anthony Williams Chief Information Officer

    Anthony Williams joined AFC in March 2012 as the Director of Information Technology. In this role, he is responsible for providing strategic leadership and directing the overall planning, organizing and execution of all IT-related functions. This includes directing all IT operations to meet customer requirements as well as the support and maintenance of existing applications and development of new technical solutions.

    Prior to joining AFC Mr. Williams had nearly 20 years of Information Technology experience. Immediately before joining AFC, Mr. Williams led an well-regarded IT services company in Birmingham, AL.

    Anthony has a B.S. in Management Information Systems from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and his MBA from Auburn University.

  • William L. Koleszar Chief Marketing Officer
    William L. Koleszar Chief Marketing Officer

    Bill Koleszar currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer of American Family Care. In this role, Mr. Koleszar leads a team responsible for conceiving, developing, and executing marketing initiatives targeted to a broad range of AFC’s constituencies.

    Prior to joining AFC, Mr. Koleszar held progressive marketing leadership roles with Fortune 500 financial institutions. Mr. Koleszar also co-founded and served as Chief Marketing Officer for Vesdia Corporation, a venture-backed marketing technology company that was acquired by a private equity firm at a significant return on investment to shareholders.

    Mr. Koleszar holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Florida State University, as well as a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida. Continuing his post-graduate education, Koleszar also studied marketing strategy at Georgia State University and completed executive education courses in leadership, strategy and service excellence through Harvard Business School.

  • Dr. Benjamin Barlow Chief Medical Officer
    Dr. Benjamin Barlow Chief Medical Officer

    Dr. Benjamin Barlow currently serves as Chief Medical Officer of American Family Care, the nation’s leading provider of urgent care and occupational medicine, with 200 medical centers and 650 in-network physicians caring for nearly 3 million patients a year. Dr. Barlow joined AFC after more than a decade of service to our country in the United States Air Force, where he attained the rank of Major. During his distinguished military career, Dr. Barlow was continuously assigned roles of increasing responsibility, including overseas deployment in support of combat troops and as the Emergency Room Medical Director at Langley Air Force Base – the busiest ER in the Air Force with 16 physicians and 36,000 patient visits per year. For his service to our nation, he is the recipient of the Presidential Service Certificate, the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal, among other noteworthy distinctions.

    Dr. Barlow attended the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. He then attended the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine, where he earned is Doctor of Medicine. Following medical school, Dr. Barlow was a Resident in Emergency Medicine in affiliation with Wright State University School of Medicine, serving at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

    In addition to being Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, and licensed to practice in multiple states, Dr. Barlow holds several current certifications, including ACLS, ATLS, BLS, and PALS. He has also received additional training through the Mayo Clinic, the Center for Sustained Trauma and Readiness Skills, the Baltimore Shock Trauma Center, and the US Army Medical Research Institute.