Portfolio Assurance Group is fortunate to have an executive team with over 78 years of combined healthcare experience. We understand issues from a healthcare administrator’s perspective and structure our services accordingly.


Gary A. Brown, President

Gary A. Brown has spent much of his career in healthcare business development and has significant previous experience in Fortune 100 sales and marketing with Thomson Reuters. He has received special recognition in the Wall Street Journal as an exceptional corporate representative. Currently, he is President of Portfolio Assurance Group, a firm addressing the need to boost hospital revenue through efficient resource utilization in an unstable healthcare environment.

After receiving his undergraduate Business Administration degree from Oral Roberts University, Mr. Brown earned his MBA from Oklahoma State University. He has spent over 20 years in management, marketing and sales for large and small firms, primarily in the healthcare arena. He counts his wife Tracy and his five children among his greatest blessings. Mr. Brown may be contacted at gary@portfolioassurance.com.

Sherman A. Reed, Legal Counsel

Sherman Reed, J.D., began his law practice in 1986. For twenty-three years, Sherman practiced largely as a solo practitioner before joining Lester Loving & Davies in 2009. Mr. Reed’s broad practice has always included business, employment, bankruptcy, insurance and trust litigation as well as general civil litigation.

From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Reed maintained his successful law practice while serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Western Oklahoma Cafes companies, which own the popular Alfredo’s Mexican Cafes. In addition to his practice of law, he has served as in-house counsel for a local real estate development company.  Presently, he is of counsel with Lester Loving & Davies and is legal counsel for Portfolio Assurance Group.

Mr. Reed is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Oklahoma County Bar Association. He received his B.S. Degree in Accounting from Oklahoma Christian University in 1980.  In 1986, he graduated with his J.D. from the Oklahoma City University School of Law. Mr. Reed may be contacted at sherman@portfolioassurance.com.

Healthcare Specialists

Ike Burress

Warren “Ike” Burress is well known throughout the health care industry with over 40 years of experience in major health care systems including thirty-five years of sales and sales management with Fortune 100 health care corporations. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Corporate Solutions for Cardinal Health, Inc. and five years as an Account Executive for the Mercy Health System.

Mr. Burress is also active in the Oklahoma City area community, having served for ten years on the Deer Creek School Board and currently is serving his thirteenth year on the Board of Trustees for Christian Heritage Academy.

Mr. Burress has four children and six grandchildren which he enjoys along with his wife Peggy.

After graduating from the University of Texas Arlington, he served four years as an Aviation Officer in the United States Navy, before beginning his career in health care. Mr. Burress may be contacted at: ike@portfolioassurance.com.

Randy B. Fortner

Randy B. Fortner has spent the majority of his career as an executive in the health care industry, specifically in the hospital sector.  He has significant experience in both system affiliated and community owned facilities.  He has achieved Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has been active in Arkansas healthcare leadership through his service on many Boards, most notably the Arkansas Hospital Association and the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care.

Mr. Fortner received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas and his Masters degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock.  He spent his early years as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist and the last 21 years as a C-suite executive. Mr. Fortner spends his free time enjoying his family.  He is married to wife, Virginia, and has two children.  Mr. Fortner can be reached at randy@portfolioassurance.com.