As a catcher on the University of Pennsylvania's baseball team in the early 1990s, Ben Breier had a unique opportunity that his teammates didn't have: the chance to see every aspect of each ballgame play out in front of him.
Breier—who served as co-captain of that team in his last two years of college—transferred the skill of noticing how individual actions can help advance a team goal in his career as a healthcare executive, most recently at post-acute company Kindred Healthcare in Louisville, Ky.
“When you're playing baseball, it doesn't matter what background anyone comes from,” says Breier, 39, who has served as executive vice president and acting president of Kindred's hospital division since March 2008. “You work as a team for one goal: winning a game, winning a season. One thing I take pride in is my ability to relate to people,” he adds. “A lot of that stems from athletics and baseball in particular.”