Mark Bakken didn’t build a 500-member Epic consultancy by accident. Bakken, the founder of both Nordic and HealthX Ventures, saw the need for a new model for electronic health record (EHR) consulting, so he pioneered one.

Nominated by Mike Victorson, president and CEO of M3 Insurance, Bakken is credited with taking a risk and identifying a niche within the health care space and then making the right decisions at critical growth stages of Nordic, which has grown into the world’s largest Epic consulting practice. These are among the reasons he was chosen for the 2015 In Business Executive Hall of Fame by his business peers in the 2014 Hall of Fame class.

“It’s an honor to be considered at all,” he notes, “but then to be chosen is quite an honor.”