#20 John Sheridan The Cooper Health System, President and CEO
Insiders always insist that George Norcross' right-hand man running Cooper can stand on his own merit.
"If we're talking about intelligence, knowledge of the industry and effectiveness in running an institution, John's at the top of the list," said one admirer.
"He can only do what George wants done, but he's got to get it done," the insider continued. "George has supplied the resources that have helped Cooper blossom with John."
Another said Sheridan doesn't get the credit he deserves, pointing out that Norcross' varied interests make it imperative to have a go-to guy at Cooper.
"He is elegant," one industry veteran said. "He's a power player, but he's a good guy. He's very sharp."
And he understands he works for the biggest power broker in the state.
"John should be No. 1 on the list just for having to work under George," one said with a laugh — before double-checking that the conversation was all on background.
The Cooper Health System
Last Year's Rank: 22