Mason Holland has lived in Charleston, SC, since 1988 and has been an active participant in the Charleston business community for over 35 years. Mr. Holland has created, operated, and reorganized multiple businesses in several industries. The common element in all his endeavors has been a strong focus on providing cost-effective, value-oriented service for his customers and the community.
Mr. Holland is Chairman Emeritus of Benefitfocus, Inc., a health care technology company he co-founded in 2000. Benefitfocus is the largest provider of online benefits enrollment software in the country. As a ‘software as a service company’, Benefitfocus designed and developed a network to electronically exchange and communicate benefits data with over 1,000 insurance and employee benefit providers to serve over 30 million insurance and benefit consumers.
Upon moving to Charleston in 1988, Mr. Holland founded American Pensions, Inc., a full-service pension administration and investment advisory firm, where he served as Chairman and President until its sale to a southeast regional bank in 2003. Prior to 1988, Mr. Holland was employed by a Wall Street-based investment firm after attending Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.
In 2017, Mr. Holland was instrumental, along with the board members of what is now Charleston Jazz and the previous Leonard School of Music, in the formation of the Charleston Jazz Academy, by way of a merger of the two entities.
In addition to participating on the Charleston Jazz Board of Directors, Mr. Holland serves as a board member with the South Carolina Aquarium, the Coastal Community Foundation, and the Charleston Gaillard Center. Previously, Mr. Holland has served as the Chairman of the Carolina Coastal American Red Cross, as President of the Exchange Club of Mount Pleasant, as President of the SC District Exchange Club, as a Board Officer for the Low Country Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, and as a founding board member for the Isle of Palms Run for the Child.