23-Year Record of Bringing Medical Breakthroughs to Market
Competing in the nearly $30 billion clinical research industry, Linda Moore Schipani’s Clinical Research Associates, Inc. (CRA) has earned its place among the most highly regarded research centers in the U.S. One of the first independent multispecialty research centers when it opened in 1990, the Nashville, Tenn., company has participated in over 550 Phase II, III, IV and Rx-to-OTC national and multinational clinical trials involving 13,000 people.
“We were pioneers in the field. We demonstrated that independent centers could perform studies with the same level of professionalism and reliability as the universities,” says Schipani, who had little formal business training at the time she started the center and only three employees. Based on her long experience as a family nurse clinician, Schipani was confident she could compete with universities, which are burdened with cumbersome red tape and unnecessarily long ramp-up times. …Read More
Strength, Sincerity and Heartfelt Hospitality
Becky Taylor, vice president of First Southern National Bank, is not one to shy away from a challenge. In fact, she tends to hit her stride on uphill climbs. In 1992, she and two other employees opened a First Southern branch in Lexington de novo—no loans, no deposits—at a time when First Southern was largely unknown in central Kentucky. Needless to say, Taylor and her colleagues had their work cut out for them.
Determined and hopeful, Taylor made a flurry of cold calls, pressing on to get the fledgling branch off the ground. “It really made me appreciate each and every customer,” she recalls. …Read More
Setting the Standard for a Demanding Industry
When Peggy Allen Parker took the helm of Allen’s Electric Motor Service, Inc. in 1984, her biggest concern was mastering the electric motor. Previously, she had served as the company’s bookkeeper and office manager, and she understood the road ahead would likely be rough. But she was undeterred. She rolled up her sleeves and absorbed all she could, both firsthand and by way of the Electric Motor Repair manual.
Today, Parker is a renowned industry expert. Allen’s, the company she started with her father, is a client favorite. But Parker’s practical knowledge and …Read More
Embracing Financial Complexity and Broader Demands
Terri Carson, Managing Director–Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors in Lexington, Ky., tends to think of her profession in evolutionary terms.
In 1980, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Carson evolved from a wide-eyed undergraduate into an aspiring investment broker. In the three decades since, Carson has frequently reflected on the evolution of her industry—its regulatory landscape, philosophical underpinnings and practical trends. And, as a veteran financial advisor, she has seen clients’ needs evolve considerably over time. …Read More
NASCO Increases Efficiency and Reduces Costs for Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® Plans
In the insurance world, and the health insurance world in particular, information and its management are increasingly important.
This is why Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) Plan executives turn to NASCO to streamline data flow. Along with increased efficiencies, the company brings significant cost savings by managing more information better – creating the capacity for its Plan customers to grow their business without adding staff.
Lauret Howard, NASCO’s vice president of …Read More
Never Say Impossible Flaming Phoenix MD Thrives on the Toughest Logistics Challenges
Nothing is impossible to Deb Disney. The former owner of a travel agency and a day spa stepped way outside of her comfort zone to get started in an entirely different field. In doing so, she has achieved far more than she ever imagined.
Disney took over her brother’s global logistics company, Flaming Phoenix MD, named after the mythical bird that rises up from its ashes to become stronger than before. Raising up a 100 percent woman-owned business in an overwhelmingly male-dominated industry was no …Read More
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana’s Allison Young: Transformation of U.S. Healthcare Demands Leadership
While politicians and jurists debated the merits of the Affordable Care Act for the past three years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana steadily continued the transformation process it began in 2003. Under the leadership of Allison Young, Blue Cross has been exploring and implementing innovations to improve service to 1.4 million members.
“The need to rethink and reshape our healthcare delivery system is not in question, …Read More
Providing for the Providers MedManagement, LLC Takes a Burden off Health Care Facilities and Professionals
Patients have always looked to hospitals and physicians for solutions to their problems. Where do hospitals and physicians go for solutions to their health care compliance issues? When it comes to medical necessity compliance, more and more hospitals and providers are turning to MedManagement for physician advisor services as the solution. Founded in 1996, MedManagement has trained, board-certified physician advisors available on a 24/7 basis to meet needs for concurrent, critical …Read More
The Power to Succeed in a Man’s World Allen’s Electric Motor Service Gives Customers the Total Solution
Maybe you’ve never seen an electric motor service shop. If you have, you’ve never seen one like this. It’s clean, it’s well-organized, and it’s big – making it ideal for working on motors of all sizes, including 10,000 horsepower behemoths, right on the premises.
This 47,000-square-foot facility at Allen’s Electric Motor Service in Vivian, Louisiana, is a monument to precision and efficiency. But even more, it is a monument to the faith, will and determination of one woman who has …Read More
A National Leader in Environmental Services
What started as a small, local job has materialized into a successful environmental firm with a diverse portfolio of clients across the United States. Advanced Environmental Consultants, Inc.’s (AEC) clients continue to refer others and consistently return for assistance on new projects. This is all because of
AEC’s high-quality work, responsiveness and professionalism. With humble beginnings, DeJonnette Grantham King grew a business she started in 1997, in her dining room, into one of the nation’s …Read More