2014 Entrepreneur of the Year: HEALTHCARE

Shari Sandifer – Avant Healthcare Professionals

One of the key characteristics of entrepreneurs is that they see a problem and come up with a viable, sustainable solution. Did we mention that they also possess the courage, the knowledge and the persistence necessary to turn that solution into a profitable, scalable company? Shari Sandifer, CEO of Avant Healthcare Professionals, is one of Central Florida’s most outstanding examples of this quality.

Sandifer observed, “We are in the midst of the greatest nursing shortage in modern history; it started in the late ‘90s and the only thing that stemmed the tide was the recession, which drove many women nurses back into the workforce, when their husbands became unemployed. This temporarily masked the problem.” Adding to the need are the droves of formerly uninsured patients entering the market, as well as 10,000 Americans a day turning 65. According to Sandifer, “Shortages are moving beyond what anyone foresaw.”

Avant Healthcare Professionals works to fill this gap by recruiting and qualifying foreign educated healthcare professionals, training and then placing them in hospitals and medical facilities across the country. Somehow this busy executive, ardent lobbyist and dedicated mother finds time to give back to the community in numerous ways. How does she do it? Sandifer once said, “Next to learning to persevere, I discovered the second most fundamental requirement of any entrepreneur – I always had this optimistic perspective.”

This article appears in the December 2014 issue of i4 Business.
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