While the country debates the value of higher education in preparing young people for employment, PrepMD is providing an innovative solution to a problem many are unaware of: a lack of skilled cardiac rhythm management and electrophysiology specialists. PrepMD is built around very specific, hands-on training programs designed to create expertise in fields that many colleges and universities overlook and many employers cannot train for in a cost-effective manner. The training programs last 26 weeks, or 6 months, and cost approximately $30,000, but demand has never been a problem given this strong business model.
The company’s two founders, Bob Mattioli and Matt O’Neal, have more than 65 years of medical device industry experience combined. Before founding PrepMD, Mr. Mattioli served as TyRx Pharma’s Vice President of Commercial Development where he constructed the commercial investment model that secured the principle investment of $25M for the company. Mr. O’Neal served as Area Vice President for Boston Scientific Corporation Inc. At the end of their corporate careers, Messrs. Mattioli and O’Neal decided to trade the idea of a traditional retirement for something a bit more exciting and rewarding – starting PrepMD.
Since the company’s humble beginning in 2009, Messrs. Mattioli and Neal have successfully trained more than 120 participants, placing 87% of them in jobs that require their skillsets. PrepMD has expanded to five full-time employees and now has an 8,000 square foot training facility in Braintree, Massachusetts along with multiple partnerships with area hospitals for observation and training purposes. With the help of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the founders of PrepMD were able to secure a 7(a) loan for $600,000 in 2009, and sought initial guidance from SCORE, an organization that provides free counseling for small businesses.
When it comes to giving back to the community, Mr. Mattioli and his team are just as focused and committed as ever. Once per training session, PrepMD organizes a fundraising event for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, or SCAA, a nongovernmental organization that places defibrillators in public spaces such as airports and high school playing fields. The SCAA promotes solutions to prevent sudden cardiac death, including increased awareness, immediate bystander action, public access to defibrillation (PAD), cardiovascular disease prevention, and access to preventative therapies.
In life and in business, success often comes from finding both passion and direction. The passion of PrepMD’s executives, coupled with their intense focus and vision for the nation’s medical device community will surely take the company to new levels of growth and success.
At first glance, Stop and Compare Supermarket appears to be more than a grocery store; it is a community center where its team of owners and operators work day and night to meet and serve their customers. Customers of varied ethnicities come to this shop because of its warm sense of community and because they can find goods they consumed in their native countries right here in this their new home. Stop and Compare Supermarkets is a family owned and operated neighborhood supermarket chain formed in 1996 with the purpose of serving the growing Latino and ethnic population in the Boston metropolitan area and other New England communities. The founders being immigrants themselves have made their mission to provide “Diverse Food for Diverse Communities.”
Alberto Calvo, one of the company’s founders and its current president, is an engineer by training and joined the family business on a full-time basis in 2011. Stop and Compare Supermarkets is owned and operated by three families - the Calvo, Iannotti and Dominguez families. The founders Tomas and Carmen Dominguez along with Betty Calvo have over 35 years of combined management experience in the food industry, working the wholesale side since 1970 and entering the retail side in the mid-1990s. Mr. Calvo is currently focused on developing the business by prospecting new store locations, marketing existing locations, strengthening management processes and controls, as well as training the staff.
Since the company’s humble beginning in Chelsea, Massachusetts, Stop and Compare has expanded into new communities and ventured into new states. The company now has more than 120 full-time and part-time employees, and has opened additional stores in Lynn, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island. With the help of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s emerging e-200 development program, Mr. Calvo has been able to receive formal training and expert advice on topics relevant to his business, such as human resources, financial management, marketing, access to capital and strategic planning.
Giving back to the community is a passion and a privilege for Mr. Calvo, who spends countless hours attending board meetings and gathering community members to discuss access to nutritious food, civic engagement, and education. In addition to his time, Mr. Calvo makes generous donations to support organizations like Social Capital, Inc., which strengthen communities by connecting diverse individuals and organizations through civic engagement initiatives.
This passion of Alberto Calvo and his team continues to be the engine for growth of Stop and Compare Supermarkets. Their focus and vision for the Greater Boston and New England area serves to provide a clear direction for the company. With a strong model, its history of success, and the growing Latino communities across New England, Stop and Compare will continue to go far.
Outstanding customer service is the wind behind the sail at Coast and Harbor Associates, Inc. (“Coast and Harbor”), a professional services firm that helps public, private, and non-profit owners manage the design and construction of their projects.
Founder and CEO, Marcella Lancome, started her company in 1989 from her kitchen in Massachusetts, where ocean waves crashing on a coast and harbor outside the window inspired the company’s name. Ms. Lancome lived in both Texas and Washington, D.C. before arriving in Massachusetts. Her varied experiences in public service, including with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, provided the buoy to launch her own business. Coast and Harbor is now one of the few Hispanic-owned, experienced project management firms in the New England area that has managed projects with construction values from $500,000 up to $100 million.
Since the company’s humble beginning, Coast and Harbor has witnessed explosive growth. The company has more than 30 full-time employees, and has opened an additional office in Washington, D.C. With the help of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program for government contracting, as well as its regular trainings and seminars on relevant topics, Ms. Lancome and her company have been able to showcase their ability to manage large construction projects. Through open competition, the company won a U.S. Government contract for a project in Texas whose overall construction value exceeds $95 million.
Giving back to the community is important to Ms. Lancome, and she brings her employees together to discuss organizations they wish to support as a company each year. This past Christmas, Coast and Harbor contributed to the Wounded Warriors Project for injured service members, My Brother’s Table, a local food bank in Lynn, and Toys for Tots in remote northern Maine. “Giving back to the community is important to all of us, but we do it quietly, without bringing much attention to ourselves,” said Ms. Lancome.
In the construction management arena, however, Coast and Harbor stands out like a beacon of light. Today, the largest land port of entry into the United States is being built outside of El Paso, Texas. Coast and Harbor is managing the construction as agent for the United States General Services Administration. What is so American about this story is that is that less than 100 years ago, Marcella Lancomes’ own grandfather paid one nickel each day to cross from Mexico to the United States at the land port of entry at Laredo, Texas to work in the area. At the time, her grandfather was only 14 years old. That was 91 years ago and today Marcella is managing the $96 million land port of entry project just up the road from Laredo.
The company offers more than 20 years of experience in design and construction excellence. As it continues to grow, you will continue to see a leader at the helm that exudes passion and an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction.