Premier Eye Care’s CEO brings innovation and caring to business and community
TAMPA, Fla. (September 26, 2017) – Lorna Taylor, CEO of Premier Eye Care, will receive the Tampa Bay Ethics Award from the University of Tampa Center for Ethics at a breakfast event on Friday, Oct. 6th.
Taylor is being recognized for her business approach that integrates a commitment to “people, planet and profit” as a proven business strategy for sustainability and success.
With over $110 million in 2016 revenue, Premier was named as one of “Florida’s Fastest Growing Companies” by Florida Business Journals in 2015 and 2016, reflecting the company’s national expansion. Premier also has been ranked for six consecutive years as one of “Florida’s Best Companies to Work For” by Florida Trend magazine.
The company, which manages full-risk medical and routine ophthalmic care for over 4 million people, is recognized for its technology solutions that have enhanced the quality of medical and customer care in a highly competitive industry. Taylor has built a forward-thinking, self-directed team rooted in innovation, half of whom are millennials: Premier was ranked as one of the 75 “Best Places to Work for Millennials” in the nation by the Center for Generational Kinetics after a study of 4,000 U.S. companies.
In the community, Taylor is involved in a number of key community initiatives. She serves on the Board of Trustees for The Dalí Museum, and on the Boards of Directors of Preserve Vision Florida, Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Foundation, Arts Conservatory for Teens, and Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts. She also sits on the University of Tampa Board of Trustees as well as the Board of H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute Moffitt Medical Group. In total, Taylor has directed over $3 million in support to critical Tampa Bay and Florida nonprofits.
“Lorna’s interactions are underscored by her belief that many diverse views and voices are needed to develop key strategies – be they in business or community endeavors,” said Jan Roberts, a longtime Tampa Bay community leader who nominated Taylor for the award. Taylor, a member of the Athena Society, is a well-known champion for pay equality.
Taylor’s values of balancing work, family and the community are an expansion of her education experience at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she received a Master’s of Divinity with a concentration in social ethics. In building Premier into one of the nation’s top managed eye care companies, she is surrounded with an executive team equally dedicated to high performance and social responsibility.
The proof of the company’s corporate values is its profitability balanced by its associate longevity, maintaining a 1 to 4 percent attrition rate in an industry that averages over 20 percent.
The 27th annual Business Ethics breakfast is at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 6th in the Vaughn Center Crescent Club on the University of Tampa campus. A prestigious group of speakers will highlight Taylor’s involvement in business and the community, including former USF President Betty Castor, St. Pete Design Group Design Director Yann Weymouth, Tampa Bay Times columnist Ernest Hooper, and St. Petersburg Poet Laureate Helen Pruitt Wallace. Carlton Fields attorney Fentrice Driskell will offer the invocation.
The event is one of many programs held throughout the year by the UT Center for Ethics, which is supported by an advisory board of business, university and community leaders.
Past winners of the award, given to community leaders who demonstrate high ethical standards in business, include John Sykes, Richard Gonzmart, James Ferman, Gov. Bob Martinez, Pam Iorio, John Ramil, Jan Platt, and A.D. “Sandy” MacKinnon.
About Premier Eye Care: Founded in 1994, Premier Eye Care is headquartered in Tampa, Florida, with offices in Boca Raton, Florida and Honolulu, Hawaii. Premier is recognized by its partners as being the national leader in providing quality, innovative and affordable solutions for managed medical and routine eye care. For more information, visit http://www.premiereyecare.net.