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Jan. 25, 2017
WHAT'S THE SECRET to running a successful business in these times? As an EMS company, our business plan remains the same throughout any health crisis. Even with a global pandemic, this is what we have trained for, which allows us to provide safe and reliable medical transports without interruption. ORION’s primary “secret” is a highly trained and highly committed management team that strategically adapts to any situation.
What’s unique about your approach? I founded ORION because of my sincere belief in a mission of being the best and most capable medical transport organization serving our community. A key component of fulfilling this vision each day is empowerment of my management team to mold their departments and develop a service-focused culture of achievement. I hired each of them because of their elite training and skills, and I trust them implicitly to make decisions that make tangible impacts for ORION and our community.
What’s most special about your team? One of my proudest achievements with ORION is developing and leading an entirely homegrown management team of the best EMS leaders in Houston. Each of them is a tenured employee who has advanced, with distinction, through the company. They have functioned as a cohesive, impactful unit for the bulk of their careers here at ORION.
Describe your inspiration for success. Across the Houston business landscape, there are so many inspirational success stories of other business owners, and I humbly include ORION in that group. What unites each of us is the commitment to being true stewards of our community — a commitment that did not waver over the last two years. The diversity of these leaders coming together for the people of Houston shows the resiliency that makes us the unique city we are.
What have you learned about your business and community? So often, one hears about a “return to normalcy” following this pandemic. However, we must acknowledge that many aspects of the previous two years are, indeed, “normalcy” for this country now. However, the people of the city of Houston, along with ORION and so many other businesses, have refused to be overcome by fear. Rather than wait for normalcy, we have rallied together — fortified by our resiliency — to continue to forge our community legacy of overcoming any challenge.
What’s most exciting about 2022? ORION has earned new contracts with more hospitals, which has us on track for incredible success this year. As President of the Texas Ambulance Association, I am excited to advocate for my peers across the state, share their successes, and refine industry-wide practices that highlight the thousands of dedicated EMS professionals serving Houston, and all of Texas, on the frontlines.
THE NEW ISSUE of Houston CityBook magazine features Astros owner Jim Crane on the cover.
Crane is one of the 10 subjects in the magazine’s annual “Leaders & Legends” portrait series, including images by Gittings Photography, and presented in partnership with Residences at The Allen and Bentley Houston. He was photographed by Gittings owner Greg Lorfing at Minute Maid Park.
Under Crane, whose Astros are currently ranked first in the American League West, the value of team has quadrupled. Through his Astros Foundation, the owner, a self-made shipping magnate, also operates the Houston Open golf tournament.
This is the fifth time Executive Publisher Lisa Holthouse and the editors of CityBook have presented “Leaders & Legends,” a regal portrait series pairing icons in given categories — such as business, science and the arts — with reigning leaders in the same fields. Past subjects have included a Nobel laureate, a multi-Grammy winner, a billionaire biz titan, a member of Congress, some the city’s most renowned restaurateurs and artists, and world-famous socialites like Lynn Wyatt and Joanne King Herring, who was honored earlier this spring at a ceremony at the United Nations.
The full roster of 2022 Leaders & Legends appears in the new mid-spring issue, which hits newsstands tomorrow.
Jim Crane photographed by Gittings owner Greg Lorfing at Minute Maid Park.
TWO CAUSES OF utmost importance to Houston were celebrated at a single event: At its annual gala, Virtuosi of Houston, an orchestra comprised of young musicians, honored the city’s healthcare heroes.
The evening, held at the Intercontinental Hotel in the Medical Center, featured performances by the young musicians directed by the group’s founding Artistic Director and Conductor Andrzej Grabjec. Everyone received a standing ovation, of course.
Physician C. Richard Stasney, who founded the Texas Voice Center 30 years ago and serves as a consulting otolaryngologist for HGO, the Alley and TUTS, was among the honorees. Texas Children’s Hospital’s James Versalovic was also recognized for his dedication and commitment throughout the pandemic. And the Innovator Award was presented to Monzer Hourani, who founded Medistar Corporation and invented the Biodefense Indoor Air Protection System.
Chairs Cheryl Byington and Beth Wolff were thrilled with the night’s total till, which topped $180,000 and will go toward ensuring that all young performers will receive opportunities to grow to their full potential at Virtuosi, regardless of race, religion or financial status.
The student orchestra
Bharti and Rani Puranik
Susan and Denis DeBakey
Bill Stubbs and Cynthia Wolff
Andrew and Rochelle Deiso
Myrtle Jones and Ashley Brooks
Chad Birken and Lauren Pham
Linda Wiley and David Addickes
Cheryl Byington, James Versalovic , Richard Stasney and Beth Wolff
Gaby Graubart and Gabriela Smith
Leslie Siller and Mary Fusillo