Raised in working class families, Quint and Rishy Studer have both made community-based philanthropy, job creation and educational attainment the focus of their giving and investing. By their corporate work to improve healthcare for patients in Pensacola and around the world; their investment in Pensacola's downtown historic district, waterfront and the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos minor league baseball team; and their philanthropic work to publicly and privately assist families in need, the Studers are an integral part of Pensacola's growth and development. Through gifts like the Pensacola Pledge, the Studers are helping to improve the lives of others by creating opportunities for students to find their passion, serve their community and pursue higher education.
After a career in hospital administration, Quint joined Rishy in building the Studer Group, an internationally respected healthcare consulting company that works with hospitals and healthcare providers to improve the quality of healthcare for patients. The Studer Group is the only healthcare consulting firm to win the Malcolm Baldridge Award for Quality, the most prestigious honor awarded by the United States Department of Commerce. From 2000 to 2011, Quint served as CEO of the Gulf Breeze-based Studer Group, and now serves as its founder. He has written five books, including Hardwiring Excellence, the most read book on healthcare leadership ever published. Quint is also a respected healthcare industry thought leader and sought-after speaker.
Rishy Studer also worked at the Studer Group and only recently left the firm to spend more time on her passion of community redevelopment in the Pensacola area. Rishy has been a driving force in the revitalization of historic Pensacola's urban areas. These projects range from the redevelopment and success of the Five Sisters Cafe -- now a cornerstone of the historic Belmont-DeVilliers neighborhood, to the improvement and revitalization of a 35,000-square-foot office building in the heart of downtown Pensacola. Rishy's newest projects include rebuilding a turn-of-the-century property for use as a boutique olive oil and pasta store, as well as leading the Pensacola Business Challenge-- a combination business incubator and mentorship incentive contest to help new entrepreneurs start a business.
Together, Quint and Rishy led the effort to reclaim 30 acres of environmentally damaged land on beautiful Pensacola Bay in downtown Pensacola. In partnership with the City of Pensacola, this waterfront park will be a signature project for the community, providing an outdoor amphitheater, public access to the water, mixed-use development and a multipurpose sports stadium. In addition to the brick-and-mortar contributions of the Studers to this park, Quint and Rishy also purchased and moved a Cincinnati Reds Double-A baseball team, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, to play in the stadium, creating dozens of jobs and providing an outstanding community attraction for the Pensacola area. The Studers' proudest accomplishment, and the blessing for which they are most grateful, is their family of five children and six grandchildren.
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