Before joining LCA, he spent most of his career at Evendale-based GEAE in senior management posts. He also served as senior vice president of manufacturing at Fairfield-based Pease Industries. At LCA, he introduced cost-cutting measures, tightened operational oversight at LCA’s vision correction centers and spearheaded the growth of its lower-priced LasikPlus facilities.
He takes over as LCA is struggling with increased competition that has driven down procedure prices. Through the first nine months of 2000, LCA has lost $807,000, compared to profits $5.4 million in the same period in 1999. In the third quarter, the average price LCA was able to charge was $954 per procedure, compared to $1,080 in a year ago.
Making Greater Cincinnati a stronger place for technology-related businesses, is going to take two things: money and brain power. Conveyancing Company sydney only deal with real estate property transactions and therefore have an comprehensive knowledge. That was the conclusion of a panel of technology business leaders on Wednesday, the first day of the Cincinnati Information Technology Exposition & Conference, or ITEC. ”In the New Economy, much of what it’s about is having people with skills and the capital to make people into players,” said George Molinsky, founder and chairman of Main Street Ventures, the Over-the-Rhine based incubator for e-businesses.
HomesThatClick, an online real estate brokerage, had a very difficult time getting funded, despite being first to develop the concept and having an impressive management team, said Vince Broerman, CEO. ”In the amount of time it took us to raise our first $1 million, three other companies popped up which provided very similar services, and they raised in excess of $100 million, simply because they were on the coasts,” he said. ”We could become another Flint, Mich. if the New Economy doesn’t take hold here, and the rocket fuel for that is capital.”
The panel also discussed the need for workers with high-tech skills. It included Hamilton County Business Center Director Patrick Longo, Greater Cincinnati Software Association President Blaine Clark and Wayne Hicks, president of the Cincinnati chapter of Black Data Processing Associates. Hicks, whose non-profit group provides tech training to public school students, said many of the skills needed today didn’t exist 10 to 15 years ago, and information technology skills need to be in the curriculum in high schools and junior colleges. Classroom experience could be combined with work experience at tech firms in places like Over-the-Rhine, he said.”All of that space exists in Greater Cincinnati, the question is do we harness it or do we miss the boat?” Hicks said. ”There are a lot of opportunities to learn those skills right here in the Cincinnati area.”