Entrepreneur of the Year: How Axium Stood Out


Earlier this summer, I received some exciting news. I was selected as the Central Florida recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Florida award in the Health Care category. To be candid, it was a very pleasant surprise. Why?

Well, Axium is an exceptional company that serves thousands of patients nationwide and is committed to our community. Not surprisingly, my top priority has, and always will be, the patients and healthcare providers who count on us to support their specialty medication needs. And, I have a solid set of values that have stayed with me throughout my career in healthcare: an unwavering sense of ethics, integrity, quality in everything we provide, respect for myself and others, and diversity in the workplace, among many others.

However, there are many healthcare and business leaders out there, and their respective teams, who share these ideals, and regard them as the foundation for their businesses. That said, I asked myself: “What makes a healthcare organization stand out among so many others that, for lack of a better term, do the right thing every day?”

The answer actually came to me quickly. It was one that I had known for years, but on receiving the award, really resonated with me. The work that I do at Axium stands out because of the people in our organization.

Now you might think, “Well Mark, that’s a bit cliché. Every president and CEO feels that their organization is populated with the best and the brightest talent out there.” And, that is a fair response.I believe our team consists of the best and brightest—true experts and champions in our field. But to stand out goes beyond simply being among the best and brightest people; it’s even about more than an organization’s collective support of a company’s mission, vision and core values. It’s about building and bringing to life all of these components: together—as a team—from the ground up. To do that, you need to work with a team that cares as deeply about what we do and who we do it for, as much as you do.  And that’s exactly what I have at Axium: a team who cares; who takes pride in being a helping hand to others.

When we developed Axium’s mission and vision, and considered our core values, we involved the entire organization in the process. Not just at a cursory level. Team members from every department and function were instrumental in providing unique insights about our purpose, where we are today, who we stand for, and where we are heading in the future. Once we had a collective impression of our mission, vision and core values, it was the team that ultimately approved the final product.

Our team of the best and brightest didn’t just sign on to a mission, vision and core values; we built them together. And, each day, we operate Axium based on these ideals.

As I humbly and with great joy accepted the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Florida award in the Health Care category, I also knew I had to share credit with the people who helped make it happen.

I reminded myself that a company’s success is about far more than having similar motivations. To provide the best products, services and experiences for your customers and each other, you must develop and live by your mission, vision and core values together as a team, from the ground up. When an organization has the ability to do that, it can’t help but stand out among other champions.

Thank you again to the Axium team!