Naples, Florida , United States
|| December 01, 1952
Oct 09, 2014 09:40pm
Conservative - Anti-Gay Marriage - Pro School Vouchers - Pro- gun - Pro-Life - U.S. Navy - NRA -
|Info||Born in Bloomington, Illinois and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Richard Scott is considered one of America’s foremost entrepreneurs. The son of a truck driver and JC Penney clerk, Rick is known as an innovator in business, health care, and politics, and has developed a reputation in the health care industry for providing affordable, high quality services through a patient-centric approach to cost and care. Rick is the founder of two health care providers, Columbia Hospital Corporation and Solantic Corporation, which builds and operates urgent care facilities throughout Florida. Rick also started Conservatives for Patients’ Rights, an organization founded to defend free market principles in health care that focused successfully on defeating President Obama’s government-run public option plan. |
An Early Entrepreneur
After high school and one year of community college, Rick enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served 29 months on active duty including on the USS Glover as a radar man. Rick then enrolled at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and, while also working full-time at a local grocery store, he made his first significant foray into the business world by buying two Kansas City doughnut shops for his mother to manage.
Following graduation from UMKC with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Rick earned a law degree from Southern Methodist University. He stayed in Dallas, working for the city’s largest law firm, Johnson & Swanson, primarily representing companies in the health care, oil and gas and communication industries. His specialization was in health care mergers and acquisitions and it was during his work on these transactions that he recognized how patients could be better served by improving hospital efficiency, which would lead to lower costs and better outcomes.
In the spring of 1987, while still practicing law, Rick put together a six billion dollar finance package and made an offer to purchase HCA, Inc. When the offer was rejected, Rick started Columbia with his entire life savings of $125,000.
|Tue May 26 21:08:25 +0000 2015 - We’re on track to make 2015 the biggest year for FL tourism yet! #yourflorida http://t.co/cimJbw6eD4|
Thu May 21 15:24:41 +0000 2015 - Governor Scott is creating jobs at a record pace! #yourflorida http://t.co/BX68scfmAj
Thu May 14 14:26:12 +0000 2015 - FL ranks #2 for aviation manufacturing attractiveness! #yourflorida http://t.co/uCkShstQfb
Mon May 11 19:46:38 +0000 2015 - Florida continues to create jobs and welcome tourists! #yourflorida http://t.co/YerLV1KlFc
Thu May 07 20:36:18 +0000 2015 - More than 98 million tourists visited Florida in 2014! #yourflorida http://t.co/AGCTdN3PeB
Fri May 01 19:09:25 +0000 2015 - Under Rick Scott’s leadership, FL has had positive job growth for more than 40 months! #yourflorida http://t.co/Bb0qgDmjn3
Wed Apr 29 14:44:35 +0000 2015 - In March 2015 alone, 29,400 jobs were created under Rick Scott! #yourflorida http://t.co/5KlHbNUk6h
Mon Apr 27 19:44:15 +0000 2015 - 841,100 jobs created under Gov Rick Scott and he's not done. #yourflorida http://t.co/AB2tCxbe7k
Fri Apr 24 18:35:32 +0000 2015 - Proud to salute Florida's more than 1.5M veterans! #yourflorida http://t.co/LgU1mSldMy
Thu Apr 23 19:00:21 +0000 2015 - 29,400 jobs created in FL in March alone! #yourflorida http://t.co/IbNBZPlEJb