When it came to starting a business, I always thought big and didn’t let gender be a factor in any way.Shari Dingle Costantini
Shari Dingle Costantini, CEO & founder of Avant Healthcare Professionals, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, June 26th and Sunday, June 27th, 2021.
Avant has placed thousands of internationally educated nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists with healthcare facilities throughout the U.S. The company, which has a compounded annual growth rate of 38% percent annually since inception in 2003, has been listed on the INC. 5000 six times, INC. Magazine 250 fastest growing companies in Florida 2021, recognized by ACG SMART Awards, Florida Companies to Watch, and as the Top 50 Women-Owned/Led Companies in the U.S. by Women Presidents’ Organizations.
Costantini is a renowned expert in the healthcare industry, with 30 years of experience in strategic leadership, nursing, and international staffing. She was named 100 Most Influential People in Staffing – 2013, Global Power 100 – Women in Staffing –2017 and 2018 by Staffing Industry Analysts. Costantini is the President of the American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment, a trade association she helped form in 2007. Through AAIHR, Costantini actively lobbies Congress for immigration reform to allow a consistent flow of highly skilled healthcare professionals.
Costantini was named 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year Healthcare by i4 Business Magazine and 2016 Entrepreneurial Vanguard award recipient from Junior Achievement. In 2017 she was the winner of EY Entrepreneur of the Year award in healthcare for Florida. Later that year, she successfully recapitalized the private-equity-backed company, partnering with Jackson Healthcare.
Nothing prepares us for adulthood like our challenges as children. In Shari’s case, she had several medical challenges that were not only significant, but at a very pivotal age. When Shari looks back, she can see that her ability to work through Viral Encephalitis, conquer rehab and finish school was a precursor for her ability to start, run and sell a large company in the healthcare industry.