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Building Relationships & Leadership Lessons at WilmingtonBiz Conference & Expo

Each year, Greene Resources attends the Greater Wilmington Business Journal Conference and Expo.  This year’s BizExpo featured nearly 150 different local Wilmington businesses and a dozen seminars on different topics, ranging from marketing advice to leadership and communication tips. 

The keynote speaker was John Gizdic, the new CEO of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, which has over 17,000 jobs directly or indirectly related to its business, making it Wilmington’s largest employer.

John Gizdic provided helpful insight as a healthcare administration expert regarding not only healthcare policy and practice, but also on leadership and what it takes to run an effective organization.

  • Business in Wilmington: It’s a good time to do business in Wilmington, NC. Wilmington’s population growth is higher than the state average of North Carolina, which is even higher than the national average.
  • Smooth Transitions: Gizdic took over the role of CEO after Jack Barto, who served as CEO since 2004. Gizdic said that the most important component in the transition was ensuring the culture of the business itself remained the same.  The transition of a role isn’t about the individuals, but the organization.
  • Healthcare: Gizdic acknowledged both the benefits and problems created by the Affordable Care Act. He discussed how after the ACA took effect, the number of individuals who received preventative care and went to the doctor increased significantly and the number of charitable cases conducted by the hospital dropped. However, this also created a rise in cases of individuals who went into debt to treat their care due to having high deductibles, among other concerns. Gizdic believes that the root of the issue is finding a way to fix the economy of healthcare, referring to a statistic stating that if the U.S. healthcare industry were its own economy, it would rank 3rd worldwide, second only to China and the U.S.  Repairing healthcare will be a long, difficult process, and it will be important for individuals to find a way to work together to fix those issues in a bipartisan way so that people are able to get the treatment they need.
  • Effective Leadership: Gizdic stated that the most undervalued characteristics in leadership are vulnerability and practicing open communication. These attributes allow you to be human and connect with people, and connecting with people is critical to building trust and momentum. Working in healthcare means people are coming to you at their most vulnerable state; it’s important to be vulnerable with them as well to have a relationship built on trust.

Our Greene team always appreciates the opportunity to attend the Wilmington Biz Expo as it provides an informal and fun atmosphere to meet new members of the community and reconnect and continue to build existing relationships.  This event brings the whole business community of Wilmington together to learn how to support each other’s businesses, which benefits everyone. 

Though exhibiting businesses ranged across all industries and themes and handouts ranged from Magic 8 balls and T-shirts to pickles and ping pong, the heart of the event was having genuine conversations with other professionals.  By making connections with others in a fun and informal environment, you may uncover connections or prospects that you would never have discovered otherwise.

Greene Resources’ Wilmington division is committed to exceptional recruiting services for companies in the Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Leland, Castle Hayne, Kure Beach and Brunswick County areas of South Eastern North Carolina.  We proactively recruit candidates in numerous fields to connect them with companies in such a way that jobs become purposeful, impactful and long-term careers.  We are proud to be part of this community and enjoy attending this event each year.

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