Orlando Business Journal
Many CEOs generate profits and provide great products and services — but some take leadership to an even higher level, earning the respect of their workers, clients and community.
This year, Orlando Business Journal will honor 28 CEOs at the helm of some of Central Florida’s most well-known and emerging firms who have shown their ability to navigate current market conditions successfully and leave a lasting legacy through their community involvement.
Angela M. Alban is president and CEO of Simetri, an Orlando tech firm that develops immersive medical training technologies and products by merging art with science. It produces realistic, interactive, reusable anatomical models to improve medical outcomes through more effective, realistic training. The firm won a U.S. Army contract in late 2014 to develop the next-generation human patient simulator, a “living,” breathing manikin that can convince doctors and nurses they’re treating actual patients.
Alma maters: Emory University; University of Central Florida
My most life-changing experience: Becoming a mother
Riskiest thing I’ve ever done: Start a company
What makes me laugh: Everything
Pet peeve: Arrogance
What I’d teach a fifth-grade class: Compassion
Movie I’d watch over and over: MacFarland, USA
Favorite cause: Early intervention and inclusive education
Key business accomplishment in the past 12 months: Expansion
Future business plans: Commercialize IP
Company’s most impressive business statistic: Revenue growth in 2015
When did you know you wanted to be a CEO? 2005
Describe your characteristics that make you a great CEO: Visionary, focused, strategic, compassionate, leader
What’s something you did that illustrates those characteristics: Actively serve on nonprofit boards throughout and across the community
Which world leader, living or dead, do you admire most?: Jimmy Carter
Are you a thrill-seeker? I’m starting to realize I am. I enjoy cycling and traveling to new places with minimal planning.
Your birth order among your siblings: Second of three
Introverted or extroverted?: Introverted