Aric Sharp said the magic words in college when he offered to work without pay as a summer intern, but it was his outstanding work that opened doors for him.
Right after Iowa Clinic (Des Moines) CEO C. Edward Brown hired Sharp, Brown gave his unpaid intern a project on an asset-merger transaction. He also gave a paid intern from Duke University an assignment.
“The kid from Duke did OK, but he didn't blow my socks off,” Brown says. “But then I saw Aric's work and thought, ‘Oh, God. Now I have to pay him.' ”
Diligence and integrity are two qualities Sharp says were necessities during his 11 years at the Iowa Clinic, bringing those traits with him to the Quincy (Ill.) Medical Group, where he's served as CEO since 2007. Sharp, 38, stressed the important of communication among staff, ensuring a culture of inclusiveness.