Insight_4th Edition

Fourth Edition | Marquis Who’s Who Insight 7 Parker A. Lynch Chief Executive Officer HedgeHog Health Royal Oak, MI How have you navigated disruptions in your industry to remain a top professional? I don’t take no for an answer, and I have been workshopping the concept of HedgeHog Health for over five years. It takes up a lot of my time along with the nonprofit that I run. I have had setbacks, but I keep going. What are two key behavior/personality traits that allow you to be effective in your role? I would say honesty as a leader and transparency. Those are two big things that I want HedgeHog to reflect as a company as well. If we make a mistake or have a setback, clients will hear about it from us. What is the most important issue/challenge you are dealing with in your industry? Money. Fundraising is essentially the biggest thing because there is a national shortage of board-certified behavioral analysts for autism. One in 54 kids has autism. The real issue is fundraising. We have a huge demand here and parents aren’t being helped by autism centers. We work directly with the parents, which is something that autism centers don’t typically do. What innovations or technologies do you feel will shape the future of your industry? I think the acceptance of telehealth and its normalization is huge for us. The new tech that we have come out with is the next generation of the Hoglet with unique features. What excites you the most about your industry? We are just getting started. This is the very beginning for us andwe’ve already had a buyout offer.We started in June 2020, so it’s kind of outrageous. Clearly, we’re onto something if we’ve received a buyout offer already. Hugh Patrick, PhD Economist, Educator (Retired) Columbia University New York, NY How have you navigated disruptions in your industry to remain a top professional? I am an academic economist and I have taught at Yale and Columbia for many years. I became a specialist in the Japanese economy and that was because I went to Japan during the Korean War and developed an interest. I was in a country that was classified as developing, but actually it had a strong industrial base and was growing rapidly. I decided to come back to the states to learn more about Japan and economics. I received a Ford Foundation Fellowship to do my dissertation research in Japan and I’ve traveled there every year since 1964 or 1965. The biggest disruption is that Columbia had to close down due to the pandemic. The organization that I have been involved in is the Center on Japanese Economy and Business. We have a staff of five people, who have all had to adjust to working from home. How do you feel your industry has changed/evolved? I have always taught at rather elite institutions and one is trying to recruit more students from public schools. There is still a way for this to go because there’s a path that people who have money and smarts have access to that others don’t. There are a lot of good students in New York, but we have to go out into the country to find more talent and that is clearly an important process. When I first taught at Yale, only men were allowed to attend, so the shift to accepting women was a major transformation and a big improvement. Education is a major way we change value systems. As people become well-educated, they become more open-minded.