Shari Dingle Costantini, founder and CEO of Avant Healthcare Professionals and Orlando Inc.’s Immediate Past Chair, recently won the Ernst & Young Award for Entrepreneur of the Year in the Health Care category. Avant recruits and staffs internationally-educated registered nurses and allied health professionals in health care facilities around the U.S.

Shari founded Avant in 2003 with a passion to improve patient care and health care facility staffing. “Winning Entrepreneur of the Year and being recognized by this prestigious program was only possible through the combined efforts of the tremendous and gifted team at Avant. It is a privilege to be able to change lives in such a profound way both here in the U.S. and throughout the world.”

Since 1986 the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program has expanded to represent business leaders in 145 cities in more than 60 countries. “This year’s winners represent a courageous group of leaders whose companies energize markets and spur economic growth,” said Mike Pattillo the program director. “These outstanding entrepreneurs join the ranks of over three decades of entrepreneurs who dare to see past the present to define the future.”