September 2, 2014

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Trendsetters: Entrepreneurs

Mike Vogel | 3/1/2009
David Dyell
David Dyell
iSirona
Panama City

On the Record

In the young and growing electronic medical record field, David Dyell says his edge is how his company’s product was designed: By spending lots of time in hospitals watching nurses and doctors. Dyell’s iSirona (Sirona was a Celtic goddess of healing) makes possible the feeding of data from patient monitors and virtually any medical device — ventilators, blood-gas analyzers and so on — to an electronic medical record. He is raising $7 million from investors to expand sales and marketing. With President Obama’s and the industry’s emphasis on electronic records, Dyell seems to have timed his product right. His initial target market is community hospitals. Dyell, 38, a Michigan native, has spent 18 years on healthcare systems integration. “The end goal is to make sure we deliver better care to the patient.”

Thriving on Obsolescence

David Dyell David Dyell
Norberto Ruiz, Liza Ordonez-Ruiz
NR Electronics
Winter Springs
Norberto Ruiz is on his way to finding just how far he can go in a niche. Ruiz, 46, who came to Florida 21 years ago as a jai alai player, founded NR Electronics in 2002 as a supplier of obsolete and spot market electronic components to manufacturers in his native Spain. NR, operating from the University of Central Florida technology incubator, reached $2 million in revenue last year as he and his wife, Liza Ordonez-Ruiz, who joined him in 2004 and is CEO, continued an expansion into Mexico, Europe and domestically, distributing obsolete and hard-to-find electronic components to manufacturers and the military. It also liquidates excess inventory for others. It has won an export award from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and a Hispanic Business of the Year award in December from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando. “We believe controlled growth is best,” Ruiz says.

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