Quint Studer

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Quint Studer has the idea last year: offer two prizes totaling $50,000 to people who could come up with the best plans to help children in Escambia County be kindergarten ready. Studer says he's had good luck over the years asking other people for ideas. "So the thought is why not ask the community what ideas they have? If I ask them what ideas they have they'll realize there's an issue with kindergarten readiness."

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Hospital officials, community leaders and the media gathered at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola Tuesday morning for the groundbreaking of the new Children’s Hospital building. And along with a new building, the hospital will be getting a new name. Debbie Calder, the Chair of the Board of Directors for Sacred Heart Health System made that announcement towards the end of the ceremony. "On behalf of the Sacred Heart board and leadership team, I am honored to announce we will rename our facility as The Studer Family Children's Hospital at Sacred Heart."

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Last season, Ray Chang of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos had a game where he played every position on the field. Now he’s played another one, pitchman. The Wahoos were filming a commercial for the Blue Wahoos credit card before taking the field for a practice session.

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  From the very first Blue Wahoos game you could buy hot dogs and cold beer and souvenir jerseys at the ballpark. But for the first time ever, you can now buy playoff tickets. 

Pensacola Blue Wahoos principal owner Quint Studer is not quite counting his chickens while talking about the team’s very first pennant race. He pretty much said he'll believe it when it happens. The team is completing its fourth season in Pensacola and, as of Thursday afternoon with 5 games left to play, leads its division by a half game.

It appears that rumors of a rift between Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward and businessman Quint Studer are overblown or without merit. Both feel they’re still on the same economic development page.

Representatives from the Studer, Levin and Bear families as well as dozens of others gathered at a steaming hot parking lot on the corner of Tarragona and Intendencia Streets in downtown Pensacola Thursday morning for the groundbreaking of the new downtown YMCA. 

Lindsay Myers

A proposed multi-million dollar project at Community Maritime Park has been scrapped, after the City of Pensacola rejected the proposed leases for three parcels.

University of West Florida

  The University of West Florida officially announced a new partnership Quint and Rishy Studer to bring a new business incubator to Pensacola. 

Photo via Flickr//Phalinn Ooi

Huron Consulting, a Chicago-based healthcare consulting firm, has acquired Pensacola-based Studer Group for a reported $325 million in cash, and $2 million in Huron stock.

The transaction creates a firm with a 1,500 member workforce and $904 million in annual revenues. Quint Studer, who owns the Group with his wife Rishy, says the deal originated in 2011, when private equity firm JMI Equity purchased a stake in The Studer Group.

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A local sports hero has become a part owner of a local sports organization.  A couple of hundred fans attended the ceremony at Bayfront Stadium as Blue Wahoos Team President Bruce Baldwin and Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward introduced the newest member of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos ownership team, professional golfer and Pensacola native Bubba Watson.

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One year after the first mention of a new YMCA for downtown Pensacola, businessman Quint Studer in January announced a new offer to the organization.

Studer – who closed on a $3.4 million deal for the Pensacola News Journal property in late 2013, offered part of the six acres for the YMCA to replace its 62-year-old facility. Once Studer and his partners knew they would be purchasing the PNJ site, they made the offer to the YMCA Board as a donation that would hold the Y.

City of Pensacola

  Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward’s second term is underway, having been sworn in last month. As Hayward sat down with WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody, he touches on that victory, downtown renaissance, and the City Council.

DD: Mayor Hayward, you won re-election last month with 65% of the vote. What mandate does that margin of victory carry into your 2nd term?

  The Escambia County Utilities Authority unanimously voted Thursday to take the next step in pursuing a sale of the site of a former wastewater treatment facility to local businessman Quint Studer. 

In his address to the ECUA board Mr. Studer outlined the first phase of the proposed plan which would include sports fields, an arts and education component, and eventually a small medical park and residential space.

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It's opening day! The Pensacola Blue Wahoos start their third season in Pensacola Thursday evening at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium with a game against the Tennessee Smokies.

WUWF's Bob Barrett was at the stadium earlier this week for Media Day, and spoke to Blue Wahoo's owner Quint Studer and manager Delino DeShields about the upcoming season.

Highlights:

Quint Studer on the Blue Wahoos third season:

Last Friday local entrepreneurs Quint and Rishy Studer announced a new initiative: The Studer Institute. Brian Hooper, the Institute’s director sat down and spoke with WUWF’s Lindsay Myers about the purpose and direction of the Institute.

Hooper described the desire behind the Institute by saying, "We hope to educate the community in a compelling and interesting way, whatever it is that we find. We want to look at our community with a sober eye, we want to identify the key issues facing it and we want to try to suggest solutions."

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