The Karl Eller Center at the University of Arizona Eller College of Business and Public Administration has named as its 2003 Entrepreneurial Fellows Alfredo J. Molina, chairman and CEO of Molina Fine Jewelers, Phoenix; and Charles Horn, chairman and CEO of Medical Security Card Co. (trades as ScriptSave) in Tucson.
The Karl Eller Center annually recognizes individuals who are accomplished Arizona entrepreneurs, awarding them the status of Karl Eller Center "Entrepreneurial Fellow."
As an Entrepreneurial Fellow, the Karl Eller Center honors the nominee's roll in the economic development of Arizona. This is part of the center's efforts to increase the appreciation and understanding of the role that entrepreneurs play in the growth of the state and the nation.
Certain responsibilities accompany the award of Entrepreneurial Fellow. The fellows serve as role models, participate in Berger Entrepreneurship Program classes and outreach programs and serve as mentors and liaisons for business contacts within the community for entrepreneurship students.
This year's fellows will be formally introduced and honored at the Tegeler Business Plans Competition Finals on April 24th in McClelland Hall on the University of Arizona campus.
Alfredo J. Molina
Alfredo J. Molina is chairman and CEO of Molina Fine Jewelers, based in Phoenix, Arizona. The lineage of master jewelers in his family dates back to seventeenth century Italy. Alfredo was born in Santa Clara, Cuba in 1959. Nine years later, when the Molina family fled the communist state, Alfredo settled in Chicago where he learned the diamond and gemstone business from his grandfather. He came to Phoenix with a dream of starting his own jewelry store, which came true in 1987.
Since opening, Molina Fine Jewelers has built an unparalleled reputation, offering the rarest of gems and exclusive collections of fine jewelry. Arizona Business Magazine has rated Molina Fine Jewelers first among jewelers in the state of Arizona for five consecutive years. Alfredo's education and experience in the jewelry industry is extensive. He is a graduate gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America, master gemologist appraiser from the American Society of Appraisers and a fellow member of the Gemological Association of Great Britain.
He is past president of the American Society of Appraisers, Arizona Jewelers Association and the GIA Alumni Association. In addition, Alfredo serves as a qualified appraiser for the Internal Revenue Service, an alumnus of FBI Citizens Academy and functions as an Honorary Consulate of Spain.
Alfredo and his wife, Lisa, devote much time and many resources to the Arizona community. By staying in constant contact with the community, they feel that Molina Fine Jewelers is fulfilling a duty to its friends and supporters. His list of community affiliations runs long, and includes the ASU Presidents Club, the Dean's Council 100, UA Presidents Club, UA Health Sciences Center, Arizona Baseball Charities, Childhelp USA, Crisis Nursery, Fiesta Bowl Committee, the Boys & Girls Club, The Samaritan Foundation, The American Jewish Committee, the Alexis d'Toqueville Society, the Arizona Science Center, Phoenix Foreign Relations Committee and the Phoenix Art Museum.
Charlie Horn has founded or co-founded six business enterprises primarily in the healthcare and insurance fields. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of the Medical Security Card Co. (trades as ScriptSave), which earned the "Inc 500" designation in 2001 and 2002 as one of the 500 fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S. over the previous five-year period, with rankings at number 93 and 110. The 2001 designation listed MSC as the number one fastest growing company in Arizona. MSC/ScriptSave has also been nationally recognized for it's outstanding company culture and customer service in "Inc. Magazine" as well as being the subject of a prestigious company case study by the Franklin Covey Organization in 2002.
In February 2002, MSC/ScriptSave was the inaugural winner of the Excellence in the Workplace Award by the Greater Tucson Society of Human Resource Managers. The company administers and markets a unique national discount prescription drug program that has been distributed to more than 9 million cardholders, and in 2002 saved its customers more than $165 million dollars in out-of-pocket prescription costs. The company employs about 130 full time people in Tucson.
Charlie is also co-founder and director of HealthTrans, a Denver-based company that provides pharmacy electronic claims adjudication, network and manufacturer support services for the healthcare industry. The company is a joint venture with NDCHealth, a NYSE company.
Charlie is a 1975 graduate of the University of Delaware where he served as captain of the golf team. He is also the recipient of the CLU designation granted by The American College. Horn currently serves on the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy National Advisory Board. He is married to Patty Horn, a noted singer and songwriter of children's music. They have two children, Jennifer, 23, a film student in NYC and Matthew, 25, a 2002 graduate of the University of Phoenix.