Costantini Named Finalist for SMART Award

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April 17, 2017

Shari Dingle Costantini, CEO of Avant Healthcare Professionals, has been named a finalist for the 2017 SMART Award, which recognizes businesses bringing value to Central Florida through outstanding accomplishments in culture, growth, business creativity and economic contribution.

Costantini founded Avant Healthcare Professionals in 2003 to serve the growing staffing needs of hospitals and healthcare facilities struggling to recruit and hire nurses during a national nursing shortage. Her company has placed more than 1,000 internationally educated nurses, physical and occupational therapists throughout the U.S., and Costantini has emerged as a leader in the health-staffing industry.

The 11th Annual SMART Award luncheon will honor 25 finalists and announce six winning growth companies in the following industry categories:

  • Construction
  • Distribution & Manufacturing
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Hospitality
  • Technology & Simulation
  • Products & Services

It is co-presented by Wells Fargo and Nperspective and will be held at the Alfond Inn on May 17.

CG Orlando 

The Orlando Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG Orlando) was formed in 2004, to connect growing businesses in Central Florida with local, national and global capital markets, and to facilitate relationship building between companies, capital sources and professionals in corporate finance.  With 55 chapters, ACG is a global community dedicated to driving and sustaining corporate growth.  For more information, please visit

About the SMART Award

The SMART Award reflects ACG Orlando’s continuing commitment to facilitate relationships among middle-market companies, capital sources and professionals focused on corporate growth.  Qualified candidate companies must have annual sales of $10 million and not more than $1 billion (U.S.) with headquarters located in Central Florida.

About Avant Healthcare Professionals

Need nurses? Avant Healthcare Professionals is the premier staffing specialist for internationally educated registered nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists. Avant has placed thousands of international healthcare professionals across U.S. facilities to help improve the continuity of their care, fill hard-to-find specialties, and increase patient satisfaction, revenue and HCAHPS scores. Avant is a Joint Commission accredited staffing agency and founding member of the American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment (AAIHR). Avant Healthcare Professionals is a member of the Jackson Healthcare® family of companies.


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