President & CEO
Lorna Taylor is the President and CEO of Premier Eye Care, a leading expert in national managed eye care that provides services and administration of everything from routine vision exams to complex ocular surgical procedures.
Taylor is an accomplished leader, both in directing fast-growing Premier and in making an impact in the community. Premier, ranked as one of “Florida’s Best Companies to Work For” for six consecutive years, has also ranked as one of the state’s fastest-growing companies two of the past three years by the Florida Business Journals.
Premier manages full-risk medical and routine ophthalmic care for over 4 million people and is recognized for its industry-leading technology-based solutions, as well its successful corporate culture. Taylor promotes associate engagement through an organizational model that encourages innovation and self-direction to her team members, half of whom are millennials. With commitments such as diversity at every level of leadership, paying a living wage and gender pay equity, Premier has a 4 percent turnover rate, significantly lower than the 21 percent industry average. Premier has been ranked nationally as one of the 75 Best Places to Work for Millennials by the Center for Generational Kinetics.
Taylor, one of the top business leaders in Florida, was the winner in the Health & Wellness category of the 2013 Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Business Woman of the Year awards, while also receiving Angie’s Award, given to the finalist who best exemplifies commitment to community service. The award reflected Premier Eye Care’s far-reaching community involvement, which ranges from supporting arts and culture to the prevention of domestic violence.
A past chair of The Spring of Tampa Bay, Taylor was honored with the organization’s Angel Award, and was named a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida in 2013. In 2014, she received the Light of Sight Award from the Lion’s Eye Institute Foundation, and the Jan Roberts Sustainability Leadership Award from the Sustainable Business Coalition of Tampa Bay. The Business Observer named her as one of its 2015 top entrepreneurs of the year, and she was named as a Florida finalist for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Award. In October, 2017, Taylor will be presented with the Tampa Bay Ethics Award by the University of Tampa, Sykes School of Business, Center for Ethics.
Personally, Taylor is involved in a wide variety of community and nonprofit causes. Taylor also serves on the Board of Trustees for The Dalí Museum, and on the Moffitt Medical Directors (MMD) Board, Preserve Vision Florida, Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Foundation, University of Tampa Board of Trustees, Arts Conservatory for Teens, and Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts.
Taylor is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master’s degree in Divinity, concentrating in Social Ethics. She lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she enjoys her three rescue pups, travel, art, and the vibrant cultural life of the Tampa Bay area.