An interview with Dr. Sameer M. Naseeruddin, CEO of Skypoint Medical Center.
Q: How do you describe your business?
Owner: Dr. Sameer M. Naseeruddin, MD
Address: 1089 North Salem Drive, Schaumburg, IL 60194
Phone: (847) 882-1438
Number of employees: 12
Year company started: 2005
Web address: www.skypointmed.com
A: We treat our patients with allopathic methods that provide a natural, modern approach to well care and pain relief. My primary focus is vein care and internal medicine.
Q: As a local business, what has been your company's biggest obstacle during the recession?
A: Our biggest challenge has been strategic management of overhead costs and utilization, while continuing to provide premium quality health care.
Q: What is one important tip you would give someone just starting a business today?
A: I would advise someone to really understand their business model and develop a comprehensive business plan that includes a vision statement for growth over the next 5 to 10 years.
Q: Is this what you pictured yourself doing when you were young?
A: Yes, I did picture myself being a doctor when I was young; although, I did not realize that I would enjoy entrepreneurship so much.
Q: If you could give one tip to a rookie business owner, what would it be?
A: Take calculated, strategic risks which are in you and your company's best interest, and you will come out ahead.
Q: What has been the most difficult obstacle in running or starting a small business?
A: Finding means to reduce costs and maximize returns.
Q: How has business been this past year?
A: We have expanded, diversified, and experienced progressive growth. It's been our biggest year ever of growth.
Q: Who has had the most influence in your life?
A: My wife. She has been an excellent counsel who has provided me with valuable feedback, brilliant advice, and support in making business decisions.
Q: What is the key to your company's success?
A: Our key to success is taking calculated, strategic risks. In addition, we are successful because of the support and excellent business advice from my family, wife and friends.
Q: What keeps you up at night?
A: When my day is over, I think about whether I have provided the best care to my patients and done my best for that day.
Q: If you could put your company name on any sports venue, which one would you choose?
A: Chicago Bears; Soldier Field
Q: What was your first paying job?
A: Believe it or not, I did sales subscriptions for the Daily Herald when I was 16! First job ever, thank you (smiles)!