Baruch College Alumnus Alex Pollak Named to Crain’s “40 Under 40” List for 2020
April 1, 2020
Crain’s New York Business has named Baruch College alumnus Alex Pollak to its prestigious “40 Under 40” list for 2020. Pollak received his Master of Business Administration from the Zicklin School of Business in 2008.
The Crain’s “40 Under 40” list, which was published on March 23 and during the current Covid-19 virus outbreak, recognizes those New Yorkers who have been working to improve the city, its communities, and the world.
According to Crain’s, “in these deeply uncertain times, New Yorkers are going to need plenty of help rebuilding their health and a thriving economy. The Crain’s New York Business 2020 class of 40 Under 40 honorees “certainly will be part of that revival” and “with their vision and dedication, New York City’s future is bright.”
Pollak is the founder and CEO of Paradocs Worldwide, a company that sets up medical facilities and provides emergency room doctors, nurses, EMTs, and paramedics for large events, such as music festivals, movie sets, and sport stadiums. The company was named one of Forbes Best Startup Employers for 2020.
Zicklin School: Entrepreneurship in Curriculum
Pollak said when hunting for MBA programs, he wanted one with a strong entrepreneurial reputation, which led him to Baruch College.
“The Zicklin School of Business seemed like an easy choice,” Pollak explained. “While my focus was finance and international business, I felt a strong sense of entrepreneurship sprinkled throughout the entire curriculum.”
Pollak, who trained as a paramedic, worked as a project manager of a large ambulance company, after obtaining his MBA degree, but “never enjoyed the 9 to 5.” An entrepreneur at heart, the Zicklin alum discovered a niche market for on-site medical services in the events industry and launched Paradocs in 2011.
Responding to the Pandemic
This spring, Pollak’s company joined New York City in its battle against Covid-19. Paradocs is working with city agencies to deliver various levels of care, including help at testing centers, in temporary clinical facilities and makeshift triage/treatment areas throughout the five boroughs. Pollak and Paradocs staff are working as paramedics on FEMA’s Covid-19 EMS Task Force.
“We also provide support to the emergency departments and their staff that have been working around the clock during this outbreak,” Pollak said. “Our goal is to relieve some of the burden on the overwhelmed healthcare system and help New York City during this crisis.”
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