CEO of the Year Finalists | 1-50 Employees
MBQ CEO of the Year 2013
photographs by Amie Vanderford
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Name: Dr. Roger Cicala
Company: Lensrentals.com, Inc.
Address: 7730 Trinity Road, Suite 110, Cordova, TN 38018
Services provided: Rent photographic and video equipment
Number of Employees: 41
How long with company: Since the beginning
Education: B.S., Christian Brothers University; M.D., Tennessee
Work Background: Former physician at Semmes-Murphey Neurologic and Spine Institute.
Accomplishments: Cicala founded Lensrentals.com as a way to offset the cost of the equipment for his photography hobby. Today it is one of the premier camera lens rental companies in the nation, with about 98 percent of the company’s business coming from out of state. In a few short years, the company has gone from storing equipment in Cicala’s home closet to moving into a 20,000-square-foot warehouse in Cordova, where Lensrentals.com is today.
Professional Awards: Memphis Business Journal’s Small Business of the Year, 2010
Civic Responsibilities/causes: U. of Memphis Scholarship Fund
Personal Information: Married to Erin Brewer, with stepson Tagg Brewer (11 years old). Cicala adds, “I get to work with my grown children Kristin Beckman and Drew Cicala and my son-in-law Tyler Beckman every day, which is one of the best things about having this company.”
What makes a good CEO: “A good CEO chooses good managers and then gets out of their way.”