Being named Ohio’s “entrepreneur of the year” in April was enough to confirm for Zach Green that quitting his job as an Eli Lilly brand manager to start his own business was the right move. But seeing the announcement of his award in the paper alongside the news that his former employer would layoff 30 percent of its sales force “was the ultimate validation,” he says.
With a high-paying job and a promising future on the team that had launched Cialis, Green faced with a tough decision two years ago.
In his spare time, he’d been inspired by a TV show about photo luminescence technology to mix the compound into a silicone band for his volunteer firefighter’s helmet.
“Most people don’t know what true darkness is,” he explains. For an emergency responder it can be when “someone’s hand is four inches from your nose and you have no idea how many fingers they’re holding up.” A glow-in-the-dark helmet would let his fellow firefighters see him on the job, or find him if he fell through aRead More »from A firefighter’s plan to save lives and employ brothers