About the Institute

About the Institute

Who We Are and Why We Exist

Improving the quality of life in our community.

Studer Community Institute (SCI) believes in improving the quality of life for all people in the diverse communities we serve – one child, one person at a time.

We do this by helping children be prepared for kindergarten; creating educated and engaged citizens; and creating jobs by mentoring entreprenuers and business leaders to develop the skills needed for business success. These together are key elements of building a vibrant and engaged community.

We know SCI’s vision of “Making all of our communities the greatest place to live in the world” is a bit far-fetched, but year after year, little by little, we keep seeing the results of investing in our community. Everything we do, works towards building a community we can be proud to call home.

Thank you to those who believe in us and who partner with us and sponsor our initiatives, and thank you to all of the other business and organizations that are working toward the same goal.

Our Core Values


Respectfully working together to achieve common goals.


Treating everyone with equitable value and consideration.


Honesty in all our interactions.


Giving of your knowledge, time, support, and sharing opportunities with co-workers and the community.


Consistently seeking knowledge, skill, and to understand others.

Meaningful Work

Connecting purpose back to the work.

Reward & Recognition

Reinforcing desired behaviors/outcomes.


Forgive mistakes and learn the lessons they offer.

Rishy and Quint Studer standing on sidewalk outside a cafe

Our Founder, Quint Studer

Quint Studer is a businessman, a visionary, an entrepreneur, a mentor to many, and extremely dedicated to the Northwest Florida community. He has given his life to designing the building blocks for people and organizations that guide them to achieving and sustaining high performance.

Quint and his wife, Rishy, moved to Pensacola in 1996 and have not been afraid to invest in its future. He headquartered Studer Group in our area and Quint has now moved into the role of community volunteer and head of the Studer Community Institute, a nonprofit, research-based entity started in 2014 with the goal of improving the quality of life in the community. SCI’s efforts focus on improving education and economic development through two tracks: Research and advocacy in early childhood education, and leadership training and employee development for small and medium-sized businesses.

Quint and Rishy have also dedicated themselves to the growth of downtown Pensacola. They are the owners of Bodacious Olive, Bodacious Brew and SoGourmet on the historic corner of Palafox and Main St. The Studers have two exciting projects under construction – Southtowne, a 252-unit, $52 million apartment opening this fall and retail project and the mixed-use Urban Core Office Building, a $14.3 million structure set to open at the end of the year.

Quint and Rishy are also the co-owners of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos alongside two-time Masters Champion and local hero Bubba Watson. With this partnership, Bubba and the Studers hope to create even more memorable experiences for Wahoos fans, cultivate a great place for Wahoos employees to work and, with Bubba’s leadership, gain a more national and international awareness for the Blue Wahoos and the City of Pensacola.

Quint has also authored seven leadership-based books both inside and outside the healthcare industry. His books have landed on both the Wall Street Journal and Business Week’s bestsellers list. He writes a syndicated weekly employee development column that runs every Sunday in the Pensacola News Journal.

Quint says he has a human responsibility to act and to do so with a sense of urgency and always connect his actions back to purpose.

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