When Swiss-based Thommen Medical searched for a U.S.
headquarters, the company wanted a location with big-time
entertainment for its customers traveling from all over the world.
Major-league sports. Fascinating museums. World-class music and
theater. And a remarkable restaurant scene. It also wanted an
affordable, but liveable city for its employees.
Thommen picked the Theater District of Downtown Cleveland,
passing over the higher profile cities of Boston and Chicago. As
U.S. President David Gentile explains, when we evaluated the
benefits of each city, there was no question - Cleveland was our
Gentile, a native Clevelander who had moved away, was delighted
to return to show the hundreds of out-of-town customers just how
much the city has to offer. Some might call him an unofficial mayor
as he walks his clients down Euclid passing the theater marques,
pointing out renovations and exploring the great restaurants on E.
4th Street. His customers are always delighted if not
surprised at the quality of entertainment.
One year Thommen rented out an entire theater for its customers
for a broadway show. As Gentile puts it, he could never do this in
New York or Chicago. Here it is possible. People are resourceful
and want to help. The Idea Center at PlayHouse Square has also been
an asset allowing the company to easily beam demonstrations of its
products throughout the world.
After several satisfying years in Cleveland, Thommen is thriving
and more confident than ever in its choice of a Downtown Cleveland
headquarters. Gentile is convinced that if other companies gave
Downtown a look they would find what he and Thommen did. A great
city and a great place to do business.