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Brian Conrad, CVPM
Brian has served as the Practice Manager for Meadow Hills Veterinary Center in Kennewick, WA since 1999. During his tenure at Meadow Hills, the clinic has received awards for the Hospital Design of the Year in 2001 from Veterinary Economics magazine and the 2004 Mid-Columbia Small Business of the Year. In 2009, Meadow Hills opened their second location. Brian lectures on a wide variety of topics challenging the veterinary industry using practice and “real-life” examples that keep the audiences engaged and enthused. Brian has been a frequent contributor to Veterinary Economics and Firstline and lecturer for several national and international conferences.Brian has been a member of the VHMA since 2002 and earned his CVPM designation in 2003.

Brian will be presenting at the following events:

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - Denver, CO

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - CVC Kansas City, KS (pre-conference workshop)
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - CVC San Diego, CA (pre-conference workshop)

Jim Nash, MHA, CVPM
Like many managers, Jim started his leadership career a long way from veterinary medicine. He served as a Warrant Officer and Aviator during Desert Storm where he flew OH-58 Scout helicopters in an armored cavalry squadron. Jim believes that being a good leader is about being a great team member first. He also feels that the loyalty, dedication, and commitment that he learned in the military are the fundamental transferable skills that lead to success.After completing his military service, he attended the University of Florida where he completed a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in three years. He then began working in the human healthcare field and had the opportunity to learn about all aspects of hospital business operations including: billing, collections, insurance contracting, reimbursement, and patient service. He decided to pursue his goal of a graduate degree while working for HCA and earned his Masters in Healthcare Administration through an executive program at the University of Florida.After graduation, Jim moved to Colorado where he was the liaison between the Patient Account Service Center in Denver and hospital administration of a Level 1 trauma center. Even though he enjoyed living in Colorado, he began to feel stagnant with HCA and decided to make a change. This was the catalyst for his transition to veterinary medicine. He accepted a position as the Hospital Administrator at a five-DVM general practice. Over the next four years, he helped grow and develop this Hospital into a ten-DVM, 24-hour, three location, general, and emergency hospital.Jim has recently moved back to Florida, where he currently owns and leads two practices. Jim also enjoys supporting other practices through consulting and speaking. Jim has been a VHMA member since 2004 and completed the Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) process in 2008.

Jim will be presenting at the following events:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - CVC Washington, DC (pre-conference workshop)
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - Toronto, ON
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - Charlotte, NC


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