|Annual Conference Speakers|
Joseph started IT-Guru to assist small and medium businesses in Denver Metro with their IT support needs in 2003. IT-Guru focuses on providing clients with a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Solution assuring the business owner’s Intellectual Property is protected against the consistent threats that exist within any technical environment.
Byron Farquer, DVM, CVA
Byron S. Farquer, DVM is a Boettcher Scholar, and graduated from Colorado State University with honors in 1991 possessing both a BS and Doctorate Degree.His portfolio of experience includes veterinary hospital ownership, advanced business, real estate, and brand marketing education, as well as certification in business appraisals. He is a recognized expert in ownership transition, practice management and valuation. He is a frequent national lecturer and published author. His topics include business development and structuring, practice financial analysis and profitability, professional image, ownership transition, and strategic business planning including mergers and alternative exit strategies. Currently Dr. Farquer owns two Simmons & Associates practice appraisal and brokerage firms located in Nevada and California, and serves on a number of industry advisory boards. He is the founder of a practice management educational company SmartStart Practice, LLC in Portland, OR that improves profit performance for small business owners. He holds the Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), certification by NACVA. The only business valuation credential accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
Bash Halow, CVPM, LVT
Bash is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager and a Licensed Veterinary Technician. As a partner with Halow Tassava Consulting and a veteran practice manager with more than 16 years of experience, Mr. Halow has helped dozens of veterinary hospitals understand how to build stronger teams and responsibly and ethically grow their businesses. He is a frequent contributor to Veterinary Economics and DVM 360 and is a member of the editorial advisory board for Firstline Veterinary Management Magazine.
Jennifer Hock, M.S.S.L., DEL
Jennifer Hock, DEL works for Patterson Veterinary as a Leader Development Specialist and teaches the PVU Executive series (both small animal and equine). In addition, Jennifer speaks nationally and internationally on the topics of veterinary practice management and leadership. She has 16 years of veterinary practice management experience with an overall 20+ years in the industry. Jennifer’s experience and strengths are operational streamlining, change management and leader and leadership development. Additionally, she has consulted with many practices and veterinarians over the course of her career. Jennifer holds a B.S. degree in Organizational Leadership, a M.S. degree in Strategic Leadership and a Doctorate in Executive Leadership (DEL). Jennifer resides in Cañon City, CO with her husband Roy and her golden retriever, Dolly.
Jennifer Raphael Komsky, Esq.
Jennifer Raphael Komsky earned her B.S. in 1994 from the University of California, Santa Barbara and earned her J.D. degree in 1997 at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She was admitted to the State Bar in 1997. Current memberships include the State Bar of California and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Charlotte Lacroix, DVM, JD
Dr. Lacroix owns and manages Veterinary Business Advisors, Inc., a national consulting firm, which advises veterinarians and attorneys on veterinary business and legal issues, with a focus on veterinary business transactions and human resources. With over 20 years of experience in the veterinary industry, she is a skilled negotiator and business strategist. She assists her clients in determining the relevant and important business aspects of a diverse array of situations. Dr. Lacroix lectures extensively nationwide and overseas, and is a frequent speaker at AVMA, NAVC, WVC, VSIPP and other veterinary association and industry meetings and seminars.
Monica Maxwell, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Monica is the Chief Human Resources Officer at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, a nonprofit 24-hour emergency and intensive care animal hospital in Portland, Oregon. Monica graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Science in psychology, and she has nearly 15 years of experience at both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. She shares her expertise with other veterinary practices through atDove.org and through in-person lectures throughout the United States. Her specialties include conflict management and leadership development.
Andreas Pahl, MPA, MBA, SPHR, CVPM, SHRM-SCP
Andreas has over 20 years of combined veterinary and human health care administration experience. He currently works with Burzenski & Company as a Veterinary Consultant, and was formerly the Hospital Administrator for the Valley Cottage Animal Hospital, a role in which he was strongly focused on Finance, Information Technology and Human Resources. His background also includes managing another veterinary hospital and extensive experience both in human hospital administration and various emergency medical services positions. Additionally, he is very proud to be a Management Instructor for Patterson Veterinary University’s Practice Management Series, and enjoys helping other managers to work through their operational challenges.
Julie Poncier, CVT, CVPM, PHR, SHRM-CP
Julie Poncier is a management consultant with twenty years of experience working in veterinary hospitals. Prior to consulting, Julie spent eight years as Hospital Administrator at a ten-doctor practice which, provided general, 24 hour emergency, and specialty services.
Jan Horton Spence is an international speaker, consultant, trainer and business coach. With contagious charisma and a zest for life which make her an excellent motivator and leader, the Georgia native has used her vast knowledge in sales, marketing, communications, finances and business operations to help numerous clients including Pillsbury, Walmart, and Frito-Lay.
Jan and her husband, Mitch, launched the second FiltaFry franchise in the U.S. in 2003. As CEO, Jan built such a successful operation that they were awarded the “2005 Franchisee of the Year” by the International Franchise Association. Meeting their four-year plan, they sold the business in 2007 at 300% ROI. Since then, Jan has circled the globe as a trainer, consultant and speaker for franchisees, organizations and companies.
Jan serves on the boards of Association of Talent Development – Northeast Florida and Compass Finances God’s Way – Florida. She serves on committees with the local Meeting Professionals International chapter and is active in her home church of Beach United Methodist in Jacksonville, Florida. She and her husband of fifteen years enjoy traveling the world when not at home attending Jaguars football games and cultural events.
Lori Teller, DVM