300+ Attend Retreat to Connect, Learn & Play
|Steve Hoffart (L) accepts TPBC’s Advocacy Leadership Award from Executive Director Michael Wright.
More than 300 pharmacists, exhibitors, students, family members and guests attended June’s Shareholder Retreat at La Cantera Resort in San Antonio, highlighted by a high-level presence from AmerisourceBergen and more than 25 students interested in independent pharmacy.
The three-day event included golf, three receptions, five CE sessions, a shareholder meeting, an exhibit hall and lunch with 30+ vendors, and a banquet with a DJ and photo booth. Attendees also took advantage of free shuttles to the nearby Shops at La Cantera and Fiesta Texas.
Steve Hoffart Honored in Legislative Update
During the Legislative Update on June 10, TPBC Executive Director Michael Wright presented APRx shareholder Steve Hoffart of Magnolia with TPBC’s Advocacy Leadership Award for his tremendous contributions during the 2017 Texas session. Hoffart, a TPBC Board member who has a strong relationship with Rep. Cecil Bell, provided vital intelligence on the clawback issue and twice came to Austin to testify for TPBC’s successful bill.
During his update, Wright detailed TPBC’s wins on pharmacy crime and clawbacks in the 2017 session and the ongoing challenges Texas independent pharmacy faces. New Mexico Pharmacy Business Council lobbyist Minda McGonagle gave an update on NMPBC’s activities and goals, focusing on the group’s passage of the nation’s second transaction fee ban during the NM session earlier this year.
CE & Breakout Sessions
Five CE sessions and special breakout sessions conducted by AmerisourceBergen executives gave attendees the independent pharmacy focus that is often missing at other pharmacy events. The five CE sessions covered:
- Pharmacy Law Update
- Overview of the RxLegacy Ownership Program
- Pharmacy Marketing Essentials
- Improving Adherence & Revenue with RxCompass
- 2017 Legislative Update
Several students attended the the RxLegacy CE session, after which about 25 students mixed with pharmacy owners at an outside reception to learn more about careers in independent pharmacy. After the Exhibitors’ Lunch on Saturday, AmerisourceBergen leaders conducted rotating breakout sessions on the Elevate Network & Reconciliation, Front End & Signage, Pharmacy Audits and Business Coaching. Shareholders & guest pharmacists got an overview of programs and available resources, as well as first-hand advice.
72 Contestants Fill Up Golf Tournament
A full slate of 72 golfers enjoyed sunny skies, mild winds and temperatures in the low 90s on the scenic Arnold Palmer Course, which sprawls across majestic limestone canyons near the hotel. The winning foursome were APRx shareholders Eugene Kegans, John Hickman and Tom Neale, plus ABDC business coach Danny Nelson.
APRx Growth, Pharmacy Challenges Discussed at Shareholder Meeting
APRx shareholders had their annual meeting Saturday morning. The two-hour breakfast meeting included key updates from senior staff leaders and a chance to ask questions and provide input to the entire Board of Directors in a 30-minute Q & A session. Hot topics included APRx’s rapid expansion and economic challenges, especially DIR fees.
Strong Support & Attendance by AmerisourceBergen
APRx was fortunate to have 21 representatives of ABDC at the Retreat, including Brian Nightengale, senior VP of community & specialty pharmacy; Beth Lea, national director of managed care; Jennifer Zilka, VP of business coaching & pharmacy ownership; and Deanna Bush, VP of Field Sales.
APRx Vice Chair Alton Kanak of Katy (red shirt) answers a shareholder question during the June 10 meeting as fellow directors (L-R) Treasurer Joe Ochoa, Bruce Rogers, Lynn Everett, Vance Oglesbee and Chairman Mike Muecke tune in.