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Focus-Forward Weekend 2011

Speakers and Presentations

Keynote Presenter: Mr. Scott P. Anderson

Scott AdersonMr. Scott P. Anderson is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Patterson Companies Inc.  He was elected the President and Chief Executive Officer of Patterson Companies, Inc. in April 2010.  Mr. Anderson has worked with Patterson Companies since 1993.  Prior to June 2006 when he became president of Patterson Dental Supply, Inc., Mr. Anderson held senior management positions in the dental unit, including vice president, sales, and vice president, marketing.  Mr. Anderson started his career as a territory sales representative in the dental business before becoming national equipment manager, manager of the San Francisco branch and manager of the Minnesota branch, two of Patterson’s largest dental branch offices. Mr. Anderson became one of the company's directors in June 2010.

Mr. Anderson earned his MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management and his bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College.


Presentation: The Opportunity Ahead Focus Forward Ohio State


Dr. Trevor R. Ames

Dr. Trevor R. AmesDr. Trevor R. Ames is currently the Dean of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.  For 10 years prior to this position he served as the Chair of the Veterinary Population Medicine Department, acting chair of the Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department and Interim Dean of the College. 

Dr. Ames joined the College of Veterinary Medicine faculty in 1981. He received his D.V.M. in 1978 from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and his Master of Science degree in 1981 from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Ames is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.  His research interests include infectious diseases of horses and cattle.  His teaching responsibilities include lectures in virology and large animal medicine.


Presentation: Building new business models for veterinary education and the College of Veterinary Medicine



Dr. Karen E. Felsted, CPA, MS, DVM, CVPM

Karen E. FelstedDr. Karen Felsted received a degree in marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. She spent the next twelve years in accounting and business management, including 6 years with Ernst & Young.  During this time she earned both her CPA and an MS degree in Management and Administrative Science from the University of Texas at Dallas.

In 1996 Dr. Felsted graduated from the veterinary college at Texas A & M University and practiced both small animal and emergency medicine for three years.  For the last ten years she has provided financial and operational consulting services to veterinarians, most recently with Brakke Consulting and Gatto McFerson CPAs.

Dr. Felsted joined the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues as Chief Executive Officer in June 2008.  She has written many articles for a wide range of veterinary publications and speaks regularly at national and international veterinary meetings.  She is the current treasurer of VetPartners, a past member of the Veterinary Economics’ Editorial Advisory Board, and the current treasurer of the CATalyst Council.  In addition to her NCVEI duties, Dr. Felsted continues to provide consulting services to veterinary practices and the animal health industry.

Presentation: Improving business success for private practice



Dr. Alan Kelly, DVM, Ph.D.

Dr. Allen KellyDr. Alan Kelly received his veterinary medical education at Bristol University in England and then came to Penn to pursue a Ph.D. in Pathology. He joined the faculty in the Department of Pathobiology at the Veterinary School in 1968 where he taught pathology and pursued research on neuro-muscular development in the rat and on the pathogenesis of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In 1994 Dr. Kelly became dean of the School and served in this office for the ensuing 12 years, retiring in December 2005. During his deanship, Dr. Kelly raised $127 million for the Hill Pavilion, a new teaching and research building at the School. Since retiring from the dean’s office, Dr. Kelly has introduced a course on global health for veterinary students and has led the PennVet World Award and Student Inspiration Award competitions. He also chairs the National Academy of Sciences study on Workforce Needs in Veterinary Medicine.


Presentation: Creating new economic opportunities 



Ms. Denise L. Tumblin, CPA

Denise L. TumblinMs. Denise L. Tumblin is a Certified Public Accountant and owner of Wutchiett Tumblin and Associates, a management consulting firm working exclusively with veterinary teaching hospitals and independently owned veterinary practices.  Her company provides management, valuation, and acquisition services to practices throughout the United States and authors the annual Benchmarks Well-Managed Practice®Study.  She and her partner are the founders and facilitators of the WellMP® Management Groups for equine, mixed, and companion animal practices.

Ms. Tumblin is a graduate of The Ohio State University.  She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, VetPartners where she serves on the Board and the Valuation Council, The National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, The American Animal Hospital Association, and the Capital Area Humane Society.  Ms. Tumblin also serves on the Veterinary Economics Editorial Advisory Board.

Presentation: Addressing student debt and veterinary medicine marketability issues