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BLC 2016


BLC | June 10-13 | Colorado Springs, Colo.


Brian Caswell  
Brian Caswell, President, Wolkar Drug

Brian Caswell, President of Wolkar Drug in Baxter Springs, KS is a University of Kansas School of Pharmacy Graduate in 1987. He owns 3 stores in S.E. KS and is a past President of the Kansas Pharmacists Association. Currently Mr. Caswell serves on the Kansas Pharmacy Foundation, National Community Pharmacy Association’s (NCPA) Innovation Center and serves as Chairman of the Board for NCPA. Brian and his wife, Gretchen, reside in Baxter Springs, KS.

Jeff Eggers  
Jeff Eggers, Organizational Performance Expert , McChrystal Group Leadership Institute

Jeff Eggers is a senior policy advisor, security professional, executive coach and leadership consultant with more than 20 years’ experience leading high-performing teams for the White House, Department of Defense and the U.S. Navy. A trusted advisor to senior U.S. government officials, Eggers served as President Obama’s Special Assistant for National Security Affairs, where he oversaw critical and sensitive aspects of U.S. foreign and national security policy.

Jeff Eggers served for four years as the National Security Council’s Senior Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He now leads the McChrystal Group’s Leadership Institute, where he helps Fortune 500 clients focused on improving performance to train more effective leaders and create a culture that enables peak performance. Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Eggers worked with a diverse mix of clients across industries, including an NBA franchise where he helped with leadership succession. He retired from the U.S. Navy following a successful career as a U.S. Navy SEAL.

Eggers is an Adjunct Senior Analyst for the RAND Corporation and has been published in Fortune, Foreign Policy, Politico, U.S. News and World Report and more. He has taught courses in change management, leadership, and public policy for U.S. intelligence agencies, the Foreign Service Institute, and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

He is a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, an advisor for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, a member of the NationSwell Council, and a board member of the Special Operations Fund, a non-profit that cares for and assists the families of special operations veterans killed in action.  

Jane Gould  
Jane Gould, Chief Operating Officer, Enactus

John Gray  
John M. Gray,

John M. Gray has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of HDA since 2004. He is responsible for overseeing all HDA operations and activities and reports directly to the HDA Board of Directors. Gray also serves as President and CEO of the HDA Research Foundation.

Prior to joining HDA, Gray served for eight years as Food Distributor International’s (FDI) Executive Vice President and General Counsel. When FDI merged with the Food Marketing Institute to form the International Foodservice Distributors Association in 2003, Gray became its President and CEO.

From 1987 to 1994, Gray served as Vice President of Education and as Industry Affairs Counsel for the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

Gray holds an AB from The College of William & Mary; an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Rich Mistichelli  
Rich Mistichelli, RPh Owner, Liss Pharmacy

After graduating from the Rutgers School of Pharmacy, Richard began practicing at Liss Pharmacy in 1999. Since then, Richard has dedicated himself to helping patients in the local community, overseeing the Liss Pharmacy operations as Pharmacist-in-Charge and leading a staff built upon hard work ethic and individual patient care. Richard continues to carry on the Liss Pharmacy spirit of putting patients and community first.

Cheri New  
Cheri New, Manager, Buena Vista Drug

Cheri New, has been with Buena Vista Drug for 2 years. At BV Drug she has many responsibilities ranging from managing the over the counter merchandise, ordering and billing durable medical equipment, fitting compression stockings, marketing, and more. Before Buena Vista Drug, she worked as an office manager for one of the local medical clinics. Her knowledge of both medical and pharmacy has made her an exceptional part of the team at Buena Vista Drug.

Michael Nyenhuis  
Michael J. Nyenhuis, President and CEO, Americares

Americares President and CEO Michael J. Nyenhuis directs the world’s leading nonprofit provider of donated medicine and medical supplies.

Americares responds to people affected by poverty or disaster with life-changing health programs, medicine and medical supplies. The health-focused relief and development organization reaches an average of 90 countries and all 50 U.S. states annually with over $800 million in quality medicine and supplies. By supporting 4,000 health centers worldwide with innovative health projects and donations of medicine, Americares improves the health of millions of people in need every year.

Nyenhuis has oversight of all Americares offices worldwide, including its operations in the U.S., El Salvador, Haiti, India, Liberia, Nepal, the Philippines and Tanzania. A global health professional with more than 20 years of experience, Nyenhuis joined Americares in 2014. He previously served as president and chief executive officer of MAP International.

Nyenhuis serves on the Leadership Council of Concordia, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to fostering, elevating, and sustaining cross-sector partnerships for social impact. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a Master of Business Administration from Emory University.

Kurt Proctor  
Kurt A. Proctor, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, National Community Pharmacists Association

Kurt A. Proctor, Ph.D., RPh is the Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives with the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). NCPA® represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies, an $88.7 billion health care marketplace.

Mario Puorro  
Mario Puorro, Manager Owner, Liss Pharmacy

Mario began working with Liss Pharmacy as a young part-time employee in 1980. Mario went on to graduate from Farleigh Dickenson University in 1984 with a B.S. in Business Management and Finance. He brought his knowledge and experience in customer relations back to his hometown of Newark, managing the operations of Liss Pharmacy and specializing in Durable Medical Equipment. As a community figure, Mario serves as director on the Board of Mt. Prospect Authority.

Amy Purdy  
Amy Purdy, 2018 Paralympic Silver Medalist, 2014 Paralympic Bronze Medalist, and Three-Time World Cup Gold Medalist, Adaptive Action Sports (AAS)

Amy Purdy lost her legs to bacterial meningitis when she was 19. Originally given less than a 2 percent chance of survival, she beat her odds, battled depression and rose to accept her new reality – but not any limitations. Today, she is the top-ranked adaptive snowboarder in the U.S., a three-time World Cup Para-Snowboard winner, the 2014 Paralympic bronze medalist, the 2018 Paralympic Silver Medalist and the author of New York Times bestselling book, On My Own Two Feet. She has been a featured presenter at both TEDx and POP Tech. Her TED talk is distributed to new, incoming TED speakers as the No. 1 recommended sample presentation. It has been viewed millions of times and translated into multiple languages.

After going through her life-altering experience, Purdy challenged herself to attain goals that even those with both legs would struggle to achieve. After being unable to find prosthetics that would allow her to snowboard, she built her own and began snowboarding just seven months after receiving her leg prosthetics. Three months after a kidney transplant, she entered the USASA National Snowboarding Championship where she won medals in three events. She is the only double-leg amputee competing at the elite world-class level, and she is considered one of the most commercially successful Paralympic/adaptive athletes in the world, having partnered with major brands like Toyota, Pfizer, Coca-Cola, the Hartford, P&G, Duracell, Kelloggs and Element.

Purdy’s creativity, positive outlook, and never-give-up attitude have opened countless doors. She competed on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars! and was the show’s first double amputee contestant. She finished second and joined the short list of contestants to never receive any score lower than an 8. She and longtime boyfriend Daniel Gale also raced around the world on CBS’s The Amazing Race, and she was featured in a national Super Bowl ad for Toyota in 2015. Purdy shared her remarkable story alongside Oprah Winfrey, as part of Oprah’s The Life You Want Tour, and she has been featured in a Madonna music video, creative projects for musician Nikki Sixx, and countless magazines including the 2014 ESPN Body Issue and People magazine. She was also a lead actress role in the award-winning independent film and named one of ESPNW’s “Impact 25” in 2014. Next up on her list is a clothing and cosmetics line.

In 2005, Purdy co-founded Adaptive Action Sports (AAS), a non-profit dedicated to introducing people with physical challenges to action sports. AAS was instrumental in getting adaptive snowboarding added to the 2014 Paralympic Games.

Lucas Smith  
Lucas Smith, Owner/Pharmacy Manager, Buena Vista Drug

Lucas Smith, the owner of Buena Vista Drug, is from Colorado Springs, graduated from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and started at Buena Vista Drug in 2014. Lucas completed purchase of the business in August of 2017. Since his time at the pharmacy, he has expanded their DME offerings, added an immunization program, grown the prescription volume, and started several new clinical services. In his spare time he enjoys running, cooking, and woodworking.

Laura Stack  
Laura Stack, CSP, MBA, CPAE, President & CEO, The Productivity Pro Inc.

For over 25 years, Laura’s keynote speeches and seminars have helped associations and Fortune 1000 corporations improve output, increase speed in execution, and save time in the office. She is a high-energy, high-content speaker, who educates, entertains, and motivates professionals to deliver bottom-line results. Laura is a member of the prestigious CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, which has fewer than 200 members worldwide) and holds the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation.

Arun Tandon  
Arun Tandon, President, Advanced Health Pharmacy

Arun has been working as a pharmacist for about 30 years in Portage, Michigan. He opened his independent pharmacy in 2010. This is where he truly has been practicing his trademark “compassionate care” . He has extensive knowledge of the intricate relationship between body, mind and spirit. Paired with his simple yet powerful holistic approach towards health, makes him a great teacher. In addition he serves as an adjunct faculty member at Ferris State University, College of Pharmacy and is a founding member of Power of Breath - a Not for profit organization teaching yoga and meditation.

David Wendland  
David J. Wendland, Vice President, Strategic Relations, Hamacher Resource Group

Dave Wendland is a 27+ year veteran of the consumer packaged goods industry and is passionate about optimizing results across the retail supply chain. A sought-after speaker for industry conferences and frequent editorial contributor, Dave provides dynamic, thought-provoking presentations; idea-generating articles; and purposeful business guidance.

As vice president strategic relations and one of the co-owners of Hamacher Resource Group, Dave has connected, counseled, and offered business-improvement solutions to a variety of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and technology providers. With his bird’s-eye view of retail and fresh approaches to branding he is able to assess and offer creative ideas to help companies of all sizes whether they are market leaders or new to the industry.

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