Program | Monday, August 28, 2017

Networking will begin at 5:00 p.m. outside of the Grand Hall in the KC Convention Center.

Attire is casual or business casual

Dinner Host | Craig Wallace

Craig Wallace_Headshot_2017_webAs CEO of Ceva U.S. Holdings, Inc., Craig Wallace oversees all U.S., Canada and Australia|New Zealand operations for Ceva Animal Health from the North America headquarters in Lenexa, Kansas. Wallace also serves as the North America|Pacific Zone Director of global parent company Ceva Santé Animale based in Libourne, France.Wallace began his 27-year career in animal health at Fort Dodge Animal Health, progressing to Vice President of U.S. Sales and Marketing. Prior to joining Ceva, Wallace also served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Trupanion, a start-up and private equity funded pet insurance company, based in Seattle.

As a senior leader of one of the world's fastest growing veterinary pharmaceutical companies, Wallace has a keen interest in the potential impact of entrepreneurship in animal health. He has served on various private enterprise boards and in industry leadership positions including the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues (NCVEI) and as Chair of the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor Advisory Board. He also serves as a judge at the annual Kansas City Animal Health Investment Forum.

Keynote Speaker | Manley Feinberg II

mf_0088 TOUCHED HS SQManley is the founder of Vertical Lessons, Inc.  He is an award winning international keynote speaker, business leader and author.  Leveraging more than twenty years of business, professional speaking and adventure experience, his insight and energy will inspire and equip you to step up and reach your next summit. In fact he wrote a book titled, Reaching Your Next Summit!  9 Vertical Lessons to Lead with More Impact. Manley’s 11 years of leadership influence contributed to a workplace culture that landed Build-A-Bear Workshop on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® List four years in a row. Manley served two terms as the president of the St. Louis chapter of the National Speakers Association. On a personal note, Manley likes to sleep on the side of mountains.  Even more shocking is that his wife has been putting up with that for more than two decades, and he has two teens that still kiss him on the cheek in front of their friends. 

Iron Paw Award Honoree | Rich Shuler

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President and CEO of Shuler Consulting Services and is focused on working with companies in the area of innovation, planning, and execution. Rich has over 40 years of experience in creating and building successful businesses and developing a strong market position for their products and services. He has worked with a variety of businesses, producer organizations, churches, and universities to develop long range strategic plans and organizational structure. Rich also assists businesses in acquiring products and technologies that fit the company’s strategic focus.

Rich has led the turnaround of several struggling companies and created several successful companies. He had the pleasure of assisting with the development of many outstanding leaders that are in key management positions in the industry today.  Rich is recognized by his peers as an innovative leader who has successfully lead companies into new markets and differentiated their products and services. Rich feels privileged to have many of his former team members create their own businesses and become very successful. 

Spirit of Service Honorees | Heartland Therapeutic Riding and Lakemary Ranch

The KC Animal Health Corridor and its partners are honored to recognize two not-for-profit organizations in the KC region who work tirelessly to improve the lives of adults and children with disabilities with the 2017 Spirit of Service award.  Heartland Therapeutic Riding and Lakemary Ranch provide therapeutic services to the adults and children they serve through animal therapy. (Read More)

Heartland Therapeutic Riding

w+dA4cmydjWkgAAAABJRU5ErkJggg==Heartland Therapeutic Riding changes lives, one ride at a time as they serve adults and children with disabilities through equine-assisted activities and therapies. Their four-legged, 1,000 pound “therapists” provide a sense of freedom and mobility to participants that’s rarely experienced elsewhere in their lives. Participants make physical and emotional strides during their sessions at HTR that are taught by instructors who are focused on what they can accomplish, not on their limitations. The results are remarkable!

Lakemary Ranch

LakemaryRanch_ColorLakemary provides an array of services for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. In our Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility, Lakemary serves children ages 6-21 with developmental disabilities or a diagnosis on the autism spectrum along with a mental health diagnosis. Our children range in functioning levels from nonverbal requiring complete staff support for daily living activities to higher functioning children that struggle with social skills and understanding boundaries. Many of our children have significant trauma and abuse histories. Our children often struggle with emotional regulation and behavioral concerns. Lakemary has begun an ambitious project to develop an animal and garden therapy center on grounds, affectionately known as “The Ranch". A patchwork of themed gardens and animal enclosures radiate from the central barn, which provides year round access. The Ranch serves as an avenue for therapy, education and recreation. Trained therapists use Rabbits and Goats in both structured and non-structured play therapy. Our Great Pyrenees dogs are just great to hang out with, while gardening projects encourage exercise and consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables. We have witnessed animals being used by clients to express their feelings, as calming strategies, and as a way to build positive relationships.

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