Dinner Host | Craig Wallace
As 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
Manley 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
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)