Veterinary Association Management

Continuing Education for the Veterinary Profession

5th Annual Simmons Seaside Seminar

Practice Management & Ownership Conference

5th Annual Simmons Seaside Seminar, Practice Management & Ownership Conference, August 25th-27th, 2017, Jekyll Island, Georgia, Featuring Friday Night, Seafood Soiree, SPEAKERS, Doyle Watson, DVM, Owner & President, Simmons & Associates, Joe Stephenson, MA, Broker & Sales Manager, Simmons NY, Rod Finnegan, Founder– Vetinsure, Fritz Wood, CPA, CFP, Our goal is to provide spot on management revelations for practice owners, future owners and managers. Exciting speakers will introduce you to fresh concepts on practice valuation models, and offer advice on expense management, exam room efficiency, revenue enhancement, and marketing., A major component of this seminar is a small classroom setting conducive to building relationships and networking amongst the audience and with industry professionals. We emphasize social gatherings as an important aspect of our program, most notably our opening night ocean-side fish fry, shrimp boil and oyster roast.

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Jekyll Island Club Hotel Conference Center

August 25 - 27, 2017

Historic Jekyll Island Club, Jekyll Island, GA

 Historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island, GA

http://www.jekyllclub.com/

Hotel room reservations can be made with the Jekyll Island Club Hotel at 1-800-535-9547 or 912-635-2600 or by emailing reservations@jekyllclub.com .  Rates starting as low as $189 plus tax and resort fee (traditional and deluxe traditional rooms). Use group code 180761. Rates guaranteed until July 25, 2017.

 

Network with Fellow Veterinarians and Industry Leaders

Simmons Seaside SeminarOur goal is to provide spot on management revelations for practice owners and managers. Our exciting speakers will introduce you to fresh concepts on practice valuation models, diagnosing expense management problems, enhancing revenues, and improving social media strategy.

Simmons Seaside Seminar began in 2011 on Saint Simons Island, Georgia, home of Simmons & Associates since it was founded in 1977.

 

Speakers

Doyle Watson, DVM, Owner & President, Simmons & Associates

Joe Stephenson, MA, Broker & Sales Manager, Simmons NY

Rod Finnegan, Founder– Vetinsure

Fritz Wood, CPA, CFP

Click here to Register Online

Register on or before August 1, 2017 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

Or click Here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it in with payment.

Registration Fee (includes Breakfast, Breaks, Welcome Reception, Lunch, and Simmons Seafood Soirée) $400

Guest Fee $60

One (1) Day Registration is now available for $100!  Register On-Site during the Conference!


We will be accepting Walkins During the Conference!

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

Simmons Seafood Soirée
Friday Evening, August 25, 2017 – 6- 9pm

 An Authentic Fish Fry, Shrimp Boil & Oyster Roast ----- Island Style
A seafood feast will be the fare
Location: Jekyll Island South Dunes Picnic Area
*All registered attendees and family are invited.

Simmons Seaside Seminar Schedule

Learn- Conference Speakers in grand ballroom, Simmons Seaside Seminar   Meet-Friday Night Fish Fry Party, Simmons Seaside Seminar   Play- Riding horses on the Jekyll island beach, Simmons Seaside Seminar

Friday, August 25, 2017

Exhibits Open: 7:30 am - 4 pm

Time Description
7:30 AM

Registration

8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM

Opening Speeches

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Opening Remarks/Introduction

Doyle Watson, DVM, President  & Co-Founder, Simmons & Associates

Anatomy of a Practice Valuation:

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

What to Expect in Purchasing your Practice: Steps to Follow

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Joe Stephenson, MA, Simmons Northeast

Private Practice in the Shadow of Corporate Consolidation

12:00 NOON - 1:00 PM

Lunch

Luncheon Session, “Pharmacy Legalities for Veterinary Practices” Sponsored by Roadrunner Pharmacy

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Joe Stephenson, MA, Simmons Northeast

Inbound Marketing & Social Selling: Techie Buzzwords or the Future of Your Practice? Building a Practice Millennials Will Buy

 

 

6:00pm Friday Night Seafood Soirée

Authentic Fish Fry, Shrimp Boil & Oyster Roast
Location: Jekyll Island South Dunes Picnic Area

Seafood Soiree  Seafood Soiree  Seafood Soiree


St. Simons Seaside Seminar - Practice Management & Ownership Conference

Saturday, August 26, 2017

 Exhibits Open: 8:00 am - 4 pm

Time Description
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Registration

8:00 AM

Buffet Breakfast

9:00 AM - 12:00 NOON

Rod Finnegan, Founder- Vetinsure

Insurance GPS

  • Your roadmap to protect your business, reduce costly mistakes, and create long–term financial viability.
12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM

Lunch

Luncheon Session, “Top 3 Things That Affect Your Clinics “Word of Mouth Branding” by Robbie van Mullem

Sponsored by 3Sided Media

1:00 - 4:00 PM

Fritz Wood, CPA, CFP

Personal Financial Planning –

  • Sell now? Sell later?
  • What’s your plan? You do have a plan, right?
  • How much do you need?
  • Where does your money go?
  • Is your advisor looking out for your best interest?
  • Mistakes investors make (behavioral finance)
  • The tenets of financial success (time, diversification, keep costs low, etc.)
  • Don’t let the tax tail wag the business dog
  • Financial infidelity
  • Retirement as a lifestyle
  • You can’t take it with you

 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Time Description
8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Fritz Wood, CPA, CFP

Top 3 Growth Opportunities in 2018

Best Practices – Attributes of High-Performers

Sponsored by:

Simmons Education Fund

Created in 2002 to educate veterinarians, veterinary students, and staff about the business aspects of the veterinary profession.

Through continuing education, student awards, and sponsorships, the SEF is committed to improving veterinary business education to meet the needs of tomorrow's practicing veterinarian.

The SEF awards over $100,000 annually in student scholarships through the Business Aptitude Award Program.  Over $700,000 to students since 2002.  Over $1,000,000 total to the profession since 2002.

SEF Contributors

Live Oak BankBank of AmericaWells FargoTD BANKPacific Continental Bank

Simmons Education Fund

Simmons and Associates Logo

Click here to Register Online

Register on or before August 1, 2017 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

Or click Here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it in with payment.

Registration Fee (includes Breakfast, Breaks, Welcome Reception, Lunch, and Simmons Seafood Soirée) $400

Guest Fee $60

One (1) Day Registration is now available for $100!  Register On-Site during the Conference!

We will be accepting Walkins During the Conference!

Speaker Bios...

Doyle Watson, DVM President and CEODoyle Watson, DVM President and CEO

Dr. Doyle Watson provides the vision and leadership for Simmons & Associates’ corporate office and operates our Southeast regional office. He is well respected among veterinary colleagues as an expert in appraisal and brokerage. Dr. Watson earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia and established two small animal practices in Georgia.

In 1985, he purchased half interest in Simmons & Associates and established and managed our East Coast office. Dr. Watson later fully acquired Simmons & Associates nationwide in 1990 and set up our regional network of 10 offices to serve veterinarians coast to coast.

To share the latest clinical and management information with our profession, Dr. Watson founded Veterinary Forum, a national veterinary journal. After leading the publication as its president and CEO, he sold the journal in 1996. Dr. Watson is a licensed real-estate broker in seven Southeastern states and a licensed veterinarian in Georgia and Florida. In addition to veterinary association memberships, Dr. Watson belongs to the American Society of Appraisers and Institute of Business Appraisers. He lectures on veterinary practice sales and valuations nationwide.

Dr. Watson prides himself in the assemblage of a professional, talented, multi-functional staff and is confident in their ability to perform every function and service we provide. His primary job is initial contact with prospective sellers and personally performing each practice appraisal to ensure an accurate value, price (which may often be different figures), and terms of financing. Additionally he is in direct contact with every buyer who has visited a practice and expresses an interest in pursuit of ownership. He spends hours over the telephone, detailing the precise methodology on his appraisal process and how he arrived at the value or price. In that discussion he also details the various terms available and what the buyer can expect as personal income after all expenses have been made.

Although you will find him often with a sense of humor, most often you will appreciate the sound business advice and unofficial tax and legal advice he offers in all aspects of the business of contract creation, practice sale, purchase, ownership, and management.


Fritz Wood, CPA, CFPFritz Wood, CPA, CFP

H. F. Wood Consulting, Lenexa, Kansas. fwood@kc.rr.com, www.fritzwood.com, 913.706.7086

Fritz owns and operates an animal health consulting practice in Kansas City, where his clients include veterinarians and animal health companies. He also has a vibrant personal financial planning practice, helping veterinarians reach their lifetime financial goals. He’s focused exclusively on the veterinary industry for 25 years. Fritz has conducted important research examining veterinary productivity and attributes of high-performing practices. He’s a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Financial Planner.

Fritz is the former Personal Finance Editor of Veterinary Economics, where he also served on the Editorial Advisory Board for many years. He’s authored and published many dozens of articles related to the business of veterinary medicine and personal finance. Fritz teaches at several colleges of veterinary medicine, as well as local, state, regional, national and international meetings.

Fritz was Treasurer and served on the Board of Directors of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF). He served on the Pricing Subcommittee of the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues (NCVEI), and is a Founding Member of VetPartners. He recently served as the Practice Management Chairman of the North American Veterinary Conference, on the Advisory Board of Veterinary Team Brief, and has contributed to Veterinary Advantage.

Fritz holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Kansas (1986). His professional affiliations include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. His previous experience included 9 years as a management consultant with a major global consultancy.


Click here to Register Online

Register on or before August 1, 2017 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

Or click Here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it in with payment.

Registration Fee (includes Breakfast, Breaks, Welcome Reception, Lunch, and Simmons Seafood Soirée) $400

Guest Fee $60

One (1) Day Registration is now available for $100!  Register On-Site during the Conference!

We will be accepting Walkins During the Conference!

What our Attendees Say!

I would like to extend a sincere "Thank You" to Howie and all those involved in hosting the Colonial Veterinary Conference in Colonial Williamsburg this December 2015.  We attended a few years ago and were sold on this meeting for our ContEd   This meeting has it all!  Great speakers, wonderful hotel,  delicious food, kind staff and lotsa' coffee!  Howie makes sure everyone is comfortable and enjoying themselves.. The biggest impression our first time here years ago was not just the speakers, topics, and location.. but the obvious love this group has for one another AND for our Lord... read more

Running Paws Pet Hospital, McKinney, TXDr. Donna M Gage | Running Paws Pet Hospital, McKinney, TX

What our Speakers Say!

I've been a speaker for at least a dozen meetings hosted by Veterinary Association Management in the last twenty or so years. The meetings are always well organized and managed. More importantly, the attendees are always eager to learn and happy to be there. The Lee family and all the staff are welcoming and the atmosphere is very family-friendly... read more

Margi Sirois, EdD, MS, CVT, LATMargi Sirois, EdD, MS, CVT, LAT | Speaker

What our Speakers Say!

Veterinary Association Management conference are intimate and interactive. As a presenter, I have the opportunity to talk about behavior issues – a significant reason for relinquishment, and also how to speak with clients about these concerns, as well as getting pets to vets, including Fear Free and Cat Friendly Practices.

Steve Dale, CABCSteve Dale, CABC | Speaker

What our Attendees Say!

I've been going to Veterinary Association Management's Veterinary Conferences for 16 years.  They are by far my favorite.  The quality and choice of speakers always suits my needs. I feel that I get the most up-to-date and thorough information.  Lectures focus on practical advice we can actually use - no ivory towers here... read more

Melanie Bene, DVMMelanie Bene, DVM | Attendee

What our Attendees Say!

My family and I have always enjoyed Veterinary Association Management's (Ralph Lee's) continuing education courses.  We have been attending them now for well over twelve years.  We are always very delighted to attend the courses and conferences that Veterinary Management Association hosts.  The benevolence of the Lee Family always shines forth, and they make my family feel more than welcome.  The veterinary courses are extremely relevant to practice, and much of the information obtained can be put into effect the day we return.  The speakers are of the utmost quality and ... read more

Mercy Animal Hospital, Monroe, NCDrs. Charles and Dawn Jones | Mercy Animal Hospital, Monroe, NC

What our Speakers Say!

Thank you so much for allowing me to speak at this past weekend's Sun N Fun conference in South Carolina. It was a great experience. Howie, Martha, Dawn and the entire Veterinary Association Management team always knows how to make a speaker feel welcomed! The conference was so well organized which is a testament to the VAM team. Thank you so much for all your kindness. It was a true honoring getting to speak to the technicians at the conference. It was a great group who stayed engaged throughout! Thank you again. I hope you are all home getting to relax a little after working so hard to make the conference so successful. ... read more

Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC)Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC) | Speaker

What our Attendees Say!

I have been a veterinarian in NC since 1982.  33years.  I have been getting my continuing education hours with Ralph Lee’s Veterinary Management for 28 years.  My wife is a registered vet technician and we both must get yearly CE hours to continue our licenses.  We have come to Ralph Lee’s Great Smokies Veterinary Conferences for last 20 years.  I appreciate through the years the dedication to providing quality continuing education year after year.  We enjoy the excellent speakers on subjects that are useful in regular day to day practice; comprehensive wet labs; and very affordable CE... read more

Emerywood Veterinary Hospital, High Point, NCJ. Michael Beck DVM and Jane Beck VMT | Emerywood Veterinary Hospital, High Point, NC

What our Speakers Say!

I've participated in several Veterinary Association Management continuing educational meetings and they are all top notch. Each meeting has it's own look and feel. The one consistent thread is excellent speakers and great topics/content being presented. I will be planning a family vacation around Fun N Sun veterinary conference. It's a must do for anyone looking for good CE and creating great memories with the family... read more

Veterinary Consultation Services, LLC Paul Camilo, CVPM | Veterinary Consultation Services, LLC

What our Exhibitors Say!

The Center of Veterinary Expertise has had the pleasure of participating in Colonial Veterinary conference on several levels, sponsorship, vendor as well as providing speakers over the last three year.  Howie and his team always ensure a positive, warm, and successful experience.  We look forward to supporting the Colonial Veterinary Conference for many more years to come.

the COVE, Suffolk, VADanielle T. Russ | LVT, BS, BA, AS, Hospital Manager, the COVE, Suffolk, VA

What our Attendees Say!

It is not a small thing when gathering your CE credits that the meetings be orderly, well presented, convenient, accessible.  Cudos to the Colonial Team.  It was an all-around good experience.

Palmetto Vet Hospital, Ridgeland, SCRob McBrayer, DVM | Palmetto Vet Hospital, Ridgeland, SC

What our Exhibitors Say!

I have been a equipment manufacturing design consultant for Snyder Mfg. for over 30 years.  I have been attending the Ralph Lee's meetings for over 20 years of that time.  The Ralph Lee's meetings are different than the standard veterinary conference meetings that are available.  The meetings are designed to be very family friendly.  The attendees and exhibitors are treated with more respect than any other of the veterinary meetings I attend.  The smaller venue will  also give everyone an opportunity to build long term relationships in the industry.

Snyder Mfg., New Sharon, IARalph Ihde | Snyder Mfg., New Sharon, IA

What our Attendees Say!

I plan each year's continuing education requirements around Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veteirnary Conference.  The program venue is especially nice, this time of year, in Asheville, N.C.  The Lee family (Howie, Martha and the crew) are most accommodating.  They've always made this a pleasurable, meaningful experience.  I secure a copy of the conference notes each trip.  These notes serve as valuable information for me as I care for my patients on a daily basis.  The saddest part, for me, is when the meeting concludes.  Soon, I'll be planning for the 2016 conference.

Central Veterinary Hospital, Knoxville, TNDr. William “Bill” Martin | Central Veterinary Hospital, Knoxville, TN

What our Exhibitors Say!

The Lees' vet meetings are some of the best...and I attend a lot of them! As both a veterinarian and an exhibitor I get the best of both worlds at these events.... Great Continuing Education and Great attendance to the exhibit booth. I attend every one I possibly can.

Vet Assured, Unicoi, TNDr. Dan Moore, DVM | Vet Assured, Unicoi, TN

What our Speakers Say!

I have lectured for Veterinary Association Management for the last 4 years and they consistently have wonderfully organized, informative and practical conferences for practicing small animal veterinarians. With a relatively small group of attendees ... read more

Charleston Veterinary Referral CenterKristin Welch DVM, DACVECC | CRITICAL CARE, CHIEF OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Exhibitors At The Conference

Please visit these Exhibitors at the Conference to see the latest and best products and services for your veterinary practice:

Simmons & Associates

Simmons & Associates

3 Sided Media

ServiceVet Technologies
ServiceVet Technologies - QuickVet & QuickPACS 

 

 

Click here to download the 2017 Simmons Seaside Seminar Practice Management & Ownership Conference Exhibitor Contract

Conference Hotel Information

Jekyll Island Club HotelJekyll Island Club Hotel

Jekyll Island, Georgia

 

Jekyll Island Club Hotel is one of the top resorts in Georgia ...

Jekyll Island Club Hotel

"The legacy of the original Jekyll Island Club is one of history and hospitality. Founded in 1886, the Club was once the private winter retreat of America’s wealthiest families with such members as Morgan, Rockefeller, Pulitzer and Vanderbilt. It all began at the turn of the century, and now the Jekyll Island Club Hotel is one of the top resorts in Georgia, and open to you. The Victorian clubhouse with its famed turret, along with a collection of adjacent structures, have been splendidly restored and are the centerpiece of Jekyll Island’s renowned National Historic Landmark District. Our admired trilogy of premier guest amenities, rich history and gracious service has made the Jekyll Island Club Hotel a celebrated and award-winning vacation and meetings resort for over 25 years. Located on one of Georgia’s most beautiful coastal barrier islands–acclaimed for its beaches, recreation and spectacular natural beauty–a truly landmark experience awaits you."

Hotel room reservations can be made with the Jekyll Island Club Hotel at 1-800-535-9547 or 912-635-2600 or by emailing reservations@jekyllclub.com. Rates starting as low as $189 plus tax and resort fee (traditional and deluxe traditional rooms). Use group code 180761. Rates guaranteed until July 25, 2017..

 

Jekyll Island Club Meeting Room
Jekyll Island Club Meeting Room

Click here to Register Online

Register on or before August 1, 2016 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

Or click Here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it in with payment.

Registration Fee (includes Breakfast, Breaks, Welcome Reception, Lunch, and Simmons Seafood Soirée) $400

Guest Fee $50

One (1) Day Registration is now available for $100!  Register On-Site during the Conference!



We will be accepting Walkins During the Conference!

Area Information

Also Visit St. Simons Island, Georgia


This photo of Saint Simons Island is courtesy of TripAdvisor

St. Simon Island, Georgia is home to fabulous beachesgolfingcharter fishingspas and salons, and a variety of restaurants, fun events and entertainment for everyone. The unspoiled beauty of St. Simons and its distinctively charming beach lifestyle that is unhurried and under-developed are what make it so special.

Click here to Register Online

Register on or before August 1, 2017 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

Or click Here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it in with payment.

Registration Fee (includes Breakfast, Breaks, Welcome Reception, Lunch, and Simmons Seafood Soirée) $400

Guest Fee $60

One (1) Day Registration is now available for $100!  Register On-Site during the Conference!

We will be accepting Walkins During the Conference!