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ACG Names Veterinary Executive as New Leader

October 01, 2019, 08:35 AM

The North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) announced CEO Thomas M. Bohn, CAE, MBA, has accepted a new opportunity to lead the Association for Corporate Growth® and will resign from the NAVC at the end of 2019. Eugene O'Neill, NAVC Deputy CEO and Chief Financial Officer has been appointed by the Board as interim CEO. 

Bohn, who joined NAVC in January 2013, led unprecedented growth and diversification for the nonprofit, more than doubling annual revenue from $11 million to more than $26 million in 2019, tripling its customer base and expanding its portfolio.

Bohn is credited for transforming the NAVC from hosting a single event -- the Veterinary Meeting & Expo, now known as VMX -- to a diverse portfolio that includes: a media division that has become the veterinary industry's largest trade publisher; an online news station; a certification program; a service group supporting smaller veterinary associations; and an online recruiting tool for veterinarians. This strategy enabled the NAVC to spread its revenue across multiple lines of business throughout the year with more than 30 percent of its revenue now coming from these sources. Bohn also led the expansion of its staff from 22 to nearly 80 employees, recruiting top talent from Fortune 500 companies and leading global nonprofits.

"Tom has transformed the NAVC into a growth organization and global leader providing continuing education and services to the veterinary community worldwide," said NAVC Board President, Cheryl Good, DVM.  "Tom's leadership, innovation, strategic vision and, most notable, his passion and commitment to supporting veterinarians and animals everywhere, are unmatched. The NAVC Board joins me in thanking Tom for everything he has done to help make the NAVC the remarkable organization it is today.  Tom has built the most talented team in our industry and leaves us in great hands, under Gene O'Neill's leadership." 

"It has been a joy leading the NAVC's incredible team of professionals and working with the most amazing people within the veterinary community who pour their hearts and souls into providing better healthcare to animals worldwide," Bohn said. "Gene has been my partner and right arm since day one and the NAVC and veterinary community will be well served under his leadership. With our son heading to college soon, this is the perfect time to set off on a new adventure and join ACG!"

O'Neill joined the NAVC in August, 2013. Prior to this, he served as Vice President of Finance at the Institute of Internal Auditors, Interim CEO for IIA-Australia and held various finance and administration positions at SeaWorld of Florida.  He has held CPA and CIA designations throughout his career.

The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) is the global community for middle-market M&A deal-makers and business leaders focused on driving growth. Founded in 1954, the ACG has chapters worldwide representing 14,500 members. It serves 90,000 investors, executives, lenders and advisers to growing middle-market companies. ACG's mission is to drive middle-market growth. It is based in Chicago.

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