Dr. Ackerman founded Ackerman Group (formerly Business Transitions Services) nearly 20 years ago in order to help veterinary practice owners successfully navigate the complex process of business transitions and transactions. Gary is an industry thought leader in corporate consolidation sales with renowned multi-discipline expertise that includes veterinary practice ownership, business growth and management, real estate and tax mitigation planning strategies, practice transition strategies, due diligence, practice valuations and negotiations. Gary developed a proprietary process to help veterinary practice owners sell to the corporate market, gaining maximum value of their practices.

Gary earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia. He founded and operated a multi-doctor, multi-location veterinary practice in Virginia for 20 years before selling his practices to a corporate buyer in 2001. Gary is well known in the veterinary practice industry for his knowledge and success across multiple fields and disciplines. He is a licensed commercial real estate agent and investment advisor. Gary’s experience includes negotiating and finalizing veterinary practice sales and practice start-ups; assisting commercial real estate transactions; planning and directing hospital construction and renovation; overseeing facility leases; supervising practice mergers; negotiating group transitions to corporate buyers; assisting with structuring partnerships, purchases and sales agreements; tax mitigation strategies; and planning all aspects of veterinary practice sales.

Gary is also an active speaker in the Veterinary Industry and is an approved continuing education teacher for numerous realtor, accounting, and legal firms on real estate and business sale tax planning. Ackerman Group is licensed as a school to teach state and nationally certified continuing education courses. He has authored articles on real estate issues of healthcare professionals and practice transitions in multiple trade magazines and management publications. Gary lives in Richmond VA with his wife Brenda and has two children in college.  When time permits, he enjoys water sports and an occasional game of racquetball.