As Director of Business Development, Tom is responsible for the growth of Ackerman Group’s client base and market relationships. Tom brings more than 25 years of business strategy, business development and executive leadership experience in the animal health industry. He worked for market leaders such as Novartis, Veterinary Centers of America (VCA) and National Veterinary Associates (NVA). As a member of Ackerman Group, Tom’s expertise in identifying and responding to client demands in dynamic veterinary markets plays a key role in ensuring our client satisfaction.

Tom held various project management positions with increasing responsibility at Novartis until he was promoted into sales and managed markets leadership roles. At VCA Tom managed operations in a four-state region and was promoted to Regional Vice President. He then joined NVA as the Director of Divisional Operations for their Central Division. At Akina Pharmacy Tom developed the business case and strategy that resulted in the launch of Akina Animal Health, an e-commerce based compounding pharmacy. While at Akina, Tom had operational oversight for all Animal Health activities, interfacing with hundreds of veterinarians on a weekly basis.

Tom holds a Master of Business Administration from Wake Forest University. He has two teenage children and also parents a six-year-old cat, Trudy, who loves to eat and sleep.