Rich Lester - Co-CEO - Ackerman Group

September 2nd, 2021, Author: Amy Shane

Rich has spent the past 14 years in the veterinary industry primarily partnering with veterinarians to ensure their financial success.  After a few years as President of BrightHeart Veterinary Centers, Rich was the Founder of Veterinary Practice Partners in 2011, the first group that exclusively focused on co-owning veterinary hospitals with local veterinarians.  Rich led VPP as CEO from a start-up idea to 65+ hospitals and he stepped down as CEO in 2020.  He remained an advisor to VPP through most of 2020 and is now excited to join Ackerman Group to work with veterinarians to help secure their financial futures. Rich enjoys advising practice owners on the sale of their practices to corporate groups and he knows the space well having spent 10+ years having been a buyer of practices.

Prior to being in the veterinary industry, Rich work in senior management for 15 years in human healthcare primarily at DaVita, a multi-site operator and consolidator of dialysis clinics.  Rich has an MBA from UCLA and an undergraduate degree in Finance and American History from the University of Pennsylvania.  Ric is married to his wife Rachel, they have three children and he loves to ski, golf and spend time with his family.