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Whether you are acquiring your first pharmacy or expanding with additional locations, there are a few key steps that will put you on the path to success.
"RxOwnership gave me the resources, the power and the confidence I needed to do it my way. But most important, they gave me peace of mind."
Bimal Das, Nanticoke Pharmacy, Seaford, DE
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“We never really knew how to get started even though ownership was our eventual goal. And then over time we continued to look into our options until things just seemed to fall into place where we knew what was supposed to happen next. The paperwork, working with the board of pharmacy, finding the space, and just getting everyone together fell so nicely into place that you couldn’t say no to it.”
Samantha Buck, PharmD. Owner of Embrace Pharmacy, Grand Forks, North Dakota/em>
“What I love the most about working at a community pharmacy is the power of integrity. With this trait, we are able to help the underserved population and walk the extra mile to give back to those in need. The experience I’ve gained from working in a community pharmacy has allowed me to widen my perspective in the field and strive to provide equality.”
Ghada Zuhair Abukuwaik, CureMed Pharmacy, Clifton, NJ
“I had a patient one time who told me that I needed to open my own pharmacy… I realized it was something that I could do, and I ended up opening a year later… I get that respect from the physicians, which is something I didn’t get working somewhere like Publix or Walgreens. It gives me freedom with the patients. It’s fantastic that the doctors trust me to go over labs with my patients.”
Shahida Amar-Choudhry, Palms Pharmacy, Tampa, FL
“Of course, there is a lot of stress that comes with being a pharmacy owner, as well as a lot of risk, but the good far outweighs the bad. There’s just something so rewarding in knowing that you started something by yourself, and can use that to make your communities a little stronger.”
Beth Hoopes, Cornerstone Apothecary, Van Horne, Belle Plaine and Marengo, Iowa
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“From the first call, everyone at RxOwnership and Health Mart® has been very responsive and helped us with financing, business planning, operational support and marketing. They helped us from start to finish — we couldn’t have done it without them.”
Debbie Girardi, Sheboygan Health Mart, Sheboygan, WI
Listen to Chris Cella, National VP, RxOwnership, describe how you can benefit from our services.
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You’ve worked hard to be successful and you should benefit from that success. Planning and research will ultimately lead to a smoother and less stressful sale of your business.
When Norm felt the time was right in his heart and gut to sell, he sought out RxOwnership’s advice to help him find a buyer who shared his values and wanted to build on what he had worked so hard to create.
Now that you’ve made the decision to sell, it’s time to initiate the process of selling your store.
Chris Cella, R.Ph.
National Vice President
Ownership Advisor – National Vice President
Chris has more than 35 years’ experience as a practicing pharmacist and pharmacy operations manager. Chris is a graduate from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. He served as a Board member for the New Jersey Drug Utilization Review Board and the New Jersey Council of Chain Drug Stores. During that time, Chris helped to establish a formulary for the State Funded Prescription Plans in New Jersey. He has practiced in all pharmacy settings, including independent, retail chain, long-term care, hospital as well as managed his own business specializing in M&A’s.
Chris’s role in multiple pharmacy acquisitions makes him a valuable guide in assisting those interested in making their ownership goals a reality.
Ownership Advisor – Vice President, Northeast Region
Northeast Region: CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT, WV
Kacey has been with McKesson since 2015 in various sales roles working with both health systems and retail pharmacies. Before joining the RxOwnership team she was the Retail Sales Executive for the Maryland, D.C., Virginia, and North Carolina markets working directly with independent pharmacy owners to best position themselves for success. She graduated from William Paterson University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Sales. As a member of the RxOwnership team Kacey consults with pharmacy owners to provide individualized business valuations as well as guidance for buyers, sellers, and owners looking to start up a new pharmacy.
Kacey is passionate about helping independent pharmacy owners grow and thrive in today’s rapidly evolving healthcare industry. She is a valuable guide in assisting those interested in making their ownership goals a reality. Kacey also leads RxOwnership’s Women in Pharmacy program.
Ownership Advisor – Vice President, Southwest Region
Southwest Region: AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX
Ryan has been helping independent pharmacy owners run their businesses efficiently since 2009. Ryan’s previous role as an Inside Sales Manager allowed him the opportunity to help customers understand their purchases and rebates, as well as provide program support and industry insights to help them be successful business owners. Ryan led the process of multiple startup pharmacies and has assisted with numerous store acquisitions. Whether it’s buying, selling or starting a pharmacy, Ryan’s extensive experience working with independent pharmacies makes him a valuable asset to your ownership aspirations. Prior to joining McKesson, Ryan spent four years working in finance. Ryan graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Management.
Ryan’s success in supporting and guiding pharmacists through their day-to-day operations, in addition to his finance background, makes him a valuable asset in assisting those interested in making their ownership goals a reality.
North Central Region
Ownership Advisor – Vice President, North Central Region
North Central Region: IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI
Nick has been with McKesson since 2009. Before joining the RxOwnership team he was a Retail Sales Manager in the Eastern Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri territories working directly with independent pharmacy owners to develop and execute strategic growth plans. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Sales. As a member of the RxOwnership team Nick consults with buyers, sellers and owners looking to start up a pharmacy.
Nick’s role in multiple pharmacy acquisitions makes him a valuable guide in assisting those interested in making their ownership goals a reality.
Ownership Advisor – Vice President, West Region
West Region: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
Since joining McKesson in 2011 Cory has been deeply engaged in all aspects of independent pharmacy operations. Cory began his career as a retail advisor for the San Diego, Orange County and Las Vegas markets, assisting owners develop and implement growth initiatives within their pharmacies.
Today, as the West Region’s Vice President for RxOwnership, Cory is intimately involved in all aspects of consulting with buyers and sellers including but not limited to business valuations, market analytics, individualized matching services, cash flow analysis, and financing assistance. Since joining the RxOwnership team in 2014, Cory has facilitated more than 100 ownership transfers. Cory’s experience in pharmacy acquisitions makes him a valuable guide in assisting those interested in making their ownership goals a reality!
Gary LeBlanc, R.Ph.
Ownership Advisor – Vice President, Southeast Region
Southeast Region: SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, TN
Gary has over 20 years’ experience practicing retail pharmacy. Gary is a graduate from the University of Louisiana Monroe College of Pharmacy. Gary is experienced in both retail front end and pharmacy management and has held various roles in numerous acquisitions. Gary is passionate about helping others succeed and achieve their dreams. As a member of the RxOwnership team Gary consults with buyers, sellers and owners looking to start up a pharmacy.
With his extensive management background in pharmacy operations and pharmacy acquisitions, Gary is a valuable guide to assist those interested in making their ownership goals a reality.
Martin Dennis, R.Ph.
RxOwnership Start-up Specialist
Prior to joining McKesson, Mark worked as a pharmacist for twenty-five years. During this time, he opened, owned and operated multiple pharmacies. Mark’s background as both a pharmacist and pharmacy owner has provided him the insight to help customers better understand the start-up process.
Mark graduated from the University of Oklahoma, College of Pharmacy.
RxOwnership Start-up Specialist
Leslie has been with McKesson since December 2013 and has spent the last 5 years working across US Pharma within Customer Experience Operations. Her McKesson Career spans departments such as; RNA and ISMC Customer Care, Credit Research, Sales Solutions, and Quality Assurance. Before joining the RxOwnership Startup team, Leslie was responsible for providing time-sensitive customer interaction evaluations for shared services departments such as McKesson Pharmacy Systems (MPS), as well supplementing call assessments with on-going Effortless Customer Experience training.
RxOwnership Start-up Specialist
Prior to joining McKesson, Madelyn worked as a Sales Performance Consultant where she was responsible for creating and implementing training for her sales and onboarding team. Madelyn has a passion for unifying teams and motivating others while continuing to grow her personal knowledge in business. As a Start-Up Specialist for RxOwnership, Madelyn’s goal is to create a pathway for success for pharmacist owners.