5th Annual Simmons Seaside Seminar Practice Management & Ownership Conference


5th Annual Simmons Seaside Seminar

Practice Management & Ownership Conference

August 25th-27th, 2017

Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island, GA


Network with Fellow Veterinarians and Industry Leaders

Our goal is to provide spot on management revelations for practice owners and managers. Our exciting speakers will introduce you to fresh concepts on practice valuation models, diagnosing expense management problems, enhancing revenues, and improving social media strategy.

A major component of this seminar is a small classroom setting conducive to building relationships and networking among the audience and with industry professionals. We emphasize social gatherings as an important aspect of our program, most notably our opening night ocean-side fish fry, shrimp boil and oyster roast.

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Simmons Seaside Seminar began in 2011 on Saint Simons Island, Georgia, home of Simmons & Associates since it was founded in 1977.





Weekend Learning Schedule

simmons_seaside_seminar_veterinariansFriday: 8 am – 4 pm

Saturday: 8:30 am – 3 pm

Sunday:  9 am – 11 am

Friday Night Seafood Soirée
Authentic southern-style fish fry, oyster roast & shrimp boil

Guest Speakers

Doyle Watson, DVM Owner & President, Simmons & Associates

Joe Stephenson, MA Broker & Sales Manager, Simmons NY

Rod Finnegan Founder– Vetinsure

Fritz Wood, CPA, CFP


Conference Schedule

7:00 AM – 7:45 AM Registration
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM Doyle Watson, DVM, President & Co-Founder, Simmons & Associates
10:00 AM – 12:00 NOON Joe Stephenson, MA, Simmons Northeast
Private Practice in the Shadow of Corporate Consolidation
12:00 NOON – 1:00 PM LUNCH BREAK
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Joe Stephenson, MA, Simmons Northeast
Inbound Marketing & Social Selling: Techie Buzzwords or the Future of Your Practice? Building a Practice Millennials Will Buy
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Welcome Reception


6:00 pm Friday Night Seafood Soirée

Authentic Fish Fry, Shrimp Boil & Oyster Roast
Location: Jekyll Island South Dunes Picnic Area

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Exhibits Open: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

7:00 AM – 7:45 AM Registration
8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM – 12:00 NOON Rod Finnegan, Founder- Vetinsure
Insurance GPS · Your road map to protect your business, reduce costly mistakes, and create long–term financial viability.
12:00 NOON – 1:00 PM LUNCH BREAK
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Fritz Wood, CPA, CFP
Personal Financial Planning –

  • Sell now? Sell later?
  • What’s your plan? You do have a plan, right?
  • How much do you need?
  • Where does your money go?
  • Is your advisor looking out for your best interest?
  • Mistakes investors make (behavioral finance)
  • The tenets of financial success (time, diversification, keep costs low, etc.)
  • Don’t let the tax tail wag the business dog-
  • Financial infidelity-
  • Retirement as a lifestyle-
  • You can’t take it with you-

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Exhibits Closed

8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM – 12:00 NOON Fritz Wood, CPA, CFP
Top 3 Growth Opportunities in 2018
Best Practices – Attributes of High-Performers





Sponsored By

Simmons Educational Fund

Created in 2002 to educate veterinarians, veterinary students, and staff about the business aspects of the veterinary profession.

Through continuing education, student awards, and sponsorships, the SEF is committed to improving veterinary business education to meet the needs of tomorrow’s practicing veterinarian.

The SEF awards over $100,000 annually in student scholarships through the Business Aptitude Award Program.  Over $700,000 to students since 2002.  Over $1,000,000 total to the profession since 2002.

SEF Contributors: Live Oak Bank ∙ Bank of America ∙ Wells Fargo ∙ TD Bank ∙ Pacific Continental Bank




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