As president of the industry’s leading provider of preventive care, Brian’s top priority is creating a high-performing, inclusive culture for Banfield Pet Hospital’s 19,000+ associates at 1,000+ hospitals across the country. Since Brian became president in 2017, Banfield has achieved the lowest turnover in its history while simultaneously averaging double-digit year-over-year growth. Over Brian’s time with Banfield, the multi-billion organization has grown by over 50 percent.
Brian believes that pets, people and society are all connected and is passionate about ensuring Banfield is
making a positive impact on the world. This philosophy is behind the launch of the company’s Student Debt Relief Program, making Banfield one of only eight percent of organizations offering such a benefit. To date the program has contributed nearly $15M to pay-off debt for veterinary professionals while helping to refinance more than $16M in student loans. In addition, Banfield launched the first suicide prevention training designed specifically for veterinary professionals as part of its holistic commitment to the health and wellbeing of all Banfield associates. The training is also available for free to the entire veterinary profession. Brian joined Banfield in 2015 as chief operating officer, bringing more than 20 years of healthcare leadership to the organization. Prior to joining Banfield, Brian served as an area vice president at CVS Health where he was responsible for more than 600 stores covering 17 states with 15,000+ associates.
Beginning his career stocking store shelves at Walgreens, Brian has never sat in a corner office or followed a traditional trajectory. This unique path has pushed him to think differently, leading with empathy, impatience and impact.
Brian is committed to ensuring the voice of Banfield’s associates dictates the vision of the organization. With 75% of Banfield’s workforce being Millennial or Gen Z, Brian connects directly with associates on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter to listen, engage and transform the organization.
Thursday, October 7th
- Keynote: Emily Williams Knight
- Keynote: Brian Garish