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Committed To The Profession

Remaining True To Our Founder’s Vision

Our leadership team represents a wide range of expertise in a variety of disciplines critical to running our business – all fully aligned on the issues that truly matter. True visionaries with a heart for animals and the local doctors who care for them, they are committed to growth, while remaining respectful of what each business owner has built.

Our Leadership Team

Stan Creighton

Dr. Stan Creighton

Founder

After serving as a practice owner for 19 years, and a practicing clinician for 24 years in hospitals providing general, specialized and emergency care, I saw that things were changing in the industry. And I wanted to find a way to help local doctors by building on what they had already worked so hard to create.

I founded NVA with the intent of enabling retiring and still-practicing veterinarians to keep their teams and culture intact, while continuing to grow. We’re here for one sole purpose – to provide the resources to enable them to pursue their passions, whether they’re envisioning an expansion for their practice, or more free time for their personal interests.

While I am still involved, I have appointed an exceptionally committed, incredibly capable leadership team, and I have full confidence in their commitment to the original vision for the company. I look forward to seeing all the innovative new ways NVA will continue to serve the veterinary community.

NVA Today

Greg Hartmann

President and CEO

NVA was created to serve the needs of an evolving veterinary and animal care profession. That’s why I champion our role as servant leaders; our work goes beyond ourselves. We’re here to support our caregivers with resources, tools and programs that help grow their business, so they can focus on what matters most: the health and well-being of animals. I guide our teams by this approach. It’s at the root of all we do.

Throughout my life, I’ve always found fulfillment in building things. As a teenager, that meant starting my first company and assembling my first executive team (my friends). Later, it meant building a career, first by studying business at the University of Vermont, then earning an MBA from Harvard Business School, and serving in various operations roles serving human health care needs at DaVita, Inc. Since I joined NVA in 2008, it has meant supporting and strengthening this community alongside so many talented servant leaders.

Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly

Chief Operating Officer

Members of the operations team are driven by a common belief: The profession we serve does great things; their work is vital to their local communities. With experts in recruiting, management, technology, human resources, training and development, our goal is to make the lives of our pet-care teams easier. We help handle the pain points of managing a hospital or pet resort, so they can focus on delivering services that advance pet care and grow their business. The animals that walk through their doors depend on their care. We deliver our best so that they can, too.

After studying electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, I later earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. As a co-founder and owner of a company for several years, I understand very deeply the many challenges that our partners have overcome to get their practice or business to where it is today; I have a profound respect for what they’ve accomplished. Before co-founding my last company, I held various roles with the Boston Consulting Group and GE Healthcare. I joined NVA in 2013.

Scott Shulman

Scott Shulman

Chief Financial Officer

Every hospital and pet resort is unique; no one understands their business like they do. My team recognizes that. Our accounting, purchasing, payroll and tax experts don’t ask our locations to conform to some homogeneous system or process. We tailor our support and enable them to do business their way. That’s how service works at NVA.

In my career, I’ve served as Director of Finance at Viacom and Manager of Accounting at Disney; I studied Economics at UCLA and earned an MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business — but my 20 years on this team have been the most rewarding. The people I work with are not only good with numbers, they’re passionate about pets. And it shows up in their work every day.

Turpin Mott

Turpin Mott

Chief Community Officer

Our community’s caregivers have tremendous gifts and talents. But it’s a challenging profession, so my team and I foster an environment that empowers them to thrive. We design programs and resources to support their personal and professional growth and help them live more fully. We care for our caregivers because when they succeed, animals are healthier and the people who love them are happier.

I discovered my passion for helping people find fulfillment after returning from Desert Storm. I led leadership training and development at Mott & Associates for 15 years and began working with NVA in 2007. When I’m not serving our community, you'll likely find me on an adventure with my wife and daughter in the mountains, facilitating veteran retreats, or at home with our Goldendoodle, Cockapoo and two Guinea pigs.

Steve Ager

Steve Ager

Chief Development Officer

The business development team helps grow our community by forming new partnerships with hospitals and pet resorts. But our work doesn’t end there. We help owners shape their future role in their business and provide the expertise and resources to meet their personal goals. They dedicate their careers to helping animals, so we dedicate ours to helping them realize their dreams. We love to welcome new additions to our community, however, our big win often occurs years later, when our partners proclaim how happy they are that we’ve honored what they built and exceeded their expectations.

Since earning a JD and MBA from Duke University, I’ve held business development roles at Kindred Healthcare, Morgan Stanley, Houlihan & Lokey and Howard & Zurkin, but I’ve never been part of a team like this. We’re all here to make a difference. I’m proud to work alongside them.

Laura Koester

Laura Koester

Chief Marketing Officer

Our pet care teams know their clients best. It’s why our approach to marketing starts by listening. With experts in client communication, websites, social media and more, we help each hospital and pet resort attract new clients, stay connected with existing ones, and overcome the unexpected — whether it’s a disastrous Yelp review or a natural disaster.

A servant leader at heart, I have been fortunate to lead talented, growth-focused marketing teams at several companies. I earned a BA from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University. A native of Southern California, my husband and I are raising three kids, three dogs and whatever else strays over to our house.

Eric Smith

Eric Smith

General Counsel

The law is complex and intimidating. My team makes it clear and manageable. Our attorneys, paralegals and assistants give legal support and peace of mind to all of our locations. Before a practice or pet resort joins NVA, we help structure a partnership that works for them. As members of our community, we provide counsel on contracts, taxes, employment, real estate and more.

As a student at the University of Illinois, where I attended business and law school, I had never considered a future as a veterinary attorney. It wasn’t until 2003, while a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, that I met my favorite client, NVA, and became enamored with the profession. In 2015, I relocated here with my family to lead our legal team and serve our veterinarians and pet care teams full-time. My wife, daughters and dog especially could not be happier or more proud.

Stan Creighton

Dr. Stan Creighton

Founder

After serving as a practice owner for 19 years, and a practicing clinician for 24 years in hospitals providing general, specialized and emergency care, I saw that things were changing in the industry. And I wanted to find a way to help local doctors by building on what they had already worked so hard to create.

I founded NVA with the intent of enabling retiring and still-practicing veterinarians to keep their teams and culture intact, while continuing to grow. We’re here for one sole purpose – to provide the resources to enable them to pursue their passions, whether they’re envisioning an expansion for their practice, or more free time for their personal interests.

While I am still involved, I have appointed an exceptionally committed, incredibly capable leadership team, and I have full confidence in their commitment to the original vision for the company. I look forward to seeing all the innovative new ways NVA will continue to serve the veterinary community.

NVA Today

Greg Hartmann

President and CEO

NVA was created to serve the needs of an evolving veterinary and animal care profession. That’s why I champion our role as servant leaders; our work goes beyond ourselves. We’re here to support our caregivers with resources, tools and programs that help grow their business, so they can focus on what matters most: the health and well-being of animals. I guide our teams by this approach. It’s at the root of all we do.

Throughout my life, I’ve always found fulfillment in building things. As a teenager, that meant starting my first company and assembling my first executive team (my friends). Later, it meant building a career, first by studying business at the University of Vermont, then earning an MBA from Harvard Business School, and serving in various operations roles serving human health care needs at DaVita, Inc. Since I joined NVA in 2008, it has meant supporting and strengthening this community alongside so many talented servant leaders.

Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly

Chief Operating Officer

Members of the operations team are driven by a common belief: The profession we serve does great things; their work is vital to their local communities. With experts in recruiting, management, technology, human resources, training and development, our goal is to make the lives of our pet-care teams easier. We help handle the pain points of managing a hospital or pet resort, so they can focus on delivering services that advance pet care and grow their business. The animals that walk through their doors depend on their care. We deliver our best so that they can, too.

After studying electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, I later earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. As a co-founder and owner of a company for several years, I understand very deeply the many challenges that our partners have overcome to get their practice or business to where it is today; I have a profound respect for what they’ve accomplished. Before co-founding my last company, I held various roles with the Boston Consulting Group and GE Healthcare. I joined NVA in 2013.

Scott Shulman

Scott Shulman

Chief Financial Officer

Every hospital and pet resort is unique; no one understands their business like they do. My team recognizes that. Our accounting, purchasing, payroll and tax experts don’t ask our locations to conform to some homogeneous system or process. We tailor our support and enable them to do business their way. That’s how service works at NVA.

In my career, I’ve served as Director of Finance at Viacom and Manager of Accounting at Disney; I studied Economics at UCLA and earned an MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business — but my 20 years on this team have been the most rewarding. The people I work with are not only good with numbers, they’re passionate about pets. And it shows up in their work every day.

Turpin Mott

Turpin Mott

Chief Community Officer

Our community’s caregivers have tremendous gifts and talents. But it’s a challenging profession, so my team and I foster an environment that empowers them to thrive. We design programs and resources to support their personal and professional growth and help them live more fully. We care for our caregivers because when they succeed, animals are healthier and the people who love them are happier.

I discovered my passion for helping people find fulfillment after returning from Desert Storm. I led leadership training and development at Mott & Associates for 15 years and began working with NVA in 2007. When I’m not serving our community, you'll likely find me on an adventure with my wife and daughter in the mountains, facilitating veteran retreats, or at home with our Goldendoodle, Cockapoo and two Guinea pigs.

Steve Ager

Steve Ager

Chief Development Officer

The business development team helps grow our community by forming new partnerships with hospitals and pet resorts. But our work doesn’t end there. We help owners shape their future role in their business and provide the expertise and resources to meet their personal goals. They dedicate their careers to helping animals, so we dedicate ours to helping them realize their dreams. We love to welcome new additions to our community, however, our big win often occurs years later, when our partners proclaim how happy they are that we’ve honored what they built and exceeded their expectations.

Since earning a JD and MBA from Duke University, I’ve held business development roles at Kindred Healthcare, Morgan Stanley, Houlihan & Lokey and Howard & Zurkin, but I’ve never been part of a team like this. We’re all here to make a difference. I’m proud to work alongside them.

Laura Koester

Laura Koester

Chief Marketing Officer

Our pet care teams know their clients best. It’s why our approach to marketing starts by listening. With experts in client communication, websites, social media and more, we help each hospital and pet resort attract new clients, stay connected with existing ones, and overcome the unexpected — whether it’s a disastrous Yelp review or a natural disaster.

A servant leader at heart, I have been fortunate to lead talented, growth-focused marketing teams at several companies. I earned a BA from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University. A native of Southern California, my husband and I are raising three kids, three dogs and whatever else strays over to our house.

Eric Smith

Eric Smith

General Counsel

The law is complex and intimidating. My team makes it clear and manageable. Our attorneys, paralegals and assistants give legal support and peace of mind to all of our locations. Before a practice or pet resort joins NVA, we help structure a partnership that works for them. As members of our community, we provide counsel on contracts, taxes, employment, real estate and more.

As a student at the University of Illinois, where I attended business and law school, I had never considered a future as a veterinary attorney. It wasn’t until 2003, while a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, that I met my favorite client, NVA, and became enamored with the profession. In 2015, I relocated here with my family to lead our legal team and serve our veterinarians and pet care teams full-time. My wife, daughters and dog especially could not be happier or more proud.