2019 Award Recipients

2019 Executive of the Year
Christine Shupe, CAE
Veterinary Hospital Managers Association

The 2019 Executive of the Year was presented to Christine Shupe, Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA), for accomplishments in membership and financial growth and for initiating successful programs and services. Under her leadership for the last 21 years at VHMA they increased membership by 361%, received accreditation for their Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) program through the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), publish a bi-annual comprehensive compensation and benefits report with the Ontario VMA for every staff member in the practice, and in 2011 they launched an exclusive online networking community dedicated to veterinary practice management.

Her president penned a recommendation letter that captures how deserving a candidate she truly is. “For those of us who work closely with her, we know her as kind and humble. Someone with unwavering integrity who holds herself to the same ethics, fairness, and accountability we expect from every member and few attain with such grace. Christine’s ability to lead and influence has encouraged so many to give our time and efforts to our mission. There I no doubt that the VHMA has reached these levels of success because of Christine’s contribution.”


2019 Distinguished Service
Adrian Hochstadt, CAE, J.D.

Adrian Hochstadt, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the AVMA, has served in many capacities for VMAE since joining in 2005. He joined the VMAE Board of Directors back in 2011 and served as a director, treasurer, and president. He has also served on several VMAE committees and task forces and offered his legislative expertise as a presenter at VMAE meetings. His work to establish the State Legislative and Regulatory Affairs department at AVMA has had broad and beneficial impacts to state VMAs to help advance their VMA public policy objectives.

2019 Best in Business
Power of you
Indiana VMA

The Indiana VMA was presented the 2019 Best in Business Award for their Power of You program which reflects originality in content, creativity, and usefulness. The mission of the program is: Refresh, Recharge, Renew Yourself and Your Practice Life and is targeted to mid-career veterinarians who may need a refresh, recharge, or renewal of their passion for veterinary medicine. The program features four one-day sessions in these domains: Insights/personalities, Cohesive Team Strategies, Veterinary Wellness, and Financial/Business Wellness.