Leadership

Bob Appleby

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Bob Appleby


Bob leads H. D. Smith’s specialty solutions, which include subsidiaries Smith Medical Partners and Triplefin. He assumes responsibility for both organizations’ operations, including sales, general corporate and liability insurance, security and regulatory compliance.

Formerly serving as senior vice president of category management, Bob Appleby is responsible for implementing company strategy to enhance sales and profits through vendor relationships, in coordination with H. D. Smith’s sales, marketing and purchasing departments. He drives the development and implementation of programs, services and other business solutions to meet the company’s gross margin and profit objectives, while offering customers an outstanding value.

Bob also served as corporate vice president of prescription products for H. D. Smith, where he was responsible for managing the company’s prescription pharmaceutical business. He has more than 16 years of domestic and international business development, sales, marketing and strategic finance experience with two Fortune 500 companies and a big four accounting firm. Bob previously served at Cardinal Health as vice president of customer development.

A graduate of Drexel University, he earned a master’s degree in business administration. He also has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ohio State University.

Jon Copeland

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Jon Copeland


Jon D. Copeland, R.Ph., is the CEO/President of American Associated Pharmacies (AAP), a member- owned cooperative representing more than 2,000 independent pharmacies in 49 states.

A licensed pharmacist with a long-time reputation for process improvement, inventory control and accounting integrity, Copeland held leadership positions with Scottsboro, Ala.,-based Associated Pharmacies, Inc. (API) from 1996-2009.

With an eye on scalability, Copeland was among the chief drivers behind the strategic merger of API and Phoenix, Ariz.-based United Drugs. The 2009 merger led to the formation of AAP, which today is the largest independent pharmacy co-operative that directly contracts on both the purchase and sell sides of the independent pharmacy sector.

Copeland previously served as vice president of the Federation of Pharmacy Networks (FPN) board. He supports numerous pharmacy-focused organizations, including Florida Pharmacy Association, California Pharmacy Association, National Community Pharmacists Association, National Association of Specialty Pharmacy, and the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy.

He attended the University of Southern Mississippi and graduated with honors from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy.

Joe Meyer

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Joe Meyer


Joe Meyer owns and operates Hospital Pharmacy and Hospital Pharmacy West, two independent pharmacies, in Sheridan, Wyoming. Joe is a licensed pharmacist in South Dakota and Wyoming. A 1977 South Dakota State University graduate, he and his wife purchased Hospital Pharmacy in 1978 and opened West in 2009. Joe was the Bowl of Hygeia recipient in 2002. Sons Chris Meyer and Matt Meyer joined the family business after completing pharmacy school in 2005 and 2007 respectively.

A board member of United Drugs since 1993 and AAP since 2009, Joe joined the Arete Pharmacy Network board in 2016. He has also been a board member of the Wyoming Pharmacist Association and active in the Sheridan community, serving on the City Planning Commission, Volunteers of America and First Interstate Bank Board of Directors. He was the weight coach for the Sheridan High School track team for 24 years.

Greg Mitchell

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Greg Mitchell


Greg Mitchell is the CEO and President of United Drug Superstore in Hatch, New Mexico. A second generation pharmacy owner and Arete Pharmacy Network member, he currently serves as Chairman of the Board for AAP and has been a member of the United Drugs (now Arete Pharmacy Network) Board of Directors since 1991.

Greg earned a bachelor of arts in management from New Mexico State University and is also a certified pharmacy technician. Additionally, he has served on the Hatch Valley Public Schools Board of Education since 2008.

Chris Smith

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Chris Smith


Chris Smith became president and chief executive officer of H. D. Smith in March 2015, overseeing all day-to-day operations of the company. In this position, Chris holds executive responsibility for the H. D. Smith wholesale enterprise, as well as the functional areas that support both the wholesale and specialty solutions businesses. Throughout his tenure at H. D. Smith, Chris has worked to build H. D. Smith’s credibility with pharmacists and suppliers across the country, solidifying H. D. Smith’s space in the market.

Chris joined H. D. Smith in 1980 as a buyer and advanced through several positions at the Illinois Division.

Throughout his career, Chris has served on numerous industry boards and committees, including the HDMA Board of Directors and currently serves on the HDMA Government Relations Council. He recently served as chairman of HDMA’s Industry Relations Council. Chris has also served on the Pharmaceutical Marketing Committee of NWDA and the HDMA Performance and Trends Committee, chairing that committee in 2001.

Chris is actively involved with various community boards and committees, including the Pharmacy Advisory Board for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, the United Way of Central Illinois Board, the Springfield Luncheon Optimist Club and the Sangamo Club Board. Formerly, Chris served as chairman of the Memorial Medical Center Foundation Board and on the Central Illinois Community Blood Center Board of Directors.

Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Illinois and a master’s in management from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He is also a graduate of Dale Carnegie training.

Dale Smith

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Dale Smith


Dale Smith is chairman and CEO of the parent holding company of H. D. Smith, overseeing ultimate guidance of the company, alongside the board of directors. Focused on the strategic direction of H. D. Smith and its subsidiaries, Dale combines vast industry knowledge as well as years of running the wholesale distribution company to drive the company’s growth.

Under his leadership, H. D. Smith has grown from a regional wholesaler to a national wholesaler with distribution centers spanning from coast to coast. Dale leads the company’s commitment to providing unique, best-in-class service and solutions that aid retail pharmacies, regional chains, health systems and alternate care facilities in cost-containment opportunities, enhancing efficiencies, and helping maximize patient outcomes.

Dale has piloted H. D. Smith into greater partnerships with manufacturers as well as significant growth nationwide. In addition to his experience at H. D. Smith, he previously served as vice chairman and president of the J M Smith Corporation, the company his grandfather founded. Dale cofounded and chaired Wholesale Alliance, LLC, from 1997 to 2005, a cooperative focused on helping pharmacies provide clinical services.

Currently, Dale is a member of the HDMA Board of Directors and is a member of its Executive Committee. He has chaired and served on various committees and advisory boards within the industry during his career, including HDMA’s Government and Public Policy Council and Industry Relations Council.

In 2005, Dale was named the Illinois winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Health Services/Life Sciences category. Dale earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Davidson College.
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