Kevin Vasquez has always known how to work hard. After his father died when Vasquez was just 9 years old, his mother moved him and his three siblings to North Carolina. Even at that young age, he felt an intense desire to provide for his family and keep them off of government support while his mom struggled to make ends meet. Vasquez did everything he could to help, from cutting grass to working as a janitor and spending long days working in the Carolina tobacco fields. The long hours instilled not only a solid work ethic but also fueled a desire to succeed.
After putting himself through college, Vasquez found himself working f o r D i a m o n d Shamrock/Fermenta. He worked his way up to the executive vice president role and was asked to move to Germany. He declined the promotion for personal reasons and was instead offered a chance to turn around the company’s largest channel/distribution partner, Butler Animal Health Supply LLC. In 1999, he was appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer. The company was family-owned, and it was on the verge of bankruptcy. In 2003, he teamed up with a private equity firm and acquired Butler. Vasquez immediately redefined the company’s mission and vision, and implemented a profit and loss discipline that was critical to ensuring longevity. Within a year, sales were increasing. Through a key acquisition, Butler has now become the largest veterinary distribution company of companion health products in the United States, and maintains a 98 percent satisfaction rate among its customers.
HOW TO REACH: Butler Animal Health Supply LLC, (800) 282-5162 or www.accessbutler.com