Dr. Glen Richards - Founding Managing Director of Greencross

Season #1 Episode #1

This episode is an adventure in ambition and passion. Our guest, Dr. Glen Richards takes us on a journey from rural northern Queensland, to working in the UK, travelling through Europe and back to Queensland. His lessons, the failures and success, from buying a veterinary clinic in Townsville at the age of 27 through to building a pet care empire and becoming a Shark on Australia's Shark Tank are non-stop through this podcast. Dr. Glen shares his shift in thinking from a Vet to a business owner and then to a CEO. He highlights the power of transformational thinking and the importance of developing networks of support services, business plans and a team of mentors. He also highlights the three key types of people you need in your business and why trying to be all three isn't effective. Finally he shares his view on why businesses should be doing quarterly strategic resets. ABOUT: A devoted family man. Married with his three daughters. Still lives in Queensland. His love for animals continues with 3 dogs and 3 horses to keep the family company. Founding Managing Director of Greencross. Was the Co-founder and Director of Mammoth Pet Holdings Pty Ltd (Petbarn) before it merged with Greencross. Grew up on a grazing property near Richmond NW Qld is where his love and passion for animals began. His parents owned a number of properties and farmed sheep and cattle. At 27, bought a small vet practice in Townsville Within 10 short years, had developed five vet clinics and a large format pet store in Townsville as well as two veterinary hospitals in China. From there, he went on to build a multi million-dollar integrated pet care empire, which now operates more than 200 veterinary hospitals in Australia and New Zealand. Greencross is also Australasia’s leading specialty pet care retailer, with more than 300 stores operating under the brand names Petbarn and City Farmers in Australia and Animates in New Zealand. The company employs over 6000 employees including veterinarians, nurses, retail team members and managers. Since moving from an executive role, Glen spends his time as a professional investor, mentor, and director with a number of companies and his favourite area of interest is helping to scale up health and allied health companies. Chairman of ASX-listed companies Healthia and People Infrastructure. Chairman of two private companies Cardionexus and Naturo Technologies Non-executive director of SmartVet, Petsure (Australia) and Adventure Holdings Australia (Oztrail and Companion). More recently known for his role as an investor and his time on Shark Tank Australia Continues to help foster early stage businesses including his Shark Tank investments through active mentoring, investing and strategic planning sessions. He regularly does public appearances and speaking engagements in the business community to share his scaling up story and his V4P message (Vision, Planning, People, Patience, Passion).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices