2019 Affiliate Seat Candidate

Richard LairdRichard Laird
Director, Business Development – Health Care
Xerox Corporation
Land O' Lakes, FL

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Describe why you are a good candidate for this leadership role.

In 27 years, I have had multiple leadership roles with Fortune 500 organizations. I have worked in many different industries and business segments. In these roles I have grown new markets, launched new products, built award winning teams, and learned that my success was a result of the quality of my team members. I have led the transformation of the affiliated Suncoast Chapter to the 2-time Gold affiliated Florida Chapter of AHRMM. The Suncoast Chapter was a central Florida chapter servicing a small percentage of health systems in the state.

I worked with leadership to create a statewide chapter that now services 200+ hospitals in Florida. I was an active member with the Florida Chapter of HFMA. The Florida Chapter of HFMA is the largest and most active chapter in the country providing more than 29,000 hours of education per year.

I was part of the Education committee and the Chair of IT Forum. I am also active with the South Florida Chapter of HIMSS and work on their Education Committee and Integrate Conference committee. I have been an active member of the Florida Hospital Association, the South Carolina Hospital Association, and the Florida Medical Clinic Foundation of Caring. With the Florida Chapter of AHRMM I have built strategic alliances with FHA, HFMA, SFHHA, and HIMSS. I have also served as a board member on various community organizations; George Rogers Foundation-Columbia, SC, Florida Medical Clinic-Tampa, FL, The Nurturing Center, Columbia, SC, The Centre Club, Tampa, FL.

Describe where you see health care evolving, and what you see supply chain’s role being in those future models.

This is an exciting time for health care supply chain. More and more we are seeing supply chain as a strategic partner with health care leadership. The days of the “materials manager,” purchasing agent and other stigmas are changing. Supply chain is now part of the collaboration between clinicians, IT, finance and managed care. The days of the C-suite looking to grow revenue has changed to looking at cost control and reducing variation. The impact that supply chain can have on the vision, mission and strategy of a health system is becoming more and more evident across health care.

How will your leadership and vision strengthen AHRMM?

In leading the Florida Chapter of AHRMM, our mission has always been to provide relevant education within the state of Florida that aligns with the core values of AHRMM. We embody AHRMM’s mission of education, leadership, and advocacy. Our Board of Directors is a visionary group that excels in their commitment to provide our members with the quality education that helps them grow professionally.

We are continuing to explore new innovative ways to communicate and provide content. Our suppliers and providers work closely together with integrity and mutual respect. Our learning and education is built for all our partners and members. Many providers and suppliers don’t have the budgets and financing to experience a national conference or have access to the necessary education for growth and certifications. We expanded our chapter to meet the needs of providers, and help leadership develop talent and future leaders.

I have also led strategic partnerships with various organizations within and outside of health care to learn how other industries are tackling similar challenges. Strategic alliances, collaboration, and integration across various lines of businesses strengthen our ability to understand our opportunities for growth. Supply chain needs to be well versed in all aspects of a health care system to truly impact Cost, Quality and Outcomes.


Total number of years as AHRMM Member: 4 years
Years in health care: 15+ years
Years worked in the health care supply chain profession: N/A
Years worked in current position: 1 year
Number of direct reports: N/A
Number of employees in your department: N/A
Type of Organization you are employed by: Manufacturer

Describe your current position and responsibilities:



List service to local chapter and to AHRMM national, including all committee/task force involvement, and whether you served as a member or as chair, within the past 5 years.

 4 year member of AHRMM:

  • 2018-19 Chapter Relations Committee

4 year member of Suncoast/Florida Chapter of AHRMM:

• Education Committee
• Vice President 2017-18
• President; 2018-Current

List Annual Conferences, Leadership Training Conferences, and Thought Leader Summits attended, including dates and locations, within the past 5 years:

• 2019 San Diego AHRMM Conference
• 2018 Chicago 2018
• 2017 Washington DC
• CQO Summit participant 2017 and 2018

Service to professional associations or community organizations to which you belong, including all committees, whether you served as a member or as chair, the year(s) of service, any elected offices held and the year(s) held:

Suncoast/Florida Chapter of AHRMM:
• President 2018-current
• Vice President 2017-18
• Education and Strategic Alliances 2016-18

Florida HFMA:

  • Chair IT Committee: 2016-2018
  • Education Committee: 2016-2018

Additional Events:

  • South Florida HIMSS: Education Committee: 2017- current
  • Florida Hospital Association: 2015-2017 Corporate Member and Annual Golf Sponsor
  • Florida Medical Clinic Foundation of Caring: 2012-2016 Community Advisory Board
  • South Carolina Hospital Association: 2010-2012 Platinum Sponsor and participant in Annual Conference