Philip J. Hinkle, offered unwavering dedication to the profession for over 34 years.
It is with great sorrow that the Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA) mourns the passing of our Executive Director, Philip J. Hinkle. Mr. Hinkle had been with the FVMA for more than 34 years, serving as executive director since 2007. He was widely regarded as a pioneer, visionary and first-rate business leader who worked tirelessly to grow the Association and advocate for the veterinary medical profession.
Mr. Hinkle, 58, of Celebration, Florida, was a true Florida man. His career began with his family’s citrus business, Orange Ring, Inc, where he was vice-president of operations (1979 -1986). His leadership skills and business prowess were honed as he oversaw the day-to-day operation of the family-owned citrus groves.
In 1986, he became president of Hinkle Family Real Estate Holdings and joined the FVMA family as the director of finance and membership. He became the deputy executive director in 2006 and the executive director in 2007.
As executive director, Mr. Hinkle’s passion, work ethic and vision propelled the FVMA to become the third largest veterinary medical association in the U.S. When Mr. Hinkle became director, the FVMA served a membership of 2,500. Since then, the FVMA has quadrupled its budget and, presently, the association services 6,000 members. In 2011, he championed the assumption of the Florida Association of Equine Practitioners, which now operates under the umbrella of the FVMA as its equine-exclusive division. Four affiliate membership associations for veterinary team members were launched in 2018.
Deeply passionate about public service, he served on numerous boards, councils and committees in Haines City, Florida. His history of civic service includes serving three terms as mayor of Haines City and 12 years as a city commissioner. Other positions he held included serving as a founding member of the Haines City Economic Development Council, Community Redevelopment Agency, City Housing Authority, Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Ridge League of Cities Executive Board and Legislative Committee. He was a board member and treasurer of the Veterinary Medical Association Executives, treasurer of Haines City Little League, and director/franchisee of Miss Heart of Florida.