Florida Veterinary Medical Association Mourns the Passing of Executive Director, Philip J. Hinkle


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.

Mr. Hinkle’s dedicated service led him to receive numerous awards including: the FVMA Distinguished Service Award (2006), the FVMA President’s Award “Service Before Self” (2010), the FVMA Dedication Award “for 25 years of service” (2011), the Veterinary Medical Association Executives’ “Executive of the Year Award” (2014), and the FVMA Exemplary Service Award (2018).

In his personal life, Mr. Hinkle was a dedicated husband to Janet Fricke-Hinkle for 37 years and a wonderful father to their children; Amber Lynn Cameron (married to Dan) of Fort Mill, SC, Ashley Marie Jones (married to Charlie) of Gainesville, FL and Michael Philip Hinkle (married to Cynthia) of Winter Garden, FL. His parenting even led him to win Polk County Father of the Year in 2005.

During his tenure as FVMA executive director, Mr. Hinkle had many visions for providing continuing education to veterinarians and team members. He launched The Gulf Atlantic Veterinary Conference (TGAVC) in 2013, which has been successfully held in Boca Raton, Florida, for seven years. He also developed a more active working relationship between UFCVM and the FVMA, and promoted many interactive events with UFCVM students and practicing FVMA members to encourage fellowship and mentorship within the veterinary community. Mr. Hinkle was nationally recognized through his productive and insightful interactions with the AVMA.

Mr. Hinkle was predeceased by his father, Donald William Hinkle; mother, Rosemary Gloria Hinkle; and his beloved, first-born grandson and namesake, Elijah James Cameron. He is survived by his wife, Janet; his children, Amber, Ashley, and Michael; his grandchildren, Jeremiah, Hannah, Jordan, Ella, and Austin; five sisters, and one brother. Many loving brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews also mourn his passing.

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