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                                                                   Ben J. Sims, BBA, CPhT
                                                                Pharmacy Compliance Analyst
                                                                 Brookshire Grocery Company

I’ve had the privilege to work in many facets of pharmacy throughout my twenty plus year career.  Currently, I enjoy working as the Pharmacy Compliance Analyst for Brookshire Grocery Company in Tyler, TX.  BGC is an excellent company with great leadership and core values.  My goal is to continue to grow professionally within the organization and eventually retire from BGC.  I also love being active with the Texas Pharmacy Association.  I have comfort in knowing that through TPA, I have a voice in what happens in my profession and my career.

I got my first job as a pharmacy technician in 1995 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-East in Memphis, TN, and I’m proud to have worked as a pharmacy technician in hospital, retail, and mail order pharmacy early in my career.  In 2000, after receiving my Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, many additional doors were opened to me as a pharmacy technician.  I had grown to love working in pharmacy over the previous five years, so I started “marketing” myself.  In doing so, I was fortunate enough to work as the lab manager for a successful compounding pharmacy, the purchasing manager for a Fortune 500 company, and a compliance inspector for the Texas State Board of Pharmacy.

I became involved with TPA in 2014 working for the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, and the rest, as they say, is history.  I was elected to the Pharmacy Technician position on the Texas Pharmacy Association Board of Directors in April of 2016, where I am faithfully committed in my efforts to promote and protect the pharmacy profession.  I’ve had the opportunity to serve on many taskforces and advisory committees chiefly promoting pharmacy technicians, their duties, and educational programs.  I currently serve as the president for the Greater East Texas Pharmacy Association, and I’m seeing excitement, growth, and opportunity as the association starts to flourish.  

TPA does an excellent job of advancing the practice of pharmacy, but we all (pharmacists, technicians, and students) need to support our association for it to be the most effective and strongest voice for Texas pharmacy in today’s healthcare system.  Pharmacy is continuously evolving, and I want to be a part of that change because if we as pharmacy professionals do not guide our profession in the direction we want, someone else will.  I look forward to working with TPA in the days, months, and years to come in effort to keep pharmacy strong in Texas.

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