In 2013, the American College of Apothecaries chose to recognize one ACA member, on an annual basis, for exceptional accomplishment and effort in promoting the College and community pharmacy. The “Member of the Year Award” was officially established by the Board of Directors to recognize this member.

The award criterion was established to ensure that the individual chosen to receive the award has contributed valued accomplishments, and exhibits enthusiasm and eagerness. Criteria include involvement in the areas of membership recruitment, committee involvement, and willingness to serve the College in any area that is needed. Deserving nominees must also have spent time serving his/her own community, promoting community pharmacy through mentoring, entrepreneurship and education.

The current ACA President selects the new award recipient from nominations submitted by the Board of Directors and the Nominations Committee.

2021 ACA Member of the Year Recipient:
Vinnie Dam, PharmD, FACA, FACVP

RIO GRANDE, PR, February 25, 2022: The American College of Apothecaries presented the 2021 ACA Member of the Year Award to Vinnie Dam, PharmD, FACA, FACVP, of Los Angeles, California.

The award, established in 2013, recognizes an ACA Member for exceptional accomplishment and effort in serving his or her community and promoting community pharmacy through mentoring, entrepreneurship, and education, as well as support of the ACA.   The presentation was made during the Opening Session at the College’s 2022 Annual Conference and Expo hosted at the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar.

This year’s receipient of the ACA Member of the Year Award, Vinnie Dam, PharmD, FACA, FACVP, truly embodies the ACA entrepreneurial spirit and attitude:

 “Entrepreneurship allows for freedom and flexibility in creating and shaping a company. While entrepreneurs face operational challenges on a daily basis, it’s what makes me excited to come to work. I always liked puzzles growing up, and I feel that being an entrepreneur requires constant utilization of one’s critical thinking skills. If you don’t mind hard work and long hours, and if you’re an innovative thinker who is up for the challenges of the unknown, I highly recommend becoming an entrepreneur.”

In 2017,  Vinnie applied his love for animals and compounding medications to an entrepreneurial path. A co-founder of  MixLab, a customer-driven veterinary compounding pharmacy, Vinnie currently serves as the Chief Pharmacy Officer.

Vinnie earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2003 and received a PharmD in Pharmacy Practice and MS in Regulatory Science from the University of Southern California in 2007.  As a dual ACA and ACVP Fellow, Vinnie has served the organization through serving on committees and encouraging his staff pharmacists to pursue Fellowship in ACA and ACVP.

Previous Winners

Recipient Year
Ernest P. Gates 2013
Ben Smith 2014
Linda McElhiney 2015
Nathan Pope 2016
Dixie Leikach 2017
Marisol Lopez 2018
Fellows and Members of ACA 2020
Vinnie Dam 2021