Eugene (Gene) O’Neill joined the NAVC in 2013 as Chief Financial Officer. He was promoted to Deputy CEO and CFO in 2018 and, after serving as interim CEO from late 2019 through early 2020, he was named CEO in April 2020.
O’Neill helped transform the NAVC’s portfolio which consisted primarily of its annual veterinary conference to now include: a media division that has become the veterinary industry’s largest trade publisher; an online news station; a certification program; and an online recruiting tool for veterinarians. This strategy enabled NAVC to more than double its revenue. Under Gene’s leadership and vision, the NAVC is expanding its virtual portfolio, taking the events and continued education opportunities through which the NAVC built its global reputation and making them available to veterinary professionals worldwide through exciting and engaging new virtual platforms and programs.
Prior to joining the NAVC, O’Neill held executive and financial leadership roles at the Institute of Internal Auditors, IIA-Australia and SeaWorld of Florida. He has held CPA and CIA designations throughout his career. O’Neill served as the Interim CEO for The Institute of Internal Auditors-Australia, based in Sydney. During his four month term there, he was able to implement new programs and benefits that turned around a declining membership base, develop an operating business plan for the organization that matched the changing dynamics of the structure of The Institute and produce a world-class conference for members in Australia and SE Asia. Prior to joining The IIA, O’Neill spent 10 years with SeaWorld of Florida, holding positions in Administration and Finance areas. He also spent eight years as the General Manager of Baseball City Sports Complex, the spring training site of the Kansas City Royals.
A New Jersey native, he lives in Orlando with his wife Pam. They enjoy spending time with their 4 children and 2 grandchildren. He loves to spend time on the water and is an avid golfer and a music enthusiast.