Growing up in Paragould, Scott Pace was attracted to the medical field, but he also liked business and politics. So Pace merged his interests into his career. Pace is the chief operating officer of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association, a position he’s held since 2006. He also is the co-owner, along with his wife, Anne, of Kavanaugh Pharmacy in Little Rock, which they bought in August 2013.
After graduating with a degree in biology from Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, Pace went to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to earn his doctor of pharmacy degree. He enjoyed being a pharmacist, “but I really liked the policy and political aspect of helping to make the profession run.”
He also earned a law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Bowen School of Law.
When he’s not at the association, Pace is working at Kavanaugh Pharmacy. Both jobs “allow me the opportunity to use my knowledge to help people solve problems,” he said.
He has won a number of awards, including the UAMS College of Pharmacy 2014 Preceptor of the Year for his volunteer work with pharmacy students. In addition, he has served on the Arkansas State Medical Board as the consumer member since 2012.
Pace said he would like to be CEO of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association when that position becomes available. And he’s got his eye on buying other pharmacies.