360 Degrees Forward© is a group of professionals from different vocational backgrounds and expertise (veterinarians, optometrists, lawyers, accountants, engineers, etc.); all with years of practical experience in practice and in industry, but with added post-graduate or extensive other knowledge and skills in practice and business management. Bringing together our professional and business skills we have the corporate and holistic resources to meet your specific business needs on any point of the 360 degrees of your business’ circle!
Whether you thus need to:
• get training on business related matters,
• have a workshop facilitated or develop a new strategy,
• up the selling skills and retail focus of your personnel,
• have some in depth financial evaluation and analysis done to detect the “bleeding” of cash or resources,
• benchmark yourself and your business performance against industry specific peers,
• have a business or practice valuation done for selling a share,
• get assistance for contentious human resource issues,
• get a motivational speaker for your company’s strategic breakaway or yearend function...
360 Degrees Forward© will have a passionate, knowledgeable and experienced individual ready to meet your needs.
Dr. Riaan du Preez
Dr. Riaan du Preez holds a BVSc degree in veterinary science from the University of Pretoria, as well as a Masters degree in Business Management from the University of the Freestate, in conjunction with the De Paul Business School in the USA. Riaan’s thesis - The State of Professionalism within the Veterinary Profession in South Africa, in the Context of Entrepreneurship – has sparked his passion for the empowerment of professional business entrepreneurs, to be successful in every sphere of their lives.
Riaan practiced veterinary science for 13 years in private production-animal practice, and then spent six years in animal health pharmaceutical industry, the last three years as Business Unit Manager of the Sub-Sahara Africa Business Centre of MSD Animal Health, before leaving to start up 360 Degrees Forward© as well as a few other projects. He is also the current (2011-2013) President of the South African Veterinary Association, leading the newly implemented strategic-, transformation- and advocacy alignment plans of the Association.
Riaan has assisted over twenty veterinary practices the past few years in valuation as well as financial evaluation projects. Successful turnaround strategies were implemented in a few practices where serious problems were identified. Various strategic planning workshops had also been facilitated by Riaan for Universities, Associations, Churches, School Governing Bodies etc.
As a motivational and key-note speaker Riaan has delivered talks on Professionalism, Leadership, The Future Scenario’s of Professional Service Delivery and various specific business related topics to various Associations and Business Chambers or Forums.
Dr. Bruce Stevenson
After obtaining the BVSc Veterinary degree from Onderstepoort in 1986, Bruce travelled and worked in the UK and Europe for just under a year before returning to South Africa to do 2 years military conscription, predominantly at the dog units of the SADF (Bourke’s luck) and SAPD (Pretoria).
After this Bruce went into mixed private practice (small and farm animals) for a year or so before becoming an exclusively small animal vet. He bought and grew a small animal practice in Johannesburg and spent most of the following 23 years working in and expanding the practice.
During those 23 years, Bruce developed a keen interest in business management, undertook various business courses and also started an array of different businesses, ranging from a bakery to a crematorium, a digital media company, a personal franchise business as well as his current business growth, development and management business.
Bruce sold his practice to his veterinary business partner in 2006 and started to concentrate on business growth, development and turnaround management consulting in both South Africa and the UK. The initial focus was mostly on the veterinary industry but in later years Bruce has branched out to other industries as he realised that most professional service providers have very similar needs and short comings. Hence was born 360 Degrees Forward© that Bruce now manages with Dr Riaan du Preez, aiming at uplifting the general business knowledge and ability to the benefit of the service professions as a whole.
Service professionals tend to be very self-reliant islands that weather the storms of business alone – never really sure they are doing well nor that they are making appropriate headway. It is only by exposing them to the options of business development and growth that they are able to gain a bigger perspective and thus grow their professional business in these tough economic times.
As already mentioned the team consists of a whole network of professionals with highly experienced acumen or training in specific areas of business. Most of the network associates have backgrounds similar to that of Riaan and Bruce, having practiced for many years, spent time in industry and/or professional organized politics and have a dedicated passion for making professional service companies and practices a success.