The Missouri Pharmacy Association (MPA) recognized the outstanding efforts of individuals in the pharmacy profession during its annual conference and Trade Show Sept. 7-10 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand in St. Louis.

Nine people were presented with the 2017 Excellence Awards in eight different categories:

Pharmacist Making a Difference, Traveler of the Year, Technician of the Year, Distinguished Young Pharmacist, Excellence in Innovation, Faculty Member of the Year at St. Louis College of Pharmacy (STLCOP) and University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC)), Cardinal Health Generation Rx Award of Excellence, and the Bowl of Hygeia Award.

The Traveler of the Year Award was presented to Ree Hamlin of Washington, director of sales, independent sales force for the MidAmerica Region of Cardinal Health. She is responsible for leading three sales teams.

To be eligible to be nominated for the award, a sales representative who calls on Missouri pharmacies must have shown a willingness and initiative to help pharmacists better serve their patients and the community, and have shown support and interest in the Missouri Pharmacy Association, through support of programs, exhibits and/or attendance at district and/or state meetings.

The main goal of Hamlin’s sales teams is to build relationships with retail and alternate care pharmacies in eight states throughout the middle of the country. She has held several roles during her 19 years with Cardinal Health from sales consultant, market development manager, home health care specialist to sales manager.

Hamlin started in the retail pharmacy industry as an assistant manager for Walgreens and then moved into sales and worked for two other wholesalers – Fox Meyer and McKesson.

In addition to leading her sales team, Hamlin serves on the advisory board for Women’s Initiative Network and Women in Pharmacy. She also is involved with Cardinal Health’s Veterans Military Association (VMA) which helps promote employment strategies for veterans who are moving from active duty to private life and actively involved with Cardinal Health’s scholarship program working directly with numerous pharmacy schools throughout the country.

Her passion has always been to help independent pharmacies and business entrepreneurs find ways to be profitable and survive in an ever-changing market

Hamlin is married with three grown children and five grandchildren.

Established in 1879, the Missouri Pharmacy Association,, promotes and protects the role of pharmacists as the medication expert in patient care relationships, and as an integral part of the health care team.