Veterinarians are knowledgeable, caring and compassionate. They’re the fearless leaders who keep our furry family members happy and healthy. We help these doers and dreamers build their own veterinary practice, and help make their vision a reality.

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Brennan Pitard, DVM

Loan Officer

First Financial Bank
El Dorado, AR 71730

Phone: 870-866-5357
Fax: 870-881-5379

Being a practicing veterinarian and an entrepreneur are not mutually exclusive.

Mending the gap between veterinary medicine and financing is how Dr. Brennan Pitard helps other veterinarians achieve their goals. Before joining First Financial Bank, Dr. Pitard was a practicing veterinarian where he learned the intricacies of the business of veterinary medicine.

Through the intersection of Dr. Pitard’s deep industry expertise and close collaboration with FFB’s Professional Services team, he helps other veterinarians start their own practice.

Hearing their ideas and plans are the fuel for his work.

The industry has taken notice, inviting Dr. Pitard to share his insights on practice financing at conferences; most recently at VMX in Orlando and at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas.

Outside work, Dr. Pitard devotes his time to his family. They can be found watching college sports and enjoying the outdoors with their dogs. They are also active members in their church and community.


Larry Alexander

Managing Director

First Financial Bank
The Woodlands, TX 77382

Phone: 832-244-9656

Larry is the driving force for the healthcare lending division of the bank, leading the team of loan officers for pharmacy and veterinary loans. Through his guidance, his team navigates loan operations, marketing and other functions at the bank to successfully shepherd borrowers through the process. Leveraging many years of experience as a VP of Strategic Solutions at McKesson, Larry identifies opportunities for partnerships with GPOs, brokers, and various associations. As a result, new relationships and connections expand what his team can do for customers into new, beneficial areas.

Outside work, he and his family are outdoor enthusiasts. Passionate about giving back, they also donate their time and skills to their local schools, church and a charity Larry co-founded.

Larry recently shared his knowledge in a session on “Are You Ready to Grow? Taking the Next Steps to Multi-Store Ownership” at the recent American Associated Pharmacy (AAP) conference.


Bob Graul

Business Development

Professional Services Division
First Financial Bank
Gardnerville, NV 89410

Phone: 619-993-3096
Fax: 775-554-8064

Prospective independent pharmacy owners have found a kindred spirit in Bob. With decades in the industry, beginning as a staff pharmacist, then growing a profitable chain of retail pharmacies and subsequent leadership roles at McKesson, Bob gained immeasurable knowledge of just what it takes to build a solid business in this industry. Because of his vast experience, he has been called upon to consult on transferring ownership of pharmacy businesses. The result: a seamless transition.

Bob is now applying his subject matter expertise to institutionalize enhancements to the programs and offerings of the Professional Services Division. Bob’s work is focused on developing opportunities for current and future clients, while sharing insights with his dedicated teammates about what it takes to succeed as an independent pharmacy owner.

In his spare time, Bob enjoys the outdoors plus working with his hands, restoring old tractors or woodworking.