Speaker: John Gallagher

Title/Position: Vice President of Government Relations

Company: VGM Group Inc.

About John Gallagher:

John E. Gallagher is Vice President of Government Relations for The VGM Group, Inc. in Waterloo, Iowa. As a veteran of the home medical products industry, Gallagher has amassed thousands of miles, traveling from state to state to educate both the state associations and independent providers on regulatory and government issues. Additionally, John has been conducive in working with independent providers and state associations to promote the DME industry while advocating on for beneficiaries’ access to quality care.

John has also worked tenaciously to promote upstanding service within the home medical equipment industry.

Prior to joining VGM, John served as the Vice President of North American Sales for Osbon Medical Systems and remained in that position through two mergers/acquisitions with both UroHealth Medical and Imagyn Medical Technologies. In 1998, Gallagher teamed up with Julian Osbon to form a new medical equipment company, SOMA BLUE Medical, where he served as Vice President of North American Sales until he moved to Rhodes Financial Services as the Director of Sales and Marketing.

Gallagher is an Iowa native and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s degree in management from the State University of New York - Binghamton. He also received his Regular Army Commission from the University of Iowa, and served as a U.S. Army Signal Corp. officer from 1983 until 1989, when he resigned his commission with the rank of captain.

As the Vice President of Government Relations, John shares VGM’s vision to not only support the common goals and interests of the home medical equipment, respiratory, and infusion industry, but also to influence how the industry is viewed and supported by both the general public and the government officials at the local, state, and national level. John has fulfilled his duties with the VGM Group since July 31, 2002.