Our Leadership

All of our partner pharmacies have the backing of our national support team, who offer the expertise, strategies and resources our local pharmacy teams need to provide the highest possible quality of care and service.

Fred Burke

Fred Burke

President & CEO

President, CEO and Co-founder of Guardian Pharmacy Services, Fred believes that when you do the right thing and conduct business according to the Golden Rule, you empower employees to maximize their potential resulting in loyal customers. His philosophy is proven through his success. Founded in 2004, Guardian has become one of the nation’s largest and most innovative long-term care pharmacy companies. Recognized for providing outstanding client service and resident care, the company serves long-term care communities, including assisted living, skilled nursing, and organizations that serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Performance-driven and committed to the long-term care pharmacy industry, Fred is also a Co-founder of and currently serves as the Chairman of the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC), the only Washington-based organization exclusively representing the interests of independent long-term care pharmacies and the patients they serve.

Fred has a proven track record creating and sustaining high performing businesses. Prior to Guardian, Fred co-founded Central Pharmacy Services, Inc. (CPSI), a nuclear pharmacy company that served over 1,000 hospitals and clinics in 22 states. CPSI grew to 45 business units and was named to the 1997 and 1999 Inc. 500 lists of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. In 2001, CPSI was acquired by Cardinal Health, the nation’s largest drug wholesaler and healthcare services firm.

As President and Co-founder of Sales Technologies, Inc. (ST), Fred pioneered the sales force automation market for large field sales forces on the then-emerging technology of portable computers. ST grew to over 600 employees world-wide serving a blue-chip roster of Fortune 100 clients. Prior to its acquisition by The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, ST was listed as number 30 on the 1988 Inc. 500 list.

Fred’s early career included working as a Consultant with McKinsey & Company in Atlanta and Brussels, serving large corporate clients on marketing strategy and organizational issues; and as a Brand Manager with Procter & Gamble. Fred received a B.S. in Engineering from Mississippi State University and an M.S. in Industrial Administration from the Krannert School of Business at Purdue University. Additionally, he served as a Communications Officer in the U.S. Air Force, leading a combat communications unit.

Kendall Forbes

Kendall Forbes, R.Ph.

EVP, Sales & Operations

A Co-founder and EVP of Guardian Pharmacy Services, Kendall is a seasoned pharmacy executive with more than 35-years’ experience. The depth and breadth of his expertise has been a driving factor in not only the growth of the overall company, but in the growth of Guardian’s individual pharmacy partners across the nation.
As EVP of sales and operations, Kendall develops the operational and strategic plans to spur growth, expand into new industry segments and open new markets. He works with the company’s national network of 38 local pharmacies and their field teams implementing strategies necessary to drive success and to ensure that they maintain the highest quality standards and clinical excellence.

Prior to Guardian, Kendall, along with Fred Burke, founded Central Pharmacy Services, Inc. He was responsible for management of all field business units and developed evolving structures and systems to leverage organizational skills in a rapid growth entrepreneurial environment. During that time, he launched 37 greenfield start-up pharmacies and integrated eight acquisitions.

CPSI was founded as a direct result of Kendall’s time as the founder and owner of Baton Rouge Central Pharmacy, a highly successful and profitable nuclear pharmacy. It was while operating this pharmacy that he recognized the opportunity for building a larger company leveraging the service model so successfully employed in Baton Rouge market.

David Morris

David Morris

EVP & CFO

As Guardian Pharmacy Services Co-Founder, EVP and CFO, David’s expertise in all aspects of financial strategy and management as well as effective risk management has been critical to the sustainable growth of the company. In addition to his overall treasury and accounting responsibilities, he oversees IT, business development, human capital, purchasing and legal–many of the core departments that Guardian’s network of national long-term care pharmacies leverage for ongoing support.

Previously, David was CFO of Central Pharmacy Services, joining shortly after inception to build the central support and financial structure necessary to serve the dispersed, autonomous business units in a rapid growth entrepreneurial environment. Organizational units included accounting, information systems, human resources, M&A/business development, and administrative services.

Prior to his time at CPSI, David served as President of the PBM Division of Complete Health; and established and operated Rx Management, a subsidiary PBM division of HMO Complete Health, which provided prescription drug management services to parent HMOs/PPOs and other Fortune 500 self-funded employer groups.

Bob Weir
Bob Weir, R.Ph.
Bob Weir, R.Ph.

Bob joined Guardian Pharmacy in 2015 as the head of operations and regulatory support. Bob came to Guardian with a proven track record of successful leadership for multi-facility pharmacy companies. Bob has twenty plus years’ experience in LTC pharmacy operations management. Prior to joining Guardian, Bob served as Sr. VP of Operations for Kindred Pharmacy Services (KPS), COO of Continuing Care Rx (CCRx), and VP of Operations in the LTC pharmacy division at Omnicare. Bob received his BS in Pharmacy from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

David Martin
David Martin
David Martin

As head of technology, David oversees all of Guardian’s IT strategy, infrastructure, enterprise software, security, and business intelligence. He has an extensive technology leadership background, having served as a Senior IT Consultant with IBM and Vice President of Technology & Software Development. for Allconnect, Inc. David earned his B.E. in Computer Engineering and Mathematics from Vanderbilt University and his MBA in Market Strategy and Global Business from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. 

Alex Ferguson
Alex Ferguson
Alex Ferguson

As head of business development and marketing, Alex is responsible for identifying and vetting new partnership and pharmacy start-up opportunities, as well as supporting sales, strategic projects, and other growth initiatives. Prior to joining Guardian in 2008, Alex worked in venture capital and business incubation. Alex graduated from the University of Georgia with Bachelor of Science and received his Master of Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Rich Eakins
Rich Eakins
Rich Eakins

Rich joined Guardian in 2012 with over a decade of experience in account management, business development and national sales in the long-term care industry, having served as Sales Director for Omnicare for over seven years and Vice President of Business Development for Heritage Healthcare for two years. Rich has deep subject-matter expertise on growing the local LTC pharmacy business and developing a national presence in the LTC pharmacy marketplace. Previously, Rich worked a combined 17 years with IBM and Aramark in administration, business development and management roles.

Jeff Tuch
Jeff Tuch, CPA
Jeff Tuch, CPA

As head of purchasing, Jeff oversees Guardian’s supply chain management, vendor relations and contracting, with an additional focus on customer pricing strategies and analysis. Jeff received his B.A. in Accounting from Western Michigan University and has 25+ years of financial operations and accounting experience. Prior to joining Guardian in 2007, Jeff held leadership positions with companies in the healthcare sector.

Doug Towns
Doug Towns
Doug Towns

Doug joined Guardian in 2016 as General Counsel after a long-standing working relationship with Guardian’s executive team during his nearly twenty years as a Partner with Jones Day in Atlanta. Doug earned his B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Emory University and his J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law.

Chad Downey
Chad Downey, CPA
Chad Downey, CPA

Chad oversees treasury/cash management, tax compliance, real estate and procurement for the company. Prior to joining Guardian in 2005, Chad spent 8+ years in progressive management roles in public accounting for Ernst & Young. He earned his B.S., B.A., M.S. in Accountancy from Auburn University.

Chris Crisafulli
Chris Crisafulli
Chris Crisafulli

Chris leads pharmacy network strategy, including contract negotiation, direct PBM relationships, network performance and management of the PSAO relationship. He also oversees the compliance, licensing and credentialing functions. Prior to joining Guardian, Chris spent 18 years at CVS Health in payer relations, contracting, planning and analysis related to Retail/LTC pharmacy reimbursement and served as the pharmacy and MinuteClinic divisions A/R department head. Prior to that, Chris worked with a regional medical billing company. A University of Connecticut graduate, Chris received his Master of Business Administration from Bryant University.

Will Mudd
Will Mudd, CPA
Will Mudd, CPA

As Controller, Will oversees all financial accounting and reporting, our complex revenue cycle management and total rewards (compensation & benefits) for the company. Will earned his B.S. in Management with Accounting Concentration from Presbyterian College and prior to joining Guardian in 2012, spent 10+ years with the audit services group of a global public accounting firm servicing a broad range of clients, ranging from small, private equity backed private companies to mature public companies.

Mick Holbrook
Mick Holbrook, CPA
Mick Holbrook, CPA

As head of the business intelligence team, Mick brings 25+ years of progressive management experience in accounting and business intelligence and has been with Guardian since 2008. He is deeply passionate about finding creative ways to use data to solve real world problems. Mick earned his B.S. in Accounting from Appalachian State University and his M.S. in Business Intelligence & Analytics from Boston University.

Vicki Crabtree
Vicki Crabtree, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Vicki Crabtree, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Vicki joined Guardian in May 2005, but has worked with the Guardian executive team since 1999. Vicki is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where she earned a BA in Industrial Relations. Prior to joining this team in 1999, Vicki worked in HR operations for Perdue Farms in Robersonville, NC.  Working with the entire HR team, Vicki has helped build and now leads a support group of highly skilled and customer-focused HR professionals. 

Babar Mansoor
Babar Mansoor
Babar Mansoor

Babar joined the Guardian family in 2018 to lead the external reporting team and manage the external audit relationships for Guardian. He brings twenty years of SEC financial reporting, technical accounting, IPO readiness and internal controls experience. He received his bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Houston and is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner and Chartered Global Management Accountant. 

Chris Arnold
Chris Arnold
Chris Arnold

Chris joined Guardian in May 2012. As Senior Director of Purchasing and Business Analytics for Guardian, Chris leverages his analytical background to lead the company’s strategic supply chain initiatives. In his role, Chris is responsible for identifying and executing cost reduction and process improvement opportunities for purchasing and strategic sourcing and developing customer pricing strategies. Chris is a graduate of Appalachian State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.