Alumnus of the Year – 2004

David Hamacher

David Hamacher graduated with a BS degree in Pharmacy in 1966 from the UW School of Pharmacy. He was a partner and executive vice president of Stein Drug of Menomonee Falls until 1979 when the 19-store chain was sold to the Walgreens Company. In 1980, Hamacher became founder and president of D.P. Hamacher and Associates in Milwaukee. His management expertise was instrumental in developing front end tool sets for retailers to allow them to categorize inventory, manage workload and develop competitive pricing strategies. Renamed the Hamacher Resource Group in 2002, the company provides marketing services, data analysis and business consultation for the retail health care market in the United States and in the United Kingdom where it has a subsidiary location.

The Hamacher Resource Group is an active partner wtih several health care management organizations. One such organization, the Healthcare Distribution Management Association, recognizes the Hamacher Group as the company that maintains the standards for the Fine Line product classification system, assuring reliable and consistent categorization of health care products inventory.

Hamacher has contributed to the annual National Community Pharmacists Association/Pfizer Digest and has authored white papers on the topics of electronic product code and radio frequency identification device trends.

He is active in his church and in the community, serving on the board of directors of the YMCA and as Chairman of the Campanile Society which provides resources to benefit the critical service needs of Milwaukee’s Catholic parishes. He is also a member of the President’s Council of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and the Resource Development Council for the Archidiocese of Milwaukee.

His steadfast commitment and service to the UW School of Pharmacy is exemplary. He was a member of the Board of Visitors from 1988 to 1996, serving as its chair from 1994 to 1996. As a member of the very successful Rennebohm Hall fundraising campaign, he contributed to the establishment of the Marjorie and Dave Hamacher Student, Faculty and Staff Resource Center in the F.B. Power Pharmacy Commons. Most recently he co-founded the Dean’s Club to help support research and other activities of the UW School of Pharmacy.

Hamacher and his wife Marge live in Elm Grove and spend their winters in Bonita Springs, Florida. They have four children and six grandchildren.