Chief Economic Advisor, Calico Financial
Dr. Dicks joined Calico in 2018 to assist in the development of financial tools for the improvement of veterinary practice financial performance. Dr. Dicks earned a BS in biochemistry and animal science from California Polytechnic State University, and MS and Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri. His PhD research launched the Conservation Reserve Program. Between undergraduate and graduate degrees, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, a high school chemistry teacher who started a rural cooperative to develop appropriate energy and water systems in rural areas of Kenya. After completing his Ph.D. he was employed by the USDA’s Economic Research Service as a conservation and environmental policy analyst and started the USDA’s aquaculture and new crops and products research programs. Dr. Dicks was hired by Oklahoma State University in 1989 to teach, conduct research and provide extension services in food and agricultural policy. He started and was the Director of the Great Plains Policy Center and retired from OSU in 2013 as the Wes and Lou Watkins Chair of International Trade and Development and Director of the Center for International Trade and Development. Dr. Dicks served as the Director of Veterinary Economics at the American Veterinary Medical Association from 2013 to 2018. At AVMA he developed an extensive data analytics program in the veterinary profession to improve the performance of the veterinary markets, the profitability of veterinary practices and the care provided to all animals. He created the AVMA Veterinary Economic Summit to provide an annual summary of the most recent research in economic analysis related to the veterinary profession. His most important contribution was bringing stakeholders together to cooperate on data collection and analysis. Dr. Dicks joined Erupt LLC, a veterinary research and outreach firm, in April 2018 to assist in the development of tools for veterinary students, practitioners and consultants to aid in the enhancement of personal and business financial performance. Dr. Dicks has produced over 500 written documents including; journal articles, congressional testimonies and research reports. He has been a sought-after speaker both domestically and internationally and has made well over 1000 presentations. He is the owner of a livestock operation (Cimarron Dunes), consulting firm (AE Consulting) and a real estate firm (Little Dickens Properties).