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AdvancePCS CEO David Halbert speaks at ACU luncheon, encourages moral leadership

For immediate release
Feb. 6, 2003

More than 400 students, business leaders and members of the Abilene community gathered to hear David D. Halbert, chairman and CEO of AdvancePCS, speak about moral leadership at a Distinguished Business Leader Luncheon sponsored by Abilene Christian University's College of Business Administration.

Halbert spoke about the various mentors who affected him throughout his life and about the importance of character and leadership in the business community.

"Leadership is really about people; it's not about ideas. People who lead must have a vision, know where they are going and be able to inspire people to follow," Halbert said.

He also praised ACU's emphasis on character building, saying that character development along with academic training is crucial.

"That's why I believe ACU is so important," Halbert said. "It's people who care about people instilling leadership - but not just leadership, moral leadership, and a basic moral character that can't be compromised."

Halbert also addressed the more than 100 students in the audience, encouraging them to follow God's leading in using their talents.

"I believe very strongly that God gives and promises each one of us gifts. He wants you to use them, but he leaves the choice up to you. If you search your heart and examine your motives, God will say yes. Appeal to God, and he will answer your prayers."

AdvancePCS is the nation's largest independent health improvement company. Under Halbert's direction, the company recently recorded its 14th consecutive year of averaging 138 percent compounded annual revenue growth. During that time, AdvancePCS has earned a reputation in the health care industry for continuous innovation.

Halbert founded AdvancePCS in 1987 and has successfully guided the firm from a small, privately owned company into the largest provider of pharmacy benefit management services in the nation. AdvancePCS serves more than 75 million people - one in every four Americans - and managed 550 million prescription transactions annually.

Halbert is an Abilene native and a 1978 graduate of ACU.

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