Before he began his consulting practice, Mari Guas operated Elysian Fields Animal Clinic, a successful small animal practice in New Orleans for 25 years. This AAHA certified hospital was one of the first practices in New Orleans to be computerized, typical of Mari’s enjoyment of blending veterinary medicine with forward-thinking, effective practice management. This Auburn graduate also co-founded the first emergency clinic in the state of Louisiana in 1977.

During those practice years, Mari was active in organized veterinary medicine. He served as president of the Southeastern Louisiana Veterinary Association and the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association, where he organized the Peer Assistance Program. He continues to be a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, as well as the Florida Veterinary Medical Association and the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association. At both state and local levels Mari has presented for association meetings on topics such as hiring employees, selling your practice, improving dentistry, and thriving in tough economic times. His colleagues at the state level in Louisiana recognized his accomplishments with the Dr. Ralph C. Cooper Award for Veterinarian of the Year in 1990.

Mari’s passion to encourage others toward their full potential extends beyond the realm of veterinary practice. When he’s not consulting fellow veterinarians, he is a certified leader in an organization called the ManKind Project. Here he leads weekend retreats and trainings aimed at developing leadership qualities in men.

Mari also has a personal and business coaching practice where he works with men and women to help them reach  fulfilling, balanced lives. Often this involves achieving specific goals, working through life transitions, job coaching, and business start-ups.

Now residing in Florida and privileged to spend time weekly with his grandchildren, Mari seizes any opportunity to work out or to explore the country by motorcycle with Linda, his wife of forty years.