Reconnecting with mentors, and making new connections.

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By James Frymire

I was skeptical at first about applying for the Osborn Scholarship, one specifically for military personnel in a leadership role within Radiology, but my luck turned and I was fortunate enough to have been chosen as a recipient of the 2021 Osborn Scholarship for the AHRA Annual Conference. I was beyond ecstatic and couldn’t believe it.

Soon after getting the call, I was also surprised to hear that my fellow Navy Chief Brother and colleague Dr. Vaughn C. Eason was selected as well. It had been almost 15 yrs since we last saw each other, and what a great way to reconnect.

The first day I was also able to connect with (in-person), a true leader and mentor John Beall, MAA-HA, FAHRA who also served in the military. John is a great asset and radiology leader who everyone should connect with.

I had the distinct pleasure of hearing from Lex Gillette as a Keynote speaker. He’s a true inspiration and if you haven’t heard his story- you need to check him out as it’s truly amazing and makes you rethink what’s possible.

Another amazing, funny, talented and driven Keynote speaker was Devin Henderson! A multi-talented powerhouse, Devin’s passion is using his unique talents and experiences to inspire individuals and organizations to discover their greatest potential and keep going no matter what.

Last but not least was another amazing Keynote speaker; Jason Hewlett. He is the only speaker in the world teaching leadership in a performance of uncanny musical and comedy impressions, utilizing the legends of stage. “The Promise” is a keynote speech that feels like a show, with proven processes and immediately implementable takeaways to transform your business and leadership skills.

Jason is the author of the Facebook post entitled, “I Saw My Wife at Target Today”, which has been seen by more than 100 million people.

While there was plenty to learn from the topics discussed at the conference, in my opinion, the best part was the time I was able to spend talking to other AHRA members and vendors during the breaks, lunches, and the reception. I met some great people and really enjoyed the experience of networking with my peers to help me become more prepared for my eventual transition from the Navy.

I look forward to next years conference in Phoenix, AZ.

James Frymire is a Radiology Supervisor, US Navy. He can be reached at

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