At the Georgia Pharmacy Convention in Amelia Island, Florida, Ben Ross of Statesboro, owner of Forest Heights Pharmacy, was named the 2022 AIP Independent Pharmacist of the Year. 

This award is given annually to an AIP (Academy of Independent Pharmacy) member who has shown innovation and passion for the practice of Independent Pharmacy. 

Ross received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Georgia in 2008.  After graduating pharmacy school, Ben moved to Statesboro and purchased Forest Heights Pharmacy. Ross is a second-generation independent pharmacy owner who following after his father Sonny Ross (UGA COP c/o 1973). 

He is highly involved in his community by either currently serving of being a past member of the board of directors for Citizen Bank of Swainsboro, Bulloch First, Ogeechee Technical College, YoungLife, and the Statesboro Chapter of the UGA Alumni Association. 

Ross is also a graduating member of the GPhA Leadership Class of 2017, UGA Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2018, and UGA Bulldog 100 Class of 2020.  He was the South University College of Pharmacy preceptor of the year for 2011. Ross has been recognized as favorite pharmacist by the Statesboro Herald Best of the Boro. 

Ross has been married to his high school sweetheart, Lauren for 14 years. They have 2 daughters, Lanie (11) and Lucy Kate (8), and one son, Reid (3).