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American Pet Products Association Announces Promotion and New Hire

She will oversee day-to-day operations for Global Pet Expo.




Kaitlin Stewart

(PRESS RELEASE) American Pet Products Association Executive Vice President & COO Andrew Darmohraj announced an employee promotion and the addition of a new staff member at the association.

Kaitlin “Kate” Stewart, now in her sixth year with APPA, has been promoted to manager of trade show operations. In her new role, she will oversee day-to-day operations for Global Pet Expo and serve as a direct contact for all of the exhibitors. During her time at The Association, Stewart played an instrumental role in launching the APPA Young Professionals and recently earned her Certification in Event Management. She belongs to the American Society of Association Executives and the International Association of Exhibitions and Events. Stewart is also a founding member and vice chair of the Young Professionals group of the IAEE New York Chapter, where she was awarded a Diamond Award for her volunteer efforts. She is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University, where she received her BA in marketing and communications and Marist College, where she received her MA in media studies and public relations.

Megan Rooney has been hired as trade show coordinator for APPA. Rooney brings several years of event experience and will serve as a customer service representative to new trade show exhibitors. In her role, she will assist first-time exhibitors through the trade show process to ensure a smooth and successful event experience. Rooney received her bachelor’s degree in communication from Marist College and her master’s degree in childhood education from Pace University. She is a member of the ASAE, IAEE and IAEE New York Chapter.

“On behalf of the APPA board and staff, we congratulate Kate on her advancement within the association and welcome Meg to the team,” said Darmohraj. “Kate has quickly emerged as a leader at the association and has played an integral role in the success of our trade show.” He added, “We look forward to both of their contributions to Global Pet Expo and success in their new roles.”




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