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American Pet Professionals Welcomes New Members

Record numbers of pet businesses join American Pet Professionals in 2018.

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(PRESS RELEASE) BABYLON, NY – A record number of new members have joined American Pet Professionals since early 2018 and have continued to do so throughout the year. New members represent startups in the pet technology and pet app space as well as many new pet product manufacturers, financial services for pet businesses, pet sitters, pet media and pet organizations. Since its inception in 2009, American Pet Professionals has always allowed pet professionals from all areas of the industry to join.

“Our organization has grown tremendously this year, with so many new types and categories of members in the pet industry from all around the country. I absolutely love seeing what our members have created as a businesses and animal educational organizations alike. I am thrilled to announce our new members and encourage everyone to visit their websites on our Membership Directory and learn more about what they do,” said Nancy Hassel, president and founder of American Pet Professionals. “I am excited to welcome each new member, help them with their business goals, referrals, connections, questions and look forward to working with them in 2019!”

New members include:

Pet Technology and Pet App Companies:

  • Jason Hanny of the Pet Connect App, which is a free pet owner app that connects them with pet businesses making it easier to find the resources they need. And it gives pet businesses a way to meaningfully engage current and new clients with easy-to-use targeted marketing, custom-built profiles and more. Jason is based in Arlington, VA, and is VIP member.
  • Siva Marimuthu of RV PetSafety, which is a pet technology and app based product that monitors the pet’s environment and temperature and alerts you when they are in danger. Created for people that travel with their pets in RV’s and cars. Based in Palo Alto, CA and are VIP Members.
  • Casey Isaacson of DigDates, the Dog Person’s Dating app that launched in February of this year and helps connect dog people based on what’s most important to them when it comes to dating. It was built by sisters, Casey and Leigh Isaacson who are based in New York, NY and New Orleans, LA.
  • William Loopesko of PuppTech, which is brand new pet product that detects the temperature and humidity, has a built in microphone, GPS, wireless connectivity and will alert pet parents by text via the app on their smartphone if their pet is in danger. The device can be used in car, boat cabin, anywhere you’re traveling with your pet and even provides a safety feature showing passers by that the pet is safe. Pupptech is based in Denver, Colorado.
  • Lars Rissman of the Groomit App, which is an app that pet parents can get pet grooming on demand with certified pet groomers at the time they request and in their own home. Currently servicing New York City, northern New Jersey, Westchester, Connecticut and San Diego. Groomit is based in New York, NY.
  • Lowell Kaufman of Well Informed Pet app, which is a pet app revolutionizing the pet health industry by offering easy access to a pet’s health information. Based in New York, NY.

Pet Product Manufacturers:

  • Gay Jensen, owner of Golden Wellness Dogs, which makes turmeric products for dogs, which help prevent, join inflammation and provides healthy immune support. Gay is a VIP Member based in Manchester Center, Vermont.
  • Immacula Pierre, CEO of Iconic Paws which is a pet product manufacturing company that offers natural and healthy treats and supplements for dogs. VIP Member based in Woodbridge, VA.
  • Jim Umlauf and Brian Devening of 4KNines who make premium car seat covers built by dog owners for dog owners. Engineered to out perform and outlast other covers on the market. 4KNines donates a percentage of each sale to animal advocacy groups. VIP Members and based in Oklahoma, OK.
  • Zsolt Sapy, COOof Smoke Alarm Monitoring an affordable, wireless solution to monitor your family and pets and property in the event of a fire. Keeping your pets safe even when you are not home! Visit their website to see how this incredible technology works. Zsolt is a VIP Member and based in NY.
  • Zel Crampton the CEO and founder of Diggs which just launched a brand new line of pet products including the ‘best crate ever’ raising the standard of living for dogs everywhere. Based in Brooklyn, NY.
  • Gretchen Mannix of South Fork Pets who make handmade dog treats, with healthy, wholesome and all-natural ingredients that are locally sourced in the Hamptons, NY.
  • Shane Whelan of Pet Containment Systems and PetFenceology, which is a proposal and automation software designed to help pet fence companies grow and harmonize they way they do business. VIP Member based in Milford, MI.
  • Sherri Davis, CPO of Amuse Pooch, wholesome, artisan dog treats made with single ingredients. Made in the USA and based in New York, NY.
  • Michael Caruso of Raptor Shield, which is a armor like vest for dogs to protect against birds of prey picking attacking and picking up a small dog. It is the only product on the market to protect dogs from hawks, raptors and other birds of prey. Based in River Grove, IL.

Veterinarian/Pet Medical Supply:

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  • Stella Kim Founder and CFO of MixLabRX, which is a compounding lab that works with pet owner’s veterinarians to make personalized pet meds for their pets. Based in New York, NY.

Pet Retail/Ecommerce:

  • Corey Abramowitz, Founder of BarkYours which is the online destination to by and sell unique and beautiful dog-themed gifts and crafts online. BarkYours just launched this year. Corey is based in New York, NY.
  • Marshall Morris COO of iHeartDogs that is a manufacturer and online distributor of products for pets and the people that love them. They partner with their customers (1 million to date) on every product to make a big impact in shelters. With that support they have provided 10 million meals to shelters, 100,000 toys and much more. Based in Anaheim, California.

Media:

  • Lauren Collier of Lauren’s Crazy Pet Show, a media company that travels covering pet news and showcasing pet businesses, animal rescues, pet events and much more. Lauren was a TV anchor for many years on News 12 Connecticut. She is based in Shelton, CT.

Pet Health:

  • Arden Moore of Pet First Aid for You a Pet Health and Safety teaching pet parents and professionals about pet health, safety, first aid, CPR and more. Arden also hosts the popular pet podcast Oh Behave! Arden is based in Houston, Texas.
  • Anastasia Kvyatkovskaya Founder of DogHauz. Anastasia is a K9 Fitness Coach and Nutritionist offering canine wellness coaching for pets using dog training and exercise, healthy eating made at home and much more! Anastasia is based in New York, NY.
  • Lindsey Campbell, Co-Founder and VP of TEEF! Daily Dog Dental Care. TEFF is a plant based prebiotic that outsmarts the bacteria in your dog’s mouth – including the bad bacteria that forms plaque, creates gum disease and attacks teeth. TEEF! uses nontoxic nutrients that wash over their teeth and gums every time they drink their water, creating a healthy and fresher-smelling mouth. Product launching in Q1 in 2019. Based in Minneapolis, MN.

Graphic & Website Design:

  • Kaila Piepkowof Dox Design is a design and development studio that focuses on creating compelling designs for pet-friendly and pet-focused businesses. VIP Member based in Grand Rapids, MI.

Pet Sitting & Dog Walking/Boarding:

  • Liz Freitag Owner of Peninsula Pups Doggie Daycare, the leader in the market of dog daycare for Erie’s canine community. We provide a safe and stimulating environment in which dogs can socialize, exercise and just be dogs in their natural state as a pack. They offer many services and pet products at their location based in Erie, PA.
  • Heather Curatolo of Paws on Pine a five star rated dog walking, pet sitting and concierge servicing lower Manhattan, NY.
  • Florence Dixon Owner of In Home Pet Services of Westhampton Beach that offers pet sitting, dog walking and pet care services. Based in Westhampton Beach, NY.

Pet Event Organizers:

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  • Leslie Kennedy, Director of Barking Beauty Pageant– that organizes and hosts one-of-a-kind competition for dogs, and beauty pageants that benefit animal charities & civic organizations. Founded 2006. Leslie is based in Westhampton Beach, NY.
  • Sonali Nigam of PetMinded Co., a pawfriendly concierge business offering pet parents services, pet education and pet-friendly events based in New York, NY.

Pet Friendly Organizations:

  • Beth Miller, Founder & CEO and Tom Everhart, CPO of WagTown. Wagtown sets responsible and genuine standards for the term, “dog friendly.” Our mission is to lead the movement to create a Wagtown® community for everyone. To do this, we advocate for dog-friendliness through research, consulting, leveraging big data, education, marketing, and empowerment. Based in Centerville, Ohio.

Financial Service Companies:

  • Steven Cron and Loren Shuman of Benchmark Payment Networks which provides electronic payments to merchants in all 50 states and many countries. They offer a comprehensive suite of products and services. Tailing credit card processing programs for the special business needs of financial institutions, independent sales organizations and agents and now also helping pet businesses. VIP Members based in Cold Spring Harbor, NY.
  • Jeri Ann Cook, Founder of Sunstone Bookkeeping a bookkeeping company that focuses on the finances for pet businesses so they can focus on their passion, taking care of animals. Based in Stratford, CT.

Non-Profit Organizations:

  • Sass Levine, Founder and Executive Director of DogAbility Center. DogAbilityCenter’s mission is to provide innovative canine-assisted experiences, using certified therapy dogs with skilled handlers, that afford comfort, inspiration, socialization, education and recreation to better the lives of people of all abilities in the community. Based in Syosset, NY.

In 2018, American Pet Professionals offered many new membership benefits to members, including free live learning events monthly on Facebook; accessible downloadable content; hosted events in various locations in the country; and information for pet professionals at every level to help their businesses, animal rescues or non-profit organizations. “In 2019 we have even more new membership benefits to be added, which we cannot wait to announce in the New Year,” said Nancy Hassel.

Membership dues are annual, with different levels to choose from for non-profit animal rescue and organizations, solo-entrepreneurs, and corporate businesses. Membership dues are increasing in 2019, so anyone interested in joining and becoming a membership should do so before Jan. 1.

For more information, go to www.AmericanPetProfessionals.com. To contact Nancy Hassel, call (631) 446-1105 or email Nancy@AmericanPetProfessionals.com.

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Carolina Pet Company Continues to Honor America’s National Parks with Pendleton Pet Collection

It will feature a story every month.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Carolina Pet Company, the exclusive licensee of the iconic Pendleton Woolen Mills “Pendleton Pet Collection,” announces a new email and social media campaign highlighting a different National Park throughout the course of the year. This campaign will be promoting its Pendleton Pet National Park Collection with a feature story every month starting with Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state and traveling across the country ending the campaign by featuring Acadia National Park in Maine later in the year.

The National Park Pet Collection was developed by Carolina Pet, inspired by the colors and design elements of Pendleton’s home collection. The iconic patterns are scaled to fit pet beds, collars, leashes and jackets that compliment Pendleton’s home assortment. The collection calls on the inspiration of eight popular National Parks, plus two color ways from Pendleton’s Camp Collection. The National Park Foundation receives a royalty from the purchase of Pendleton National Park Products.

“Carolina Pet is proud of being part of this effort to help protect these American Treasures, our National Parks,” says Carolina Pet owner Edward Bobowski. Pendleton and partners of the NPF have donated more than $700,000 so far to support critical restoration projects in our National Parks.

Together with Pendleton Woolen Mills, Carolina Pet has launched the Westerley Pet Collection paying homage to the cult classic movie the Big Lebowski staring Jeff Bridges (“The Dude”) who alternates scenes changing from his bathrobe to the time-honored Pendleton Westerly sweater. The pet collection, consisting of the iconic sweater, a matching collar, leash and snood, also includes Bowling Ball and Bowling Pin toys. Re-branded by Carolina Pet as the Big LeBARKski Collection, the line has resonated with the movie’s fans and its twenty-year anniversary. “The Dog Abides”

The entire Pendleton Pet Collection, including the National Park and Big LeBARKski lines will be on display at the Global Pet Expo along with the Carolina Pet Collection, in booth 6067.

carolinapetcompany.com, pendleton-usa.com.

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Bark Your Biz Announces Entrepreneur Lineup for Global Pet Expo Program

Entrepreneur elevator pitch competition to feature nine company founders.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Bark Your Biz, the first and only entrepreneur pitch competition exclusively for the pet care industry, has closed applications and announced the lineup for this year’s live program at the 2019 Global Pet Expo.

The event takes place from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room W306A at the Orlando Convention Center.

Bark Your Biz was created by and is hosted by Anthony and Amanda Bennie, the 22-time award-winning founders of Clear Conscience Pet. The program is sponsored by Clear Conscience Pet and its SuperGravy brand of holistic instant pet food topper gravy and broth mixes.

Bark Your Biz gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to present their products or services in a three minute elevator pitch to a panel of pet industry experts. The “Barkers” will be questioned about their products, branding, and market strategy by the panel. Three winners will be selected among the contestants based on Pitch, Product, and Market Potential. The winners will be eligible for personal consulting sessions from the hosts and panelists, including branding and packaging reviews, website evaluations, digital marketing support, ecommerce, and retail penetration strategies.

The Bark Your Biz lineup of companies and founder/presenters is as follows. Note that the order of presenters is accurate, but the assigned time slots are approximate.

  • 3:00-3:10 Animal Essentials: Greg Tilford
  • 3:15-3:25 Addison Pet Yards- Fish Gallery- Yard Dog: Roger DeGregori
  • 3:30-3:40 Pet FX/Canna Love: Jarid Gardner
  • 3:45- 3:55 Teef! Daily Dog Dental Care: Lindsey Huff & Emily Stein
  • INTERMISSION 10 MINUTES
  • 4:10- 4:20 Kitchen Dog: Terry Kasper
  • 4:25- 4:35 Walkee Paws: Lisa Baronoff
  • 4:40- 4:50 Rockster Pet Foods: Zoe and Sven Ley
  • 4:55- 5:05 Pet Krewe: Allison Albert
  • 5:15-5:25 K9 Corp. / Yak-9 Chews Pukar Payakurel
  • 5:25- 5:30: PANEL CONFERS, SCORES TALLIED, and WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The panelists for Bark Your Biz are pet business experts and writers:

  • Phil Chang is the Founder of Retail Phil and is a retailing expert and consultant who writes for Pet Product News and other publications. Chang will also be leading a retailing strategy seminar at the 2019 Global Pet Expo;
  • BC Henschen is the founder/owner of the Platinum Paws, a legacy independent pet specialty retail store in Carmel, Indiana. Henschen also serves as Association for Truth in Pet Food consumer advocate on the board of the American Association of Feed Control Officials, and also serves on the World Pet Association board of directors. His monthly column can be found monthly on the back page of PET PRODUCT NEWS.
  • Candace D’Agnolo is a pet industry consultant who built a successful pet specialty retail chain and is now the founder and CEO of Pet Boss Nation, a membership-based think tank and training resource for pet business entrepreneurs. Pet Boss Nation hosts Camp Pet Boss, a rustic annual retreat for pet business entrepreneurs. D’Agnolo also writes a monthly column in PETS+ magazine.

Bark Your Biz welcomes Global Pet Expo press, buyers, and exhibitors to attend all or part of the live studio taping. “The show is entertaining and informative,” said Bennie. “Our panelists do ask some tough questions, but always with kindness and a genuine desire to help identify strengths and opportunities for the Barkers.”

The show will be available as a Bennie and the Pets Podcast as well as on the Clear Conscience Pet YouTube channel after the show is completed.

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Global Pet Expo Announces Biggest Show to Date

With the largest annual industry event set to kick off on March 20, officials report more exhibitor booths than ever before.

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(PRESS RELEASE) STAMFORD, CT – American Pet Products Association (APPA) Executive Vice President & COO Andy Darmohraj announces that this year’s Global Pet Expo has sold a record number of booths making it the largest show to date. Darmohraj is also excited to report the Boutique, Natural Pet and What’s New! special sections on the show floor have also sold out weeks prior to the show. Global Pet Expo is set to take place March 20-22, 2019 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

“The Global Pet Expo team works tirelessly all year long to continue making this Show the pet industry’s premier event,” said Darmohraj. “The fact that our show floor will be the largest to date, further solidifies the significance of this show and that it truly is the must-attend industry event of the year.”

The 2018 Show featured 1,164 exhibitors, 3,523 booths sold, covering 352,300 net square feet of exhibit space—nearly 10,000 feet larger than the 2017 Show. 6,508 qualified buyers, 2,100 of which were first-time buyers, representing 79 countries around the world were in attendance. With more than 3,000 new product launches, Global Pet Expo will showcase the latest and greatest products available for all types of pets including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, small animals and horses.

The tremendous success of the continuously growing Global Pet Expo has been recognized by the trade show industry as well. Trade Show ExecutiveMagazine (TSE) ranked Global Pet Expo #48 on their exclusive “Gold 100” list. This honor recognized Global Pet Expo as one of the 100 largest shows that “Set The Gold Standard” for the trade show industry, exceeding thousands of others in exhibit space, exhibiting companies and attendance. Global Pet Expo is also ranked #48 in TSE’s Fastest 50 for fastest growing trade shows and was honored at the prestigious Trade Show News Network (TSNN) Awards as a Top 25 Fastest-Growing Show in net square footage.

Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers and other qualified media and professionals. To learn more about the show, click here

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