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W.F. Young President Jaime McKinley Wins Bronze Stevie Award for Maverick of the Year

Pet industry executive also honored with CEO of the Year & named to Pet Age Power 50 list.




Jaime McKinley

Jaime McKinley

(PRESS RELEASE) LAS VEGAS – Jaime McKinley, president of W.F. Young, a global leader in animal health products, such as Absorbine and The Missing Link, was recently named the winner of a Bronze Stevie Award in the Maverick of the Year category at the 19th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business, held on Nov. 11, 2022, in Las Vegas.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are produced by the creators of the prestigious American Business Awards and International Business Awards, among other business awards programs. The Stevies are widely considered to be the world’s premier honors for achievement in the workplace.

More than 1,500 nominations were submitted this year by organizations and individuals for consideration in more than 100 categories, including Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Startup of the Year, Women Helping Women, and Women-Run Workplace of the Year. The Maverick of the Year recognizes the achievements of female entrepreneurs, executives, and employees who have affected positive change on their companies and/or industries.

“I’m incredibly honored to receive this award and be acknowledged for my work amongst such inspiring women,” said McKinley. “So many accomplished women were nominated and it’s humbling to be in their company. Recognitions such as this let us know our efforts have a positive impact.”

Among the qualifications that the judges found impressive were:

  • Recycling over 500 pounds of material monthly and reducing energy consumption by over 40 percent via solar panels;
  • Growing its pet care segment 28 percent YOY, adding five positions, and increasing human resources by 12.5 percent;
  • Prioritizing the health and wellness of her employees with wellness programs and a focus on work-life balance;
  • Expanding W.F. Young’s partnership with Pet Food Experts, and serving over 4,000 independent retail partners across the country;
  • And under McKinley’s tutelage, using its wound and skin care products to mend a baby elephant at Elephant Havens Wildlife Foundation in Botswana which had an injury thought impossible to heal.

In addition to the Maverick of the Year Award, McKinley recently received a CEO of the Year honor from the Katahdin Group, and was named to Pet Age Magazine’s 2022 Power 50 List, while W.F. Young was named one of the Best Companies to Work For by the publication.

About W.F. Young

Founded in 1892 by Wilbur Fenelon Young and his wife, Mary Ida, W. F. Young, Inc. has manufactured and distributed high-quality and trusted animal health and wellness products for over 130 years. The company is recognized as a worldwide leader in innovative, specialized animal health care brands – including Absorbine Veterinary Liniment, UltraShield fly control, ShowSheen grooming products, Silver Honey, Hooflex hoof care, as well as Absorbine and The Missing Link nutritional supplements – that improve wellness and enhance the quality and enjoyment of life for people and their animals. For more information, please visit



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