San Diego-based Current
USA has named SteveN
BerlIN as its new vice
president of sales. Berlin,
Boulder, Colo.-based Pet
MccorMIck as sustain-
ability implementation manager to support
membership programs and help members
act on a broad spectrum of initiatives.
McCormick catalyzed the sustainability
movement in the golf industry and created
the first-ever sustainability report for the
NFL and the first corporate social responsibility report, a multistakeholder initiative
with the Olympic Club.
PetEdge Dealer Services
founder loeB kAtz has
died. He was 82.
Katz first set out in 1956
with $25 worth of serum for dairy cattle in
his Chevy pickup to sell to local farmers,
founding Katz Farm Supply and, later, New
England Serum Co. During the ’60s and
’70s, his salespeople called on farmers
throughout northern New England and
upstate New York. Because all the farmers
seemed to own dogs, he started offering
a selection of dog supplies, and the office
evolved into a small retail store.
In 1980, he began offering pet supplies
wholesale to professional groomers. The
family opened a large-format pet super-store in 1990, Just for Pets Superstores in
Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode
Island, and sold the chain to Petco in 1995.
In 2004, PetEdge launched the PetEdge Dealer Services division, where pet
specialty retailers could purchase products
directly from manufacturers versus buying
through traditional distributors.
DoMINIc WhItMee is the
new CEO of the U.K.-based
Ornamental Aquatic Trade
Association (OATA). Whit-
mee joined OATA from the Department for
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, where
he was senior international biodiversity
as innovation, financial performance and
personal commitment to their businesses
and communities. An independent panel
of judges selected Howe. The award
was presented at a special gala event in
Kansas City, Mo., on June 16.
Howe joined Manna Pro as senior vice
president of sales and marketing in 2001
and has served as the company’s CEO
As a central Midwest award winner,
Howe now is eligible for consideration for
the Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 national
program. Winners will be announced in
several categories in November.
Dublin, Georgia-based Signature Pet
Products, distributor and
marketer of Hi-Tek Rations
products, has appointed
FreDerIck r. corBett
as vice president of sales.
Corbett was a district sales
manager for Mars Petcare from 1994 to
2016. Previously, he was district sales
manager for The Nutro Co. and its pet
Gamma2 Inc. of Carlsbad, Calif., has hired
JAMAIcA WINShIP to further increase
awareness of the company’s
brand portfolio. Winship
joins Gamma2 as vice
president of business
development to continue
Gamma2’s track record of
success in providing premium
storage containers and lids to retailers and
Paragon Pet Products in Veendam,
The Netherlands, has hired two new
associates to expand its North American
NIck MeISSeN drives sales and
strategy for the company’s largest pet
specialty chains as director of national
accounts. Previously, Meissen was the
director of sales at Dog For Dog and
worked as territory sales manager and
key account manager at Mars Petcare.
kAte NelSoN creates and executes
strategic plans with Paragon’s largest
independent distributors as independent
distribution manager. Previously, Nelson
worked as an account manager for Chuck
Latham & Associates and as a territory
account manager at Dogswell.
policy advisor. He worked in civil service
for more than 20 years, most recently
delivering Convention on International
Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna
and Flora policy for the U.K.
keIth DAveNPort received the 2016
Ornamental Fish International Award for
his for his international work in the aquatic
industry. He had been CEO of the Ornamental
Aquatic Trade Association since 1991 until his
retirement in March.
tIM PetSch joined New
York-based Pawz Dog
Boots as its executive
vice president of sales and
marketing. Petsch previously
was the president of Furminator.
Inaba Foods, a Torrance,
of Japan’s Inaba Ciao
feline treats, promoted
MIchelle cArter to national
sales manager. In her new role, Carter
helps lead the company’s U.S. sales efforts.
Carter has more than 15 years of sales
management experience, with much of her
career spent in pet-specific sales roles.
Irvine, Calif.-based Pet Qwerks appointed
JeFF Fo Wler as director of sales. Fowler
has 14 years’ experience in the pet industry
and has held sales leadership positions at
Natural Chemistry/Muntech and Vitakraft
Sunseed. Fowler is responsible for sales
activity in the U.S. and Canada.
The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council
(PIJAC) has hired courtNey hogAN as its
government affairs specialist to research
and monitor legislation and regulations
of interest to the industry and to assist in
communications. She also is a key point
of contact for PIJAC members and the
broader pet industry.
Prior to joining PIJAC, Hogan was a
staff assistant for Congressman Mike
Wild Calling Pet Foods
LLC has reorganized its
sales team. zAc
Mid-Atlantic territory sales manager,
tAylor JorDAN remains
Northeast territory sales
AMoreS is Southeast territory
is Midwest territory
sales manager, gAry
BArth continues as
sales manager and DAvID
lyoN is Southwest territory sales manager.
gerry NASh, who was instrumental in
developing the raw pet food category
within the U.S. pet food industry, passed
away in May.
Several of today’s most prominent
raw pet food brands were inspired or
assisted in various ways by Nash and his
frozen raw meat diet concept, according
to Vital Essentials. Nash provided raw
meat diets for zoos, wildlife parks and
pet owners across the U.S. for more than
He embarked on his career in the pet
industry in 1968 in Amarillo, Texas. Nash
was a pilot and, in the earlier days, would
fill his Piper Cub with frozen pet food
and fly around the country, marketing
his product to zoos, wildlife parks, feed
stores and anyone interested in his novel
meat products. In efforts to perfect his
raw meat diet, he collaborated with Jack
Hanna on several projects and worked
closely with distinguished animal nutritionist Dr. Richard Patton.
Throughout the course of his career,
he owned and operated raw pet food
manufacturing facilities in Texas, Florida,
Wyoming and Wisconsin. Nash’s final
career stop landed him in Green Bay,
Wis., where he founded Green Bay Pet
Food Co. in 1998. He operated and led the
company until 2009, when he teamed
up with Lanny Viegut, who joined him as
a shareholder and CEO of the company.
Later that year, Vital Essentials was
launched and introduced to the market
and has since become one of the premier
brands in the frozen and freeze-dried pet
products sector. Nash retired in 2011.
He remained a shareholder until 2012,
when he sold the assets of Green Bay Pet
Food Co. to Carnivore Meat Co., completing
the final stage of his exit plan.
Vital Essentials, a family-owned raw frozen
and freeze-dried pet food, snacks and
treats producer in Green Bay, Wis., appointed MArc heINoNeN as its Midwest region
sales manager. Heinonen brings more than
30 years of sales and management experience to Vital Essentials, where he will
provide support to the company’s retailers
and distributors in growing their business
in the Midwest region.
Ernst & Young, a multinational professional services firm headquartered
in London, has presented
JohN ho We, president
and CEO of Manna Pro
Products LLC, a Chesterfield, Mo., manufacturer
and marketer of animal nutrition and
care products, with the Entrepreneur
of the Year 2016 Award in the central
The award recognizes outstanding en-
trepreneurs who demonstrate excellence
and extraordinary success in such areas
(right) presents the 2016 Ornamental Fish
International Award to Keith Davenport (left).
Gerry Nash (left) with Jack Hanna