Meet SuperZoo 2016’s Award Winners
SuperZoo 2016 had its fair share of award recipients other than new products.
Giovanni and Lisa Senafe,
owners of Chicago-based Bent-
ley’s Pet Stuff, were on hand
to receive Pet Product News’
2016-2017 Retailer of the Year
Award. The couple, accompa-
nied by several of Bentley’s team
members, stood onstage with
editor-in-chief Ellyce Rothrock
to receive their plaque, right be-
fore the New Product Showcase
winners were announced.
Michael Lasky, past chairman of
the World Pet Association (WPA),
presented the Matsui Lifetime
Achievement award to Jim Stout,
owner and co-founder of Coastal
Pet Products in Alliance, Ohio.
In a statement from the WPA:
“Stout was chosen because he is
a true success story in the pet
industry. Both with his own
company as well as his industry and pet-related good works.
Jim started Coastal Pet Products
with $300 and built it into one
of the most recognizable brands
in the pet industry. His products
are American made, and his fac-
tory and fulfillment center are
state-of-the-art in moderniza-
tion and efficiency.”
Stout also has served on the
boards of the WPA, the Pet In-
dustry Joint Advisory Council
and the American Pet Products
“Jim Stout is an incredibly
deserving recipient, and we are
honored to have presented him
with the WPA Matsui Lifetime
Achievement award,” said Doug
Poindexter, president of WPA.
WORLD PET ASSOCIATION’S
SHOW US YOUR GOOD
During SuperZoo, the WPA also
announced the winner of its inaugural Show Us Your Good Works
social media photo contest.
HuggleHounds, manufacturer of Knotties and Ruff Tex toys,
the Tuffut Luxx line of dog beds
and mats, and other beds, throws
and furniture protectors, took
home the honors. The Denville,
N.J.-based company won for its
Huggles for Heroes program,
which supports Warrior Canine
Connection by donating a percentage of sales from selected
products. HuggleHounds will
have $1,000 donated in its name
by the WPA to the National Animal Interest Alliance.
Bob Flynn (left), co-founder
of HuggleHounds, with Doug
Poindexter, president of the
World Pet Association
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