A Lot to Love
Puppy Love has everything a dog and owner could
want, from canine fashion shows and birthday parties to
training classes and a mix of healthful yet tasty consumables.
Patti Vincent, owner of Puppy Love in Beaumont, Texas
Type of business: brick-and-mortar and e-tailer
Years in business: 12
Special services: Training classes, doggy birthday
parties in a party room and seasonal pictures
with a professional photographer
Pet Product News: What are the top-selling products in
your store right now?
Patti Vincent: Our cookie bar with products
from The Pound Bakery remains one of our
best-sellers. Jones Natural Chews’ Curly Q’s
are top sellers. Dog Bark Naturals’ Chicken
Bark is a huge seller for us.
PPN: What is your favorite product right now?
PV: We are dedicated to healthful products and
having the right product for the
specific health need. Answers Pet
Food’s goat’s milk has been that
restorative product that fits the
bill for many dog issues.
PPN: What trend have you been keeping your eye on
PV: I love the trend to a more healthful lifestyle
and customer recognition that good food and
healthful treats will result in a healthier dog.
PPN: What business challenge are you currently in the
process of tackling?
PV: I am challenging myself to have more dog
events—specifically dog meetups—maybe a
healthy dog forum where we address some
natural ways (like the use of turmeric, herbs,
essential oils, etc.) to continue dog health. We
have done dog fashion shows in the past, and
that is a popular event with our customers that
I need to plan and promote.
PPN: What business goal are you hoping to achieve in 2017?
PV: My business goal for 2017 is to not get so
bogged down in the daily minutia and expand
the shop to include all the fun activities that our
principal of K. Sutherland PR, announced
that the agency has
been selected as the
agency of record for Planet Dog.
Since 1997, Planet Dog has developed
a multitude of premium products “made
for dogs, by dog lovers,” according to
the company. Beyond innovating quality
dog products, the company’s Planet Dog
Foundation provides necessary funding
for the training, placement and support
of dogs helping people in need, the
The American Pet Products Association
(APPA) announced two staff promotions.
EDITH MARTIGNETTI, who previously served as general
manager, has been
promoted to associate
vice president, human
resources. In her new
role at APPA’s headquarters in Greenwich, Conn., she will oversee
all aspects of human resources in addition
to coordinating office functions and
planning APPA board events and meetings.
Martignetti continues to play an important
role in the organization of Global Pet
Expo as well, supervising registration and
coordinating exhibitor listings in the show
directory. Martignetti is a member of the
International Association of Exhibitions
and Events (IAEE).
ALEXANDRA SIMONFAY has been
promoted from project
coordinator to associate
relations. In her new
role, Simonfay will plan
and execute organization
meetings, manage events for APPA’s
industry-related initiatives, and manage
contacts and secure event space. She
also will oversee the development of the
Global Pet Expo show directory and assist
with exhibitor registration and buyer qualification at the show. Simonfay recently
earned a Certified in Exhibition Management designation and is a member of IAEE
and the American Society of Association
Executives. She also was recently named
among IAEE’s 20 Under 30.
Andis Co., a Sturtevant, Wis., manufac-
turer of professional-grade grooming and
styling tools for the barber, salon and
animal grooming industries, and at-home
consumers, has hired
SCOTT RESKE as
director of quality to
develop and implement
the company’s strategic
Reske will integrate quality into all
areas of Andis’ business and customer
touchpoints, and will drive continuous improvement in products and services, while
bringing a new perspective and extensive
experience, according to the company.
Reske joins Andis after more than 20
years at Cree (formerly Ruud Lighting),
with 15 years in its quality and operations
Targeted Pet Treats LLC,
maker of injection
molded dental treats
and chews, promoted
GREGORY AUSTIN from
general manager to president. In his new
role, Austin will develop and deliver the
Targeted Pet Treats strategic plan and
all aspects of organizational operations,
including human resources, sales, operations, quality assurance, research and
development, and finance.
Since joining the company in June
2016, Austin has distinguished himself
as an innovative leader, transforming the
entire Targeted Pet Treats operation and
finalizing its migration to a world-class
center of excellence, said the company
in a statement. This transformation
included a $6 million capital expansion
plan and growth of the company’s
workforce to include nearly 500 full-time
Chicago-based Matrix Partners, a brand
strategy and communications firm specializing in the pet care industry, recently announced that NATALIE MURAWSKI is the
newest member of the firm’s full-service,
multimedia creative department.
The North American Pet Health Insurance
Association board of directors elected
SUSAN MCMANUS as the association’s
McManus joined Nationwide in 1993,
and she recently accepted a broader role
as vice president of personal lines marketing at the Fortune 100 company. Prior
to this, she served as Nationwide’s vice
president of pet marketing and strategic
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