Monday, December 7, 2015

4 Members Make Pet Age's Top 40 under 40 List!

Pet Age Magazine 2015

Four PIJAC Canada member companies can now boast that they have a Top 40 under 40 winner on their team.  Pet Age Magazine has announced their annual list of 40 amazing young leaders in our industry.  Congratulations to Plato Pet Treats, All Star Dogs, Coastal Pet Products, Midwest Homes for Pets and to all the winners on the 2016 list.

(Excerpts from Pet Age)


Company description: High-quality, all-natural pet treat company based in the San Joaquin Valley. Plato prides itself on sourcing local ingredients to create these treats in our own quality-controlled facility.

What inspired you to get into the pet industry? - I grew up in the pet industry; I started working on the production floor of an industry supplier since high school. After college, I saw a huge opportunity and loved the industry, so it was a perfect fit.

ELAN OVADIA (31) Vice President, Sales, 

Company description: All Star Dogs, a proud U.S. manufacturer, holds the license for over 300 collegiate and professional sports teams. Our extensive catalog includes nearly two dozen styles of pet apparel and accessories for every team.

What inspired you to get into the pet industry? - My father. He started the company with my uncle 15 years ago in three storage units and has built it into a healthy growing business. His work ethic and dedication is admirable. He sets a strong example for all our employees – most of all, me. Working with your dad every day is not always a walk in the park, but we challenge each other and make each other better. We strive to improve our business operations a little bit every single day.

KATIE PUSATERI (27) Director of Marketing,
Company description: Coastal Pet Products is committed to enriching the interactions between pets and people by providing high-quality, lifestyle products that support the care and safety of dogs and cats.

What inspired you to get into the pet industry? - Two of my greatest passions are marketing and pets. The fact that I’m able to combine the two is very rewarding.

NEIL SMITH (29) Key Accounts Manager,
Company description: MidWest Homes for Pets designs and manufactures a variety of containment products and accessories for dogs, cats, birds and small animals.

What inspired you to get into the pet industry? I grew up with multiple pets and thought it would be a rewarding experience to make a career in an industry that I am passionate about. 

Read about all the Top 40 Under 40 in Pet Age Magazine's latest edition!

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