March 21-23, 2018
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL
PRODUCED BY:
American Pet Products Association (APPA) Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA)

Schedule-at-a-Glance

Global Pet Expo
March 22-24, 2017

Orange County Convention Center | Orlando, FL

Exhibit Hall Hours:
Wednesday, March 22: 9 am - 6 pm
Thursday, March 23: 9 am - 6 pm
Friday, March 24: 9 am - 5 pm

 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Registration & Badge Pick Up
7:30 AM -6:00 PM
Registration, Lobby B 

Seminar: How to Launch and Sustain Your Pet Business
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Room W204A
Presented by: Vicki Lynne Morgan, Animal Brands 

Seminar: Pet Store Merchandising: Back to Basics
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Room W203B
Presented by: Chris Miller, Pacific Store Designs 

Seminar: 5 Tips for Tapping into Hidden Opportunities at Global Pet Expo
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Room W204A
Presented by: Vicki Lynne Morgan, Animal Brands 

Seminar: Brave New Retail
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Room W203B
Presented by: Chris Miller, Pacific Store Designs 

 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Registration & Badge Pick Up
7:00 AM -6:00 PM
Registration, Lobby B 

Seminar: Pet Food Mythbusters
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Room W203B
Presented by: Dr. Bret Deardorff, Hill’s Pet Nutrition 

Mini Session: Find More Selling Space In My Store
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Room W204A
Presented by: Chris Miller, Pacific Store Designs 

Mini Session: Customer Delight Leads to Long‐term Profitability
9:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Room W204A
Presented by: Vicki Lynne Morgan, Animal Brands 

Mini Session: Get to Know Your Competition
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Room W204A
Presented by: Laurie Wolff, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville / NASBITE International 

Mini Session: Three Strategic Ways to be a Talent Magnet
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM
Room W204A
Presented by: Anne Obarski, Merchandise Concepts 

Seminar: Five Ways to Compete in a Crowded Pet Market
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Room W204A
Presented by: Laurie Wolff, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville / NASBITE International 

Seminar: If the Shoe Fits: Experience Your Customer's Journey
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Room W203B
Presented by: Anne Obarski, Merchandise Concepts 

Seminar: Building Resilience: Small Business Secrets for Successfully Facing Change
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Room W203B
Presented by: Curt Jacques, West Lebanon Feed & Supply 

Seminar: Getting to Know Your Local Small Business Development Center
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Room W204A
Presented by: Laurie Wolff, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville / NASBITE International 

Seminar: Trends in Online Purchasing of Pet Products
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Room W204C
Presented by: David Sprinke, Packaged Facts 

Seminar: Staffing Made Simple(r) – Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Employees
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Room W203B
Presented by: Lynn Switanowski, Creative Business Consulting Group 

Seminar: What’s Your “Pink Pig”? A Look at One Retailer’s Contagious Experience Evolution
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Room W204A
Presented by: Anne Obarski, Merchandise Concepts 

Seminar: Employment Law 101: What Every Employer Should Know
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Room W203B
Presented by: Suzanne Boy, Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt,P.A. 

Seminar: Think Outside the Crate: Shark Tank Pet Entrepreneurs Offer Tips for Creating a Beastly Buzz
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Room W204A
Moderator: Lindsey Laurain Ono, ezpz
Panelists: Kelly Costello, Puppy Cake / Meg Meyer, The Bear and the Rat / Daniela Kelly, Ry Ry’s Ruffery aka Ryan’s Barkery 

Special Event: Global Pet Expo Petworking Reception
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Registration Hall A, Level 1, Orange County Convention Center
Sponsored by Pets Add Life
Free to Attend

 

Thursday, March 23, 2017 

Registration & Badge Pick Up
7:30 AM -6:00 PM
Registration, Lobby B 

Special Event: Global Pet Expo Industry Breakfast & Retailer Excellence Awards Ceremony
8:00 AM - 8:45AM
Valencia Ballroom – 4th Floor
Key Speaker: Bob Vetere, President & CEO of APPA 

Seminar: Pet Food Mythbusters
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Room W204A
Presented by: Dr. Bret Deardorff, Hill’s Pet Nutrition 

Mini Session: Hottest Employment Law Topics in 2017
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Room W203B
Presented by: Suzanne Boy, Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. 

Mini Session: Rethinking Social Media to Achieve More Meaningful Results
9:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Room W203B
Presented by: Ben Smith, Callahan Creek 

Mini Session: 10 Fast Marketing Hacks for Pet Brands
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Room W203B
Presented by: J. Nichole Smith, Working with Dog 

Mini Session: Wow and Win Customers
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM
Room W203B
Presented by: Lynn Switanowski, Creative Business Consulting Group 

Seminar: Effective and ALMOST Free: 17 Low Cost Marketing Tactics
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Room W204A
Presented by: Lynn Switanowski, Creative Business Consulting Group 

Seminar: Please Sign Here: A Guide to Workplace Documentation
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Room W203B
Presented by: Suzanne Boy, Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt,P.A 

Seminar: 2017-2018 APPA National Pet Owners Survey Debut
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room W204C
Presented by: Julie Springer, APPA Research Analyst

Seminar: Get the Most from Facebook Advertising
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Room W204A
Presented by: Ben Smith, Callahan Creek 

Seminar: Popularity, Profitability & Influence: The Secret Formula to Having it All
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Room W203B
Presented by: J. Nichole Smith, Working with Dog 

Special Event: APPA Young Professionals Meet-Up
2:00 PM
Show Floor, Global Pet Expo Sports Bar

Seminar: Key Trends and Developments in Global Pet Care
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Room W204C
Presented by: Stefan Anbro, Senior Research Analyst, Euromonitor International 

Seminar: The Art and Science of Buying
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Room W204A
Presented by: Tom Shay, Profits Plus Solutions 

Seminar: The Pet Parent Revolution
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Room W203B
Presented by: J. Nichole Smith, Working with Dog 

Seminar: Emerging Media and Technology Trends and Your Customers
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Room W204A
Presented by: Ben Smith, Callahan Creek 

Seminar: Turning Customer Craziness into Sales
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Room W203B
Presented by: Linda Cahan, Cahan & Company 

Special Event: New Products Showcase Awards Presentation
Start time: 5:00 PM
Show Floor in the New Products Showcase 

 

Friday, March 24, 2017 

Registration & Badge Pick Up
8:00 AM -5:00 PM
Registration, Lobby B 

Special Event: The APPA Professional Women's Network Breakfast
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM
Room W209
Co-hosts: APPA Young Professionals
Guest Speaker: Dr. Dani McVety 

Seminar: If General Patton Ran Your Pet Shop
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Room W204A
Presented by: Tom Shay, Profits Plus Solutions 

Seminar: New Trends in Retail Design and Smart Tips for Fresh Visual Merchandising
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Room W204A
Presented by: Linda Cahan, Cahan & Company

Special Event: APPA Young Professionals Meet-Up
11:00 AM
Show Floor, APPA Booth #2401