March 21-23, 2018
Orange County Convention Center
March 10, 2017
The Impetus Agency
Greenwich, CT (March 10, 2017)— The American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) are pleased to announce Andrea Arden as the 2017 recipient of Global Pet Expo’s annual Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award.
Arden will personally accept the award Thursday, March 23, 2017 in Orlando, Florida at The Purina® Media Reception at Global Pet Expo. This media-exclusive event is held in conjunction with Global Pet Expo taking place March 22 – 24, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center. Global Pet Expo attendees include independent pet product retailers, distributors and mass-market buyers, media and other qualified individuals from the pet industry and is not open to the general public. Global Pet Expo is the largest annual pet products trade show in the world.
Arden’s career in television began 22 years ago with her Emmy award wining show The Pet Department. Now, she is a frequent contributor to The TODAY Show, Live With Kelly, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and many others. She provides media with trends within the pet industry, tips on training and responsible pet ownership as well as pet education. She is also the on-camera trainer for Animal Planet’s America’s Cutest Dog and Cat, Dogs101, Cats101, and Underdog to Wonderdog. Arden is passionately dedicated to utilizing her position in the media to educate pet parents about how to best enrich and prolong the lives of companion animals and advocate for rescue animals and the organizations tasked with helping them.
In addition to her extensive television work and advocacy, Arden has been the behavior columnist for Dog Fancy, as well as a contributing writer for the AKC Gazette and Modern Dog. She has also written four books; Barron’s Dog Training Bible, Dog-Friendly Dog Training, Train Your Dog the Lazy Way, and The Little Book of Dog Tricks.
“Andrea Arden works tirelessly to educate pet owners across the country and help enhance the relationships between pets and their people,” said APPA Executive Vice President and COO Andy Darmohraj. “We’re thrilled to honor her at Global Pet Expo for all she’s contributed to the industry.”
Global Pet Expo’s annual Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award recognizes individuals in the media who have the power to influence millions of people and use this to positively promote the joys and benefits of pet ownership. Whether via print, broadcast or internet mediums, these distinguished honorees produce stories that highlight responsible pet ownership and all the exciting services, products and activities that make spending time with our pets even more enjoyable. Past recipients include: Heather Loenser (DVM Advisor for American Animal Hospital Association), Xiomara González-Govea (Univision Network), Connie Wilson (Modern Dog and Modern Cat magazines), Sandy Robins (Today.com, MSNBC.com, Dog/Cat Fancy), Jill Rappaport, Victoria Stilwell, Rachael Ray, Ellen DeGeneres, Dr. Marty Becker (Vetstreet/Dr. Oz Show), Steve Dale (My Pet World/The Pet Minute), Gina Spadafori (author/Pet Connection) and Janice Brown (The Tails Pet Media Group).
Global Pet Expo, the premier industry event, is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). The 2016 Show featured 1,087 exhibitors, 3,218 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. Additionally, 6,170 pet product buyers from around the world attended. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. The 2017 Show will take place March 22-24, 2017 in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center. For more information, visit www.globalpetexpo.org.
The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958. APPA membership includes more than 1,200 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises. APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. APPA is also proud to grow and support the industry through the following initiatives: Pets Add Life (PAL), the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI), The Pet Leadership Council (PLC), the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC)and the Pet Care Trust. Visit www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.
Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) has represented the interests of pet product distributors since 1968. The mission of PIDA is to enhance the well being of the wholesaler-distributor, to promote partnerships with their suppliers and customers and to work cooperatively with other organizations in fostering the human-companion animal bond. Visit www.pida.org for more information.