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October 10, 2016

Julie Rowe 
The Impetus Agency

Registration for the Second Annual Pet Industry Leadership Conference Now Open

-Hosted in Laguna Beach, CA on January 30- February 2, 2017-

(Greenwich, CT) October 10, 2016 – The American Pet Products Association (APPA), Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) and Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) are excited to announce registration for the 2017 Pet Industry Leadership Conference is now open. The conference is scheduled for January 30to February 2, 2017 at the Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach, California.  

     Attended by the pet industry’s leading voices—CEOs, CFOs, owners, V.P. Sales and Marketing and other C-level executives, the Leadership Conference provides a unique opportunity to network, discover service providers, and attend educational breakout sessions covering a wide array of topics and critical issues affecting the pet industry. Attendees can select the sessions that resonate most with their businesses.  

     The 2017 keynote speakers include: Josh Linkner, a famous entrepreneur who received the President Obama Champion of Change Award; Chris Kuehl, managing director of Armada Corporate Intelligence; Nathan Richer, a partner at Wakefield Research; and Tony Hazard, an Australian entrepreneur, radio and television host. These personalized presentations are aimed to inspire attendees, help them achieve their goals and expand their business within the industry.  

     A tabletop show will feature suppliers of relevant products and services to manufacturers and distributors including packaging suppliers, truck leasing companies, software developers, marketing experts, financial services and more.  

    In addition to the presentations and tabletop show, 26 one-on-one executive sessions are available to bring manufactures and distributors together for concentrated discussions on everything from building business relationships with trading partners to planning marketing strategies and new products and promotions. These sessions are only available to PIDA members. To join, visit  

    Registration for the Pet Industry Leadership Conference is open to APPA, PIDA & PIJAC members as well as additional industry professionals, and is available online at To see the complete list of scheduled events for the 2017 Conference visit the link here.  

     For more information, please contact Jamie Baxter at or 775-322-4022. 



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 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 for more information.

Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) for over 40 years, has been protecting pets and the pet industry. Companion animals are the backbone of our industry, and keeping pets available is PIJAC’s top priority. PIJAC promotes responsible pet ownership and animal welfare, fosters environmental stewardship, and ensures the availability of pets. It is a nonprofit, service-oriented organization comprised of members who care about pets and the pet industry.