March 22-24, 2023
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL
American Pet Products Association (APPA) Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA)

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February 18, 2019

Julie Rowe 
The Impetus Agency

APPA Young Professionals to Host Education Session and Breakfast at Global Pet Expo

(Stamford, CT) – Andy Darmohraj, American Pet Products Association (APPA) Executive Vice President and COO, is proud to announce a special education session and breakfast hosted by the APPA Young Professionals (YPs), featuring world-renowned economist and dynamic speaker Connor Lokar. This exclusive event is set to take place during Global Pet Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 7:45 a.m.  

“As future leaders of the pet industry, it is important that young professionals have a firm understanding of the economy and its impact on the pet industry,” said Kaitlin Simonfay-Stewart, manager of trade show operations for APPA and a founding member of the APPA YPs. “Connor Lorkar’s economic insight, forecasting expertise and ability to easily connect with the next generation make him the ideal speaker to address the subject.”

 During the session, Lokar will share a detailed analysis of what to expect from the economy in 2019 and beyond, covering topics such as pet industry trends, business to business activity, trade, labor market trends, inflation, interest rates and more. 

Lokar is a Program Economist at ITR Economics. With speaking engagements around the world, he provides economic consulting services for businesses, trade associations and Fortune 500 Companies across a spectrum of industries. 

As the pet industry’s first-ever young professional organization, the APPA YP’s mission is to promote career path development of young professionals in the pet industry through networking and education opportunities.   

The YP’s event will be open to all registered Global Pet Expo attendees. The event is sponsored by the YP’s, but membership is not a requirement to attend. For more information on this event and Global Pet Expo, please visit  




Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s largest annual trade show, is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). The 2018 Show featured 1,164 exhibitors, 3,523 booths covering 352,300 net square feet of exhibit space—nearly 10,000 feet larger than the 2017 Show.  Additionally, 6,508 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 2019 Show will take place March 20-22, in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center. For more information, visit


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 Institute (HABRI), The Pet Leadership Council (PLC), the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), Bird Enjoyment and Advantage Koalition (BEAK), 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.