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Julie Rowe 
The Impetus Agency

American Pet Products Association Announces Staff Promotions

(Stamford, CT) – American Pet Products Association (APPA) Executive Vice President & COO Andrew Darmohraj proudly announced today three staff promotions. 

Kaitlin Simonfay-Stewart has been promoted from Associate Manager, Exhibitor Services to Manager, Exhibitor Services.  In her current role, Simonfay-Stewart manages all aspects of Global Pet Expo exhibitor services, including identifying new business, providing customer service, and maintaining active relationships with internal and external clients.  In addition, after earning her certification in exhibition management, Simonfay-Stewart continues to be active in the IAEE community as a founding member of the NY Chapter YP Committee.   

Alexis Vallario has been promoted from Administrative Coordinator to Assistant Manager, Administration.  In her current position, Vallario manages general office operations and now takes on a more involved role in registration for Global Pet Expo, the premier industry event. She has an MBA in Management from Long Island University-Hudson, and is a member of the APPA Young Professionals Committee. 

Chris Bonifati has been promoted from Attendee Services Coordinator to Assistant Manager, Attendee Services.  In his position, Bonifati manages the new buyer qualification process for Global Pet Expo, by reviewing proofs of business and providing aid throughout the process. He also maintains the buyer database and oversees efforts to streamline the registration process.  Bonifati earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston College and is an active member of the IAEE Young Professionals.  

“On behalf of the APPA Board and staff I am proud to announce the promotions of Kaitlin, Alexis and Chris. They have all grown tremendously within their roles at The Association – and in their contributions to the pet industry,” said Darmohraj. “We look forward to their continued leadership and growth.” 


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.