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American Pet Products Association Announces Staff Promotions

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

Jennifer Skelley, who previously served as Director of Communications and Public Relations, has been promoted to Senior Director of Communications and Public Relations. Skelley has been with APPA for nearly 15 years and oversees all communications efforts including public relations, social media and website content for the Association, APPA’s Pets Add Life (PAL) campaign, and Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s largest annual trade show. Skelley plays an integral role in developing and implementing association-wide marketing communications plans that serve to promote and advance APPA, its members and the pet industry. She is a founding member and serves on the steering committee of APPA’s Professional Women’s Network and was named among the 2015 Pet Age Forty Under 40. Skelley is also a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), American Marketing Association (AMA), and Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and is a graduate of Boston College where she earned a dual degree in communications and sociology.

Josh Vetere, who previously served as Manager of Sales and Marketing, has been promoted to Senior Manager of Sales and Marketing. Vetere has been with APPA for 13 years and assists with all sponsorship opportunities at Global Pet Expo and the Pet Industry Leadership Conference. His responsibilities include reviewing marketing and advertising materials for Global Pet Expo, creating annual advertising plans that align with the Global Pet Expo theme to help create brand awareness and preparing the sales guide and securing sponsorships for the Pet Industry Leadership Conference. Vetere is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), New York Society of Association Executives (NYSAE), and the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), Vetere obtained his bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from the University of Connecticut, Stamford.

“Both Jennifer and Josh have been outstanding APPA team members for more than a decade and we truly value their hard work and dedication,” said Darmohraj. “On behalf of the APPA Board and staff, we would like to congratulate them both on these well-deserved promotions and we look forward to their continued success with The Association.”


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), Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) Pets and Vets program, 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.