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APPA Management Conference Huge Success

GREENWICH, CT., November 22, 2005 - American Pet Products Association (APPA) COO and Managing Director Bob Vetere announced today that the association has enjoyed a successful reintroduction of its Management Conference after a five-year hiatus. The two-day event took place November 9-10, 2005 in Las Vegas at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, and was met with great enthusiasm by attendees.

The conference kicked off November 8 with a well-attended golf event at The Las Vegas Country Club and a pre-conference networking reception. The next two days were packed with top-notch speakers who shared a wealth of information on key issues facing today’s pet products professionals. 

Informative break out sessions on topics ranging from global trends and leadership techniques to the power of public relations and export issues were well attended. Event highlights included a standing room-only presentation by Tony Truesdale, PetSmart senior vice president of merchandising and supply chain, with a look at the industry from PetSmart’s perspective. Another seminar that “packed the house” was an overview of regulatory issues facing the industry both from a product and live animal standpoint – speakers were Vetere and Marshall Meyers, executive vice president, PIJAC.

“We were thrilled with the response from our members. We have received overwhelming feedback that this was truly an event not to be missed. The conference received high praise for its pertinent content, knowledgeable speakers and networking events.  There was a strong energy shared by both attendees and speakers alike, and it was the ideal forum for education and exchange of ideas. Most importantly, attendees are passing on to us that the knowledge they gained at the conference will provide a competitive edge in their business operations,” said Vetere.

APPA member and President of Veterinary Ventures, Inc., Sean Rowe said, “I walked away from the conference with a much better understanding of political factors affecting our industry. It truly opened my eyes to issues I was unaware of. In some cases, for instance with export issues, I received validation that I was making wise decisions. I also gained some fantastic advice on leadership skills that I’ve already put into practice. Overall this was a first-class event.”

The event was open to APPA member companies and other pet industry professionals. APPA is already making plans for upcoming member events for 2006.  For more information about the APPA Management Conference and other member programs please contact or call 203-532-0000 ext 521.

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