Retailer Excellence Award Winners Announced at Global Pet Expo 2015

We are proud to announce the winners of the Fourth Annual Retailer Excellence Awards. The Awards Ceremony took place during the Show’s Pet Industry Breakfast on Thursday March 5, 2015. The Retailer Excellence Awards are designed to honor outstanding independent pet stores in a variety of categories. The following retailers received designated awards in each of the 10 different categories:

Retailer Excellence

Odyssey Pets of Dallas, TX

Best Overall Single-Store Retailer: This award recognizes a single-store retailer for excelling in sales, customer service, store design, merchandising and community service.

www.odysseypets.com

Loyal Biscuit Co. of Rockland, Maine

Best Overall Retailer (2 – 10 stores):This award recognizes multi-unit retailers with less than 10 stores for excelling in sales, customer service, store design, merchandising and community service.

www.loyalbiscuit.com

Kriser’s Natural Pet of Santa Monica, CA

Best Overall Retailer (10 or more stores): This award recognizes multi-unit retailers with more than 10 stores for excelling in sales, customer service, store design, merchandising and community service.

www.krisers.com

The Wet Spot Tropical Fish of Portland, OR

Best Live Animal Retailer: This award recognizes a retailer that excels in sales, promotion, display and knowledge of the dedicated live-animal category.

www.wetspottropicalfish.com

Ruff Life Pet Outfitters of Petoskey, MI

Merchandising Excellence: This award recognizes their outstanding creative techniques to promote sales and services.

www.rufflifepet.com

Katie’s Pet Depot of North Brunswick, NJ

Multi-Service Excellence: This award recognizes their effective offering of a broad spectrum of services including grooming, training, boarding, etc.

www.katiespetdepotnewjersey.com

Brookside Barkery & Bath of Kansas City, MO

Marketing Excellence: This award honors effective execution in sales and promotional techniques to increase sales and customers including the use of advertising, public relations, social media and more.

www.barkerybath.com

Two Bostons of Naperville, IL

Customer Service Excellence: This award recognizes an unmatched level of customer service, demonstrates familiarity with products and services, etc.

www.twobostons.com

Planet Tails of Naples, FL

Store Design Excellence: This award honors excellence in overall store design including merchandising displays, store layout, curb appeal and more.

www.planettails.com

Barks, Bones & Biscuits Bakery  of Mint Hill, NC 

Community Service Excellence: This honor recognizes fellowship, integrity and a clear demonstration that the store is committed to giving back to the community.

www.barksbonesbiscuits.com

Entries were judged by a committee consisting of Global Pet Expo and Pet Business Media staff members. For more information about the Show, please visit www.globalpetexpo.org.

Xiomara González-Govea Accepts “Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award” at Global Pet Expo 2015

CONGRATULATIONS!

IMG_0551The talented, award-winning, national television and radio journalist and animal advocate, Xiomara González-Govea accepted the 2015 “Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award.”

González-Govea personally accepted the award, presented by Bob Vetere, President and CEO of the American Pet Products Association, on Thursday, March 5, 2015 in Orlando, Florida at the Purina® Pro Plan Media Reception at Global Pet Expo. The annual “Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award” recognizes individuals in the media who have the power to influence millions of people and use this to positively promote the joys and benefits of pet ownership.

IMG_0538González-Govea is a national television and radio journalist who specializes in animal related and human feature stories for Hispanic media in the United States. Her 19-year television career in the U.S. has included the two largest Hispanic television networks: Telemundo and Univision Networks.

Since 2007, González-Govea has taken on new responsibilities at Univision Network, the leading Hispanic media conglomerate. She served as a pet correspondent host on Despierta America, the single highest rated morning show in Latin American television, and is currently the main face for all animal-related stories for the national daily news magazine shows, Primer Impacto and Noticias Univision.

She also hosts Animales360 con Xiomara, a weekly digital animal segment on Univision.com as part of the network’s news division.

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González-Govea’s journalistic talents combined with her acute animal knowledge have guided her to develop her own pet media concept, Animales360°™, a bilingual and multi-media platform targeting the nearly 55 million Hispanics in the United States.

Oh, and we can’t forget to share her amazing Univision segment on Global Pet Expo that aired nationally March 10th, 2015. Congratulations again, to Xiomara, keep up the good work!

Introducing the New Products Showcase winners from Global Pet Expo 2015

With nearly 1,000 new pet products entered into this year’s New Products Showcase, the buyers in attendance definitely had their work cut out for them in choosing the most innovative, useful, and groundbreaking products for 2015.New Product Showcase

Well, the votes are in, and the winners are…..

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AQUATICS

Best In Show

Central Garden & Pet

Aqueon JukeBox 5 Aquarium Kit


Second Place

BioBubble Pets

WonderBubble Bubble Tunnel Kit

Third Place

BioBubble Pets

Deco Cubes

833A8833BIRD

Best In Show

A&E Cage Co., LLC

All Natural Java Wood Bird Toys


Second Place

Valhoma Corporation

Chicken Harnesses: Pullet, Hen, Rooster

Third Place

Caitec Corporation

Large Perch N Go

833A8828BOUTIQUE

Best In Show

Dog Is Good

Tote Bags


Second Place

Kruuse A/S

B Seen 360

Third Place

Espree Animal Products, Inc.

Bark Art Creative Kit

833A8805CAT

Best In Show

Innovation Pet, Inc.

Kitty Connection® Mouse Pounce ™


Second Place

Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.

Vesper Cat Furniture

Third Place

Cats of Thrones

Toilet Seat for Cats

833A8802DOG

Best In Show

Dexas International, Ltd.

Snack-DuO ™


Second Place

iFetch

iFetch Too!

Third Place

Petmatrix LLC

Butcher’s Cut

833A8822NATURAL PET

Best In Show

Ware Manufacturing

Safe, strong and dogs love em…GORILLA CHEWS


Second Place

Puppy Cake

Puppy Scoops Ice Cream Mix

Third Place

Himalayan Corporation

Yaky Tops

833A8810REPTILE

Best In Show

BioBubble Pets

Chameleon Cantina


Second Place

Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.

Exo Terra Screen Terrarium

Third Place

Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.

Exo Terra HabiSphere

833A8825SMALL ANIMAL

Best In Show

Ware Manufacturing

Every Kid’s Favorite Pastime………PETS


Second Place

Marshall Companion Pets

Bear Rug

Third Place

Ware Manufacturing

Escalating a Pig’s Lifestyle: RAMP IT UP!

833A8846POINT OF PURCHASE

Best In Show

Ware Manufacturing

Build your pets house and $ave : DIY HOMES


Second Place

Himalayan Corporation

Himalayan Dog Chew POP

Third Place

Life is Good Pet by Planet Dog

Life is Good Branded Display