(Greenwich, CT—June 24, 2015)— Bob Vetere, President and CEO of the American Pet Products Association (APPA), is pleased to announce Robert Merar will serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 term.
“Bob has played an integral role in the pet industry for more than a decade, including serving as an APPA board member for the past five years,” said Vetere. “We are confident his knowledge and experience will be a great asset to the Board position, the Association and ultimately our members.”
Merar is President of General Pet Supply Inc. Milwaukee, a large independent distributor of pet food and supplies. Prior work experience includes, co-founder and president of Exclusively Pet in 1994, and Pet Industry Joint Advisory (PIJAC) board member for 12 years. Currently Merar is also a member of the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) board after serving as its Chairman for the 2008-2010 term.
The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958. APPA membership includes more than 1,100 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. Visit www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.