Captain Mark Kelly and ESPN Analyst, Herm Edwards, Announced as Keynote Speakers for the 2016 Pet Industry Leadership Conference

Captain Mark Kelly and ESPN Analyst, Herm Edwards, Announced as Keynote Speakers for the 2016 Pet Industry Leadership Conference

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(Greenwich, CT) The American Pet Products Association (APPA) along with the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) and the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) are excited to announce Captain Mark Kelly and ESPN Analyst Herm Edwards are slated to serve as Keynote speakers at the inaugural Pet Industry Leadership Conference in Tucson, Ariz. in January 2016. 

Captain Mark Kelly, commander of Space shuttle Endeavour’s final mission, is an American hero who inspires others to be their best while remaining true to their core values.  He is a retired US Navy Captain, bestselling-author, cancer survivor, astronaut, and experienced naval aviator who flew combat missions during the Gulf War. Awards include: the Legion of Merit, two Defense Superior Service Medals and two Distinguished Flying Crosses. As someone who exemplifies effective leadership and courage under pressure, Kelly will offer conference attendees insights drawn from his various and extensive experiences, from leading teams in some of the most dynamic environments imaginable, to the thrill of spaceflight and making history, to the importance of commitment to career and family, in order to truly define and achieve success.  

Herm Edwards, ESPN NFL Analyst, exudes passion in all areas of life.  Edwards’ iconic voice is fully integrated into all of the network’s platforms, from radio and digital to television broadcasts. Edwards utilizes his diverse background in pro football to be one of the most informed and educated analysts on television today. In a passionate and motivational message, Doing the Little Things & Executing Vision, Edwards touches on a variety of topics with every audience including leadership, work ethic, overcoming obstacles, developing character, performing with integrity and getting the most out of each and every member of your team.

Edwards will call upon stories and experiences from his nearly three decades in professional football as a player, scout, assistant coach, head coach and now TV analyst to inspire the audience to perform at their very best. 

The highly anticipated Pet Industry Leadership Conference will take place January 18-21, 2016 at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona. The Conference will bring together all industry stakeholders for the first time to address the critical issues facing businesses as well as offer education and insight to help businesses grow and succeed in the industry.  

Registration is open to APPA, PIDA & PIJAC members as well as additional industry professionals, and is available online at


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 for more information.

Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) has represented the interests of pet product distributors since 1968. The mission of PIDA is to enhance the well being of the wholesaler-distributor, to promote partnerships with their suppliers and customers and to work cooperatively with other organizations in fostering the human-companion animal bond. Visit for more information.

Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) for over 40 years, has been protecting pets and the pet industry. Companion animals are the backbone of our industry, and keeping pets available is PIJAC’s top priority. PIJAC promotes responsible pet ownership and animal welfare, fosters environmental stewardship, and ensures the availability of pets. It is a nonprofit, service-oriented organization comprised of members who care about pets and the pet industry.  

Tags: Captain Mark Kelly, Herm Edwards, Pet Industry Leadership Conference, American Pet Products Association, Pet Industry Distributors Association, Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council

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