APPA Announces Pet Industry's First-Ever Young Professionals Group

APPA Announces Pet Industry's First-Ever Young Professionals Group

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Greenwich, CT (December 2, 2015)— Andy Darmohraj, American Pet Products Association (APPA) Executive Vice President and COO, is proud to introduce the APPA Young Professionals (YP’s); the pet industry’s first-ever young professionals group.  The mission of the APPA YP’s is to promote career path development of young professionals in the pet industry through networking opportunities.  

Spearheaded by Sarah Bopp, APPA Associate Manager, Booth Sales & Operations and Kaitlin Simonfay, APPA Associate Manager, Association Operations, the APPA YP’s will officially debut at Global Pet Expo 2016, in Orlando, Fla. The group will co-host a breakfast during the Show, alongside the APPA Professional Women’s Network (PWN). 

 “The purpose of the APPA Young Professionals is to provide support to the future leaders in the pet industry,” Bopp said.  “Upon entering this industry, I, along with some of my colleagues, recognized a need for an organization that would attract and engage young professionals. “

“With more young people entering the industry, we expect continued growth and support for the group in the coming year,” Simonfay added. “We are excited to officially launch at Global Pet Expo 2016 and look forward to providing additional networking opportunities in the future.”

The PWN and Young Professional’s breakfast will be open to all registered Global Pet Expo attendees. Speakers and event details will be released soon. For details, please visit


Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s largest annual trade show, is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). The 2015 Show featured 1,051 exhibitors, 3,113 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. Additionally, 6,061 pet product buyers from around the world attended. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. The 2016 Show will take place March 16-18, 2016 in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center. For more information, visit


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.

Tags: American Pet Products Association (APPA), APPA Young Professionals, APPA YP's, APPA Professional Women’s Network (PWN), Global Pet Expo

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