(Greenwich, CT) –The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is proud to announce that APPA President and CEO Bob Vetere is a recipient of Pet Age’s prestigious ICON Award. The Pet Age ICON awards honor pet industry leaders who have shown a long-term commitment to the success of the pet industry based on experience, integrity and leadership.
Vetere serves as an industry spokesperson and been featured in national media outlets including ABC’s World News Tonight, CNBC, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. Since joining APPA in 2002 he has grown membership from 668 to 1,200 current members. In his role he has established the Pet Leadership Council (PLC), a council comprised of pet industry leaders that have unified to advance the industry. Vetere also established the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI), an organization that gathers and funds research on the benefits of pet ownership on human health. In addition to these groups, he spearheaded the effort to combine the former APPMA Show and the Pet Industry Distributors Association’s (PIDA) PETS Show to form what is now the largest annual pet industry trade show, Global Pet Expo.
“I am honored to have received this award from one of the most respected media outlets in the pet industry,” said Vetere. “We have enjoyed such impressive, consistent growth over the past several years, and I’m tremendously proud of how far we’ve come and where we’re headed as an industry.”
Outside the industry, Vetere earned a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall School of Law, an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a B.S. in Management Science, also from R.P.I. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, and the American Society of Association Executives. Additionally, Vetere authored a book entitled From Wags to Riches: How Dogs Teach Us to Succeed in Business & Life and serves on the Board of Directors for Green Chimneys, an organization providing animal-assisted therapy for children with special needs.
For more information about the ICON awards, please visit petage.com or contact Jamie Baxter at 775-322-4022 or Jamie@theimpetusagency.com.
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APPA President and CEO Bob Vetere
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The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958. APPA membership includes more than 1,200 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. APPA is also proud to grow and support the industry through the following initiatives: Pets Add Life (PAL), the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI), The Pet Leadership Council (PLC), the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) and the Pet Care Trust. Visit www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.
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