General Manager, North America - Furbo By Tomofun
Andrew leads strategy, growth and partnerships for Furbo Dog Camera in North America. Prior to Furbo, he ran marketing for Paul Allen’s technology division at Vulcan in Seattle and helped launch Trunk Club in Chicago. Andrew is co-founder of ZooBorns and authors the bestselling ZooBorns book line. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Seattle Aquarium.
Co-Founder + Chief Executive Officer, Heart + Paw
Vincent Bradley is a proven veteran of the multi-site healthcare industry with over 25 years of experience, most recently serving as the President & CEO of Banfield Pet Hospital. Key growth initiatives that doubled Banfield’s size during his tenure included developing the practice’s free-standing de novo program, repurchasing all Banfield franchise locations, acquiring numerous private practices, and maintaining industry leading comp growth at existing hospitals.
Senior Director of Healthcare, Chewy
CEO & Founder, Animal Policy Group
Mark is the Founding Partner of the Animal Policy Group. A long-time political strategist, lobbyist, corporate executive and former litigator, Mark focuses his advocacy practice on providing high-level strategic advice and services to clients with needs at any level of government, and key trade/industry associations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He is the past Chair of the Government Relations and Public Policy Practice and was a long-time partner at Tonkon Torp LLP, a prominent Northwest law firm. Mark also currently serves as University Counsel at Lincoln Memorial University and is a professor of Government Relations at their Knoxville-based Duncan Law School. The Animal Policy Group has offices in Portland, Oregon, Knoxville, TN, Scottsdale, AZ and Washington, DC.
Since 2004, Mark has specialized in animal health, animal welfare, veterinary and veterinary educational issues, developing a cutting-edge practice across these sectors.
Mark is a frequent speaker at veterinary medicine and other animal policy-related conferences. He is an adjunct faculty member in Animal Law at the Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Oregon School of Law. Mark is an honors graduate with distinction from Stanford University and the Willamette University College of Law.
Vice President of Marketing for Covetrus Global Prescription Management
Prior to the Covetrus merger, Trevor joined Vets First Choice in 2015, overseeing the company’s client outreach and patient compliance initiatives. His team’s work blends advanced computing and analytical techniques with content marketing and e-commerce strategies to drive client behavior and improve patient health outcomes.
Head of Ventures and Partnerships, Mars Petcare’s Kinship Division
Ben serves as Head of Ventures for Mars Petcare's Kinship division, helping accelerate startups from the global leader in petcare. His efforts include the $100M Companion Fund and Leap Venture Studio for early stage companies. Ben joined Mars via the acquisition of Whistle, which he co-founded and was CEO from start until 2018. Whistle catalyzed a connected devices category and today leads the industry with its Whistle 3 pet tracker & activity monitor. Prior to founding Whistle, Ben served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and investment professional with DCM Ventures evaluating startups from seed to growth stages and as a management consultant at Bain & Company, where he worked across technology, private equity and consumer goods. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Yale University.
Chairman & CEO, Vet24seven
Cal Lai is a serial entrepreneur with experience in building and operating marketing, advertising and ecommerce businesses. He is a recognized expert in technology and internet marketing, and is founder and CEO of three marketing focused technology companies with total market capitalization of approximately $200M at their peaks. Cal has an uncanny ability to spot shifts in technology and communication, creating companies that take advantage of market changes.
CEO & President, Chuck Latham & Associates
In 1984 Chuck founded CLA to continue his veterinary and pet passion, and currently holds the position of CEO & Owner. Recently CLA also founded Cactus Compliance to help companies manage their MAP compliance. Chuck has been chairman of NARMS, President of Petsmart Charities, previously a Board Member of PIJAC and a former member of the UT Martin Ag Council. He is currently a Board Member of the APPA.
CEO and Co-Founder, whiskerDocs
Deb Leon is CEO and co-founder of whiskerDocs, the first enterprise level 24/7 pet help line in the United States. whiskerDocs serves 1.2 million pets through its partner clients, including Rover, Pets Best, Pethealth, FIGO, Babel Bark, VCA, SONY PlayStation, News Corp employees (includes Dow Jones and Wall Street Journal companies) and others. Decision support services are delivered via phone, chat, messaging, email and soon veterinary tele-consults via integrated video chat.
Dr. Marshall is a veterinarian and an innovator in the animal health care field. She has served as a member of the Founding Management Team of Banfield Pet Hospitals, VP of Customer Experience and CVO at Trupanion, Inc., Chief Relationship Manager at Sikka Software, Inc. Animal Health Division, Consulting Chief Experience Officer at Principle Imaging Corporation, Co-Founder of Nanoport Technologies, and Founder of Veterinary Health Trends, LLC.
Research Director, Packaged Facts & MarketResearch.com Publishing
David Sprinkle is the research director for Packaged Facts, which publishes syndicated research on U.S. consumer markets, including industry-leading reports on the pet industry. He manages Packaged Facts’ consumer survey and webinar programs, contributes a monthly consumer insights column to Petfood Industry, and provides articles or interviews to pet industry media such as PETS International, PFI (Pet Food Institute) Monitor, and SupplySide Animal Nutrition Insights.
Mark Stephenson, DVM
Chief Veterinary Officer - LifeLearn Animal Health
Mark Stephenson is a 1987 graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. After working for a large 24-hour veterinary hospital in Toronto after graduation, where he practiced general and emergency small animal medicine, Dr. Stephenson acquired Don Valley Veterinary Hospital in East Toronto where he spent 7 years as owner and director. Dr. Stephenson is now Chief Veterinary Officer of LifeLearn and continues to play a significant role in the ongoing development of Sofie and other veterinary practice solutions products while participating in business development and other customer-facing activities. Dr. Stephenson is also currently acting managing Director of VetFolio (joint venture partnership between LifeLearn and NAVC), a world class continuing education platform.
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