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Are you a leader in the pet industry? Are you part of the conversation that is forging the future of the industry?

The Pet Industry’s Top2Top Conference provides you with the opportunity to set the course for the future of the industry, gain powerful insights that will make a difference in your business today, and create valuable relationships with other leaders. The Top2Top Conference is your chance to take a step back from your daily routine and immerse yourself in peer-to-peer conversations, forward-thinking sessions, and invaluable networking opportunities that will benefit your business as well as the industry as a whole.

Set in picturesque Amelia Island, Fla., the magnificent ocean views are the perfect setting for one-on-one conversations as well as the planned networking events. You won’t want to miss the steel drum band at the welcome reception on the beach or the golf tournament on the Ocean Links course designed by Bobby Weed.

Not a golfer but still up for a little friendly competition? Join in the fun at the beach tournament where we’ll play some classic beach games like horseshoes and cornhole. The closing reception overlooking the golf course is the perfect location to wind down with colleagues at the end of conference.

The Top2Top Conference sets the wheels in motion for executives to address the issues we face today and participate in solutions to strengthen the industry. The sessions will create thought-provoking conversations at the conference, as well as provide a basis for strengthening the pet industry for years to come. Addressing key issues such as market research and legislative issues impacting your business.

Former Secretary of Transportation and Commerce Norman Mineta will keynote the conference, sharing his vast experience on the ways business executives can ensure their views are properly represented in the government decision-making process. Norman Mineta served in President George W. Bush’s Cabinet as the United States Secretary of Transportation and as President Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Commerce for the last six months of his term, spending six years as a Cabinet member for two Presidents.

With over 30 years of public sector involvement at every level of government, Mineta will address the need for every business executive in the pet industry to become more active in working with elected officials.

Manufacturers, distributors, retailers and animal suppliers are the first line of defense against anti-pet legislation at the local, state and national levels. This engaging session empowers attendees with the tools and techniques needed to turn the tide on anti-pet legislation impacting businesses.

Dr. Candace Croney, Ph.D., associate professor at Purdue University, will discuss the pet industry and Purdue’s efforts to establish science-based dog breeding guidelines for the commercial kennels in the country. She will describe the current need to set higher standards of care for commercially bred animals, the need to certify kennels against the standards and the tremendous benefits that will accrue to the animals, the dog buying public and the breeders themselves.

This must-attend event will be held at the Amelia Island Plantation in Florida on April 23-24, 2014.  Join your fellow industry leaders and be a part of the future of the pet industry.
Register today at pijac.org/Top2Top.

- Cathy Calliotte

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