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American Pet Products Association Announces Staff Promotions


January 10, 2020

Press release: American Pet Products Association

American Pet Products Association (APPA) CEO Steve King is pleased to announce three staff promotions: Tracey Wilson as associate director, special events and meetings; Chris Bonifati, CEM as manager, attendee services; and Corinne Stoutenberg as manager, industry relations.

Wilson is responsible for a wide variety of tasks associated with planning and executing Global Pet Expo, including vendor management, coordinating meeting rooms for exhibitors and overseeing the largest new products showcase of any pet industry trade show. Wilson is one of the association’s longest serving employees, having been with APPA since January 2000. She previously served as senior show manager, special events and meetings. Wilson earned her bachelor of science in hotel/restaurant management from the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut, and she is a member of the International Association for Exhibition Management (IAEE), the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA).

Having previously served as assistant manager, attendee services, Bonifati has been with APPA since February 2015. He manages Global Pet Expo buyer registration, maintains the buyer database, provides in-depth attendee analytics, and oversees the attendee qualification process on-site at the trade show.  He completed IAEE’s Certified Exhibition Management (CEM) program in September 2019 and graduated with the certification in December.  Bonifati earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston College and is a member of the IAEE Young Professionals.

In her role, Stoutenberg manages APPA board of directors’ engagement and meeting planning, overseeing and executing all meeting functions for board meetings as well as other industry-related initiatives. She also manages Global Pet Expo exhibitor registration, oversees registration logistics on-site at the trade show, and is responsible for the development of Global Pet Expo’s official show directory. Stoutenberg has been with APPA since March 2017, having previously served as associate manager, industry relations. She received her bachelors degree from SUNY Purchase College, and she is a member of American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE).

“We are thrilled to be promoting these three team members that all play integral roles in the continued growth and success of the association and Global Pet Expo,” said King.  “We look forward to their future contributions and accomplishments at APPA.”

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