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APPA Announces Pet Industry’s First Young Professionals Group

Pet Age Staff//December 9, 2015//

APPA Announces Pet Industry’s First Young Professionals Group

Pet Age Staff //December 9, 2015//

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The American Pet Products Association (APPA) has established the APPA Young Professionals (YPs), the pet industry’s first group for young professionals.

The mission of the group is to promote career path development of young professionals in the pet industry through networking opportunities.

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

It will officially debut at Global Pet Expo 2016, where the group will co-host a breakfast with the APPA Professional Women’s Network (PWN).

“With more young people entering the industry, we expect continued growth and support for the group in the coming year,” said Kaitlin Simonfay, APPA associate manager of association operations. “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. For details, please visit