April 5, 2017

Bob Vetere, president and CEO of the American Pet Products Association (APPA), announced that Kevin Fick will serve as chairman of the board of directors for the 2017-2018 term.

“Kevin has played an integral role on this Board for the past 4 years,” Vetere said. “We are confident his dedication and industry knowledge will be a great asset to the Board, the Association and ultimately our members and the entire pet industry.”

Fick is CEO of Worldwise, Inc., an industry leader of smart, stylish, and environmentally responsible pet products and solutions. According to a press release, Worldwise believes that sustainable living is easier when it’s a natural choice. Brands such as SmartyKat, TrustyPup, Petlinks, kathy ireland Loved Ones, goDog, Hear Doggy!, SHERPA, and Guaranteed On-Board, have been constantly evolving through innovative, solution-based and proprietary product designs that make it easy and affordable for you to satisfy your pet’s most important needs.

“I am thrilled to be working closer with Bob and the entire APPA Board to make a difference in the industry and continue to drive the successes we’ve achieved to date,” Fick said. “We’ve already identified a number of exciting initiatives that we believe will elevate the health and care of pets, the industry and APPA members alike. “

Fick joined the APPA Board in 2013 and has over 17 years of experience in the pet industry. Prior to joining Worldwise, he worked for EK Success and Central Garden and Pet. Fick obtained his Bachelor of Science from the University of Northern Iowa.

Chuck Latham of H & C Animal Health, will serve as Secretary/Treasurer and Bob Merar, President of Exclusively Pet, is Immediate Past President.

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