Mark Smith, president of Frontier Distributing Inc., in Oxford, Michigan, was elected chairman of the board during the Pet Industry Distribution Association’s (PIDA) annual business meeting in Laguna Beach, California. Smith has served on the PIDA board since 2011 and was previously vice chairman. He succeeds Scott Rath, who chaired the association’s board for two years. Rath will continue on the board as immediate past chairman.
“As a distributor, I value my membership in PIDA as an essential contributor to my company’s success,” Smith said. “I am honored to lead this organization and will work with the board and staff to continue PIDA’s legacy of service to distributors and our trading partners.”
Other officers elected to serve in 2017 are Jeff Boyd of Lee-Mar Aquarium & Pet Supplies in Vista, California, as vice chairman and Craig Brummell of Essex Topcrop Sales in Essex, Ontario, Canada as secretary-treasurer.
Peter Reid, Marshall Pet, Wolcott, New York, was elected to serve a three-year term as a director. He previously served on the board from 1996 to 2005 and was president of PIDA in 2002 and 2003. Reid will represent live animal wholesalers on the PIDA board.
Continuing on the board are Jim Bradley, Bradley Caldwell, Inc.; Rob Chouinard, Phillips Feed & Pet Supply; Ryan Judge, Southeast Pet; and Clancy Lavins, Animal Supply Co.