June 3, 2014

Joe Watson of Petland, Inc. and John Mack of Reptiles by Mack, were unanimously elected to the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council’s board of directors.

“Both Joe and John understand the challenges the pet industry faces as legislative threats multiply, as well as the potential adverse effect on the entire industry,” Ken Oh, president and CEO of PIJAC, said. “Each bring a unique perspective to the PIJAC Board, ensuring our capability of protecting and representing the entire pet industry from harmful regulations and legislation.”

Watson is the president and CEO of Petland, where he started as vice president of operations and then served as COO. Prior to joining Petland in November 2005, he served as vice president for the telecommunications firm Horizon, where he oversaw sales, marketing and retail operations under the Sprint brand.

Mack is the founder, CEO and owner of Reptiles by Mack. Founded in 1985, Reptiles by Mack is one of the largest breeders, wholesalers and suppliers of captive-bred reptiles in the United States.  Mack has grown his company from a simple husband-and-wife team operating out of their home, to a massive complex with a full-time staff of animal care technicians. Reptiles by Mack helped spearhead the captive-breeding push in reptile sales, representing a fundamental shift in the way reptiles and amphibians entered the pet trade.

Also at the meeting, Oh, who in addition to his PIJAC responsibilities is general manager of the Pet Care Division for WF Young, and Andy Ponte, PIJAC secretary/treasurer and vice president of North American sales for United Pet Group, were re-elected to serve another term.

Greg Cyr of Central Garden and Pet was appointed 2nd vice chair. Rolf Hagen, Jr., who previously held the position, will remain on the PIJAC board of directors.

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