March 7, 2013

Tony La Russa, former baseball manager, will speak at the Pet Industry’s Top2Top Conference on April 23-26 in Napa, Calif.

La Russa is a three-time book author and a successful manager that won six pennants and three World Series championships.

He will reveal behind-the-scenes details and inspiring revelations about overcoming adversity and beating the odds to emerge a champion.

Regarded as one of baseball’s top managers, La Russa took a team that was 10 ½ games behind, riddled with injuries, mishaps and roadblocks, and led his team through an amazing recovery, and the ultimate victory – the 2011 World Series Championship.  Conference attendees will feel like they are in the locker room and dugout as La Russa recounts his journey in 2011, and shares his stories from 50 years in America’s iconic sport, baseball.

The 2011 World Series was La Russa’s second Cardinals championship, and the third in his managerial career. His honors also include four Manager of the Year awards, eight National League (N.L.) Central Division titles, three N.L. pennants, five American League (A.L.) Western Division titles, and three A.L. pennants. In 2012, the Cardinals retired Tony’s number 10 uniform. Tony retired from the Cardinals in 2011, and is currently on special assignment to Major League Baseball. He and his wife, Elaine, co-founded the Animal Rescue Foundation in Walnut Creek, California, where he is Chairman of the Board.

Introducing La Russa will be Elena Bicker, executive director of Animal Rescue Foundation. Bicker committed to ARF in 1993 as a volunteer, and, after a term as director of marketing, became the organization’s executive director in 2006.

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council provides its members a voice in state and national legislative issues through advocacy and timely information regarding upcoming policy issues that affect the pet industry, pet owners, and the animals they care for.

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