Women in the Pet Industry Network Announces the 2017 Finalists for Pet Industry Woman of the Year

August 10, 2017

Women in the Pet Industry Network (WIPIN), a leading organization focused on women entrepreneurs and leaders in the ever-growing pet industry, announced the five finalists in each of the five categories for Pet Industry Woman of the Year: Advocate, Corporate, Entrepreneur, Rising Star and Solopreneur. From these five categories, five women are selected which makes a total of 25 finalists vying for the top spots. A winner in each category will be announced at the Women In The Pet Industry conference and awards show in Portland, Oregon, on September 26.

Here are the women chosen as finalists:

Advocate Category:

Ann Marie Hoff of Ann Marie Hoff

Barbara Zawlocki of Lick Magazine

Beth Miller of Wagtown

Dorothy Wills-Raftery of FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews

Marci Koski of Feline Behavior Solutions


Corporate Category:

Gila Kurtz of Dog is Good

Kate Jones of Platinum Pets

Peggy Hoyt of PetWill

Penny Johnson of Sturdi Products

Stacy Pursell of The VET Recruiter ®


Entrepreneur Cateogry:

Ashley Carestia of Bark Fifth Avenue

Candace D’Agnolo of Pet Boss Nation

Deborah Turner of Federation of Insured Dog Owners, Inc.

Jodi Clock of Clock Timeless Pets | Pet Crematory | Urns | Pet Loss

Robin Brogdon of BluePrints Veterinary Marketing Group, Inc.


Rising Star Category:

Aimee Jurenka of Darwin’s Natural Pet Products

Beth Stultz of Pet Sitters International (PSI)

Carrie Ann Feinberg of Safe Haven Advocate Pet Care & Photography, LLC

Tracy Krulik of ISpeakDog

Rebecca Breese of PetHub


Solopreneur Category:

Amy Shojai of Amy Shojai Consulting

Beke Lubeach of Dog Bone Marketing Solutions

Kelly Ison of Einstein Pets

Leanna Gautney of Country Critters Pet Sitters

Mona Straub of Just Fur Fun

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