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Top2Top Conference - 2015 Agenda

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Top2Top Agenda - 2015

7:00PM

Welcome Party
Edge Pool


Wednesday – April 29, 2015


8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast
Orchid Terrace

9:00 AM

Welcome by PIJAC President & CEO, Ed Sayres
Poinsettia Ballroom

As President and CEO of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), Ed Sayres leads the organization’s work to fulfill its mission of promoting responsible pet ownership and animal welfare, protecting the environment and assuring the availability of pets. PIJAC is dedicated to making sure that pets of all kinds receive proper treatment from their owners and the industry.Before joining PIJAC, Ed was Principal of Sayres Consulting, a nonprofit management consulting and philanthropic advisory firm. He was President and CEO of the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) from 2003 to 2013. Under his leadership, the ASPCA significantly increased its brand equity, fundraising, corporate partnerships and mission outcomes. He also introduced and expanded the collaborative no-kill animal shelter model he had developed as President of the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SF/SPCA) from 1998 to 2003. Earlier in his career, Ed was Director of PetSmart Charities, where he formalized and administered the grants program and managed in-store adoptions, leading to the placement of more than 150,000 animals annually. He also headed the Animal Protection Division of the American Humane Association, bringing attention to the importance of managing feral cat populations humanely and promoting the no-kill movement in the national debate on animal sheltering practices. Ed began his career at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, a statewide animal protection agency based in Madison, New Jersey. While President of St. Hubert’s for 14 of his 20 years there, he created the country’s largest humane society-based dog training facility and formed and served as the first president of the Animal Welfare Federation of New Jersey, an alliance of 115 animal advocacy groups. Ed earned a Masters degree in psychology from Sonoma State University. He and his family live in Washington, D.C. and Millbrook, New York with their rescued dog, a poodle mix named Jezebel, and once-stray cat Mr. B.

9:15 AM

Keynote Speaker, President & CEO of Petco, Jim Myers
Poinsettia Ballroom

Jim is Petco’s chief leader, responsible for strategy, direction and overall company performance. He also serves on Petco’s Board of Directors. Since joining the company in 1990, Jim has been a key leader in guiding and growing Petco from a regional player into a leading national pet specialty retail chain. Jim’s first assignment at Petco was Vice President and Controller. He progressed through several leadership roles in Finance, and was promoted to Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer in 1998. He was elected to the company’s Board of Directors in 2000 and promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 2004. Before joining Petco, Jim held a number of positions, including Senior Audit Manager, at the accounting firm KPMG. Jim earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from John Carroll University in Ohio. He serves on the boards of the Retail Industry Leaders Association, John Carroll University and Jack in the Box Inc., a publicly traded restaurant company (NASDAQ: JACK) based in San Diego.

10:15 AM

Networking Break

10:45 AM

Past, Present, and Future of Ferret Legalization Efforts in California | Kevin Pedrotti
Poinsettia Ballroom

J. Kevin Pedrotti began his career in politics and government affairs in 1978, advancing from personal staff to policy staff in the California State Assembly. He first registered as a lobbyist in 1982, and credibly represented both the California Timber Industry and California Hospital Industry before being named as Senior Legislative Advocate for the Sacramento Office of a national law firm. He moved on to become a founding named partner for a credible Sacramento-based lobbying firm specializing in insurance issues. In 2002, Kevin founded JKPedrotti, Inc., representing clients with a diverse base of clients - from Fortune 20 health care companies to trade associations and small business owners. A graduate of California State University at Chico with a degree in Public Administration, Pedrotti is an accomplished age- group runner and Ironman triathlete. His personal best national caliber 2:33 marathon time caused a Sacramento newspaper to once anoint him "Sacramento's Fastest Lobbyist."

11:15 AM

Important Avian Issues in the Pet Industry | Dr. Susan Clubb
Poinsettia Ballroom

Dr. Susan Clubb is the owner of Rainforest Clinic for Birds & Exotics and Hurricane Aviaries in Loxahatchee, Florida. Dr. Clubb is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Avian). Dr. Clubb also serves as an associate adjunct professor at the University of Florida and a staff veterinarian for Jungle Island in Miami, where she has worked since 1988. She also consults for a variety of local and international preserves, rehabilitation and rescue centers, and zoological parks. Dr. Clubb has authored or coauthored over 70 articles and 25 books on avian and exotic animal medicine.

12:30 PM

Networking Lunch
Orchid Terrace

1:30 PM

Digital Presence and Brand Representation | Brian Donahue
Poinsettia Ballroom

A veteran strategist, Brian has developed communications and advertising campaigns for some of Washington’s leading political and advocacy organizations, and helped elect members of Congress and U.S. Senate. He also executed campaigns affecting the top issues facing the business industry, among other private sector clients. Brian has presented media and digital strategy as part of numerous panels and campaign schools. He has been frequently featured in national news outlets including the New York Times, The Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, CNN, Roll Call, The Hill, National Journal, ClickZ and POLITICO. Campaigns & Elections Magazine named him a Rising Star in 2006.

2:30 PM

Bill Dombrowski
Poinsettia Ballroom

Mr. Dombrowski has led the California Retailers Association, one of the most respected trade associations in Sacramento, since 1994. During that time he has developed and overseen the implementation of the retail industry’s legislative agenda in California, addressing such issues as credit regulation, garment manufacturing, privacy, alcohol and tobacco sales. Prior to joining the California Retailers Association, Mr. Dombrowski spent ten years with Carter Hawley Hale Stores, Inc., later known as Broadway Stores, Inc., serving most recently as vice president of corporate affairs. In this position he was responsible for government affairs, media relations, and corporate public relations. From 1980 to 1984 he was with Hill and Knowlton, Inc., a leading public relations agency, working in the financial relations group in Los Angeles. In September 1999, Mr. Dombrowski was appointed by Governor Davis as an employer representative to the five-member Industrial Welfare Commission, which has statutory authority to regulate wage and hour issues in the state, including the state minimum wage and industry-specific overtime exemptions. In March 2000, Mr. Dombrowski was named Chairman of the Commission. Over the years Mr. Dombrowski has been active in a number of business and non-profit organizations, including the Business Roundtable, the California Business Roundtable, the Los Angeles Central Cities Association, and the Los Angeles Urban League. He received his degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin in 1976.

3:00 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM

Market Study: the Aging Pet Owner | Nathan Richter
Poinsettia Ballroom

Nathan Richter is a partner at Wakefield Research, and independent global research consultancy that works with some of the world’s most iconic B2B and consumer brands. Nathan is a thought leader on Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) trends, enterprise technology, and purchase behavior and regularly serves as a resource for media. His work appears frequently in the media, including, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Harvard Business Review, Psychology Today, Forbes, and NPR.

4:30 PM

Awards Ceremony
Poinsettia Ballroom

5:30 PM

Cocktail Party
Valley Promenade


Thursday – April 30, 2015


7:30 AM

Networking Breakfast
Orchard Terrace

8:30 AM

Aquatics Fund | Sandy Moore
Poinsettia Ballroom

Sandy started working for Segrest Farms part time in 1980, collecting and selling native snakes for retail in the pet industry. After college she worked for Dun & Bradstreet for a few years, but came back to fish because she felt that her vocation and avocation should be the same. She has risen through the ranks from box maker, secretary, buyer, purchasing manager, operations manager, and is currently Vice President of Segrest Inc, managing their Florida companies and handling chain store accounts.

9:00 AM

Reptile Politics | Robyn Markland and Chad Brown
Poinsettia Ballroom

The founders of The Reptile Report, Robyn and Chad also founded ShipYourReptiles.com and Pro Exotics Reptiles. They have more than 20 years of experience breeding pythons, boas, colubrids and lizards.
They take great pride in the quality of their reptiles and service they have provided to their reptile customers.

9:30 AM

PIJAC Pet Industry Issues Survey | Michael Meyers
Poinsettia Ballroom

As President of TargetPoint, Michael helps guide the company and maintains a broad range of political and corporate clients. Michael’s past political clients include several presidential campaigns including, most recently, Mitt Romney; Senators Portman, Burr, and Toomey; Governors Corbett, Deal, and Christie; key congressional campaigns including, most recently, Kristi Noem; and ballot campaigns such as the Clean Affordable Renewable Energy initiative in Michigan and Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution. While at TargetPoint, Michael has also worked with a number of corporate and association clients including Wal-Mart, AT&T, Magnolia Pictures / 2929 Entertainment and a number of energy related clients such as DTE / Detroit Edison and the American Petroleum Institute.

10:30 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM

State of the Pet Industry | PIJAC President & CEO, Ed Sayres
Poinsettia Ballroom

As President and CEO of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), Ed Sayres leads the organization’s work to fulfill its mission of promoting responsible pet ownership and animal welfare, protecting the environment and assuring the availability of pets. PIJAC is dedicated to making sure that pets of all kinds receive proper treatment from their owners and the industry. Before joining PIJAC, Ed was Principal of Sayres Consulting, a nonprofit management consulting and philanthropic advisory firm. He was President and CEO of the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) from 2003 to 2013. Under his leadership, the ASPCA significantly increased its brand equity, fundraising, corporate partnerships and mission outcomes. He also introduced and expanded the collaborative no-kill animal shelter model he had developed as President of the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SF/SPCA) from 1998 to 2003. Earlier in his career, Ed was Director of PetSmart Charities, where he formalized and administered the grants program and managed in-store adoptions, leading to the placement of more than 150,000 animals annually. He also headed the Animal Protection Division of the American Humane Association, bringing attention to the importance of managing feral cat populations humanely and promoting the no-kill movement in the national debate on animal sheltering practices.Ed began his career at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, a statewide animal protection agency based in Madison, New Jersey. While President of St. Hubert’s for 14 of his 20 years there, he created the country’s largest humane society-based dog training facility and formed and served as the first president of the Animal Welfare Federation of New Jersey, an alliance of 115 animal advocacy groups. Ed earned a Masters degree in psychology from Sonoma State University. He and his family live in Washington, D.C. and Millbrook, New York with their rescued dog, a poodle mix named Jezebel, and once-stray cat Mr. B.

12:00 PM

Networking Lunch
Orchid Terrace

OR

12:00 PM

Golfers Lunch
Driving Range

1:00 PM

Golf Tournament
Golf Starter Area 1

2:00 PM

Bocce Ball Tournament
Valley Promenade

6:00 PM

Closing Reception
Edge Pool