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PIJAC Gears Up for Global Pet Expo


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Global Pet Expo, which will be held in Orlando, Fla., March 21-23, is one of the pet industry’s biggest shows—and for the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), it’s a great opportunity to meet with members so we can do our job better.

Whether you are a PIJAC member or not, we invite you to several events at we are hosting at the Orange County Convention Center.

First, on Tuesday, March 20, we will host our Annual Membership Meeting and Board of Directors’ Meeting from 1 to 5 p.m., in Room W208B. The meeting will include normal business items, as well as updates from PIJAC staff on legislative, educational, public-private partnerships, communications and other goings-on. The results of this year’s board elections will also be announced and new officers will be seated.

We will also reboot our annual PIJAC Industry Awards. As the industry’s advocacy and legislative voice, we believe it is important for everyone to see that it takes the entire trade to succeed— and award recipients are those who went above and beyond to support the industry’s legislative and regulatory efforts.

Finally, PIJAC will host a reception as soon as the Annual Meeting ends, from 5 to 6 p.m. We invite all members and guests to attend and chat with us before the show kicks off on Wednesday, March 21. 

As you walk the show floor, be sure to look at our columns in the show dailies on Days 2 and 3. One provides important information on Pet Night on Capitol Hill, an annual event in Washington D.C. that this year will be accompanied by the first-ever industry fly-in day, when you can meet with Members of Congress and their staff to show them who we are and what we do! The other column addresses how PIJAC’s committees and public-private partnerships match industry leaders and experts in other areas for a better future for animal care. 

PIJAC is proud to once again attend Global. We look forward to seeing you at booth No. 2412 and around the floor!


Mike Bober is president and CEO of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC). PIJAC members include retailers, companion animal suppliers, manufacturers, wholesale distributors, manufacturers’ representatives, pet hobbyists and other trade organizations.

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