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APPA Young Professionals to Host Breakfast at Global Pet Expo


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The American Pet Products Association (APPA), organizer of Global Pet Expo, has announced a special education session and breakfast hosted by the APPA Young Professionals (YPs), featuring world-renowned economist and dynamic speaker Connor Lokar. This exclusive event is set to take place during Global Pet Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, March 22, at 7:45 a.m.

“As future leaders of the pet industry, it is important that young professionals have a firm understanding of the economy and its impact on the pet industry,” said Kaitlin Simonfay-Stewart, manager of trade show operations for APPA and a founding member of the APPA YPs. “Connor Lokar’s economic insight, forecasting expertise and ability to easily connect with the next generation make him the ideal speaker to address the subject.”

During the session, Lokar will share a detailed analysis of what to expect from the economy in 2019 and beyond, covering topics such as pet industry trends, business-to-business activity, trade, labor market trends, inflation, interest rates and more.

Lokar is a program economist at ITR Economics. With speaking engagements around the world, he provides economic consulting services for businesses, trade associations and Fortune 500 companies across a spectrum of industries.

As the pet industry’s first-ever young professionals organization, the APPA YPs’ mission is to promote career path development of young professionals in the pet industry through networking and education opportunities, according to officials for the organization.

The YPs’ event will be open to all registered Global Pet Expo attendees. For more information on this event and Global Pet Expo, visit globalpetexpo.org. 

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