Cardinal Crystal Awards
Often likened to the “Oscars” but for pet grooming, the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards are considered to be among the highest honor pet groomers can receive.
The 2015 winners of Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards were revealed at a special SuperZoo ceremony on Tuesday, July 21, in Las Vegas.
What makes the annual awards so coveted is that people in the pet grooming industry are nominated by their peers who also vote on the eventual winners.
There are six categories: American Groomer of the Year, International Groomer of the Year, Grooming Contest Judge of the Year, David G. Salzberg Award, Mobile Groomer of the Year and the Congeniality Award.
The Cardinal Crystal American Groomer of the Year is Lindsey Dicken of Fetching Canine Grooming and Boutique in Longwood, Fla.
Stephen Kropf of Bark Avenue Professional Dog Grooming of Kitchener, Ontario, was named International Groomer of the Year.
The Grooming Judge of the Year went to Scott Wasserman of Smoochie Pooch in Valparaiso, Ind.
Sue Zecco of The Pampered Pet in Worcester, Mass., got the Congeniality Award.
The Mobile Groomer of the Year honors went to Lisa Leady, Professional Pet Styling by Lisa, Genoa, Ill.
David G. Salzberg founded of The Village Groomer in Walpole, Mass., in 1969 and became a popular speaker on the grooming circuit; he exemplified the best of grooming profession.
The David G. Salzberg Award is named in Salzberg’s memory and is a humanitarian award given to the individual, individuals or organizations that give back.
Groomers for Groomers Fund—groomers donating money and items to other groomers in need—was chosen for the 2015 David G. Salzberg Award.
To donate to Groomers to Groomers Fund, go to Facebook.com/groomersforgroomers.
Congratulations to this year’s class of Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Award winners.
Pictured: Winners of 2015 Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards, from left, Sue Zecco, Lisa Leady, representative for Groomer to Groomer Fund, Lindsey Dicken; Stephen Kropf and Scott Wasserman not pictured.