Newly Formed PIE Slices Up Business Savvy for Pet Industry Entrepreneurs
Jim Dougherty (pictured), founder of PetSmart and Petsense and a 33-year pet industry veteran, announced the formation of Pet Industry Experts LLC (PIE), a company whose primary focus is “to assist inventors of truly innovative pet products that add value to the pet industry.”
PIE will provide such services as venture capital funding, acquisition and merger guidance, international sourcing, and strategic planning for marketing and sales, offering a “one-stop solution” for manufacturing, warehousing, marketing and distribution, according to the company.
Dougherty, along with two other founding partners, John Gibbons, a 27-year industry veteran with expertise in analysis, strategic planning and tactical leadership in building pet companies, and Phil Cooper, a 47-year industry veteran versed in international and domestic sourcing to marketing and sales. The group’s youngest partner, Trevor Jensen, is a venture capital specialist and pet industry entrepreneur.
The company’s advisory board includes Bob Moran, former PetSmart CEO; Steve Marton, chairman of Halo, Purely for Pets and former COO of Hill’s Pet Nutrition; and Christian Salaman, a San Diego-based partner with Pillsbury’s international law firm whose expertise ranges from mergers and acquisitions for the industry’s biggest companies to financing and other strategic transactions for startups.
“PIE has knowledge and resources acquired through over 150 combined years of experience in the pet industry,” said Dougherty. “We want to use our expertise and connections to help new and existing companies be more successful. There is no better way to keep an industry vibrant than to help individuals and companies realize their potential and achieve greater success.”
For more information, visit petindustryexperts.com.