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PIDA’s 2nd Annual Pet Industry Leadership Conference Scheduled


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The 2nd Annual Pet Industry Leadership Conference, hosted by the Pet Industry Distributors Association, is to take place at Montage Laguna Beach in Southern California.

The 2nd Annual Pet Industry Leadership Conference is scheduled for Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2017, at Montage Laguna Beach in California.

During the inaugural Pet Industry Leadership Conference, more than 250 pet industry leaders representing manufacturing, distribution and retail convened at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Ariz. Put on by the Pet Industry Distributors Association, the week included programming and networking events, and attendees reconnected with industry colleagues, made new contacts and mingled with companies not normally accessible in daily operations.

The conference kicked off with a presentation by Captain Mark Edward Kelly, a retired American astronaut, who talked about his journey to become a NASA astronaut, shared stories of space and home, and revealed the challenges he has overcome. ESPN football analyst Herman “Herm” Edwards Jr. shared his leadership experiences as an NFL player and coach, blending humor and storytelling to engage and inspire the room.

Supplier tabletop exhibits were a new feature to the program and featured 17 service providers of packaging, financial services, marketing campaigns and technology. The tabletop format gave everyone the opportunity to connect with these providers all in one place and to learn more about their services.

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