Pet Care Trust Welcomes New Board of Trustees Members
The Pet Care Trust, a nonprofit that funds the Pets in the Classroom grant program, has added three pet industry veterans to its Board of trustees: Greg Costanzo, DVM, of PetSmart, holding the at-large seat; Tommy Baroody of Nestlé Purina as the American Pet Products Association (APPA) representative; and Kevin Kurz of Central Pet Distribution as the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) representative.
Dr. Costanzo is responsible for managing pet health, quality and public health aspects related to the birds, small animals, reptiles and amphibians available for sale at more than 1,650 PetSmart stores across the United States and Canada. From managing vendor relationships to overseeing the medical care provided for PetSmart-owned animals, Dr. Costanzo “strives to improve overall pet health and the specialty division’s financial success.”
Baroody currently serves at the vice president and managing director of Nestlé Purina’s U.S. pet specialty division. He started his pet industry career in 1996 at Ralston Purina, where he has since held various management positions. Baroody has also served in leadership positions across multiple industry and community boards.
Kurz currently serves as the vice president of vendor relations for Central Pet Distribution. He has spent the past seven years of his 15-year career in the pet industry with Central Pet Distribution, leading category management and vendor relations. Previously, he served as the director of procurement at Royal Pet Supplies.
Other board members include: Clancy Lavins of Animal Supply Co. as president; Chris Clevers of Hikari Inc. as vice president; and Rand Kollman of Koller Craft as secretary-treasurer.