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WPA Welcomes New Staff


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The World Pet Association (WPA) recently welcomed new staff members. These individuals, described by officials as “the heart of the organization,” are tasked with supporting the WPA, answering questions, coordinating activities and keeping the association running smoothly.

Khris Berry, who co-owns and operates See Spot Grooming & Daycare facilities in Florida and Kentucky, has been named director of grooming. Berry has earned numerous recognitions, including as a Barkleigh Honors winner in 2017 and multiple Barkleigh Honors nominations such as Contribution to the Industry, Journalist and Speaker of the Year.

Berry is also credited for establishing a platform of education and awareness in animal handling and safety in the pet industry and is an active advocate for fair and effective pet groomer legislation, according to WPA officials.

Berry will transition into the role at the end of the year after Judy Breton retires.

Elizabeth Spivak is the new group sales director at WPA. She brings more than 20 years of sales experience in the trade show and media industry, WPA officials noted. Spivak, who lives in New York, has worked at Clarion UX, Reed Exhibitions and Viacom.

Danielle Sassman will take over as WPA’s senior director of education and membership. Sassman, a current student at the University of Southern California in pursuit of a doctorate of education in organizational change and leadership, has more than 13 years of experience in higher education.

Prior to joining WPA, Sassman served in higher education as an institutional and academic leader at the Musicians Institute (MI) in Los Angeles, where she oversaw compliance, accreditation, program evaluation and review, and online education as the director of compliance and MI online.

In addition, Courtney Harold is attending her first SuperZoo as vice president of sales, marketing and business development. Harold joined the WPA staff in fall 2018, coming in with more than 25 years of experience in the event, lifestyle and manufacturing segments.

Harold has worked for heavy-hitter trade show organizations UBM Fashion (e.g., Magic Marketplace, The Licensing Show) and Emerald Expositions (e.g., Outdoor Retailer, NY Now, Kitchen Expo), where she lead global teams and implemented strategies across the entire event and conference portfolio. Prior to entering the event space, she led Global marketing for Polartec fabrics. Harold started her career in advertising at Hill, Holliday Advertising.

 

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