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PIJAC Welcomes 2 New Board Members

Posted: April 9, 2014, 4:40 p.m. EDT


 Joe Watson and John Mack
Joe Watson, top, and John Mack
Petland CEO Joe Watson and reptile breeder John Mack have joined the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council’s board of directors.

Watson filled an open seat while Mack replaced 10-year board member Bill Brant of The Gourmet Rodent, the organization reported Tuesday.

"Both Joe and John understand the challenges the pet industry faces as legislative threats multiply, as well as the potential adverse effect on the entire industry,” said Ken Oh, president and CEO of Washington, D.C.-based PIJAC. "Each brings a unique perspective to the PIJAC board, ensuring our capability of protecting and representing the entire pet industry from harmful regulations and legislation.”

As president and CEO of Petland, Watson oversees pet store franchises stretching from the United States, Canada and Mexico to Japan, South Africa and China. The Chillicothe, Ohio, company has more than 80 U.S. stores.

Mack is the founder and CEO of Reptiles by Mack, a Xenia, Ohio, breeder and wholesaler that provides hundreds of pet stores with snakes, bearded dragons, geckos and other exotic animals.

Re-elected to the PIJAC board were Oh, the general manager of WF Young Inc.’s Pet Care Division, and secretary-treasurer Andy Ponte, the vice president of North American sales for United Pet Group.

Greg Cyr of Central Garden and Pet Co. was named second vice chairman, replacing Rolf Hagen Jr., who will remain on the board.

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