Special Events Happening at Global Pet Expo

While this is The Show That Means Business, we do have some special events that are quite entertaining. Take a look and plan to attend:

The Petworking Receptio
Wednesday, March 22 | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Hall A – Registration Concourse Level One,
Orange County Convention Center 

Business is built by relationships and we want you to have every opportunity to meet everyone at the show.  Our fabulous FREE Networking Reception gives you the time and place to rub elbows with people you might never have another opportunity to meet.  Have a drink, some eats and mix it up with new friends and old.

No registration is required but please wear your badge to the event.

The event is sponsored by Pets Add Life.

Retailer Excellence AwardsIndustry Breakfast & Retailer Excellence Awards Ceremony
Thursday, March 23 |8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
Valencia Ballroom, 4th Floor, Orange County Convention Center

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this is no exception. Start the day with a wonderful meal and attend the presentation of Global Pet Expo and Pet Business Media’s Retailer Excellence Awards ceremony.

No registration is required but please wear your badge to the event.

Each year, the Retailer Excellence Awards honor outstanding pet stores in a variety of categories. Awards will be given to one retailer in each of the ten different award categories:

  • Best Overall Single-Store Retailer
  • Best Overall Multi-Unit Retailer – 2-10 Locations
  • Best Over Multi-Unit Retailer – 10+ Locations
  • Best Live Animal Specialty Store
  • Merchandising Excellence Award
  • Multi-Service Excellence Award
  • Marketing Excellence Award
  • Customer Service Award
  • Excellence in Store Design Award

New Products Showcase Awards Ceremony
Thursday, March 23 | 5:00 PM – 6:00 P
Show Floor in the New Products Showcase

If you really want to be up on new trends and hot products for 2017, make a plan to attend the annual New Products Showcase Awards Presentation.

Each year, more and more manufacturers wait to launch their new products in the New Products Showcase so they have a chance to win first place in the Best in Show contest. The media attention our awards get is incredible and long lasting.

Nine winners will receive a Best in Show award in the following categories:

  • Aquatics
  • Bird
  • Boutique
  • Cat
  • Dog
  • Natural Pet
  • Small Animal
  • Reptile
  • Point-of-Purchase Display

APPA Professional Women’s Network Breakfast
Friday, March 24 | 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
Room W209

Guest speaker: Dr. Dani McVety

Home is where the heart is: Bringing hospice care into the homes of those that need it the most.

Join the APPA Professional Women’s Network and the APPA Young Professionals for a complimentary breakfast buffet and special presentation by Dr. Dani McVety.

Dr. McVety is Co-Founder and CEO of Lap of Love and co-host of PetCareTV.  She frequently writes and speaks for professional and lay audiences in hopes of empowering both parties to seek the highest standards of care.  Her talks have quickly garnered the reputation of being “fantastically hilarious,” “bringing humor where it’s needed most,” “incredibly inspiring,” and “simply authentic.”  In her talks, Dr. McVety shares her struggles through veterinary school, how she found her passion in the emergency room, why she felt a calling in the toughest moments of medicine, and how her and her business partner have grown a nationally recognized business.  As a certified body language instructor, one of her favorite topics is communication.  “Communication is the heart of all that we do; it is lifeblood of all our interactions.”


The Show That Means Business is happening March 22-24, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. For more information, visit the website.

Retailer Excellence Award Winners Announced at Global Pet Expo 2013

We’re proud to announce the winners of the Second Annual Global Pet Expo Retailer Excellence Awards. The Awards Ceremony took place at the Show’s Pet Industry Breakfast, Thursday, February 21, 2013. The Retailer Excellence Awards are designed to honor outstanding independent pet stores in a variety of categories. The following retailers received designated awards in each of the 10 different categories:

West Lebanon Feed & Supply of West Lebanon, NH

Best Overall Single-Store Retailer: Awarded to Curt and Sharon Jacques, this award recognizes a single-store retailer for excelling in sales, customer service, store design, merchandising and community service.

Paws Natural Pet Emporium of Richland, WA

Best Overall Multi-Unit Retailer (less than 10 stores): Awarded to Doyle and Dorothy Hunter, this award recognizes multi-unit retailers with less than 10 stores for excelling in sales, customer service, store design, merchandising and community service.

Kriser’s of Chicago, IL

Best Overall Multi-Unit Retailer (more than 10 stores): Awarded to Brad Kriser and Ken Grouf, this award recognizes multi-unit retailers with more than 10 stores for excelling in sales, customer service, store design, merchandising and community service.

Absolutely Fish of West Clifton, NJ

Best Live-Animal Specialty Store: Awarded to Patrick Donston, this award recognizes excellence in sales, promotion, display, concern and knowledge of a dedicated live-animal category.

Treats Unleashed of Chesterfield, MO

Merchandising Excellence Award: Awarded to Teresa and Ian Miller, this award recognizes their outstanding creative techniques to promote sales and services.

Healthy Spot of Santa Monica, CA

Multi-Service Excellence Award: Awarded to Andrew Kim and Mark Boonnark, this award recognizes their effective offering of a broad spectrum of services including grooming, training, boarding, etc.

TailsSpin of Savannah, GA

Marketing Excellence Award:Awarded to Jusak Yang Bernhard and Jeffrey Manley, this award honors effective execution in sales and promotional techniques to increase sales and customers including the use of advertising, public relations, social media and more.

Chew On This Dog Barkery of Frankfort, IL

Customer Service Excellence Award: Awarded to Teresa Kara, this award recognizes an unmatched level of customer service, demonstrates familiarity with products and services, etc.

Royal Pets Market & Resort of Carollwood, FL

Excellence in Store Design Award: Awarded to Denise Wolin-Gore and Joe Gore, this award honors excellence in overall store design including merchandising displays, store layout, curb appeal and more.

Chuck & Don’s of Mahtomedi, MN

Community Service Award: Awarded to Chuck Anderson and Bob Hartzell, this honor recognizes fellowship, integrity and a clear demonstration that the store is committed to giving back to the community.

Entries were judged by a committee consisting of Global Pet Expo media, staff, members, as well as a panel of select retailers. For more information about the Show, please visit www.globalpetexpo.org.