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The 2020 Pet Industry Leadership Summit Set for January 13-15

The Industry’s Top Executive Event Offers Valuable Networking and Industry Insight


Pet industry executives will gather for the fifth annual leadership event jointly sponsored by APPA, PIDA and WPA on January 13-15, 2020 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, California.  The event formerly known as the Pet Industry Leadership Conference boasts a new name, The Summit, and compressed schedule that gives participants maximum value in a shortened timeframe.

The Summit 2020 provides industry leaders a unique opportunity to break away from the office to enjoy a few days in a casual resort setting that encourages collaborative thinking and provides an abundance of networking opportunities.  The largest conference for pet industry executives is attended by 250+ of the pet industry’s leading voices, including CEO’s, CFO’s, Owners, VP’s Sales and Marketing and other C-Level Executives. “This conference is the opportunity to step aside from the day-to-day minutia of running a business to reflect, listen, discuss and learn the trending issues of our industry,” commented Peter Reid, Marshall Pet Products.  He continues, “It gives me the opportunity to benchmark how we as an organization are performing and where we need to improve.”

The Summit 2020 schedule features world class speakers including Rich Karlgaard, Forbes Publisher and Futurist, speaking on “Trump, Tech, Trade, Turbulence and the 2020 Election” and adventurer racer and firefighter Robyn Benincasa, who will motivate attendees in “Leading Through Change.” Participants will hear from industry leaders at the featured panel discussion, “The Omnichannel Supply Chain—Competing in a Brave New World,” and Summit favorite Brian Beaulieu returns to the keynote stage to share his insight on managing growth in an unsure economy. Breakout sessions will highlight pet trends, advocacy, transparency in the pet industry, and the myths and realities of mergers and acquisitions.

Spending time with industry peers to discuss common problems or simply getting to know someone better could be the breakthrough you need for greater business success. Ample time is dedicated in the schedule for both formal and informal networking to reconnect with peers and forge new industry relationships. According to Trent Green, Rio Grande Service Center, “The best part of the conference is the networking opportunities with other distributors and vendors,” he adds, “this differs from the large trade shows where it isn’t easy to schedule to see everyone you would like to meet with.”  

This event is open to members of the American Pet Products Association (APPA), the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) and the World Pet Association (WPA).  Registration will open in September. The full schedule and registration details can be found online at www.pida.org/summit.

Pida Programs

  • The Power of D
  • Global Pet Expo
  • PetStorePro
  • Pet Industry Leadership Summit

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  • Pijac
  • Pets Classroom
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