After 28 years of working with PIDA, I will be leaving the organization to succeed Bob Vetere as CEO of the American Pet Products Association next year. It was a difficult decision and one not taken lightly. PIDA is a wonderful organization and I have gotten to know many of you as friends and colleagues. Fortunately, PIDA and APPA work closely together as co-sponsors of Global Pet Expo and the Pet Industry Leadership Conference. We jointly support PIJAC, the Pet Care Trust, the Pet Leadership Council and HABRI, along with many other industry initiatives. In my new role, I hope to foster these commitments and look for other opportunities for cooperation that strengthens the pet care community.
The PIDA Board of Directors, under the leadership of Chairman Mark Smith, will work over the next few months to determine the best way forward and ensure that PIDA continues to meet the needs of wholesaler distributors and their suppliers and customers.
Thank you for the privilege of serving you for the past three decades. It has been a pleasure every day working with a terrific staff, a committed board and a supportive membership. I look forward to seeing you at future industry events.