Local Businesswoman ROBIN BENNETT Is Finalist for Pet Industry Woman of Year Award
Women in the Pet Industry Network (WIPIN) recognizes extraordinary women in five pet business categories, including ROBIN BENNETT, RB CONSULTING, STAFFORD, VA
STAFFORD, VA (July 17, 2014) – Local business woman Robin Bennett of RB Consulting in Stafford has been named a finalist in the annual Pet Industry Woman of the Year Award competition. Bennett, who has been a professional dog trainer for over 20 years, was nominated in the Solopreneur category. She and 24 others will now move on to compete within the categories and, finally, for the 2014 Pet Industry Woman of the Year Award. Winners will be announced Aug. 15 at the Women in the Pet Industry Conference and Awards Show in Portland, Ore.
Award categories include Solopreneur, Entrepreneur, Corporation, Advocate and Rising Star. Five finalists were named in each category. One overall Pet Industry Woman of the Year will be chosen from the 25 finalists.
A panel of four independent judges reviewed and scored nominations for more than 50 applicants in the five categories. This year’s judges include a serial entrepreneur who is also a corporate CEO, an IT professional with a major broadcast company, a former owner of two vocational schools, and the founder/owner of two 30-year-old businesses.
Bennett will sit on a panel of experts, who will participate in a round table discussion on Friday of the WIPIN conference, which runs Aug.14 through 16 at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Portland. She also will be recognized during an evening awards ceremony.
“The Pet Industry Women of the Year Awards were designed to recognize the amazing females who dedicate their time and talents to improving the lives of all pets – dogs, cats, birds, fish, horses and exotics – and their parents/guardians,” said Shawna Schuh, president of WIPIN. “The Awards are a celebration of women who have devoted their lives to the pet industry and shine as beacons of women helping women and pets with passion. Finalist Robin Bennett is a perfect example! It is exciting to honor her and other women of such high caliber with a genuine calling to make the pet industry stronger.”
Robin Bennett is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), author, consultant and expert on the subjects of dog daycare, training and off-leash dog play. In her 20 years in the pet care industry, she has become an advocate of safe interactions between dogs and people and between dogs and other dogs. Robin founded All About Dogs, one of the largest dog training companies in Virginia and grew it from a sole proprietorship to a Corporation that boasts over ten instructors teaching private lessons as well as numerous group classes and behavior modification lessons for shy, fearful and aggressive dogs. Her first book, All About Dog Daycare is the number one reference on opening a dog daycare. Co-author of Off-Leash Dog Play… A Complete Guide to Safety and Fun, and an extensive staff-training program called, Knowing Dogs, she is now making canine body language easy for everyone to understand. Visit www.robinkbennett.com.
About Women in the Pet Industry Network (WIPIN)
Acquired in 2012 by Shawna Schuh, the current President and Chief Pet Wrangler, WIPIN is headquartered near Portland, Ore., and serves a worldwide membership base of women in all sectors of the pet industry. WIPIN helps entrepreneurial women grow their pet-focused businesses through unique networking opportunities, valuable business growth options and online resources.
The All About Growth Conference & Awards Show in August will bring women together to connect, network, and learn how to grow their pet-focused businesses. WIPIN is affiliated with Pet Age Magazine, Black Dog Education, and PetPR.com. With 430 members, and growing daily, WIPIN is the premier networking organization for women in the pet industry, offering its members the opportunity to connect, share and learn from other likeminded professionals. Members share three core philosophies: Give first, grow continuously and connect for reasons that matter. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a member at www.womeninthepetindustry.com/join/. For more information, please visit www.womeninthepetindustry.com, or contact Schuh at 503-970-5774; firstname.lastname@example.org ; or on her blog.
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