GROOMING SPEAKER BIOS
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Robin Bennett , CPDT-KA, RB Consulting
Robin Bennett, CPDT-KA, is an author and consultant on dog daycare and training with 20 years of involvement in the pet care industry. Her book, All About Dog Daycare, is the number one reference on owning a daycare, and Off-Leash Dog Play provides instruction with supervising dogs in playgroups. www.RobinKBennett.com.
Diane Betelak, NCMG, Heads and Tails Professional Dog Grooming
Diane Betelak, is a certifier for National Dog Groomers Association of America (NDGAA). Diane has multiple Best in Shows and Best All-Around Groomer. She was on GroomTeam USA in 1996 and went to Milan, Italy, where she won Best in Show, which helped the USA team, which helped the USA team win the gold. Diane is the international grooming consultant for Andis. She has shown Standard Poodles in conformation and obedience since 1987.
Barbara Bird, Transformation Pet Center
Author of “Beyond Suds and Scent”, Barbara is renowned for her ability to make difficult subjects understandable. Her grooming career spans four decades, and she has been a featured speaker at events in the US, UK, and Australia. Barbara’s writing has been acknowledged multiple Cardinal Crystal Achievement Awards and Barkleigh Honors Awards.
Susan Briggs, Crystal Canine
Susan Briggs, founder of Crystal Canine, offering business management tools customized for the pet industry, also co-founded The Dog Gurus. The Dog Gurus provides safe dog play instruction for Groomers. Susan’s focus to establish professional care quality standards led her to co-found the Professional Animal Care Certification Council.
Beth Christiano, Pretty Paws LLC
Beth has dedicated 20 years to the pet-care industry. Beth owns Pretty Paws LLC, headquartered in Harrison, N.Y. She teaches grooming techniques, management skills, safety and Pet First Aid. She provides international professional consultation to groomers and other entrepreneurs. Beth is a Certified Master PetTech Instructor.
Jonathan David, Lap of Luxury Dog Spa
Jonathan David has been the recipient of multiple scissoring awards, multiple Best All Around Groomer awards and Best In Show earning him a position on GroomTeam USA in 2008 and 2009. Jonathan was also a contestant on Animal Planets “Groomer Has It” and has been featured as a grooming expert on multiple television shows. Currently, Jonathan owns and operates his salon, Lap Of Luxury Dog Spa in Delray Beach Florida and is a board member of multiple dog clubs.
Teri DiMarino CMG, NCMG, ISCCMS, DiMarino and Associates
Teri has owned successful salons and mobiles in Florida and California. Teri was a member of three GroomTeam USA Gold Medal teams. A multi Barkleigh Honors Award and Cardinal Crystal Award winner, Teri is a popular speaker and judge at seminars and trade shows across the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Korea, China and Australia. Teri has written for all of the grooming industry publications, calling Barkleigh Productions home.
Linda Easton, International Professional Groomers
Linda Easton, ICMG, is President of International Professional Groomers. As a competitive groomerher wins include Best in Show and Best All-Around Groomer. She began grooming and showing dogs in 1973. As a professional handler Easton finished over 60 champions in many breeds, from Poodles to Newfoundland’s.
Danelle German, CFMG, CFCG, National Cat Groomers Institute of America
Danelle German, CFMG, CFCG, founder and president of the National Cat Groomers Institute of America and the world’s first feline-exclusive grooming school, speaks worldwide on a wide variety of cat grooming topics. Danelle has authored books, study guides, certification standards, and articles for various publications and is the inventor of the Catty Shack Vac™ drying system as well as Chubbs Bars shampoo for pets.
Betty Huang, Aishin Pet Grooming Salon
Betty Huang was born in Taiwan and has been involved in the grooming industry since 1993. She Attended Starwood Arts of Dog Grooming School in Thailand. Betty is known internationally for her creative grooming designs. She has spoken in seminars in China, Taiwan, and across Europe. Betty is the Owner/Founder of Aishin Pet Grooming Salon in Taiwan.
Judy Hudson, Grooming Tails Mobile
Judy Hudson, is owner of Grooming Tails Mobile Pet Grooming in Nashville, TN. Judy is a Certified Pet Tech Instructor, Multiple BIS Competitive Groomer, Award winning former Groom Team USA Member, International Pet Industry Speaker and Judge, as well as a Certifier for NDGAA and an Ambassador for Oster Professional Products.
Dr. Micah Kohles, Oxbow Animal Health
Dr. Micah Kohles received his DVM from Kansas State University in 2001 and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2010. Dr. Kohles practiced in Colorado for 2 years before returning the Nebraska Animal Medical Center and Lincoln Children’s Zoo. In 2006 he joined Oxbow Animal Health as Director of Veterinary Science & Outreach. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Nebraska and has worked with multiple zoological Institutions.
Pam Lauritzen, International Society of Canine Cosmetologists
Pam Lauritzen has been a leader and pioneer in the Pet Styling Industry for over 30 years. She is a judge, lecturer, author and trade show manager. She was selected by her peers to be the first certifier in the Industry. Pam is president of the International Society of Canine Cosmetologists and she continues to develop pet styling techniques that improve the speed, quality and productivity of the stylist.
Jennifer Lee, International Grooming Academy
Jennifer Lee, a member of the GroomTeam USA traveling team has won over 70 grooming awards, including the Best in Show at GroomExpo and multiple BIS and BAA awards. One of the highlights of her career was to win the Best in Show at GroomExpo with the title Groom Olympic World Champion. Lee is a USA and EGA All Round Judge and international speaker.
Umberto Lehmann, European Groomers Association
Umberto started his grooming career in 1980 and has won gold and silver medals in the USA, Europe and Canada in all competing classes. He was member of the Italian Team that won third place in the World Team Championship at Intergroom 1996. In 1987, Umberto received the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Award as International Groomer of the Year. He has judged more than 120 International competitions and has done more than 200 demonstrations all over the world. He is currently President of the European Groomers Association and Organizer of MilanGroom and the Oster European Tournament.
Rob Nager, Decadent Dog
Rob Nager is the Founder & Top Dog of DECADENT DOG, established in 2002. Named 2008 International Pet Sitter of the Year, Nager is an author, speaker and a Master Instructor in Pet CPR/First Aid. Universally recognized as an expert in customer service, Rob Nager is zealously dedicated to excellence.
Dawn Omboy, Klippers
Known to the Industry as “The Queen of Color,” Dawn brings both color and excitement to everyday grooming, with over 30 awards from her competition days she also holds 4 Cardinal Crystal Award nominations , 1 Barkleigh Award and 3 covers of Groomer to Groomer Magazine. She is an international Industry Speaker, Judge and Creative consultant..
Mary Oquendo, Pawsitive Educational Training
Mary Oquendo is a Certified Master Pet Tech Instructor and recipient of the 2012 David Salzberg Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Pet Industry. Mary is a columnist for Groomer To Groomer Magazine and East Coast Chair of the Professional Cat Groomers Association of America. In addition, Mary is a Reiki Master and Advanced Crystal Master
Kendra Otto, The UpScale Tail
Kendra is an International Pet Styling Consultant for the Andis Company teaching seminars and blogging tips for pet stylists. She teaches seminars worldwide and is an International Judges Association certified judge and a United Show Managers Alliance certified judge. She is a certified pet stylist through National Dog Groomers Association of America, the International Professional Groomers Association and will continue on to become a master and certifier for them. She served as the secretary and is currently a board member for GroomTeam USA. She is the co-owner of The UpScale Tail located in Naperville, IL.
Barbara Prueckel, Doggie Style Inc.
Prueckel began competing in 1996 and has won multiple Best in Show and Best All Around Groomer awards on three continents. She began her judging career in 2003 with the European Grooming association and has had the pleasure of speaking and judging in Canada, Brazil, USA, Japan, India, France, England, Italy, Belgium, and Germany. She enjoys sharing the knowledge she has gained from groomers worldwide.
Kathy Rose, Pets of Perfection
Kathy’s contest career garnered her a place on GroomTeam USA on four consecutive traveling teams. She is a lecturer and contest judge throughout the world. Kathy’s salon, Pets of Perfection, in Boynton Beach Florida, has adorned the cover of Groomer to Groomer Buyers Guide. Kathy is a regular columnist for Groomer to Groomer magazine.
Jay Scruggs, Here Comes the Groom Mobile
Jay owns Here Comes the Groom mobile in Tennessee. Jay has won multiple BIS and BAA awards. Jay was on the Gold Medal winning GroomTeam in 2001. He has won American Groomer of the Year 2001, Best All Around American Groomer at InterGroom 2002, Groomer of the Year Award at Westminster Dog Show in 2002 and GroomTeam 2003. Jay is National spokesperson for The Coat Handler and has his own line of scissors, JS Shears. He is also a Wahl Clipper Corp. representative. Jay has won two Barkleigh Honors.
Christine Speerin, The Grooming School
Christine Speerin is the owner of The Grooming School in Australia and a member of the first Australian Groom Team. Christine has judged regularly around the world since 2007. Her work has been featured on prime time television and mainstream print and she is a “Grooming Ambassador“ for Nestle Purina & Andis.
Collin Taylor, Colin Taylor Academy
Colin Taylor, ICMG, is an International Judge and Speaker, and founder of the Colin Taylor Academy. He has won many BIS and BAA Awards and was a member of GroomTeam USA for many years. Colin’s goal is to bring the same level of excitement and energy to the dog grooming industry worldwide that we have here in the USA. Colin is also the author of What Would Colin Do? 101 Situations and Solutions for Every Dog Groomer..
Melissa Verplank, Learn2GroomDogs.com
Melissa Verplank, with over 30 years of experience in the pet industry has won numerous awards on both national and international levels. She runs multiple businesses including: The Paragon School of Pet Grooming, a luxury boarding facility called Whiskers Resort & Pet Spa, White Dog Enterprises which created the award winning books, Notes From the Grooming Table and Theory of Five, plus Learn2GroomDogs.com, an online educational video library for pet grooming. She was a member of GroomTeam USA, later the Team Coordinator and sat on the Board of Directors. Ms. Verplank is an industry speaker, author, contest grooming judge and two time Cardinal Crystal Achievement winner and three time Barkleigh Honors Award winner.
Dr. Jim Warner, International Professional Groomers
“Dr. Jim” is a 2nd generation chiropractor, author and speaker who has trained doctors in 42 states and 13 countries. He has worked with elite athletes and grooming professionals specializing in self-help techniques. He is a certified “Book Yourself Solid™” coach providing management consulting, marketing and communication training.
Sue Zecco, The Pampered Pet Grooming Salon
Sue a NCMG, IPCMG and Member of Groom Team USA, has numerous competition wins including Intergroom’s International Groomer of the Year and Oster’s Invitational Grand Champion. Sue was the recipient of 7 Cardinal Awards, Spokesperson for Wahl Clipper Corporation, contest judge, speaker and demonstrator around the world. Sue and family breed Standard Poodles (“Dreamcatcher”) and own The Pampered Pet Grooming Salon in Paxton, MA. Sue has won two Barkleigh Honors.
Joe Zuccarello, Cosmos Corporation
Joe started his career as a bather/brusher. As VP of Operations (1989-2008) at Kennelwood Pet Resorts, Joe was responsible for a staff of 200 at six facilities with Grooming Spas, Training Academy’s, Grooming Instruction Programs, and the build out and startup of new locations. In 2008, Joe joined Cosmos Corporation a manufacturer. Joe holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and is a Professor of Graduate and Undergraduate business administration courses at Fontbonne University in St. Louis. Joe is an International Speaker and Independent Consultant.