15th July 2014
Drum Roll Please!
As part of it's annual conference and competition, Women in the Pet Industry Network (WIPIN) recognizes extraordinary women in five pet business categories.
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 these 25 finalists.
panel of four independent judges reviewed and scored nominations for over 50 applicants in the five categories. The judges included a corporate CEO, an IT professional with a major broadcasting company, a former owner of two vocational schools and the founder/owner of two 30-year-old businesses.
Finalists are invited to share their success tips and be honored at a special round table discussion during the WIPIN conference, which runs Aug. 14 through 16 at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Portland, Ore. They will also be featured and their stories shared at the elegant awards show Friday evening August 15th.
The winner in each category and the Woman of the Year will be announced Aug. 16 during the evening ceremony held in conjunction with the conference.
"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," 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. Every finalist does the industry proud.