Donie Yamamoto

Donie Yamamoto

Donie Yamamotois is the founder of Vital Pet Life, a curated line of clean Pet Wellness products, based in Los Angeles. She feels fortunate to combine her two loves; animals and her entrepreneurial drive. In 2017, she started Vital Pet Life when she could not find a soothing, all-natural product…

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Chelsea Rivera

Chelsea Rivera

Chelsea Rivera co-founded Honest Paws and currently serves as Head of Content for the brand. Chelsea graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Radio-Television-Film & Advertising. Her role at Honest Paws stems from a love of digital content and the adoration she has for her…

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Dawn LaFontaine

Dawn LaFontaine

Dawn LaFontaine is the founder of Cat in the Box, which makes whimsical cardboard box toys for cats who think inside the box. LaFontaine is a former stay-at-home mom turned entrepreneur. She turned her lifelong love of animals into a business by finding an unfilled niche in the cat toy…

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Marc Thalheim

Marc Thalheim

Ensure your employees/colleagues are happy with their jobs and your customers are happy with your product/service   Marc is the founder of Petstablished.com, a fast growing animal shelter/rescue management software. The website gives back to the community by helping animal welfare organizations run their day to day operations more efficiently,…

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Apryl Boyle

Apryl Boyle

Ocean conservation is everyone’s concern, regardless of where you live on the planet. Even if you live far inland, do your part to reduce, reuse, recycle.   Los Angeles native, surfer, skater, and SCUBA diver; Apryl Boyle’s undergraduate degree from the University of Tampa is a double major of marine…

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Lauren Mieli

Lauren Mieli

Live and work with a grateful heart.   Lauren Mieli is a marketing executive with over 20 years of experience working for various Fortune 50 brands. She has combined her talent for business development and love of cats into a number of successful businesses. The Catnip Times is an award-winning…

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Roy Stein

Roy Stein

Don’t waste time on being the perfect solution builder, focus on being the effective solution builder.   Roy is a serial entrepreneur and former executive in companies ranging in size from public corporations with thousands of employees to idea & seed stage startups, with a proven track record in building…

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Michael Polakoff

Michael Polakoff

Do not waste your time working jobs that you do not enjoy and that you do not find fulfilling. Figure out what makes you happy and what you are good at and find a way to make a career out of it.   Michael Polakoff is the founder of Pet…

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Stephanie Wiggins

Stephanie Wiggins

Stephanie Wiggins is the founder of DJANGO, a dog gear company that launched in late 2016. DJANGO designs high quality, durable and weather-resistant dog gear and strives to help dogs and dog owners get outside, travel and adventure more often. DJANGO products are currently offered via djangobrand.com, Amazon, and various…

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