Pets and Money 2019 | Kisaco Research

Your Pet Industry Networking Wishlist

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Austin, TX, USA
11 December, 2019

“Great opportunity to connect with future partners as well as potential investors and acquirers.”

Tom Arnold, Pet Hub

Why Attend

With 68% of USA households owning at least one pet, according to the American Pet Products Association, the pampering and humanization of pets has become a lucrative consumer trend, with the global pet market estimated to be worth $109 billion.

From momentous transactions such as General Mills’ acquisition of Blue Buffalo and J.M. Smucker’s acquisition of Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, to a flurry of minority investments such as Softbanks’ investment in Wag and Main Post Partners’ investment in Nulo, it is clear that strategic buyers, venture capital and private equity alike continue to have a strong and growing appetite for the pet industry.  

The Pets & Money Summit is an exclusive one-day event, connecting industry executives from strategic buyers, financial buyers and pet brands.

The event will showcase the latest innovations disrupting the industry, explore key trends and consumer priorities, and identify actionable strategies you can use to grow your business or secure your next acquisition target.

This is your chance to - 

  • Understand how changing trends in the pet industry such as the rise of ecommerce and direct-to-consumer selling should shape your M&A decisions and business’ growth strategy.
  • Determine what strategic buyers and financial buyers are looking for, to ensure you have the competitive edge over other pet brands looking for investment or acquisition.
  • Discover and personally connect with the hottest pet brands, ripe for investment and acquisition to enhance your M&A pipeline.
  • Establish an optimal strategy for growth, reoccurring revenue and omnichannel distribution, from the lessons of industry leaders and the perspective of established pet retailers.
  • Meet with your pet industry networking wish list, through our private meeting scheduler application, to find your next business opportunity.
150+
Attendees
12
Best In Show Brands
1000+
One-to-One Meetings
1
Must Attend Industry Event

Who Will Be There

Brands

Expect exciting and innovative brands from accross all pet categories:

  • Food
  • Treats
  • Supplements
  • Accessories
  • Hard Products
  • Insurance
  • Retail
  • Services
  • Technology
  • Everything else!

Industry Supporting Companies

  • Executives from Retailers & Global Distributors
  • Leadership Executives from Strategic Buyers
  • Business Development Teams from Strategic Buyers
  • Private Equity, Venture Capital and Angel Investors
  • Investment Bankers
  • Lawyers and M&A Advisors
  • Market Intelligence and Consultancy Providers

Best In Show

12 pet brands, hand-picked by the prestigious Selection Committee, introduce themselves and their products/services on the main stage, in a quick-fire round of presentations.

Submissions will be accepted from both Mass and Prestige brands in Food, Treats, Supplements, Accessories and Hard Products, Insurance, Retail, Services and Technology. They should be early to mid-stage brands that are actively seeking financial investment, acquisition, distribution, and/or marketing.

The more detailed the application form, the more information the selection committee can use to make their decision. However, if you do not wish to fill in a question, please feel free to leave it blank.

Applications have now closed. 

Selection Committee

Dan Reus

Director
Pet Care Innovation Prize

Jason Fiedler

Angel Investor

Josh Goldberg

Managing Director
Threadstone

Pat Robinson

Managing Partner
Circle Up

Marshall Morris

Co-founder and President
HomeLife Media

Nancy Hassel

Founder and President
American Pet Professionals

Neda Daneshzadeh

Partner
Prelude Growth Partners

Carol Frank

Managing Director
BirdsEye Advisory Group

David Levy

CEO
Pet Products Innovation

Andrew Katz

Managing Partner
Lab Lake Capital

Speakers

 

William Broun

Vice President Personalisation at Scale
Nestle Purina North America

William Broun

Vice President Personalisation at Scale
Nestle Purina North America

William Broun

Vice President Personalisation at Scale
Nestle Purina North America
 

Nicole Massey

Director of Innovation and Growth Strategy
The J.M. Smucker Company

Nicole is an experienced innovator and business leader with over 20 years of CPG and consulting experience. Nicole leads front-end innovation and growth strategy for the J.M. Smucker Company and is a founder of Velocity, a Smuckers initiative focused on accelerating growth through partnerships with the entrepreneurs and founders disrupting the CPG industry.

Nicole Massey

Director of Innovation and Growth Strategy
The J.M. Smucker Company

Nicole Massey

Director of Innovation and Growth Strategy
The J.M. Smucker Company

Nicole is an experienced innovator and business leader with over 20 years of CPG and consulting experience. Nicole leads front-end innovation and growth strategy for the J.M. Smucker Company and is a founder of Velocity, a Smuckers initiative focused on accelerating growth through partnerships with the entrepreneurs and founders disrupting the CPG industry.

Previously, Nicole led teams across innovation, marketing and sales at Del Monte Foods and  Big Heart Pet Brands, and was a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group.

Nicole has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley and a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College

 

Kellyn Grantham

Senior Director Corporate Development
Target

Kellyn Grantham

Senior Director Corporate Development
Target

Kellyn Grantham

Senior Director Corporate Development
Target
 

Paul Allen

Founder and CEO
Woof Gang Bakery

We are the leading specialty retailer of pet food, pet supplies and professional pet grooming in North America, with more than 130 locations open or under development the U.S. 

Paul Allen

Founder and CEO
Woof Gang Bakery

Paul Allen

Founder and CEO
Woof Gang Bakery

We are the leading specialty retailer of pet food, pet supplies and professional pet grooming in North America, with more than 130 locations open or under development the U.S. 

Woof Gang Bakery was recently designated one of the top 10 largest retailers by Pet Business Media and one of Central Florida’s top privately held companies by the Orlando Business Journal. Woof Gang Bakery also was named best overall multi-unit retailer and received the Multi-Service Excellence Award from Pet Business Media, received the Retailer of the Year Franchise Award from Pet Product News and was recognized by Pet Insight magazine as one of the nation’s fastest-growing pet chains.

 

Shawn Mcghee

President
Hollywood Feed

Shawn Mcghee

President
Hollywood Feed

Shawn Mcghee

President
Hollywood Feed

 

Andrew Bleiman

General Manager
Furbo

Andrew Bleiman

General Manager
Furbo

Andrew Bleiman

General Manager
Furbo
 

Andrew Kim

CEO
Healthy Spot

Andrew Kim

CEO
Healthy Spot

Andrew Kim

CEO
Healthy Spot
 

Bryan Jaffe

Managing Director
Cascadia Captial

Bryan Jaffe

Managing Director
Cascadia Captial

Bryan Jaffe

Managing Director
Cascadia Captial
 

Gabby Slome

Co-founder & Chief Experience Officer
Ollie

Gabby Slome is the co-founder and chief experience officer of Ollie, a national company that delivers freshly cooked, human-grade

Gabby Slome

Co-founder & Chief Experience Officer
Ollie

Gabby Slome

Co-founder & Chief Experience Officer
Ollie

Gabby Slome is the co-founder and chief experience officer of Ollie, a national company that delivers freshly cooked, human-grade food that’s tailored to each dog’s nutritional needs. A former equestrian, Slome has had a lifelong passion for animals, and founded Ollie to improve the lives of dogs and revolutionize the $30 billion pet food industry. 

 Prior to Ollie, Slome served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Primary Ventures. Slome has also held executive roles at Vente-Privée U.S.A. and Primary.com  

Slome lives in New York City with her husband, daughter, and rescue dog Pancho.  

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Gabby Slome on Social 

 

Gary Tang

Growth Equity Investor
Norwest Venture Partners

Based in Palo Alto, Gary focuses on growth equity investments across a wide range of sectors at Norwest including consumer, retail, internet and education. Gary’s current investments include Bailey44 and Topo Athletic. Gary was previously involved with Norwest’s investments in PCA Skin (acquired by Colgate-Palmolive), The Learning Experience (acquired by Golden Gate Capital), and Turnitin (acquired by Advance).

Gary Tang

Growth Equity Investor
Norwest Venture Partners

Gary Tang

Growth Equity Investor
Norwest Venture Partners

Based in Palo Alto, Gary focuses on growth equity investments across a wide range of sectors at Norwest including consumer, retail, internet and education. Gary’s current investments include Bailey44 and Topo Athletic. Gary was previously involved with Norwest’s investments in PCA Skin (acquired by Colgate-Palmolive), The Learning Experience (acquired by Golden Gate Capital), and Turnitin (acquired by Advance).

 

Jason Fiedler

Angel Investor

Jason graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and

received the Frederick H. Gloeckner Award in
Entrepreneurial Studies from The Wharton School. He
finished as the top undergraduate in the 2011 Wharton
Business Plan Competition and was one of two undergraduates
accepted into Wharton's on-campus incubator program for
student-run start-ups.

Jason Fiedler

Angel Investor

Jason Fiedler

Angel Investor

Jason graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and

received the Frederick H. Gloeckner Award in
Entrepreneurial Studies from The Wharton School. He
finished as the top undergraduate in the 2011 Wharton
Business Plan Competition and was one of two undergraduates
accepted into Wharton's on-campus incubator program for
student-run start-ups.

Upon graduating in 2011, Jason joined Insight Venture
Partners, a leading NYC-based growth equity fund focused on
internet and software businesses. Jason sourced Insight's
$26M investment in Smartsheet and was involved in Insight’s
investments in Pluralsight, Anaqua and Branding Brand.
Jason also helped manage recruiting for Insight’s Summer
Analyst Program across top-tier undergraduate universities.

In 2013, Jason moved to San Francisco and joined Uber as an
Operations Manager. Jason was responsible for launching and
managing three of Uber's first 100 markets, and was also
involved in the launch of UberRUSH and early experiments in
food delivery.

In 2015, Jason joined Red Sea Ventures and has since been
involved in everything from deal sourcing and diligence to
platform and portfolio management.

In addition to his professional career, Jason has been an
active participant in New Heights, a NYC-based charity that
combines basketball with academics and social support
services to boost high school graduation rates of innercity
youth. Jason was nominated and will be joining the
Junior Board at New Heights.
Jason grew up in Scarsdale, NY and nothing is more
important to him than family. He continues to play
recreational basketball, tennis, golf and indoor cycling.

 

Josh Goldberg

Managing Director
Threadstone

Josh Goldberg

Managing Director
Threadstone

Josh Goldberg

Managing Director
Threadstone
 

Matthew Kruer

General Manager
BISSELL Comercial Group

Matthew Kruer

General Manager
BISSELL Comercial Group

Matthew Kruer

General Manager
BISSELL Comercial Group
 

Pat Robinson

Managing Partner
Circle Up

Pat Robinson

Managing Partner
Circle Up

Pat Robinson

Managing Partner
Circle Up
 

Ryan Yamka

CO-Founder, COO and EVP Research and Development
Guardian Pet Food Company

Ryan Yamka

CO-Founder, COO and EVP Research and Development
Guardian Pet Food Company

Ryan Yamka

CO-Founder, COO and EVP Research and Development
Guardian Pet Food Company
 

Renaldo Webb

Founder
PetPlate

Renaldo Webb is Founder and Chief Product Officer at PetPlate. Inspired by his dog Winston, Renaldo founded PetPlate after deciding that he did not want to feed his dog anything less than real food. After making hundreds of batches of home-cooked dog food for Winston and his pup pals, Renaldo decided to launch a pet food brand that he could proudly call his own. 

Renaldo Webb

Founder
PetPlate

Renaldo Webb

Founder
PetPlate

Renaldo Webb is Founder and Chief Product Officer at PetPlate. Inspired by his dog Winston, Renaldo founded PetPlate after deciding that he did not want to feed his dog anything less than real food. After making hundreds of batches of home-cooked dog food for Winston and his pup pals, Renaldo decided to launch a pet food brand that he could proudly call his own. 

Prior to PetPlate, Renaldo worked at LCatterton and McKinsey & Company as a lean manufacturing consultant, where he led operational turnarounds for public and private companies. He launched PetPlate as a nationwide subscription service in early 2017, following an appearance on the hit TV show Shark Tank.

Renaldo is a graduate of MIT with a degree in Physics. A New Orleans native, he currently lives in Brooklyn with his fiancee, Suzanne, and their dog Winston.

 

Daniel Rotman

CEO
Pretty Litter

Daniel Rotman

CEO
Pretty Litter

Daniel Rotman

CEO
Pretty Litter
 

Alex Jarrell

Co-Founder
NomNomNow

Alex Jarrell is the chief experience officer of NomNomNow, a leading D2C pet food brand she co-founded after her own dog, Harlee, suffered a life threatening illness. Founding NomNomNow change her professional work and life views, and Jarrell’s passion for educating people about the power of pet nutrition and portion control has turned the brand into a leading e-comm provider of food-based solutions for dogs and cats.

Alex Jarrell

Co-Founder
NomNomNow

Alex Jarrell

Co-Founder
NomNomNow

Alex Jarrell is the chief experience officer of NomNomNow, a leading D2C pet food brand she co-founded after her own dog, Harlee, suffered a life threatening illness. Founding NomNomNow change her professional work and life views, and Jarrell’s passion for educating people about the power of pet nutrition and portion control has turned the brand into a leading e-comm provider of food-based solutions for dogs and cats. Alex’s daily mission: demonstrate to pet owners the worth of spending a few extra dollars a week on food that can add months or even years to a pet’s life, and quality of life."

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MEETING MOJO gives you access to the entire attendee list, allowing you to message and invite people to connect during the formal meeting sessions run throughout the day. You will also have additional time during our informal networking sessions.

12 private meetings are available for each guest.

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The Agenda

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What you can expect at the 2019 Pets & Money Summit 

  • 200+ leaders from pet brands, supporting companies, strategic buyers and financial buyers
  • Opportunities to connect with some of the pet industry's most influential executives
  • A chance to participate in the Best In Show pet brand spotlight

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Venue

Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs, Austin, TX 78704, USA

Hyatt Regency Austin,

208 Barton Springs,

Austin,

TX 78704,

USA

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