Each month in the year of 2012 the Pet Industry Association will feature a "Member of the Month" and let you understand more about the person behind the business!
September 2012 Pet Pacific General Manager Peter Chasak was born in Nairobi, Kenya, to Czech-native English parents and at the age of 14, moved with his brother and sister to Uganda, where he spent his teenage years developing a deep love for Africa. Peter went to school with semi-venomous snakes hidden under his shirt and many times on safari was 'cautioned' by elephants, rhinos and buffalos at the most unexpected of times. He remembers climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania on a school expedition. Read Peter's story here
August 2012 Oprah Winfrey once said, “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” PIAA member Charmaine Bright is doing just that and loving it!
An International Certified Master Groomer and winner of a number of awards, Charmaine has built a successful grooming salon, Gosford Grooming in NSW, based on her two passions in life – animal welfare and grooming. In fact, her salon’s policy is to place your pet’s feelings first and only groom humanely and safely. Read Charmaine's story here
July 2012 When Stephanie Travers of Doggy and Moggy Pet First Aid brought home from an animal rescue organisation two ‘very furry dogs,’ she thought she was doing the rescuing.
“But they rescued me more than me doing the rescuing,” says Stephanie. “They give me so much and help me on a daily basis. When you’re on your own and family is far away, it’s nice when you had a rough day to come home and get that unconditional love.” Read Steph's story here
April 2012 Queensland PIAA member Blake De Bruin is 24 years old and he’s already running three pet businesses that have made their pawmark in the pet industry. You can read Blake's story here
March 2012 Celebrating 55 years in the business, March Member of the Month is Evio Contenati of Pet City Mt Gravatt - You can read Evio's article here
February 2012 we are happy to congratulate long time PIAA Executive Member, Russell Wucherpfennig of Boolarra Fish Farm - You can read Russell's article here
If you know of a member that deserves to be "showcased" to your Industry, let us know at email@example.com and tell us why!
PIAA Member of the Month articles are researched by Caroline Zambrano. Caroline is a PIAA member and award-winning pet journalist. She creates specialist pet content and editing for magazines, newspapers, media releases, websites, e-newsletters and brochures. Visit www.petjournalist.com.au