Speakers

Michelle Knowles

Michelle Knowles

Michelle Knowles, owner of All Things Paw, has over 30 years of experience as a private and professional pet care provider. Michelle is a Master Groomer and a Certified Pet Medical Aesthetician, has apprenticed, volunteered, worked, owned and managed in salons, kennels, zoos, and veterinary hospitals across the country. Michelle has also been trained in Tuscany, Italy in therapeutic work, hand stripping and advanced dermatological care. She has an ISB certification in skin and coat care, extensive experience with fear and trauma recovery, elderly pets, and a focus on managing allergic/dermatological disorders. Michelle has been published in Groomer-To-Groomer magazine and is a nationally recognized speaker in her field.

Khris Berry

Khris Berry

Khris Berry has been involved in the Pet Services industry since the early 1990's. She has owned grooming shops, boarding kennels, and obedience training schools and is a Certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She is the co-founder of See Spot Grooming & Daycare which currently operates 3 locations in 2 states. Her vision has led her to create a Groomer - centric company which provides education, a positive work atmosphere, and benefits for all Spots. She owns and competes in a variety of events with Wirehaired Vizslas including dock diving and obedience.

Diane Betelak

Diane Betelak

Diane Betelak is a Nationally Certified Master Groomer and has owned Heads and Tails Professional Dog Grooming, Inc. in Liverpool, NY since 1982. Diane groomed competitively in the U.S. and abroad and has multiple "Best in Shows" and "Best All-Around Groomer" wins. She qualified for the “GroomTeam USA” traveling team in 1996 and went to Milan, Italy where she won “Best in Show” with her Standard Poodle. Officially retired from active competition Diane is an International Grooming Consultant for The Andis Company. She has been a speaker and has judged all major grooming shows throughout the U.S. and Canada. Diane is also a certifier for N.D.G.A.A. Diane was the recipient of the Cardinal Crystal Award for American Groomer of the Year in 1997 and Crystal Award for Grooming competition Judge of the Year in 2011.

Dave Campanella

Dave Campanella

Dave Campanella is an informative and entertaining seminar speaker, contributing trade columnist and genuine grooming enthusiast. He is Best Shot Pet Products sales and marketing director and has over 25 years of pet industry knowledge and experience. He and his wife Tracy co-owned a full service pet salon and self-wash in Ohio prior to relocating with Best Shot to Kentucky. Together they enjoy exhibiting at grooming shows, being industry ambassadors and showing their Kerry Blue Terrier and Samoyed dogs.

Jonathan David

Jonathan David

Jonathan David, star of Animal Planet’s GROOMER HAS IT is a firm believer that a dog’s health and grooming go hand in hand. Jonathan is one of the foremost authorities on a variety of dog related topics including canine healthcare, nutrition, and general fabulousness. Jonathan’s career began as a teen in the show ring, where he specialized in Australian Shepherds and The Chinese Crested Dog. He then attended the Nash Academy of Animal Arts and went on to work for some of the most prestigious salons in NYC. Today, Jonathan David owns a high end boutique in Florida that was featured on the cover of Groomer to Groomer Magazine.

Teri DiMarino

Teri DiMarino

An industry veteran, Teri has owned and operated successful salons and mobiles in Florida and California. A winning grooming contest competitor, Teri was a member of three groomteam USA Gold Medal teams. A multiple Barkleigh Honors and Cardinal Crystal Award winner, Teri is a regular columnist for Groomer to Groomer Magazine as well as a popular speaker and judge at seminars and trade shows across the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

Dr. Cliff Faver

Dr. Cliff Faver

Dr. Cliff Faver, a 1987 graduate of CSU, is the founder/owner of Animal Health Services (7 doctors, 4 groomers, 50 employees) in Cave Creek, Arizona. He is the US distributor for Iv San Bernard products. He uses the two businesses as a means of merging the grooming and veterinary professions to pursue his life’s passion of healing and helping pets. Dr. Faver is an international speaker and teaches the ISB Pet Aesthetician Certification program. He is a member of AVMA, AAHA, AZVMA, a sponsor for the CPPGA, a Board member for the Burbank Kennel Club, and previously served on the Novartis Lead Committee (with top dermatologists from USA), Hill’s International Global Veterinary Board, and is still active in a Veterinary Management Group.

Janice Fehn, CMG

Janice Fehn

Janice started grooming in 1966 after rescuing an 18 month old Standard Poodle that had never been groomed. She was one of the first certified master groomers in Ohio and went on to raise and show American Cocker Spaniels. She has been a show promoter, show manager, president of Central Ohio Cocker Club, runs a Cocker Rescue, and belongs to numerous rescues and dog related clubs. She has done videos, seminars, edited a book, written articles, and done demos on many different breeds. Janice is a USA, and IJA approved judge and has been an Oster Ambassador. She lives in Mt. Gilead, Ohio with her husband Dan and works at her shop, Sunshine Acres Grooming and Boarding, est. 1980.

Anne Francis

Anne Francis

Anne has been a professional pet stylist for over 20 years, joining the team at The Village Groomer & Pet Supply in Walpole, Mass in 1995. The Village Groomer received Best Independent Retail Grooming Salon twice by the Cardinal Crystal Achievement Awards. Anne was the recipient of the Cardinal Crystal Award for Journalist Of The Year for her work on the instructional article in Grooming Business Magazine, “The Grooming Table.” She has been a member of Groom Team USA for 2014, 2015 and 2016 and finished in the top 5 the last 2 seasons. She has been recognized for her incredible scissor work, as well as the “Taxi Award” at the NEPGP for the best expression and character on a mixed breed. Anne is excited to share her knowledge she has gathered over the years as she transitions into being an educator in the industry that she loves.

Laura Hearn

Laura Hearn

Laura Hearn has been grooming for almost 8 years and has been a house-call groomer for 4 of those years, where she currently resides in Austin, TX. She loves the one-on-one interaction between the dogs and relationship she builds with clients offering this type of service.

Angela Kumpe

Angela Kumpe

Internationally renowned creative stylist and instructor, Angela Kumpe has more placements in creative styling than anyone, worldwide. She won the first ever Barkleigh Honors Award for Creative Competitor. She is the author of A Creative Collection, a step-by-step guide to creative styling. Angela's work has been featured on Animal Planet, TLC, The Today Show, Regis and Kelly, and ABC Nightline as well as in The New York Times and on the cover of Groomer to Groomer magazine. Angela is the owner of Angela's Grooming and Pet Spa in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Jared Lane

Jared Lane

Jared has been grooming for 14 years, and has studied under some of the world's top groomers, breeders, & handlers. He has been grooming competitively since 2005. Over time Jared has won several medals in handstrip classes at Intergroom, as well as many other placements at other contests. He is a GroomTeam USA member. Ranking in the top ten in 2005, 2007, & 2015. In 2015 he won the Tom McLaughlin Super Jacket at Super Zoo in Las Vegas with a Sealyham terrier, defeating 37 other competitors from around the world. In the last few years Jared's interests have taken him in the direction of the AKC show ring, where he has had shown various terrier breeds successfully.

Erin Mclaughlin

Erin Mclaughlin

Erin McLaughlin has been the owner and lead groomer at little shop of howlers in Hamden, CT since 2005. She began competing in 2006. Since then she has won "best in show", and several "best all around" awards, amongst numerous other placements, most notably her first placement at the 2012 Atlanta Pet Fair in the standard poodle class. With the hopes of making groom team, erin continues to compete and attend about 5-6 shows per year. She also grooms and handles her Kerry blue terrier, "Clare", who is well on her way to her AKC championship after only two shows.

Ryan Mulcahy

Ryan Mulcahy

Literally raised in a grooming shop, Ryan started working as a bather at the age of 12 and has been an industry professional for the past 15 years. He currently owns and operates The Great Lakes Academy of Professional Pet Styling with his wife Jacquelyn.

Cindy Oliver

Cindy Oliver

Cindy Oliver is an award-winning Pet stylist in Breed Profile and Creative Grooming. Her specialty is extreme creative styling and creative abstract design. Cindy is owner/groomer of The Rollin' Doghouse Mobile Pet Grooming in Cleveland, Tn. She has 21 years of grooming experience, and has been mobile for 12 years. She started competing in breed profile and creative in 2009.

Valerie Partynski

Valerie Partynski

Valerie, a second generation groomer, has been grooming professionally since 2001. At the age of 17, she enrolled at the Great Lakes Grooming Academy to get formal training from award-winning groomers, Meggan and Jeanne Mulcahy. She eventually became an instructor there. Valerie was ranked as one of the top 20 groomers in the country in 2013 and received a Barkleigh Honors nomination for “Up and Coming Groomer of the Year”. She has worked with AKC show handlers learning show cuts on Poodles, and handstripping on Lakeland Terriers and Wire-haired Dachshunds. She continues her education by attending multiple grooming shows a year.

Jill Pipino

Jill Pipino

Jill Pipino started grooming in 2000. She bought a turnkey operation, turning it into a successful business offering her clients everything from daycare to spa services and personality trims to show styles. She began regularly attending seminars and trade shows at the beginning of her career, and started competing in 2007. She has been a regular in the competition circuit ever since. In an effort to further her understanding of pet styling, she has trained privately with top stylists and breeders. She also works with breeders and handlers at dog shows and is looking forward to showing her field spaniel, Brucie.

Adriane Pope

Adriane Pope

Adriane Pope is an award-winning Pet stylist in Breed Profile and Creative Grooming. Her specialty is extreme creative styling and creative abstract design. Adriane is owner/groomer of Adriane's Groom and Go Mobile Grooming in Conway, SC., and also the owner of Rivertown Bed and Biscuit Luxury Kennel since 2004. She has 24 years of grooming experience, and has been mobile for 22 years. She started competing in breed profile in 1997 and started the creative world in 2004.

Kimberly Raisanen

Kimberly Raisanen

Kim Raisanen is the President of the Professional Cat Groomers Association of America, owner of Creature Comforts Cat Styling Salon, author of "Learn How To Professionally Groom Cats", a Practitioners Guide and is a certified instructor with the Red Cross in Feline CPR and First Aid and is an industry speaker. Her lighthearted seminars on the practical tips and tricks of cat grooming are always fun to attend. She has been in the grooming industry for over 15 years and has a clientele of over 2,000 felines.

Victor Rosado

Victor Rosado

With 26 years of experience in professional grooming and extensive experience in grooming and conformation, Victor Rosado is a National Certified Master Groomer with NDGAA, International Certified Master Groomer and is a certifier with IPG, as well as a Grooming Contest Judge and a Licensed All Breeds Conformation Judge for FCPR/FCI. As a competitive groomer, Victor Rosado is a multiple Best All Around and Best In Show winner and one of the top groomers listed in the Groom Team USA ranking for United States of America. Victor is a member of American Spaniel Club, an AKC Breeder of Merit, and an exhibitor of American Cocker Spaniels for 20 years with multiple Best In Show and Best In Specialty Shows wins. Victor is also an Oster Ambassador in Latin America and owner of Davis Puerto Rico.

Susan Sholar

Susan Sholar

Susan has been grooming dogs and cats for over forty years and has taught grooming for fifteen years. Her first love of dogs began very young while on the television set of Rin Tin Tin and then in her teens on the set of Hogan’s Heroes. Like many groomers, Susan turned a “hobby” into her life work. Her career began with showing and grooming her own dogs, progressed to showing and grooming for others as a Certified Professional Handler and, in 1997, Susan turned in her show leash for a judge’s book. She now judges breeds in five groups and has judged grooming competitions. Susan is presently an AKC Delegate for the Black Russian Terrier Club of America, where she holds the office of Recording Secretary and serves as Chairman of the Judges Education Committee.

Koko Tanaka

Koko Tanaka

Koko is an International Certified Master Groomer and Certifier of IPG. She was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She holds many awards including, Multiple Best in Shows and Best All Around Groomer awards. Koko earned her place on Groom Team USA in 2007, and 2008, and represented the US in the 2009 World Team Grooming Championship in Germany, where she helped her team win the Gold. Koko was nominated for the Cardinal Crystal Achievement Award for American Groomer of the Year in 2008. Since retiring from the competition ring, Koko has started mentoring advanced groomers. Also, has traveled as a speaker, certifier and judge in the US, and other countries. She is currently living in Tennessee and owns her own mobile grooming business, Koko’s Paws.

Scott Wasserman

Scott Wasserman

With over 15 years of experience, Scott is one of the top winning U.S. Pet Stylists. As 1996 & 2002 U.S. Pet Pro Classic Champion and a GroomTeam USA member, Scott is internationally recognized as a judge, speaker and competitor in England, China, Italy, Spain, Scotland as well as in many other countries. With his extensive competition experience and expertise, Scott is lovingly and respectfully referred to throughout the industry as Mr. Terrier!

Dan Williams

Dan Williams

Daniel J. Williams is the managing director of EZ-Groom Pet Products Inc. in Oak Park, Michigan, U.S.A. He holds an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Lawrence Technological University, earned a master’s degree in business administration from Baker College, and has completed the University of Chicago Advanced Leadership program. He has authored numerous articles on cosmetics, and metallurgy as it relates to pet grooming shears. Dan has designed and engineered a number of manufacturing projects at metal-making factories in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Over the past 22 years, Dan has served as president and CEO of three small closely held organizations where he managed a number of mergers and acquisitions. Dan has worked with EZ-Groom since 2002.

Brett Wilson

Brett Wilson

Coming from the accounting world, Brett now owns, operates, and manages Northwest Indiana's largest grooming operation. With 3 mobile grooming vans, a fully staffed grooming salon with a vast array of retail, a successful distribution business, and most recently the purchase of GroomSouth, Smoochie Pooch is quickly catching people's eyes. Brett joins us to share his expertise on what it takes to your grow your business into an empire.