Chemist and CEO Richard Ticktin began his career in 1995 when he founded Flea Doctor, now SynergyLabs, with the single-minded desire to stand for excellence in the products produced, in the people hired, in the partnerships forged, and distribution channels created. Today, SynergyLabs is recognized as a leading U.S manufacturer of branded and private brand pet and veterinary products distributing to more than 40 countries worldwide. Ticktin graduated from Tulane University, A.B. Freeman School of Business with Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Finance.
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.
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.
Will started his career in the dog grooming industry over fifteen years ago and is a Nash Academy graduate, trained under industry icons John and Vivian Nash. He has been a strong west coast competitive groomer since 2000. Will has worked his way up the competitive ladder, and is now a top ranking male dog groomer. Will has owned several grooming shops through the years, and is currently the owner of Will's Professional Pet Styling, located in Palm Springs, CA. Will breeds and shows American Cocker Spaniels and works hand in hand with some of the top show handlers from around the world. Will has groomed countless Sporting dogs to their championship. He was also a contestant on Groomer Has It.
Multi-award winning creative stylist and instructor, Lori Craig has placed in almost every creative competition she has entered. She is best known for her “Lion King” design, which was undefeated and garnered her a Barkleigh Honors Award. Lori’s work has been featured on The Today Show, TLC, Regis and Kellie, ABC Nightline and on the cover of Groomer to Groomer magazine. Lori has owned Doggie Styles in Moore, Oklahoma for thirteen years and is Vice President and certifier for the National Society of Creative Stylists. Lori is also working with the Creative Groomers Association to help educate and promote creative styling worldwide.
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.
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.
Linda is an International Certified Master Groomer and President of International Professional Groomer, Inc. As a competitive groomer, Linda had many wins, including included Best in Show, Best All-Around Groomer, winning the Edemco "Total Groom Extravaganza". After putting several obedience titles on her dogs, she worked as a professional handler, finishing and putting championship points on over 60 champions in over 20 breeds and 7 groups. Her grooming career began in 1973, and her current grooming salon and self-wash is in Salem, Oregon. As an educator and certifier for IPG, Linda travels all over the world certifying, giving workshops, and judging grooming contests, and introducing the exciting new Salon Details Certification. Linda spends free time on her 50-acre ranch where she and her daughter raise and train sport horses and ponies, “developing friendships with horses".
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.
Carol is the owner of the award-winning A Dog’s Life Pet Salon & Boutique located in NW Houston, a business she started from the ground up over ten years ago. Carol grooms daily in her salon, and is a National Master Certified Groomer. She has competed in grooming competitions for the past three years, earning multiple Best in Show awards. Carol has worked for several top winning dog show handlers, shown dogs, and has been grooming pets and show dogs since childhood, and grooming professionally since 1990. Bichons, sporting dogs and terrier breeds are her main focus.
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.
Danelle German, CFMG, CFCG, founder and president of the national cat groomers institute of America and the world’s first feline-exclusive grooming school, speaks worldwide on a wide variety of cat grooming topics. Danelle has authored books, study guides, certification standards, and articles for various publications and is the inventor of the Catty Shack Vac™ drying system as well as Chubbs Bars Shampoo for pets.
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.
Gerry Kass is the owner of Pop's Pet Organics a NY based pet product company that specializes in organic health products and shampoos. Gerry has been involved in retail and manufacturing for 35 years, 15 years in the green / organic pet industry. He has also spent the last 40 years fund raising for small businesses.
Kelly is a National Certified Master Groomer, who has been grooming for over 20 years. She started competing in 2009 and won the 2010 Rising Star of the Year, while making GroomTeam USA top 10. This year, she made the top five. Kelly is also known for her exquisite work with creative abstract design, where she has multiple wins. She is the owner of Goin' to the Dogs in Cleveland, TN.
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.
Marco Lalau was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and came to the United States for college. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in Marketing. His German Shepard dog, Kona inspired Marco to start a new business. So while in College, Marco opened Bubbles Pet Spa with his brother Marcelo. Since then, they have opened three stores in the Los Angeles area. Bubbles Pet Spa was named Best Groomer in Los Angeles by My Fox LA’s Hotlist 2007 and 2008. Marco Lalau learned how to groom at the 4 Dogs Grooming Academy in Torrance, CA and was an apprentice of Cate Garcia.
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.
Lisa Leady NCMG, CMG, a Barkleigh Honors Award winner, qualified for Groom Team USA in 2000. Lisa is a certifier for National Dog Groomers Association. Lisa breeds and shows Smooth Fox Terriers. Lisa was a member of Groom Team USA from 2000 - 2006. In 2005 she qualified for the traveling team to France, where she helped bring home the Silver medal, in 2007 she qualified again for the traveling team to Italy. Lisa is the proud owner of Primp My Pooch Mobile in Genoa, IL. Lisa was honored to be a contestant on Animal Planet's Groomer Has It 2.
Suzanne has groomed for 35 years and has owned her own business for 24 years. Her most recent business was Uptown Paw in Huntington Beach, California. She ran a 6,000 square foot cage free daycare, boarding, and grooming facility. She is a charter member for both the SCPGA (past president) and CPPGA. She holds a Certified Pet Aesthetician from IV San Bernard, a CAH certification from WWPSA, working on her IPG licensing and is an award winning competitive groomer. She is owner, breeder and an AKC licensed professional handler. She is also a board member for the Burbank Kennel Club.
Ann Martin has been immersed in the dog show world her whole life and has been grooming professionally for the past 25 years. In the early 1990s, she started attending grooming contests, and during the short five-year span of time that she competed, she garnered many Best in Shows and Best All-Around Groomer Awards. She was a member of Groom Team USA from 1993 to 1996. She still remains active in the grooming industry on a national level as a certifier for the National Dog Groomers Association of America and an Oster Ambassador.
Jodi was a 2011 and 2012 Barkleigh honors awards nominee. She is a NCMG and MPS, Meritus. She owns the puppy spa mobile grooming salon in New Jersey. Jodi was a four year member of groom team USA and ended the 2004 season as #1 team member. She won best American groomer in 2005 and 2006 at Intergroom. In 2006 she won the world championship title in the Oster invitational tournament of champions. Jodi won gold and bronze medals in 2005 in Barcelona Spain and a gold medal in 2007 in Milan Italy. Jodi has produced an instructional dvd series for all levels of grooming. She also has designed her own line of grooming apparel for groomers which is made in the USA. Jodi just released a book titled mobile pet grooming.
Mackensie Murphy is a second generation Pet Stylist following in her mother's footsteps and becoming the very first second generation Groomteam USA. In 2005, Mackensie started her own grooming career at the young age of 18. Mackensie began her competition career in early 2011 and has been awarded multiple Best in Show awards, Best All Around Groomer awards and is a five time winner of the prestigious Liz Paul Memorial Best Scissored Poodle Award. Mackensie consistently stayed among the top 3 competitors and earned herself a position on Groomteam USA in 2012 which she has sustained up to this current year. Mackensie recently made the 2015 travel team and assisted with Bringing home the silver medal for Groomteam USA from Verbania, Italy.
Cat Opson is a self taught groomer who has been working in the industry for 17 years. She has won many awards and accolades for her grooming skills in both Regular competition classes and special classes such as Creative Styling, Model Dog, and Rescue Rodeos. She has been owner/operator of Estrella Pet Grooming in Capistrano Beach, CA, for 13 years. Her specialty is poodles/poodle mixes and she boasts a large, busy clientele based solely on word of mouth advertising. She has also shown/handled dogs at AKC shows since 2000 and has earned several championship titles on her poodles owner handled, a difficult feat in the competitive world of professional handlers showing poodles in California. She is passionate about grooming and loves to share her passion with other like minds, hoping to help others avoid mistakes she had to learn the hard way being self-taught.
Christina is a certified master dog groomer (NDGAA), certified feline master groomers (CFMG), breeder of poodles and Brussels griffons was a professional handler for over 15 years finishing many different breeds to their championships. She has owned the pet connection in warren, Ohio since 1985. She won the first ever Barkleigh honors award for speaker of the year. She has won multiple best all-around and best groomed dog in show. Was on groomteam USA three different years. After winning the Oster international invitational tournament of champions in 1995, she retired from competitive grooming. With exception of being invited to and winning the les pooch poodle challenge 2008. She now works for Jarden consumer solutions/manufacturer of Oster professional products as their national training manager.
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.
As a second-generation groomer, Macie has been immersed in the dog world her whole life. She has been grooming professionally since 2010. Macie started competing in 2014 and quickly rose to the top, becoming one of the youngest competitors in open division. In 2016 she was nominated for the Barkleigh Honors Up and Coming Groomer of the Year Award. She will continue to travel and compete nationally until she achieves her dream of making GroomTeam USA.
Jess Rona is a dog groomer in Los Angeles and is known for her Instagram, @JessRonaGrooming that has over 100k followers on it and features her signature slo-mo videos of dogs blowing in the wind to music. She directed the Tegan and Sara music video for “100x”, had a dog featured in Beck’s “WOW” video, and directed a commercial for the Standard hotel featuring her grooming clients. She’s been featured in O magazine, Marie Claire, Glamour, Elle, and Paper among many others, has been featured on several news programs including the Today Show and Good Morning America, she has had several write ups online – PopSugar, Buzzfeed, and Refinery69 to name a few. Some of her celebrity clients include: Katy Perry, Andy Garcia, Maria Menudos, and Marnie the Dog. She has been grooming for 16 years.
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.
A veteran competitor, Kathy was seen in competition rings from coast to coast, winning Best in Show and Best All-Around Groomer awards from all classes in nearly every show in the U.S., garnering her positions on four consecutive GroomTeams. Her artistry also earned her multiple Creative Styling awards. She is a Barkleigh Honors nominee as well as a recipient of multiple nominations for the Crystal Awards, winning the award for outstanding service to the industry. Kathy is recognized worldwide as a respected judge, knowledgeable lecturer, and columnist for Groomer to Groomer magazine. Kathy’s salon, Pets of Perfection, was a Crystal Award nominee as one of the top four boutique salons in the U.S. and adorned the cover of the Groomer to Groomer Buyer's Guide.
Jay and his wife, Michelle, own Here Comes the Groom, a highly successful mobile grooming salon in Germantown, Tennessee. Jay has won multiple Best in Show and Best All-Around Groomer awards and helped Groomteam USA win the Gold medal in Calgary, Canada, in 2001. Jay was named American Groomer of the Year in 2001, Groomer of the Year Award at Westminster Dog Show in 2002, and Grooming Judge of the Year in 2004. In 2003 Jay won an International Gold and Bronze medal in Barcelona, Spain, helping groomteam USA win the silver team medal. He and Sue Zecco offer seminars nationally. Jay won a Barkleigh Honors Award at the event that he emceed.
Tammy has been grooming and competing for over 24 years and now manages a busy upscale salon in Hinsdale, IL. With the help and patients of her husband and many family members she made GroomTeam USA in 2008, 2011, 2012 - ultimately achieving her goal to travel to every show that was GroomTeam sanctioned for four years. Tammy has been the National Grooming Consultant for Espree Animal Products and has helped develop new products for them. She has been Secretary for GroomTeam USA since 2013, works for Andis Company as a part of their Small Animal Education Team, and received certification from the USA Judges Alliance in 2012 and now judges at shows around the Country and Internationally. Tammy is certified in Animal CPR and First Aid and is currently working on becoming a Certified Master Groomer.
Grooming has been Christine’s passion since she was 12 years old. Christine competed in the very first grooming competition held in Australia, Groomalong 1992 and has been a leading figure in the Australian grooming industry ever since. Christine is a multi-award winning groomer whose work has been featured on prime time television segments Sydney Weekender and Talk to the Animals and also in numerous print media magazines including the Australian Women’s Weekly. Christine is the “Grooming Ambassador“ for Purina Petlife. Christine is an original member of Groom Team Australia and is the current team manager. In 2010 she became the first Australian groomer to be accepted onto the International Judges Association panel. Christine is the leading instructor at The Grooming School which she co-founded with her husband Les in 2004.
Corina stumbled into the dog grooming industry by chance, but has brought fresh eyes and new ideas. She opened The Laundromutt, a self-service dog wash and grooming salon, on the concept that washing your own dog should be easy and fun. She believes that your dog should always be in the most educated hands, and in the cleanest and calmest environment possible. Corina is a college biology instructor and is currently in graduate school for Biotechnology.
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.
Joey had 35 years of experience under industry visionary John Nash. He trained thousands of groomers as an instructor and director of Nash schools. In 1995, he became the owner of the Nash Academy of Animal Arts, New Jersey. Joey is an IJA judge and four-time nominee for Judge of the Year. Joey has appeared on numerous television shows, including Animal Planet's Dogs 101, NBC's The Today Show, and Fox's The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet. As a judge on Animal Planet's Groomer Has It, a grooming-based reality TV show, Joey brought a technical insight to the show.
Gary is an internationally acclaimed behaviorist, trainer, author, columnist, and lecturer. He has more than 30 years experience working with dogs, including eight years of shelter work. Gary Wilkes is responsible for the innovation and development of clicker training as a practical methodology for dogs. With his former colleague, Karen Pryor, he introduced this method in 1992. He currently has a full-time veterinary referral-based behavior practice in Phoenix, Arizona, and is an author, a columnist, and feature writer for Groomer To Groomer and Pet Boarding & Daycare magazines.
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.
Olga is a certified master groomer and owns two grooming salons, Elite Pet Spa & Boutique in Madison, NJ and Grooming Gallery in Morris Plains, NJ. She that has multiple BIS and best all-around groomer wins as well as two prestigious winners circle champion titles. Olga is 2009 and 2010 American groomer of the year by cardinal pet, and was awarded the Lynne Carver memorial award as best all-around stylist 2009. Olga was born in Russia where she had a master degree in engineering and finished law school. Olga is groom team USA member in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and won silver medal at the world grooming competition in Belgium, 2011 as a part of traveling groom team usa. She received the inaugural Barkleigh honors award for up-and-coming speaker. Olga co-hosts many pet fundraising events