The American Pet Product Association (APPA) has promoted five staff members in its trade show operations and booth sales and membership departments. The announcement comes as new CEO Peter Scott prepares to join next week.
APPA’s mission is to promote responsible pet care and advance the pet products industry. Along with the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), APPA co-produces Global Pet Expo, an annual event showcasing the newest and most innovative pet products on the market today.
“I continue to be impressed with what the entire APPA organization has accomplished over the past few years,” said APPA’s new CEO, Peter Scott. “I can’t wait to join the team and see what we will do together throughout the year and in the future.”
In support of Global Pet Expo, APPA has promoted Kate Stewart to Vice President, Trade Show Management. In his new role, Stewart will oversee the show team, lead day-to-day operations and work closely with the show’s general contractor. Since joining APPA in 2011, Stewart has received exhibition management certification and recognition from the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), for which she serves on the Board of Directors of the IAEE New York Local Chapter and the IAEE National Young Professionals Committee.
The association has appointed Chris Bonifati as Senior Director, Trade Show Development. Bonifati joined APPA in 2015 and is now responsible for overseeing show operations, including facilitating attendee registration, expanding programming and maintaining the Global Pet Expo brand. He has expertise in data analytics and uses a data-driven approach to move the APPA forward as the trade show industry continues to rapidly evolve, officials with the organization said. Bonifati has obtained a certification in exhibition management and is a member of the IAEE Young Professionals Committee.
Tracey Wilson has been promoted to Senior Manager, Trade Show Planning and Operations. Wilson has worked for APPA since 2000 and is responsible for managing Global Pet Expo vendors and on-site staff, as well as coordinating meeting rooms for the Global Learning Series and exhibitors and overseeing the showcase. new products. Wilson is certified in exhibition management and is a member of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and the Professional Convention Management Association (PMCA).
APPA has promoted Karyn Bennitt to Director, Booth Sales and Membership. In his new role, Bennitt will spearhead APPA’s membership growth through acquisition, engagement and retention efforts. Since joining APPA in 2008, Bennitt has developed APPA’s training program and other key member benefits.
Elizabeth Valencia has been appointed Head of Exhibitor and Visitor Services. A member of the APPA team since 2019, Valencia has helped advance the APPA show team and is working towards obtaining a Google Analytics certification. In her new role, she will assist with recruiting and retaining Global Pet Expo buyers and exhibitors, sales and booth assignments, and buyer and exhibitor services.
“Congratulations to these professionals,” said Chuck Latham, Chairman of the APPA Board of Directors and Founder of H&C Animal Health. “The Board is also delighted to have Pete take the helm as the association’s new CEO.”
As a team of more than 17 professionals dedicated to uplifting the global pet care community, APPA has built a network of members in leading and growing companies around the world, have officials said. The trade association is made up of nearly 1,000 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers.