Pets and Money 2018 | Kisaco Research
Your Pet Industry Networking Wishlist
Austin, TX, USA
6 December, 2018
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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

Speakers

 

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
 

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

 

Nate Phillips

Co-Founder & CEO
NomNomNow

Nate Phillips, CEO and co-founder of NomNomNow, is an expert in finance and entrepreneurship. After experiencing the powerful benefits of fresh pet food first hand with his family pets, Nate set out to change the $30 billion pet food industry by creating the healthiest, most effective nutrition for pets in the world.

Nate Phillips

Co-Founder & CEO
NomNomNow

Nate Phillips

Co-Founder & CEO
NomNomNow

Nate Phillips, CEO and co-founder of NomNomNow, is an expert in finance and entrepreneurship. After experiencing the powerful benefits of fresh pet food first hand with his family pets, Nate set out to change the $30 billion pet food industry by creating the healthiest, most effective nutrition for pets in the world. A graduate of UC Berkeley’s School of Law, Nate spent nearly a decade as in-house counsel at a variety of finance and technology firms including Morgan Stanley and Salesforce. Prior to co-founding NomNomNow, Nate also started companies in the finance, tech and real estate industries. 

 

Pat Robinson

Managing Partner
Circle Up

Pat Robinson

Managing Partner
Circle Up

Pat Robinson

Managing Partner
Circle Up
 

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.

 

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
 

Bobby Modi

VP Pet Growth & Strategy
J.M Smucker

Bobby currently sits as Vice President of Pet Growth & Strategy at J.M Smucker with over 18 years of service working in the consumer goods industry. 

Education 

  • Northwestern University – MBA, Marketing, Finance, Strategy with Distinction
  • University of Cincinnati – Bachelor’s, Chemical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude

YEARS OF SERVICE

18 years

Bobby Modi

VP Pet Growth & Strategy
J.M Smucker

Bobby Modi

VP Pet Growth & Strategy
J.M Smucker

Bobby currently sits as Vice President of Pet Growth & Strategy at J.M Smucker with over 18 years of service working in the consumer goods industry. 

Education 

  • Northwestern University – MBA, Marketing, Finance, Strategy with Distinction
  • University of Cincinnati – Bachelor’s, Chemical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude

YEARS OF SERVICE

18 years

CURRENT ROLE

Vice President, Pet Growth & Strategy

May 29, 2018

SMUCKER ROLE HISTORY

Vice President, General Manager, Away From Home

Vice President, General Manager - Smucker Natural Foods

Vice President, Marketing – Canada

Director, Marketing – Coffee

Manager, Marketing – Coffee

Manager, Marketing

Brand Manager – Coffee

2018

2014-2018

2012-2014

2011-2012

2009-2011

2008-2009

2002-2008

EXPERIENCE
PRIOR TO SMUCKER

Procter & Gamble – Brand Manager (Folgers)

Senior Engineer R&D – North American/Latin American Laundry

EDUCATION

Northwestern University – MBA, Marketing, Finance, Strategy with Distinction
University of Cincinnati – Bachelor’s, Chemical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude

 

Shawn Mcghee

President
Hollywood Feed

Shawn Mcghee

President
Hollywood Feed

Shawn Mcghee

President
Hollywood Feed

 

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
 

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.

 

Kevin Li

CEO
PlayDate

Kevin Li

CEO
PlayDate

Kevin Li

CEO
PlayDate
 

Jamie Migdal

CEO
FetchFind

Jamie Migdal, CPDT-KA, has been working with dogs and their people, and innovating within the pet industry, for nearly 25 years. Having successfully built three national pet service companies, Jamie is an expert across all aspects of the pet industry, including education, technology, business development, sales, marketing, and management.

Jamie Migdal

CEO
FetchFind

Jamie Migdal

CEO
FetchFind

Jamie Migdal, CPDT-KA, has been working with dogs and their people, and innovating within the pet industry, for nearly 25 years. Having successfully built three national pet service companies, Jamie is an expert across all aspects of the pet industry, including education, technology, business development, sales, marketing, and management. Her fourth and current company, FetchFind, sells staff training and other business solutions to pet care service and pet-friendly companies around the globe.

 

In 2018, Jamie joined the PetSmart Independent Review Board as an industry expert, and the Women in Entrepreneurship Institute - DePaul University as a member of their Board of Advisors. She also received the Pet Age Women of Influence award, participated in the VentureSCALE accelerator program, and was selected as a finalist for Pet Industry Woman of the Year. In 2016-2017, Jamie completed the prestigious Prosper Women Entrepreneurs and WiSTEM-1871 Chicago accelerator programs, and received the  Pet Age ICON and Women Tech Founders Midwest Women in Tech awards. FetchFind was selected as one of the top five most innovative pet care companies via the Purina Pet Care Innovation Prize, completed a successful crowdfunding campaign on Republic, and increased their market share with the acquisition of PawedIn.

 

Jamie is a sought-after industry expert and public speaker and presents on a variety of business and pet care service topics at conferences throughout the year. She loves her job.

MAKE THE RIGHT CONNECTIONS

Make the most valuable connections possible with your bespoke meeting scheduler.

With free access to the MEETING MOJO platform, you can create a bespoke meeting schedule for the summit, ensuring you connect with the industry stakeholders that are most important in building your business.

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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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.

As an additional prize, provided by our partners at the World Pet Association, all 12 brands will go on to have an exclusive space at the Product Showcase at SuperZoo 2019, Las Vegas or America's Family Pet Expo 2019, Orange County, California - an exciting opportunity to present your brand to retailers and consumers. 

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.

Submissions are now closed for the 2018 Best in Show Spotlight.

Selection Committee

Dan Reus

Director
Pet Care Innovation Prize

Jacinthe Moreau

President
World Pet Association

Dylan Boyd

Director
R/GA Ventures

Mark Warren

Cofounder, Chairman & CEO
Dane Creek Capital

Marshall Morris

Co-founder and President
HomeLife Media

Jason Fiedler

Angel Investor

Nancy Hassel

Founder and President
American Pet Professionals

Jay DeLong

Co-Founder
Pet Care Innovation Prize

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The Agenda

What you can expect at the Inaugural Pets & Money Summit 

  • 150+ 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 particpate in the Best In Show pet brand spotlight

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Venue

Hyatt Regency Austin

Hyatt Regency Austin

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

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The reservation cut off date for all room reservations is November 15, 2018. After this date, any room reservations will be made on a case by case basis. Room rate and availability is not guaranteed.

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