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

 

Michael Landa

Founder and CEO
NULO

Michael Landa

Founder and CEO
NULO
 

Bryan Jaffe

Managing Director
Cascadia Capital, LLC

Cascadia Capital is an independent investment bank providing middle-market entrepreneurs and family-owned businesses with merger and acquisition advice, capital raising and strategic advisory services. For nearly two decades, the firm has strived to deliver the best outcomes for its clients by leveraging its extensive transaction experience, deep domain expertise and commitment to building long-term relationships. Cascadia is a pure advisory firm and is not conflicted by trading, lending, research or cross-selling business.

Bryan Jaffe

Managing Director
Cascadia Capital, LLC

Cascadia Capital is an independent investment bank providing middle-market entrepreneurs and family-owned businesses with merger and acquisition advice, capital raising and strategic advisory services. For nearly two decades, the firm has strived to deliver the best outcomes for its clients by leveraging its extensive transaction experience, deep domain expertise and commitment to building long-term relationships. Cascadia is a pure advisory firm and is not conflicted by trading, lending, research or cross-selling business. For more information, visit the firm's website at www.cascadiacapital.com

 

Josh McDowell

Main Post Partners

Josh McDowell

Main Post Partners
 

Michael Parness

Chief Marketing Officer
Outward Hound

Michael Parness is currently the CMO of Outward Hound where he leads the Marketing and E-commerce teams. He has a unique background in both Marketing and as a Product Designer with over 150 media awards and 11 Utility Patents. He is a proven growth leader with over 20 years’ experience scaling Private Equity and Publicly owned companies in Consumer Products, Baby, Pet, Entertainment, and Quick Serve Restaurants. He has worked with over 50 brands including Disney, Tefal Cookware, Mattel, Hasbro, McDonald's, Coca-Cola,  Infantino and more. 

Michael Parness

Chief Marketing Officer
Outward Hound

Michael Parness is currently the CMO of Outward Hound where he leads the Marketing and E-commerce teams. He has a unique background in both Marketing and as a Product Designer with over 150 media awards and 11 Utility Patents. He is a proven growth leader with over 20 years’ experience scaling Private Equity and Publicly owned companies in Consumer Products, Baby, Pet, Entertainment, and Quick Serve Restaurants. He has worked with over 50 brands including Disney, Tefal Cookware, Mattel, Hasbro, McDonald's, Coca-Cola,  Infantino and more. 

 

Roy Stein

Founder and CEO
BabelBark

Roy Stein is an executive with extensive experience in both the corporate and new venture worlds, leading mature business units to revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars and founding startups from idea to acquisition. He is Founder and CEO of BabelBark, a comprehensive software platform with mobile applications, intelligent cloud analytics and marketing tools that connects owners, their dogs, veterinarians and vendors in a comprehensive and completely integrated solution.

Roy Stein

Founder and CEO
BabelBark

Roy Stein is an executive with extensive experience in both the corporate and new venture worlds, leading mature business units to revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars and founding startups from idea to acquisition. He is Founder and CEO of BabelBark, a comprehensive software platform with mobile applications, intelligent cloud analytics and marketing tools that connects owners, their dogs, veterinarians and vendors in a comprehensive and completely integrated solution. BabelBark combines 24/7 activity monitoring, veterinarian guided wellness programs, regional service providers and tailor matched products to prescriptively and proactively ensure the health and happiness of dogs. 

 

Yaroslav Azhnyuk

CEO & Co-Founder
PetCube

Yaroslav is a Co-founder and CEO at Petcube, a technology company dedicated to connecting pets to the internet.

Prior to that, he has co-founded Internet Initiatives, an NGO dedicated to promoting digital literacy in Ukraine, and SM Digital, a digital advertising boutique which he later sold to Prodigi - the leading digital agency in Ukraine at the time. Yaroslav got his masters in computer science from Applied Math faculty of Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. He currently spends all of his time working on Petcube, in company's San Francisco headquarters.

Yaroslav Azhnyuk

CEO & Co-Founder
PetCube

Yaroslav is a Co-founder and CEO at Petcube, a technology company dedicated to connecting pets to the internet.

Prior to that, he has co-founded Internet Initiatives, an NGO dedicated to promoting digital literacy in Ukraine, and SM Digital, a digital advertising boutique which he later sold to Prodigi - the leading digital agency in Ukraine at the time. Yaroslav got his masters in computer science from Applied Math faculty of Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. He currently spends all of his time working on Petcube, in company's San Francisco headquarters.

Yaroslav is passionate about pets, people, models of thinking, and reinventing the way people learn things. 

 

Ben Jacobs

Head of Ventures
Mars Petcare

Ben Jacobs is the Co-Founder and CEO of Whistle, acquired by Mars. He now works on building teams and tools to move faster and engage with start-ups, including incubation efforts, venture capital, and an accelerator. Ben is Head of Ventures at Mars Petcare, helping accelerate start-ups across efforts from the global leader in pet care, including $100M fund focused on the space.

Ben Jacobs

Head of Ventures
Mars Petcare

Ben Jacobs is the Co-Founder and CEO of Whistle, acquired by Mars. He now works on building teams and tools to move faster and engage with start-ups, including incubation efforts, venture capital, and an accelerator. Ben is Head of Ventures at Mars Petcare, helping accelerate start-ups across efforts from the global leader in pet care, including $100M fund focused on the space.

 

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, 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. 

 

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 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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Ryan Bethencourt

CEO
Wild Earth Inc

Ryan is a co-founder and CEO at Wild Earth, bringing years of experience in leading, building and advising high-growth food and biotechnology companies. Ryan is a biotech entrepreneur, investor, and one of the founders of the biohacker movement.

Ryan Bethencourt

CEO
Wild Earth Inc

Ryan is a co-founder and CEO at Wild Earth, bringing years of experience in leading, building and advising high-growth food and biotechnology companies. Ryan is a biotech entrepreneur, investor, and one of the founders of the biohacker movement. He’s a co-founder, former Program Director, and Venture Partner at IndieBio and has invested in over 70 early stage biotech startups and served as the head of life sciences at the XPRIZE Foundation. As an ethical vegan, Ryan is passionate about the future of biology as a technology, applied across all industries to solve some of humanity’s most intractable problems. Ryan fosters dogs for Rocket Dog Rescue and is passionate about mindfulness, meditation, and mentoring. His work at the interface of science, food, and business has been covered by many major publications. 

 

Kevin Li

CEO
PlayDate

Kevin Li

CEO
PlayDate
 

Ben Zvaifler

Co-Founder
PupBox

Ben Zvaifler

Co-Founder
PupBox
 

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 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.

 

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 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

 

David Sprinkle

Publisher and Research Director
Packaged Facts

David Sprinkle is the research director for Packaged Facts, which publishes syndicated research on U.S.

David Sprinkle

Publisher and Research Director
Packaged Facts

David Sprinkle is the research director for Packaged Facts, which publishes syndicated research on U.S. consumer markets including the food and pet food industries. He manages Packaged Facts’ consumer survey and webinar programs, contributes a monthly consumer insights column to Petfood Industry, and provides articles or interviews to pet industry media such as PETS International, PFI (Pet Food Institute) Monitor, and SupplySide Animal Nutrition Insights. He regularly gives conference presentations at Global Pet Expo and Petfood Forum/Innovation Workshop in the U.S., as well as at industry events such as American Veterinary Medical Association Economic Summit, China International Pet Show, National Pet Industry Trade Show (Canada), Natural Products Expo, PIJAC Pet Industry Leadership Conference, Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) Trade Show, VetHealth Global, and VMX (North American Veterinary Community).  He has an MBA from Tulane University in New Orleans, where he has taught business communications.

 

Packaged Facts, a division of MarketResearch.com, publishes market intelligence on a wide range of consumer market topics, including consumer demographics and shopper insights, consumer financial products and services, consumer goods and retailing, and pet products and services.  Packaged Facts’ annual U.S. Pet Market Outlook report is a leading information source on the U.S. pet industry.

www.packagedfacts.com

 

Daniel Rotman

Founder & CEO
PrettyLitter

Daniel Rotman, a native of Los Angeles, is a Founder & CEO of three venture-backed companies. He was named a Harvard University Gleitsman Fellow in the Center for Public Leadership and a Traub-Dicker Fellow in Harvard's Carr Center for Human Rights.  A unique, diverse and accomplished background, Daniel served as Chair of the LAHSC Board of Directors, worked for the U.S.

Daniel Rotman

Founder & CEO
PrettyLitter

Daniel Rotman, a native of Los Angeles, is a Founder & CEO of three venture-backed companies. He was named a Harvard University Gleitsman Fellow in the Center for Public Leadership and a Traub-Dicker Fellow in Harvard's Carr Center for Human Rights.  A unique, diverse and accomplished background, Daniel served as Chair of the LAHSC Board of Directors, worked for the U.S. Congressional Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, founded a grassroots fundraising organization and served as a Chief Development Officer working side-by-side with the nation's top philanthropists and investors. In his career as an entrepreneur and leader, Daniel has managed over $60 Million in revenue.

 

His latest and greatest success, PrettyLitter is an innovative pet-wellness company with investors that include Tim Draper of DFJ, Brian Lee the co-Founder and former CEO of the Honest Company, and Sam Yagan the Founder OKCupid and former CEO of Match.com.  

 

Daniel earned a dual undergraduate degree in Political Science and Legal Studies from U.C. Berkeley, and received his Master in Public Administration From Harvard's JFK School of Government.

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. 

Click here to apply.

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.

Deadline: 19th October 2018

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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.

Selection Committee

Bob Vetere

President & CEO
American Pet Products Association

Jacinthe Moreau

President
World Pet Association

Dylan Boyd

Director
R/GA Ventures

Mark Warren

Cofounder, Chairman & CEO
Dane Creek Capital

David Fiorentino

Partner
J.W. Childs Associates

Josh McDowell

Main Post Partners

Carol Frank

Managing Director – Business Development
MHT Partners

Senior Event Partner

Media Partner

Association Partners

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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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