Speaker and Judge Bios

Ren Netherland

Animal Photography Ren Netherland began his career in photography while serving in the U.S. Navy. In 1986, he opened the first Pet Photography Studio in ... Read More.

Dr. Edmund Sulkowski

Healthy Pet Systems Dr. Sulkowski received his Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree from Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine.  He founded Healthy ... Read More.

Donna Gleason

TLC Dog Trainer - Training Love Commitment Donna has been training dogs professionally for over 12 years.  Her background prior to training dogs began as a Special Education ... Read More.

Chris Quinlan

Riverwalk Pet Resort / Health Technology Professional Products Inc. Chris grew up in a family business that specialized in hospital hygiene, sanitation, laundry, and floor care since 1958. While earning ... Read More.

Brett Wilson

Smoochie Pooch Brett is the owner/operator of Smoochie Pooch in Northwest Indiana. Operating 3 mobile vans, as well as 3 fully staffed salons with a ... Read More.

Lynn Switanowski

Creative Business Consulting Group President of Creative Business Consulting Group, (CBCG) an International Retail Consulting firm, partners with retailers and e-tailers ... Read More.

Dr. Jim Warner

International Professional Groomers “Dr. Jim” is a 2nd generation chiropractor, author and speaker who has trained doctors in 42 states and 13 countries. He has worked ... Read More.

Susan Sholar

The American Kennel Club Susan ‘Divine’ Sholar is a pet industry expert with over 40 years of experience. She has 15+ years of teaching all-breed grooming, ... Read More.

Melissa Verplank

Melissa Verplank Enterprises Melissa Verplank, with over 30 years of experience in the pet industry has won numerous awards on both national and international ... Read More.

Lisa Vella

South Bark Dog Wash Lisa Vella is co-owner of South Bark Dog Wash, an award winning self-service dog wash, established in San Diego, CA. She is directly ... Read More.

Dale Sanson, Ph.D., MBA

Fresh ‘n Clean by Pet-Ag, Inc. Dr. Dale Sanson has been an organic chemist for over 30 years and has been with PBI Gordon for over 20 years. Dr. Sanson has a Ph.D. in ... Read More.

Suzanne Marchetti, ICMG

Uptown Paw Suzanne has groomed for 35 years and has owned her own business for 24 years.  Her most recent business was Uptown Paw in Huntington ... Read More.

Micah Kohles, DVM

Oxbow Animal Health Dr. Micah Kohles, DVM, MPA, earned his DVM from Kansas State University in 2001 and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the ... Read More.

Susan Briggs

Crystal Canine Susan Briggs, founder of Crystal Canine, offering business management tools customized for the pet industry, also co-founded The Dog ... Read More.

Mary Oquendo

Pawsitive Educational Training Mary Oquendo is a Certified Master Pet Tech Instructor and recipient of the 2012 David Salzberg Award for Outstanding Achievement in ... Read More.

Pam Lauritzen

International Society of Canine Cosmetologists Pam Lauritzen has been a leader and pioneer in the Pet Styling Industry for over 30 years. She is a judge, lecturer, author and trade ... Read More.

Dr. Cliff Faver

IV San Bernard Dr. Cliff Faver, a 1987 graduate of CSU, is the founder/owner of Animal Health Services (6 doctors, 2 groomers, 35 employees) in Cave ... Read More.

Beth Cristiano

Pretty Paws LLC Beth has dedicated 20 years to the pet-care industry. Beth owns Pretty Paws LLC, headquartered in Harrison, N.Y. She teaches grooming ... Read More.

Dave Campanella

Best Shot Pet Products Dave has been with Best Shot Pet Products for 10 years and is the Sales & Marketing Manager. His experience in the grooming ... Read More.

Shannon Moore

Espree Shannon Moore, NCMG became a member of GroomTeam USA in 2013. Shannon is a certified master groomer with NDGAA, IPG, and IGA.  She is ... Read More.

Joey Villani

Joey began his grooming career at nine years old at Super Dog, that later became The Nash Academy, which he owned and operated for 10 ... Read More.

Jay Scruggs

Here Comes the Groom Mobile Jay and his wife Michelle own Here Comes the Groom, a highly successful mobile grooming salon in Piperton, Tennessee. Jay has won ... Read More.

Christina Pawlosky

The Grooming Professors Christina Pawlosky is an international Grooming Industry Speaker and Judge.  She is proud to be partnered with Judy Hudson to produce ... Read More.

Cheryl Purcell

Pooch Paws Cheryl Purcell is a Nationally Certified Master Groomer, a GroomTeam USA Top 5 member from 2002 to 2007 and is now the Current ... Read More.

Suesan Watson

Pawparazzi Pet Salon Suesan is a third generation pet stylist whose dynamic career stretches over 40 years and is a A “Certified Master Groomer”. Suesan ... Read More.

Sue Zecco

The Pampered Pet Grooming Salon Sue a NCMG, IPCMG and Member of Groom Team USA, has numerous competition wins including Intergroom’s International Groomer of the Year ... Read More.

Olga Zabelinskaya

Elite Pet Spa & Boutique Olga is a Nationally and Internationally Certified Master Groomer with multiple “Best in Show” and “Best All-Around ... Read More.

Donna Walker

South Bark Dog Wash Donna Walker is co-owner of South Bark Dog Wash, an award winning self-service dog wash, established in San Diego, CA. She is directly ... Read More.

Deborah Walker

LaBest Pet Resort and Spa Deborah Walker has been training pets for over 40 years. She owns and operates one of the leading Animal Care Facilities in the state ... Read More.

Tammy Siert

Andis Clipper Co. Tammy has been grooming for more than 20 years and manages a busy upscale salon in Hinsdale, IL. She started competing in 1994 and made ... Read More.

Irina Pinkusevich

Päsh the Canine Boudoir Irina “Pina” Pinkusevich immigrated from the Ukraine in 1989. She started Competitive Grooming in 2006. Irina has won ... Read More.

Kelly Knight

Goin’ to the Dogs Kelly Knight has been in the pet industry for over 20 years. She is a National Certified Master Groomer with many accolades including: ... Read More.

Robin Bennett, CPDT-KA

RB Consulting Robin Bennett, CPDT-KA, is an author and consultant on dog daycare and training with 20 years of involvement in the pet care industry. ... Read More.

Dawn Omboy

Klippers Known to the Industry as “The Queen of Color,” Dawn brings both color and excitement to everyday grooming, with over 30 awards from her ... Read More.

Jodi Murphy

Jodi Murphy Grooming Products Jodi Murphy is a Certified Master Pet Stylist. She has been a member of GroomTeam USA for four years ranking within the top four ... Read More.

Angela Kumpe

Angela’s Grooming Angela Kumpe has made a career out of creative styling. Some of her accomplishments include over 70 creative placements since 2002, 5 ... Read More.

Judy Hudson

Grooming Tails Mobile Judy owns and operates Grooming Tails Mobile Pet Grooming in Nashville, TN and is an International Speaker and Judge. She holds an ... Read More.

Linda Easton, ICMG

International Professional Groomers Linda Easton, ICMG, is President of International Professional Groomers. As a competitive groomer her wins include Best in Show and ... Read More.

Teri DiMarino

DiMarino & Associates Teri has owned successful salons and mobiles in Florida and California. Teri was a member of three GroomTeam USA Gold Medal teams. A ... Read More.

Jonathan David

Lap of Luxury Dog Spa Jonathan David has been the recipient of multiple scissoring awards, multiple Best All Around Groomer awards and Best In Show earning ... Read More.

Lori Craig

Doggie Styles Lori Craig is the owner of Doggie Styles in Moore Oklahoma for 20 years, President of the Creative Groomers Association, is blessed to ... Read More.