Speaker and Judge Bios

Connie Runyon

Oster Professional Products Connie is a NCMG with 35 years grooming and management experience.  She has won multiple Best in Show, including the 1998 Prago Best, ... Read More.

Suesan Watson

Pawparazzi Pet Salon Suesan’s grooming career stretches over 48 years and counting. She has received many class, group, BIS, and Best All Around ... Read More.

Lynn Switanowski

Creative Business Consulting Group Lynn Switanowski-Barrett, President of Creative Business Consulting Group, (CBCG) an International Retail Consulting firm, partners ... Read More.

Joe Zuccarello

Cosmos Corporation Joe started his career as a bather/brusher.  As VP of Operations (1989-2008) at Kennelwood Pet Resorts, Joe was responsible for a staff ... 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.

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

AKC 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.

Jennifer Lee

International Grooming Academy Jennifer Lee, a member of the GroomTeam USA traveling team has won over 70 grooming awards, including the Best in Show at GroomExpo and ... 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 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.

Melissa Verplank

Learn2GroomDogs.com Melissa Verplank, with over 30 years of experience in the pet industry has won numerous awards on both national and international ... 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.

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.

Kim Raisanen

PCGAA Kim Raisanen is President and Founder of the Professional Cat Groomers Assoc. of America, Author of Cat Grooming books, an industry ... Read More.

Barbara Prueckel

Doggie Style Inc. Prueckel began competing in 1996 and has won multiple Best in Show and Best All Around Groomer awards on three continents. She began ... 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.

Vicki Lynne Morgan

Animal Brands A pet industry marketing and sales professional, Vicki Lynne Morgan founded Animal Brands® (1976), the first woman-owned manufacturers’ ... Read More.

Ann Martin, NCMG

Feldspar Pet Spa Ann Martin was certified as a Master Groomer at age twenty and is a Certifier for NDGAA. She began competing in 1992, and in six years ... 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 received his DVM from Kansas State University in 2001 and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of ... 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.

Delise Knight

Bardel Bows Delise Knight has been in the pet Industry for over 35 years and owned a successful grooming salon for over twelve years. She is the ... Read More.

Mario DiFante

Four Paws Grooming A world renown judge at US, Canadian, European, So. American, Asian, and World team competitions for the past 25 years. He has been ... 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.

Diane Betelak, NCMG

Heads and Tails Professional Dog Grooming Diane Betelak, NCMG, is a certifier for National Dog Groomers Association of America (NDGAA). Diane has multiple Best in Shows and Best ... 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Danelle German

National Cat Groomers Institute of America Danelle German, CFMG, CFCG, founder and president of the National Cat Groomers Institute of America and the world’s first ... Read More.

Dr. Cliff Faver

IV San Bernard Dr. Cliff Faver, a 1987 graduate of Colorado State University, is the founder, director, and chief veterinarian of Animal Health ... Read More.

Michell Evans

The Grooming Tutor Michell Evans is a multi-Best in Show and Best All Around winning groomer.  She was a GroomTeam USA member from 2009-2013.   She was a ... 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.

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.

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.