Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council President and CEO Mike Bober Awarded Pet Age Magazine’s ‘Forty Under 40’

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Recognized honorees awarded for shaping the future of the industry within their fields

Mike Bober, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council(PIJAC)

....Bober has been tasked with tackling one of the most detrimental – and misrepresented - issues ever facing the pet industry: a nationwide assault on access to responsibly raised and collected companion animals of all types.

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) announces that President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Bober has been chosen by independent judges to receive the prestigious Pet Age Forty Under 40 Award for 2016. As one of the leading pet industry trade publications, Pet Age honors the new generation of men and women making headlines in their fields and shaping the future of the industry.

“The entire PIJAC board is so delighted to see our President, Mike Bober, receive this very well-deserved award,” said Laura “Peach” Reid, PIJAC Chair. “We are fortunate to have his unique skill set and leadership - working tirelessly with his outstanding team - to protect and promote the responsible and professional pet industry.”

In 2013, Bober joined PIJAC as the Vice President of Government of Affairs, which oversaw the Council’s legislative and regulatory efforts. In the beginning of 2016, he was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer.

“I am truly honored to receive such a prestigious award and look forward to a successful and impactful 2017,” said Bober.    

Along with thousands of pieces of legislation affecting every aspect of the industry including taxes, restrictions and fees, Bober has been tasked with tackling one of the most detrimental – and misrepresented - issues ever facing the pet industry: a nationwide assault on access to responsibly raised and collected companion animals of all types.

Bober also played a significant role in bringing together APPA, PIDA and PIJAC to create the inaugural Pet Industry Leadership Conference held for the first time this year in Tucson, AZ. This new conference combines world-class speakers with breakout sessions that explore best practices and emerging trends. It brings all stakeholders – manufacturers, distributors, livestock breeding and wholesale and retailers – together to address the critical issues facing everyone’s business. It is a much-needed event that will make an important positive difference for the industry for years to come. The second annual event takes place Jan. 30-Feb. 2 in Laguna Beach, California.

For media inquiries, please contact Jamie Baxter at jamie(at)theimpetusagency.com or (775) 322-4022.

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Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) for over 40 years, has been protecting pets and the pet industry. Companion animals are the backbone of our industry, and keeping pets available is PIJAC’s top priority. PIJAC promotes responsible pet ownership and animal welfare, fosters environmental stewardship, and ensures the availability of pets. It is a nonprofit, service-oriented organization comprised of members who care about pets and the pet industry. http://www.pijac.org.

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