APPA Makes Staffing Changes



The American Pet Products Association (APPA) promoted an employee and hired a new staff member.


Kaitlin Stewart, now in her sixth year with APPA, has been promoted to manager of trade show operations. In her new role, she will oversee day-to-day operations for Global Pet Expo and serve as a direct contact for all of the exhibitors. During her time at APPA, Stewart played an instrumental role in launching the APPA Young Professionals and recently earned her certification in event management. She belongs to the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE). Stewart is also a founding member and vice chair of the Young Professionals group of the IAEE New York Chapter, where she was awarded a diamond award for her volunteer efforts. She is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University, where she received her bachelor’s in marketing and communications, and Marist College, where she received her master’s in media studies and public relations. 


Megan Rooney was hired as trade show coordinator for APPA. Rooney brings several years of event experience and will serve as a customer service representative to new trade show exhibitors. In her role, she will assist first-time exhibitors through the trade show process to ensure a smooth and successful event experience. Rooney received her bachelor’s degree in communication from Marist College and her master’s degree in childhood education from Pace University. She is a member of the ASAE, IAEE and IAEE New York Chapter.


“On behalf of the APPA board and staff, we congratulate Kate on her advancement within the Association and welcome Meg to the team,” said Andrew Darmohraj, executive vice president and COO of APPA. “Kate has quickly emerged as a leader at the Association and has played an integral role in the success of our trade show. We look forward to both of their contributions to Global Pet Expo and success in their new roles.”     


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