PIJAC Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors



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The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) elected two new board members. Joe Waston of Petland and John Mack of Reptiles by Mack were unanimously elected at the March 11 board meeting.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome John Mack and Joe Watson to the PIJAC Board of Directors," said Ken Oh, president and CEO of PIJAC. "Both Joe and John understand the challenges the pet industry faces as legislative threats multiply, as well as the potential adverse effect on the entire industry.

"Each bring a unique perspective to the PIJAC board, ensuring our capability of protecting and representing the entire pet industry from harmful regulations and legislation."

Waston is the president and CEO of Petland. The Chillicothe, Ohio-based retail chain has 138 stores across the U.S. and Canada. Watson came to Petland as vice president of operations and then served as its COO.

Mack is the founder, CEO and owner of Xenia, Ohio-based Reptiles of Mack, one of the largest breeders, wholesalers and suppliers of captive-bred reptiles in the U.S. He founded the company in 1985 and has grown it from a husband-and-wife team operating out of their home to a massive complex with a full-time staff of animal-care technicians. Reptiles by Mack provides hundreds of pet stores nationwide and internationally with various snakes, bearded dragons, geckos, ball pythons, boa constrictors, and numerous other exotic animals.

PIJAC also re-elected Oh—general manager of the pet care division for WF Young—as PIJAC's president, CEO and chairman, and Andy Ponte—vice president of North American sales for United Pet Group—as secretary/treasurer. Both will serve another term.

Greg Cyr of Central Garden and Pet was appointed second vice chair. Rolf Hagen, Jr., who previously held the position, will remain on the PIJAC Board of Directors.

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