Paragon School of Pet Grooming Wins Grooming Educator Awards



The Paragon School of Pet Grooming was voted #1 in three categories and nominated in a fourth at the Pet Grooming Industry Educator Awards.

The awards, which are determined by crowd-sourced polling within the pet grooming industry, were announced on New Year’s. 

Paragon received the top honors for the following categories:

  • Grooming School: For Paragon School of Pet Grooming's professional pet grooming training program.
  • ​Grooming Book:  For Melissa Verplank’s guidebook, The Theory of Five.
  • Grooming Webinar:  Membership-based webinars at


The team for the “Hey Joe!” pet professional podcast hosted by Joe Zuccarello, vice president of Paragon, also received a nomination in its inaugural year.

“We live and breathe for the advancement of professional groomer education so we are deeply honored to receive this recognition from our peers in the industry,” said Melissa Verplank, founder of Paragon companies and esteemed author of The Theory of Five and Notes from the Grooming Table.
“Each and every nominee should be proud of the work they’re doing to elevate our profession across North America. We are united in our passion for professionalism.”

Verplank’s been in pet grooming for 30 years, and she’s won numerous national and international awards, including competitor and director status at GroomTeamUSA. She has founded and owned multiple companies, including a fleet of mobile groomers, Whiskers Pet Resort and Spa, the Paragon School of Pet Grooming and its related companies, and White Dog Enterprises.

In addition to the awards in the Grooming School, Book and Webinar categories, Paragon's Training Experts were also independently voted #1 in the following categories:

Colin Taylor - London-born Colin Taylor is certified by the United Kingdom City and Guild, and a Certified Master Groomer in the United States. 

On site Skills Classes:
Lisa Leady - Lisa Leady is a third-generation groomer, with over 25 years experience. She is also a clinician, speaker, Certified Master Groomer, and Certifier for IPG. She has many Best All Around and Best in Show placements, is a multiple Cardinal Crystal Achievement Award nominee and was the recipient of the 2003 Congeniality Award. 

On Site Educational Classes:
Dave Campanella – Dave Campanella is an informative and entertaining seminar speaker, contributing trade columnist and grooming enthusiast. He is Best Shot Products’ sales and marketing director and has over 25 years of pet industry knowledge and experience. 

To learn more about Taylor, Leady and Campanella, more information can be found on 


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