Vendor Profiles

“Pet Business: How did TropiClean get started? What was the impetus behind it, and how has it evolved since it was founded?Derrik Kassebaum: TropiClean is owned by Donald Kassebaum, Sr., and his four sons—Don, Darin, Derrik and Denver. It grew out of a small beauty supply business that Donald, Sr., started in the mid-1980s. In 1986, Donald attended his first pet-grooming seminar in Chicago. He brought with him a line of shampoos and a delivery…”

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“Pet Business: How is the market for natural health supplements for dogs? Is it growing? If so, what is driving this growth?Victoria Chuidian: The market for natural health supplements for dogs is solid and growing steadily each year. Whether consumers are realizing the cost-saving benefits in vet care or just…”
“Pet Business: This year, NUPRO Pet Supplements is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Can you tell us a little about the history of the company? Janis Gianforte: About 25 years ago, I was working the horse business, training a stable of standardbred racehorses, which are the trotters and pacers. One day,…”
“Pet Business: Tell us about Protégé Biomedical and its products. What distinguishes it amoung its competitors?Susie Wuollett: Protégé Biomedical is a company that was started by my husband and me when we were in business school. We were both pursuing our MBAs and developed an idea for a hemostatic powder…”
by Mark Kalaygian on Sep 1, 2014
“Since he was seven years old, Andrew Hunte’s life has more or less revolved around puppies and dogs. It was at that age he began showing dogs—a passion he inherited from his parents. With that type of upbringing, it is no wonder that Hunte would grow up to become a…”