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American Pet Professionals | 8th Anniversary!!

What once started as a whim, American Pet Professionals celebrating its 8th Anniversary is significant news for all pet lovers and professionals. It is a way to bring together pet professionals from all areas of the industry. Dating back to February 24, 2009, it now has grown into a nationwide networking and educational organization for the pet industry, with members all across the country.

The newly established group by Nancy Hassel wanted to help pet professionals work together, learn from each other, and to make new connections to grow their businesses.  Since it was beginning eight years ago, nearly 100 in-person networking educational events have taken place under Hassel’s direction.  Several events reside in Chicago, Connecticut, New York City, New Jersey and Long Island.  Expert speakers from inside and outside of the industry focus speak on timely business topics for non-profit members.

In addition to in-person events, members can learn from webinars, a bi-monthly members only newsletter, live Facebook Q&A on Tuesdays within their private member group, business consultations, and guidance along with many other membership benefits.

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Celebrating American Pet Professionals

Many members have gained considerable press and media attention just from being a member, due to the organization being a public relation professional in the pet industry. This is just one of the many membership perks.

“The past eight years have been an incredible ride in our beautiful pet industry.  From the very first event, it was never my intention to turn this into a business – but the demand was there, and everyone at the event was asking when the next one would be.  The rest is history as they say, and we still have many members that were at our very first event,” said President and Founder, Nancy Hassel.

“I believe this is the best industry for personal involvement. Everyone’s love of animals and passion shines through, and I feel privileged to have met and known so many supportive and driven pet professionals.  It has always been about ‘we’ as a pet professional community.  We always strive for the best by bringing as much information, education and know-how to our members.  I am excited about the future and the new ideas we will be bringing to the table!”

For the organizations 8th year anniversary, APP is hosting a networking event celebration at the location where their very first networking event was held, Butterfields Restaurant in Hauppauge, NY. It is being held on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm on 661 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge, NY 11788. The event will feature: networking and introductions, making new pet industry connections, food (cash bar), giveaways, announcements and insider information, pet swag and much more!

New and aspiring pet professionals are welcome to register to attend.

“We are excited to come full circle and host a fun event at Butterfields where it all began,” said Hassel.

This event is limited to 40 pet professionals.  A buffet dinner will be served with a cash bar. Attendees are advised to bring business cards, brochures about their businesses or rescue groups. Each attendee will get a full swag bag as a thank you for attending.

The cost for NON-Members is $29.97 per person, and non-members can RSVP by going to….  APP Member cost is only $19.97 per person, become a member today to save on this event.  ($10 extra at the door and cash only at the door).

For more information on this event contact Nancy Hassel at (631) 446-1105 or by email at

About American Pet Professionals

American Pet Professionals (APP) is a multiple award-winning National Business Networking and Educational Organization for the Pet Industry. Educating, Uniting, Referring, Connecting and Helping all Pet Professionals since 2009!

The organization offers in-person networking events nationwide with expert speakers offering their expertise on many different topics to help individuals and businesses grow, work together and unite the pet industry. Hosting nearly 100 in-person networking and educational events for pet professionals since it’s inception.

In addition to in-person networking events, American Pet Professionals also hosts webinars for its members; Facebook LIVE video series highlighting APP member pet professionals; sends out a weekly Pet Events Newsletter to 10,250+ pet lovers that cover events and works with many rescue groups throughout the region.

Founder and President of American Pet Professionals, Nancy E. Hassel, also travels across the country attending and speaking at pet business conferences and works with many of the organizers of such conferences to bring more expertise, knowledge, ideas and inspiration to its members.

The American Pet Professionals membership-based organization started in February 2009 and has been growing rapidly, voted Best Networking Group, First Place three years in a row for years 2012, 2013 and 2014 by Long Island Press readers.


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