I love this industry. If you were thinking that this was going to be just some info on a trade show, you would be wrong. This trade show that started when a group of pet stylists in Tennessee got together to get their "learn on" in 2006, has become much more than a simple trade show. It has become a symbol for the big hearts in the grooming industry.
Susan Porterfield, trade show director of the Pet Stylist Super Show, is very proud of their young group. She feels that the key to the future is education and networking. You can imagine how devastated she was to learn on the day she was mauled by a dog, that the group she entrusted to put together the show backed out. There was no way she could put together a show by herself a month before it was scheduled from her hospital bed.
Word travels quickly in our world. Groom Team contacted Todd Shelley of Barkleigh Productions. Todd put the word out on Facebook. It caught the attention of Tip Campbell, who has spent countless hours helping coordinate the effort. And shaping up it is!
There are groomers and speakers, such as Judi Cantu Thacker, Lori Craig, Emily Rupe, Kristie Kingsland, and Tip and more announced every day coming in to do free demos on their own dime. Kristie is "Proud of everyone banding together to make this show a great venue for continuing education for our industry."
The local veterinarian, Dr. Leslie Wereszczak, will hold the pet first aid class.
Speakers have been scheduled knowing they will probably not get paid. Kudos to Nicole LaLiberty Kallish and Lindsey Dickens for being the first two to commit with their Dueling Bichons seminar that was so popular at Hershey last year. In fact many of them have donated items for the auction and prize money for the competitions. Lori Craig, one of speakers, has this to say. " Our industry is a wonderful thing and it isn't the first time groomers banded together to aid others and I am most positive it will not be the last. I am very pleased to help, my clients are not so happy about it seeing as I will have to close up another weekend since PetQuest is around the corner. But they realize this is my passion, and I will get their fluffy companion in as soon as possible."