I am blessed! After years of hard work and dedication to the industry I love so much, I have become the proud recipient of two amazing awards. I never dreamed that my career would take me so far or that so many people would benefit from my efforts. All I can say is THANKS!
Despite a shaky start to the Hershey show, attendance was high and there was a definite excitement in the air. I would like to thank Todd Shelly and everyone at Barkleigh for putting on a great show and an equally great awards ceremony. It was a glorious night filled with good food, good friends and the best-of-the-best in the grooming world.
Jay Scruggs was the emcee for the first Barkleigh Honors awards, and after some fun with the now retiring Frank Rowe, the awards were presented. While the competition was fierce, I walked away with the Barkleigh Honors for Contribution to the Industry. Luckily, my wife Beth was in attendance and able to share this moment with me. Groom Expo is one of the few shows she attends, and this year I had the pleasure of sharing her company at the awards banquet. As many of you know, the Groomers Helper was invented for her in an effort to stop the day-to-day struggle of grooming and prevent her from being bitten. At this point, it has helped thousands around the world to groom safer and we owe it all to Beth. Thank you, Mrs. Simons.
I flew directly to Las Vegas from Hershey to attend this year's SuperZoo. This is an awesome show where the pet industry shines and an incredible amount of products are available. If you have never experienced this event, mark it on your calendar. The record-breaking rain did not dampen the spirit of the show! I never dreamed that I would be receiving a Crystal Achievement Award on the heels of my Barkleigh Honors victory.
I thank Craig Rexford and Cardinal Laboratories for keeping the Crystals alive. It is hard to express the feeling I had when my name was announced! Thanks to all who voted for me and thanks again to my darling wife Beth who makes it all worthwhile!