Ben Jacobs

​Head of Ventures and Partnerships for Mars Petcare's Kinship division


Technology in a Non-Tech Industry
​Speaking with William Broun

William Broun is a VP with Nestlé Purina PetCare Company who focuses on mergers and acquisitions, early stage corporate venturing through 9 Square Ventures, and leads the company’s efforts in working to engage more effectively with consumers directly.  With a BS in aerospace engineering and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, he has worked in corporate finance at Procter & Gamble, Equities Research at A. G. Edwards & Sons, and commercial Middle Market Banking with U.S. Bank N.A. prior to his time with Nestlé Purina.  He has served on multiple boards for Nestlé Purina and has led the companies M&A practice for the past 12 years.  


​Topic: Technology in a Non-Tech Industry


Pet Tech is all the rage. Will Pet Tech disrupt or augment facility based pet care?






Ben serves as Head of Ventures and Partnerships for Mars Petcare's Kinship division, helping accelerate companies from the global leader in petcare. His efforts include the $100M Companion Fund and Leap Venture Studio for early stage companies. Ben joined Mars via the acquisition of Whistle, which he co-founded and was CEO from start until 2018. Whistle catalyzed a connected devices category and today leads the industry with its Whistle 3 pet tracker & activity monitor. Prior to founding Whistle, Ben served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and investment professional with DCM Ventures evaluating startups from seed to growth stages and as a management consultant at Bain & Company, where he worked across technology, private equity and consumer goods. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Yale University.​


​Topic: Technology in a Non-Tech Industry


Pet Tech is all the rage. Will Pet Tech disrupt or augment facility based pet care?

Machelle R. L. Hall is an attorney and Adjunct Professor teaching Animal Law at both Tulane and LSU Law Schools. She is the the Vice President of the Board of the Louisiana SPCA, the co-chair of the LaSPCA Government Relations and Legal Affairs Committee, board member of the New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council, and the founder of the Center for Louisiana Animal Welfare Law. She taught at the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic for 8 years, and currently works for the Louisiana Attorney General's Office in the Public Lands and Natural Resources section. (She is appearing in her personal capacity, and nothing in her presentation should be attributed to the Louisiana Attorney General's Office, Tulane University, or LSU.)


Topic: ​Animal Law: Microchips, lost dogs, and breakups: how to handle pet custody battles


​What to do where ownership of an animal is uncertain. Examples include: someone finding a pet with an outdated microchip, determining ownership in romantic dissolution, etc.




Speakers

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Brian Faulk is a founder of Live Oak Bank as well as a key member of Live Oak's veterinary lending team where he works directly with veterinarians who seek financing. Before joining Live Oak, Brian was the Senior Vice President for Vine Street Financial, a division of BB&T. Over his extensive 28-year career in banking, Brian has lent over $1.0 Billion dollars to small business owners across the country. He has a wealth of knowledge regarding small business lending and is a great resource for the banking community.​


Topic: How do I get Money for That?


Brian is focused on the Pet Care industry and understands what it takes for your Business to grow and succeed. If you are interested in acquiring a pet care facility/expanding your Business/ Construction & purchase of land / improve your current facility he will be able to offer his assistance on how to fund these types of loans.​

Keynote Speaker -

Jamie Migdal, CPDT-KA


 ​Staying above it all: how to achieve excellence amid chaos. 

Chris is a serial entrepreneur and owner of several businesses including Oneka Pet Resort in Hugo Minnesota, and Stage 5 Design, a digital marketing agency.  Chris left his corporate life managing a global service parts organization for John Deere Corporate and returned to Minnesota with his wife Ronda, and their two beagles (Moxie and Ammo) in 2017.


Topic: ​Digital Marketing: It's more than puppy pictures and poo emojis


A​ttendees will learn how to optimize their web presence, digital marketing, and search engine optimization.  You'll learn some of the tricks for advertising using keywords, long tail key phrases, and how to own your web presence.  Learn some tricks to ask for the sale on your website, Facebook, Instagram, or wherever you have presence on the web.

William Broun
VP, Business Development

Personalization @ Scale


Technology in a Non-Tech Industry​

​Speaking with Ben Jacobs

Machelle Hall


Animal Law: Microchips, lost dogs, and breakups: how to handle pet custody battles​

David Clegg

Allie’s Walkabout 


​Ok now what?

For information on the rest of our speakers, see Speaker pg. 2 (J - Z)


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Tonia Askins has serviced emerging entrepreneurs, nonprofits, existing small business owners and corporations for over fifteen years globally. Her client list, ranging from Ministers to Computer Application Developers, is just as diverse as her experience and services. As an author and speaker her books and teachings set a precedent and standard of individual ability, achievement and victorious living. Within the world of publishing she has been a forerunner and continues to trail blaze the way for countless authors through training classes and strategic brand consulting. In addition to such rewarding accomplishments, she was the first woman Chair of the largest SCORE chapter in Louisiana and now serves as the first woman to lead the way as Louisiana State Director. A no limits mind-set and passion for people are her main driving force. “I fuel people to do three things: be creative, sow and grow. Be Creative about how you go about achieving your goals, sow into purposeful projects that help others and grow by continually remaining a student of life.” In keeping up with her constant agile nature in business and helping individuals reach their peak in life, are her latest releases. The “Live Thankful” brand of apparel and journals as well as the “Money Everyday Movement” a financial membership site for individuals aimed to penetrate the wealth gap across the US.  


Topic: We can do this better! Improving employer/ employee dynamics


​How can SCORE help your business? We examine employer/ employee dynamics and the specific tools we can utilize to improve our relationships.





Brian Faulk 

Live Oak Bank


How Do I Get Money for That?​

Christopher Disch

Oneka Pet Resort

Stage 5 Design 


​Digital Marketing: It's more than puppy pictures and poo emojis​

Owners of Dog Daycares

The ODD Ball 2020 

January 20 - 23

Doubletree by Hilton, New Orleans

​David Clegg is a passionate relationship marketing expert who works with professionals who desire to unlock relationships and allow them to be as mutually beneficial as possible. David knows one's net worth is often untapped in their network, both professionally and personally; that there are a few skills that can be learned which will supercharge relationships. David has worked with professionals around the globe. The skills he teaches his clients transcends language and culture: It’s all about relationships. David tells his clients “Rich, mutually rewarding relationships take time and you can’t cheat time.” A Kentucky native, David proudly boasts a full set of teeth and commonly wears shoes. He resides in Villa Hills with his wife Mary, they have been married since 1990 and have 3 children. Being from Kentucky he enjoys great bourbon accompanied often by a delightful cigar. Mary, David with their daughters Audrey & Allie operate Allie’s Walkabout which began as a dog-walking service started by Allie when she was only 9 years old. Now 19, Allie and Audrey, 22, want to grow the company regionally and, Lord willing, nationally. David’s secret to success is being self-aware enough to know what you shouldn’t be doing, and connected well enough to know the person who should.

Topic: ​Ok now what?


​Setting priorities. What's that ONE THING that will really move the needle for you?





Tonia Askins

​SCORE


We can do this better! Improving employer/ employee dynamics

Jamie Migdal has been working with pets and their people, and innovating within the pet industry, for 25 years. Having successfully built four national pet service companies, Jamie is an expert in many aspects of the pet industry, including education, technology, business development, sales, marketing, and management. Her fourth and current company, FetchFind, provides robust staff training and digital marketing solutions to pet care service and pet brands and companies around the globe.

In 2018, Jamie joined the PetSmart Independent Review Board as an industry expert. She also received the Pet Age Women of Influence award, participated in the VentureSCALE accelerator program, and was selected as a finalist for Pet Industry Woman of the Year. In 2016-2017, Jamie completed the prestigious Prosper Women Entrepreneurs and WiSTEM-1871 Chicago accelerator programs and received the  Pet Age ICON and Women Tech Founders Midwest Women in Tech awards. Under her leadership, FetchFind was selected as one of the top five most innovative pet care companies via the Purina Pet Care Innovation Prize in 2017.

Jamie is a sought-after industry expert and public speaker and presents on a variety of business and pet care service topics at conferences throughout the year. She lives with her family in Chicago.


Topic: Staying above it all: How to achieve excellence amid chaos.


​Pet care businesses are fueled by passion - at least, that’s how it starts out. But what do you do when that passion turns into an extended period of “running on empty” while you try to manage and scale your business? Burnout is an ever-present risk for entrepreneurs and small business owners, and when you’re involved with pets (even in a non-rescue capacity), the additional complication of compassion fatigue can magnify ordinary burnout to dangerous levels. Join four-time entrepreneur and founder/CEO of FetchFind Jamie Migdal as she discusses her experiences in the rapidly-evolving pet industry landscape, and how you can achieve operational excellence while still enjoying a healthy (and satisfying) work-life balance.


Social media
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/FetchFind
Twitter: @FetchFind, @k9entrepreneur
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fetchfind/
Websites: www.fetchfind.com www.jamiemigdal.com