Tides of Change, Waves of Opportunity

January 28-31, 2018 / Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples, Florida 

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"Time and tide wait for no man...." (Chaucer)

Naples, on the Florida Gulf Coast, hosts the 2018 Pet Industry Leadership Conference. Where sea meets land, timeless forces are at play. Waves lap the beach in endless succession. Tides roll in and out as predictably as the rising and setting of the sun. But what seems predictable and benign can overwhelm the unprepared when storms rage.

Business cycles, like tides, rise and fall with regularity. Consumer preferences, generational differences, cyber threats and disruptive technologies impact each company’s success. It’s in the preparation for future threats and opportunities that winners and losers are sorted.

The 2018 Pet Industry Leadership Conference will help you weather impending storms and prepare for tomorrow’s challenges. Economist Brian Beaulieu brings his 30 years of experience in deciphering economic trends to help us understand what leading indicators say about the market for pet products in the months ahead. Cyber security expert Brett Williams will explain how companies can protect their most valuable assets from hackers and why cyber security must be a top concern for C-level execs, not just I.T.

Amazon’s Mike Bassani will discuss the world’s most powerful retail disrupter’s interest in pet products and how consumer behavior drives change in the channel. CNN commentator and TED X superstar Mel Robbins will give us her provocative and compelling views on leadership, courage and human potential. And Jim Platzer will show us what overcoming truly daunting challenges is like and how your most important sense is your sense of purpose.

The Pet Industry Leadership Conference is open exclusively to members of the leading trade organizations of APPA, PIDA, PIJAC and WPA.  

Why You Can’t Miss the Pet Industry Leadership Conference

    • The largest conference for pet industry executives - more than 300 of the pet industry’s leading voices—CEOs, CFOs, owners, V.P. Sales & Marketing and other C-level executives will be participating
    • Thought leaders whose achievements are celebrated worldwide to help you stretch yourself and reach your goals
    • Peer-to-peer dialog in a relaxed, resort environment that encourages collaborative thinking
    • Beautiful beachfront setting that offers a welcome respite from January’s bitter cold
    • All segments of the pet industry gathered in a non-trade show setting, where the emphasis is on problem solving, not selling
    • Suppliers of products and services to the pet industry gathered in one location to serve you.

The Pet Industry Leadership Conference Gives Back

This year, the Pet Industry Leadership Conference has partnered with "Associations Give Back," to help Southwest Florida rebuild following the devastation from Hurricane Irma.  Hurricane Irma brought unprecedented devastation to people, property and pets across the state, including Naples. Many hardworking charities are busy today—and will be for some time—helping to return normalcy to the affected areas. Through the Pet Industry Leadership Conference Gives Back program, we will assist in that recovery effort. 

Please consider donating generously to our Pet Industry Leadership Conference Gives Back campaign. 100% of your donation will go to GreaterGood, which has moved quickly since the hurricane made landfall to provide help where most needed. GreaterGood is doing exceptional work in Naples, site of the Pet Industry Leadership Conference.

Donations are now being accepted at the Pet Industry Leadership Conference Gives Back website:  www.associationsgiveback.org/campaign/pilc. Join us in making a generous donation to this worthy cause.