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VENTURA, Calif. (August 1, 2014) – Women in the Pet Industry Network recently announced the finalists for its 2014 Pet Industry “Woman of the Year” Awards and Gina Dial, John Paul Pet Vice President of Sales and Marketing, has been honored as a finalist in the Corporate Category.

A panel of four independent judges reviewed and scored nominations from more than 50 applicants in the five categories. The judges included a corporate CEO, an IT professional with a major broadcasting company, a former owner of two vocational schools and the founder/owner of two 30-year-old businesses.

“The Pet Industry ‘Women of the Year’ Awards were designed to recognize the amazing females who dedicate their time and talents to improving the lives of all pets – dogs, cats, birds, fish, horses and exotics – and their parents,” Shawna Schuh, President of WIPIN, said. “The Awards are a celebration of women who have devoted their lives to the pet industry and shine as beacons of women helping women and pets with passion. Every finalist does the industry proud.”

Since joining John Paul Pet more than five years ago, Dial has infused the company with her compassion, care and drive to not only help animals in distress, but to help other organizations that share common goals strengthen and grow. Never losing sight of the potential for John Paul Pet to have an impact on the lives of pets and pet owners, Dial has never wavered from her commitment to making it happen.

John Capra, President of John Paul Pet, emphasizes the vital role Dial plays at John Paul Pet.

“As a champion of John Paul Pet’s growth and expansion for the past five years, Gina Dial embodies the spirit of giving and caring that is the foundation of our company,” Capra said. “Gina’s vision for our company and its direction is always focused on how we can help pets in need.”

Charged with overseeing product line expansions, Dial has developed programs engaging with natural, equine and veterinarian markets. She built the relationships and worked with major retailers like Target, CVS, Walgreens, AAFES, PetSmart and Petco, and did all of this by creating appealing marketing programs that always, at their core, help the pet community in substantial and novel ways. Leading John Paul Pet and its partners, Dial has organized tragedy response efforts and improved shelter relief and adoption rates (Pet Club, OMPA, AAS). Additionally, she has brought together groups, coordinating and inspiring them to expand their reach and help more pets by collaboration and unique partnerships, such as One Pictures Saves a Life, One Million Pet Adoptions, Adopt-A-Shelter and Hand Wash Only. Dial is also credited with developing the company mantra – health and wellness through grooming.

“It’s a huge honor to be a finalist for the Pet Industry ‘Woman of the Year’ Awards,” Dial said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity John Paul Pet has given me to develop programs and initiatives that help pets across the country. My love and passion for animal rescue and care drives all of our programs because we must always put animals first.”

Sharing a home and ranch with her husband, Greg, Dial has a large family that includes horses, dogs and cats, many of them rescued or adopted.

About John Paul Pet
30 years ago John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems, revolutionized the professional salon industry by banning animal testing for his line of hair products. John Paul’s in-depth expertise in hair and skin care formulations also led to research in new standards for pet grooming and hygiene, leading to the creation of John Paul Pet shampoos, conditioners, sprays and pet wipes. John Paul Pet actively supports programs benefiting all animals, including Best Friends Animal Society, The Morris Animal Foundation, PAWS, The California Wildlife Association, The Humane Society of the United States, as well as numerous Humane Society of America and SPCA events, pet rescue organizations and pet charities nationwide. For more information, please visit www.johnpaulpet.com or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

About Women in the Pet Industry Network (WIPIN)
Established in 2010, and then acquired in 2012 by Shawna Schuh, the current president and Chief Pet Wrangler, WIPIN is headquartered near Portland, Ore., and currently serves a worldwide membership base of women in the pet industry. WIPIN is the only organization serving professionals in all segments of the pet industry, as well as all types of pets, including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, small animals, horses, and exotic pets. WIPIN includes representatives from nearly all of the career paths that exist within the pet industry, including groomers, pet-sitters, vets, artists, trainers, breeders, animal psychics, writers, and pet store boutique owners. The organization helps women grow their pet-focused businesses by providing valuable group marketing and networking resources including All About Growth Conference & Awards Show that will be held in August 2014. WIPIN is affiliated with Black Dog Education, Animal Wellness Magazine and PetIndustryTV.com. For more information, visit WIPIN online at www.womeninthepetindustry.com.

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