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TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (August 13, 2013) – Local business woman, Kristen Levine, president Fetching Communications and PetPR.com of Tarpon Springs, has been named a finalist in the Pet Industry Women of the Year Award competition. Levine, a pet industry veteran of 25 years, and entrepreneur for 10 years in the Bay area, was nominated in the Entrepreneur category.  She and four others are top five finalists who will now move on to compete within their category for the Woman of the Year Award.

Award categories include Solopreneur, Entrepreneur, Corporation, Advocate and Rising Star. Five finalists were named in each category, and one overall Pet Industry Woman of the Year will be chosen from the 25 finalists.

A panel of four independent judges reviewed and scored nominations for more than 60 applicants in the five categories. The judges included a broadcaster, a publisher, a CEO and a former business school owner.

Levine will sit on a panel of experts who will participate in a roundtable discussion on Saturday of the WIPIN conference, which runs Aug. 23 through 25 at the Red Lion on the River in Portland, Ore.

She also will be recognized during the Woman of the Year Award ceremony held the evening of Aug. 24 in conjunction with the conference.

“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,” said Shawna Schuh, president of WIPIN. “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. Levine is a perfect example!”

Fetching Communications is a public relations agency specializing in developing comprehensive, measurable strategies for pet and veterinary businesses. They currently serve clients on four continents, while PetPR.com is a news distribution service for pet-centric news. The online platform also allows pet and veterinary businesses access to affordable press release writing and editing services. Levine began her pet-focused career as public relations manager of the SPCA Tampa Bay from 1988-2003. She appeared regularly on WTVT-13, Daytime, CBS and Clear Channel radio stations and wrote for the Tampa Tribune promoting pet adoption and pet lifestyle.

About Women in the Pet Industry Network (WIPIN)
Established in 2010, then acquired in 2012 by Shawna Schuh, the current President and Chief Pet Wrangler, WIPIN is headquartered near Portland, Ore., and serves a worldwide membership base of women in the pet industry. WIPIN helps entrepreneurial women grow their pet-focused businesses through unique networking opportunities, valuable business growth meetings and online resources. The Start of Something Big! Conference & Awards Show in August 2013 will bring women together to connect, network, and learn how to grow their pet-focused businesses. WIPIN is affiliated with Black Dog Education, Animal Wellness Magazine and PetIndustryTV.com. With 275 members, and growing daily, WIPIN is the premier networking organization for women in the pet industry, offering its members the opportunity to connect, share and learn from other likeminded professionals. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a member at www.womeninthepetindustry.com/join/. For more information, please visit www.womeninthepetindustry.com, or contact Schuh at 503-970-5774, 877-474-2962 or shawna@womeninthepetindustry.com.

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Note to Editor: Photo of Levine is available on request.

Media Contact:
Kristen Levine
877-703-3824 x102
kristen.levine@fetchingcommunications.com

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