Neil Gill is the CEO and President of Dogtopia Enterprises, LLC. As the former CEO of Gloria Jeans Coffees, he was instrumental in developing numerous philanthropic activities around the globe including educating coffee farmers on sustainable farming practices to establishing education buses in India and northern areas of Australia and developing store projects that sponsored over 1,000 children’s needs in coffee growing regions.
Rebecca Anderson is a dog parent and mother to six humans, two of which have autism. She holds a degree in Biology/Zoology Education from Brigham Young University. She is retired from teaching and volunteers with her church, the public schools, Special Olympics and is an advocate of mainstreaming disabled individuals into everyday life to help them reach their full potential.
James Clark is the Partner/Creative Director of Blind Society and is always thinking about what’s next in the world of branding. James is all about using creativity to connect. As a Creative Director / Writer / Designer / Film Director / Speaker, James has helped in the development of over 100 start-up brands and has worked with some of the big boys (and girls) like Target, Red Robin, NFL, Disney-Pixar and Warner Bros Interactive. James is a softy at times as well, especially when it comes to his little sidekick – Casanova the mini dachshund.
Garret Tadlock is the founder and CEO of PawLoyalty Software. After working successfully for many years in high-tech consulting, he decided to build his own software company from the ground up in a space he was personally passionate about: the pet industry. Garret served his community as board member for the PACCC (Professional Animal Care Certification Council), coaches youth sports and supports the Boys & Girls Club of Sonoma and Santa Barbara. Garret resides in Sonoma, California with his wife, four beautiful children and one very well-loved dog.
Jeri Kendle is the Foundation Manager of the Dogtopia Foundation. As the former president of Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), she was responsible for developing innovative job training and peer mentoring programs to support individuals with ASD. She has focused on the vision of ensuring that individuals with ASD’s are employed in meaningful jobs and rewarding careers that promote independence.
Pamela Drexler is a retired non-profit executive, having served more than 18 years at Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. Pam previously worked in the oil & gas and advertising/public relations industries. She has a passion for women and children’s issues and has volunteered at Free Arts of Arizona, Fresh Start Women’s Resource Center, the American Cancer Society, and her church.
Stacey Harris founder and CEO of Social Evolution, is passionate about the intersection between business and social good. Her consulting firm helps companies incorporate their values in their business to improve profitability. She has an MBA from Thunderbird and spent years on Wall Street in corporate finance and equity trading. Prior to launching Social Evolution, Stacey worked for the Make-A-Wish Foundation leading global corporate partnerships in 50 countries. Stacey is the current National Board Chair for SEED SPOT and volunteers for several other organizations serving women, children and small businesses.
Rita Thomas embraces living life to the fullest. As author and philanthropic whirlwind Rita has the right idea – live true to your values. For Rita, those values focus on wellness, body, mind, and spirit. That philosophy infuses everything she does, including her key advisory role in the development of LifePilot and her involvement in various charitable boards. Rita is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. To inspire people to live healthful lifestyles, Rita teamed up with executive chef Erin Holm to publish LifeDiet and in 2016 launched two additional books: The Power of Healthy Living and Delicious Meets Nutritious.
Peter Thomas founder and Chairman of Thomas Franchise Solutions and Chairman of Dogtopia, was one of the leading real estate developers and lenders of his time in North America, developing several billion dollars of projects, including shopping centers, apartments and condominiums, land assembly, and golf courses. He brought the franchising rights of Century 21 Real Estate to Canada, founded Samoth Capital Corporation (now known as Sterling Centrecorp Inc.), and developed the Four Seasons Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.
After the tragic loss of his son in 2000, Thomas decided to focus his time and energy on social entrepreneurship, and to share his experience and philosophy of values-based living and leadership with others. He is currently the Founder and Chairman of Thomas Franchise Solutions Ltd, LifePilot, The Todd Thomas Institute for Values-Based Leadership at Royal Roads University in BC, Canada, and Chairman Emeritus of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO).