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Pet Professional Seminar & Networking Event Debuting in Alexandria

American Pet Professionals (APP), will be co-hosting a brand new event for Washington DC and Alexandria area pet pros on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 6pm – 9pm at The Lyceum, (201 South Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314) right in the heart of Old Town. This event is being co-hosted with APP members Jason Hanny and Hector Ocasio of the Pet Connect App who are local to Alexandria and Arlington, Virginia.

Hector Ocasio (left) with Addie, and Jason Hanny with Sawyer. (Credit: Morgan Langdon)

“We are so excited to be co-hosting this upcoming event with VIP APP Members, Jason Hanny and Hector Ocasio of the incredibly innovative Pet Connect App. Jason and Hector are based in Alexandria and Arlington, VA and have been a tremendous resource getting our first Washington DC area event for pet professionals to take place,” said, Nancy Hassel, founder and President of American Pet Professionals.

“While we have hosted well over 100 events for pet professionals in the past decade in many areas, this will be our first time in the DC area – an area that I am familiar with and have visited countless times. I honestly can’t wait for our event! I love bringing together aspiring and seasoned pet professionals and meeting more people from our incredible industry at our events.”

Pet professionals attending this event can expect the following:

  • A mini-seminar on PR/Marketing/Promotion for pet business owners
  • Information about how they can and should connect with the Pet Connect App!
  • ‘Show and Tell’ tables from area pet businesses.
  • Mingling, networking and of course new business relationship building.
  • Goody bag for each attendee that is at the event!
  • Dinner and refreshments served.

“Pet Connect is proud and excited to co-host this new seminar, mixer and networking event with Nancy Hassel from American Pet Professionals. We look forward to meeting with many like-minded pet enthusiasts and learning more about their business model and needs,” said, Jason Hanny, COO of Pet Connect App.

This event is a great opportunity for pet pros in the Washington DC, Alexandria and surrounding areas to network, mingle among peers, meet new contacts and learn about new and innovative pet businesses in the pet industry.

The event will include goody bags for each attendee, dinner and refreshments and the cost is $35 per person and registration in advance is requested ($45 at the door). This event is for people only, please leave your tail wagging babies at home!

About Nancy Hassel and American Pet Professionals


Nancy Hassel is the founder and President of American Pet Professionals, an award-winning business networking, educational and multimedia organization for the pet industry since 2009. Leading over 100 in-person educational networking events, seminars, fundraisers and online events for pet industry professionals. A public relations specialist for the pet industry, Nancy works with pet companies in many aspects of PR, event planning, media relations and training for pet professionals. Nancy also co-hosts the boutique B2B trade-show NYC Re-Tails & Sales Pet Expo with Dana Humphrey every spring. Also, Nancy is a speaker at various pet industry conferences, a writer for pet trade and consumer magazines, blogger, avid photographer, and was a TV producer and production coordinator for 10+ years. Nancy created the Responsible Dog Ownership program and taught over 2,500 pet parents in a 5-year period. Nancy was recently awarded the 2018 Women of Influence by Pet Age Magazine and her American Pet Professionals was voted Best Networking organization three years in a row by LI Press newspaper. Nancy resides on Long Island, NY and is the proud pet parent of Cody, a rescued American Pit Bull Terrier.

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About Pet Connect™

Leading with a purpose of connecting pet owners to meaningful resources for their pets, the Pet Connect™ app has quickly become a default solution to optimize the relationship between pet parents and pet businesses through a modern and innovative mobile experience. Launched in 2018 in the Mid-Atlantic region, pet businesses can use the app as a scheduling, marketing and messaging platform with current and potential customers that correlate with their products, services or amenities. Pet owners can effortlessly explore over 100,000 pet-friendly resources across the country, book service appointments, and receive valuable promotions from their favorite pet businesses. Additionally, the app features fun, easy-to-use solutions for the day-to-day obligations of pet ownership which includes a pet media gallery, pet documentation archive and family-sharing capabilities. With more creative ideas in the pipeline, Pet Connect™ will be continuously launching new features and services.

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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