WIPIN Names Woman of the Year

Darleen Wheelington, the owner of Waggin' Tails in Camden, Ark., was named the first-ever Pet Industry Woman of Year at the Women in the Pet Industry Network's (WIPIN) The Start of Something Big! Conference & Awards Show. Wheelington also won the Advocate Award.




Jane Harrell, Christina Massie, Darleen Wheelington, Patti Moran and Rose Hamilton celebrate The Start of Something Big! Awards.




The Start of Something Big! Conference & Awards Show was held in Portland, Ore., Aug. 23-25. Awards were given in four other categories:

Rising Star

Jane Harrell of Petfinder/Purina

Solopreneur Award
Christina Massie of Club K9

Entrepreneur Award
Rose Hamilton of Pet360

Corporate Award
Patti Moran of Pet Sitters International


“These five incredible females exemplify excellence and dedication to the pet industry through their passion, leadership and outstanding achievements,” said Shawna Schuh, president of WIPIN. “All Woman of the Year winners are shining examples of women who are committed to improving the lives of all pets—dogs, cats, birds, fish, horses and exotics—and their parents.”