At PetDine, we’re more than a contract manufacturer; we’re a part of your team. We believe in building relationships based on mutual respect, honesty, and attentiveness. It’s through this personalized approach and our extensive experience in animal nutrition that we’re able to help you win in the competitive, growing pet industry.
Preston has spent more than 20 years in the animal nutrition industry, and the last four at the helm of PetDine. Throughout his career, he has helped brands across the globe develop and bring products to market.
He followed his father Ken into the family business of animal nutrition, joining him at Loomix as the president of the specialty products division. While there, Preston worked with the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) to create their Equine Committee, which now 15 years later, has become a strong voice and advocate within the industry.
A Nebraska Cornhusker, Preston is a huge sports fan. He is a former professional television and radio play-by-play announcer, who covered the College World Series, NASCAR, and Division 1 college hockey. He had the pleasure of interviewing some of the greatest athletes of all-time including Sandy Koufax, L.A. Dodgers pitcher; Stan Musial, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder; and Julius Erving (Dr. J), NBA champion and hall of famer.
Ken is a leader and innovator in the animal nutrition industry. Throughout his career, he has helped more than 1,000 new businesses break into the industry and has generated more than 10,000 new job opportunities. Ken has been a featured speaker at multiple industry and non-industry events, and was included in the book, “50 Entrepreneurs: Thriving in Uncertain Times,” for his ownership and management experience at Cattleman’s Choice Loomix, LLC.
His contributions to the industry were recognized in 2008, when he was inducted in the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) Liquid Feed Hall of Fame. Ken previously served on the Executive AFIA Board of Directors and has served two terms on the AFIA Board of Directors.
Ken has been married to Dolly, his high school sweetheart, since 1972, and enjoys working with his son Preston at PetDine.
Kurt owned and operated a retail wholesale bakery for 15 years. He is passionate about giving pets the same quality ingredients and great taste that people enjoy. This desire to produce human-like treats for pets led him to start Pedigree Ovens and the Pound Bakery in 1997.
As PetDine’s director of production, he oversees our state-of-the-art SQF Certified facility in Harvard, Illinois. Kurt holds a bachelor’s degree in food science with a minor in business management from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has also completed baking manufacturing training from AIB International.
Jessica grew up in the middle of Colorado rafting and climbing local fourteeners. She then went to Colorado State University for Microbiology, and transitioned into working on zoonotic diseases and vaccines in Animal Science and Research at CSU for private contracts and companies.
Jessica has 10 years of experience in microbiology, animal sciences, and quality.
She have three cats – yes three- Dexter, Moe, and Mira, and two of them think that they are dogs.
In her spare time Jessica is an avid reader, love the outdoors- hiking, camping, paddle boarding, and rafting.
Shane was born in a small town in Western Kansas. He moved to Fort Collins when he was four and has been here ever since. Shane’s parents and sister are also in Fort Collins. He Attended the University of Northern Colorado with a B.S. in Psychology.
Shane enjoys hanging out with his wife and dog Daisy (Black Lab Mix Rescue), bike riding, hanging out in the alley with our friends and neighbors, and watching Kansas Jayhawks basketball, Kansas City Chiefs football and pretty much all sports.
Justin, a data geek at heart, joined PetDine and jumped into the pet industry in 2020, with nearly 20 years in marketing, product development, and senior management roles across multiple industries including construction, publishing, and non-profit. He has a track record of developing and launching brands and products to market. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and Religious Studies from Colorado State University.
As an avid sports fan, Justin loves watching everything from curling and cricket to soccer and football. He is especially fond of the Denver Broncos, Manchester City, Kansas Jayhawks, Colorado State Rams, and any other Colorado-based sports team.
When he is not geeking out on data and creating marketing processes, Justin can be found driving one or more of his five children to any number of their activities, working out at the nearest CrossFit box, or dating his wife. As a Fort Collins, CO native he also holds dear his secret camping spots that only he and their toy Australian Shepard Hank, named after Hank Williams, know about.
As our client relations and accounting assistant, Mary works directly with our clients, providing them with exceptional support. She has eight years of customer service and support experience. Before she started working in the pet industry, she managed a reservation department for the Fairfax County Park Authority for several years.
Mary was born and raised in northern Virginia but made her way west to Colorado in the Spring of 2019 – and even before she started working in the pet industry, she knew she had a deep-rooted love for animals. She grew up fostering dogs, rescuing guinea pigs and once even rehabilitated a squirrel for six months. She loves hiking, camping, crafting and spoiling her two border collies, Kenai and his son Luda, with homemade dog treats.
Sarah has a background in scheduling, procurement and inventory management. From manufacturing to supply chain she feels like she can tackle it all and be an asset to the PetDine team. She is a Colorado native who married an outsider from Missouri. Together they have a son Henry and a daughter Riley that keeps them busy when not working. When not at PetDine she enjoys projects around the house and is excited to have new adventures with a new to the family pop up camper. Sarah has many pets from aquatic frogs, fish, Dragon the cat, two dogs Cricket and Leto.
Born into the fifth generation of Wyoming ranchers, Amanda took to animal health, nutrition, and care at an early age. Her passions led her to pursue degrees in agricultural business and agricultural economics. After graduating, she started a career in direct-to-consumer animal nutrition consulting and feed sales.
Amanda joined PetDine in May 2018, providing formulation and project management for extruded specialty products, powders, and cold-extrusion soft chews.
Having participated in livestock judging while in college, she is an avid supporter of, and participant in, 4-H and FFA. In her downtime, she spends time with her family – including her long-haired border collie – at her ranch or hiking the Rockies.
Katie graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Accounting and Business Administration in 2015. Since then, she has worked various roles in corporate retail for large corporations and start-ups. Her love for learning and pets lead her to her position at PetDine. Katie enjoys a good excel spreadsheet and brainstorming sessions.
A true sports aficionado, Katie can be seen cheering on one of her many sports teams throughout the year: Oregon Ducks, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners, Portland Timbers, Portland Trail Blazers, and Portland Thorns.
Katie can be found cuddling with one her golden retrievers Walter Jones (Wally) or Fred Weasley, rewatching the Harry Potter series for the millionth time or enjoying the mountains with her fiance Derek.
Angela started her career in the fashion industry, after graduating with a degree in apparel and merchandising. A seasoned client relations and accounting professional, she brings account management, sales, promotional product marketing, and event coordination experience to PetDine. She’s thrilled to work in the pet food industry and enjoys helping our clients bring their products to market.
During college, she was fortunate to rescue a Carolina dog named Bama. Her love for animals has continued to grow, and her current “pack” includes pups Brody, CJ, and Josie.
When not working, she snowboards with her husband, practices yoga, and hikes with her dogs. Angela is also a certified yacht stewardess and has taken sailing trips around the British and U.S. Virgin Islands.
Jenny helps keep the PetDine office running like a well-oiled machine – and she does it all without a drop of caffeine. When she joined PetDine in 2019, she brought with her more than 10 years of office and executive support experience.
A third-generation Colorado Native, Jenny regularly participates in obstacle course races with her husband and two teenage sons. She also enjoys spending quality time with her three rescue dogs, Horton, Mayzie, and Luna.
Mike grew up in eastern Nebraska on a farming/cattle feedlot operation. Attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. Then attended Colorado State University for both a Master’s and Doctorate degree in ruminant nutrition. He then spent roughly 6 years with Land O’ Lakes Purina Feed at the time as a Beef Nutritionist in the Midwest. After Purina Mike spent a couple years with Colorado State University as a livestock agent, with a joint appointment at CSU Animal Sciences, teaching a couple classes and helping with research projects. The last few years Mike spent in the feed industry with Cattlemen’s Choice Loomix, LLC, where he met up with Ken and Preston Munsch and then through a couple mergers most recently have served as a Beef Nutritionist/Technical Support role with Quality Liquid Feeds, Inc. Spending several years in the feed industry Mike has had the chance to focus on feed formulation, product development, diet balancing, and answering nutrition questions. He has a son, Isaac, who is a Senior at Fossil Ridge High School and a daughter, Monica, who is a Junior at Fossil. His wife, Suzanne, is a First Grade Teacher at Bacon Elementary in Fort Collins. Mike looks forward to learning more about the scope of pet nutrition, formulation, product development, and serving as a supporting role to the pet sector
When Heather joined PetDine in 2018 as our director of operations, she brought with her more than 20 years of experience in production and management. Today, she helps ensure our processes are executed flawlessly and that our facilities run efficiently.
She has one of the most unique pets of any member of the PetDine team: a jersey cow named Banana that acts more like a golden retriever than a cow you’ve ever seen. Heather is the mom to three kids and countless barn kitties.
Growing up on the Eastern Plains of Colorado, Noah found a love for animals at a very young age. From rounding up cattle on horseback to playing in the backyard with one of his childhood dogs, his days were always filled with four-legged friends.
Noah graduated from Colorado State University in 2016 and quickly found himself engulfed in the world of fermentation. He spent the next 4 years in the brewing industry, focusing on product and process improvement for several different industry partners. Once the taps ran dry, he decided to pivot to a new industry that captivated another one of his passion’s; animals. This move landed him at PetDine, where he is concentrated on driving innovation in every aspect of the operation. His main goal is to keep PetDine at the forefront of pet health and nutrition.
When he isn’t making pet products, he’s usually serving them to his dog, Yoda. Noah and his wife, Anna, enjoy long walks in the forest, cold beers from Colorado’s fine craft breweries, and card games on the coffee table.
Jeremiah was raised by his father who was a master baker for over 35 years, and worked for a bakery he started for almost 9 years. Jeremiah has one son and two daughters, is married, and is the oldest of 7. His hobbies include fly fishing, all outdoor activities, and adventuring with his family.
As the Director of Corporate Development for PetDine, Carolyn brings decades of experience in helping companies streamline processes and procedures so they are able to grow on a solid foundation. Having spent many years in the franchise world with brands such as McDonald’s and Chipotle, Carolyn played real estate and construction roles in the opening of nearly 1,200 new store openings. Before joining PetDine, she was the Founder of the National Franchise Institute. With a keen eye for identifying gaps, organizing internal structures, eliminating redundancies, and getting teams firing on all eight cylinders, Carolyn plays important roles with PetDine, BarkDine and NutraDine.
Surrounded by a group of sports junkies at PetDine, Carolyn’s only impressive sports story is that as a native of Chicago, she was in the stands at the Chicago Bulls’ game where Michael Jordan scored the six 3-pointers in twenty minutes – Da Bulls!
With four grown children, two sons-in-law, a little grandson, and relocating to the Fort Collins area, Carolyn has plenty to enjoy when she’s not at work. As a lifelong animal lover, two cats (Howard and Kitty) currently run the Miller household. Once their relocation is complete, two older dogs who just need to be spoiled for the rest of their days will join the family…won’t the cats just love that?!?
Carolyn is also the author of the Amazon Bestseller “Brick & Mortar Franchise Success: Know The Costs or Pay The Price.”
A self-professed food science nerd, Mandy has nearly 20 years of experience in food quality and safety, and holds a number of certifications including SQF Practitioner, Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI), Food Safety Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) Manager, Food Defense Coordinator, and Six Sigma Green Belt. Prior to joining PetDine, she helped develop and maintain quality and food safety systems for the craft beer industry.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in fisheries biology and a master’s degree in food science/safety and human nutrition, and is currently working toward her Ph.D. in food science/safety. Mandy is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), American Society of Brewing Chemists (ASBC), and Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA).
To unwind, she hangs out with her family, including Sage (black lab), LuLu (chihuahua), Pickle (boston terrier), and Bubbles (goldfish).
Chris has more than two decades of experience in the pet food industry, including distribution and manufacturing. In his role at PetDine, he brings a fresh perspective and innovative ideas that help our customers bring their liquid pet supplement ideas to life. Through his memberships in the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the World Pet Association (WPA), Chris stays on the forefront of industry trends and is always ready to share insights with our customers.
When not formulating and selling, Chris can be found skiing and exploring the Colorado back county on his motorcycle. He values spending quality time with his family and two pets, Roxie and Tora.
Gina was that weird, nerdy kid that played with bugs and raised tadpoles in her bedroom. Growing up in a swampy and wooded area at the base of the Appalachians of northern New Jersey, she spent as much time as possible on the back of a horse. She has always had a love for animals, especially horses, and carried that love to college where she spent two years focusing on Equestrian Studies at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT then finished with a BS in Animal Science at CSU. Life carried her in a different direction, and she spent nearly 20 years in the corporate and manufacturing world. Although most of her experience has been in the customer service realm, she’s had her hands in many aspects of manufacturing including logistics, sales, inventory management and supply chain. PetDine has been a great place to combine her love of animals with her experience in manufacturing into a fun and challenging role.
In her spare time, Gina enjoys gardening, bird watching, horseback riding and being in the mountains. She is also a Reiki practitioner to all forms of life.
Along with her human family, she lives with an older lab mix, Bella, a tabby named Cricket and the love of her life, a German Shepherd named Griffin.
Steve was born in Guam and has 3 brothers and 3 sisters. His dad retired from the Air Force in Colorado Springs, and that’s where he attended Junior High and High School. He graduated from USC, which is now Colorado State University-Pueblo, with a degree in Mass Communications: Marketing and Advertising. His first few jobs out of college were working in high tech manufacturing, and he has worked within the manufacturing industry ever since. His 30-year career spans start-ups and Fortune 500 companies including 25 + years in the beverage industry. Over his career, he has always looked for better ways of doing things.
He and his wife Cathy spent the last 5 years in beautiful, but cold Minnesota. They were both excited to move back to Colorado in 2020. Cathy is a Colorado native, and they have two daughters that were born in Fort Collins, CO. Allison is an artist and Alicia is a geologist working for a mine in Montana. They have two dogs Mojo and Pearl, and two cats Major Tom, and Hobs. Steve enjoys golf, fishing, and hanging out with family and friends.
Dustin has spent over 15 years in various industries including injection molding, automotive, medical CNC machining, oil & gas and green energy where he has held a variety of positions. He comes to PetDine in with 3 years experience in project management that improved safety, quality, delivery and cost. He has Technical Diplomas in CNC Machining and Automotive Technology.
Dustin was born and raised in Indiana, but has lived in various states around the country, including Colorado twice. Outside work, he and his wife enjoy travelling, exploring different restaurants and breweries, and taking care of their home.
Brooke graduated from the University of Virginia and started her accounting career as the office manager of a dude ranch outside of Buffalo, WY. She eventually moved back east, met her husband and continued along the accounting path. In the Spring of 2017, she finally convinced her husband to move to venture west to Fort Collins, CO and hasn’t looked back since!
Brooke grew up in a family that rescued dogs, cats, and the occasional rabbit. Not to mention she grew up riding horses. Currently, she is the mom to a 10-year-old rescue hound dog, Lacy.
When not at work, she can be found gardening, walking the dog or cooking. If you get the chance to speak with her be sure to ask about her famous Twix Bar Blondies!
Denis joined PetDine in 2019, bringing nearly 35 years of experience in accounting and finance. He started his career as a CPA in public auditing before moving into the private industry. He has spent most of his career with manufacturing companies, including packaging, animal nutrition, printing, and medical devices. During his career, he helped two companies grow and be acquired by Fortune 500 companies.
Having worked with Ken and Preston at Cattleman’s Choice Loomix, LLC, Denis jumped at the chance to join PetDine, and is thrilled to be in this exciting industry. He has a bachelor’s degree in business management and real estate and a master’s degree in accounting.
A third-generation native Coloradan, Denis loves home improvement projects. He just finished his basement and is now working on a water feature. Denis is a serial standard poodle owner; his current (and third) poodle is Leila.
Technically proficient and passionate about providing excellent customer service, Devin has more than 15 years of experience implementing innovative go-to-market strategies and sales initiatives. Prior to joining PetDine, he spent his career working for leading consumer product manufacturers, including Hewlett-Packard, VIZIO, and Lenovo.
As a lifetime lover of animals – and the proud owner of a dog and a cat – Devin loves putting his natural sales abilities and strategic experience to use helping our customers create brand advocacy and preference for their products in the pet industry.
Like any good Coloradan, Devin is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, and skiing.
Born and raised in Windsor, Troy has a large very close family mostly in the area. He has a wife named Tiffany, 19 year old daughter named Sierra, 2 dogs named Cash & June, and 1 cat named Oswald Cobblepot. When not at work Troy enjoys photography, fishing, sports, music and driving around the Colorado mountains.
Troy has 20+ years experience in management, shipping, receiving, inventory, quality control, procurement, manufacturing and production. Troy previously lived in Oregon for 10 years where he managed NIKE Golf.
Raised around cattle and horses, Briana continued her family’s tradition of ranching for over 20 years in Eastern Colorado and then Northern Wyoming. Being an animal lover and in the ranching lifestyle, Briana showed cattle and horses with her two children and raised Jack Russel Terriers. She recently moved back to Colorado with her 3 Jack “Land Sharks,” and married her childhood best friend Jeff.
Briana has been blessed to wear many hats over the course of her career. In addition to running a successful salon in Wyoming, she has worked as an administrator and bookkeeper in the oil and gas industry, steel and recycling industry, agricultural software applications, and for the ranch. She functioned as a personal assistant managing properties and investments as well as horse, cattle, and hay production. Unafraid to get her hands dirty, she even worked as a crew member of an all-female cattle processing crew for several years.
Briana is an artist and enjoys working in many different types of media. In her free time, you will find Briana on the golf course, fishing or hanging out with her family and friends, maybe playing pool or cards, and just loving life!
Jennifer graduated from college with a degree in fashion design, then decided accounting was more her style! She has been working in the accounting field now for 6 years. Jennifer just moved to Colorado when she got the job at PetDine in November 2020. Her sister lives here and she wanted to be closer to her.
In her spare time Jennifer enjoys sewing, crafting, cooking, gardening, and taking in any stray animals that seem to show up on her property. Out of all of her animals, Lola is the only one that was “planned”. The rest of Jennifer’s pets (which don’t even include Minnie’s mother and 2 sisters that she re-homed to my sister) have been accidental finds and foster “fails” that she couldn’t stand to give away once she got them.
Growing up in Tennessee, Chris loves the outdoors. Whether it be camping, biking or out on the water, the outdoors became a part of him.
A professional who has worked in a multitude of leadership positions,Chris has been involved in the military and in the private sector. Chris’ experience thus far has been 12 years in the United States Army Rangers progressing through the ranks, starting as a private and exiting as a Staff Sergeant. Chris’s Private Sector position was in Production, where he worked his way to become a trusted member of the team and trained new employees. Chris currently holds an undergraduate in Business Management from DeVry University and working on a BSA in project management from DeVry University. Chris joined PetDine in October 2020 and hopes to bring all the skills he has learned to the table to make PetDine purr.
When not working, Chris enjoys being with his fiancé Gabby and two kids, Tyler and Laylamae, exploring the mountains, traveling to different countries, and partaking in the craft breweries that Colorado has to offer.
Dani came to PetDine and the pet industry in 2019, after spending more than 15 years in management, procurement, and customer service roles for the educational music and juvenile buggy and soft carrier industries.She holds a bachelor’s degree in logistics and accounting from Colorado State University.
She has played the French horn for more than half her life, and performs with several northern Colorado community groups. Her pets, Rockett and Charlie, keep her busy when she’s not working.
Jennifer brings more than 15 years of experience in pharmaceutical research and testing to PetDine. She also has a background in developing Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems and standard operating procedures for an agribusiness ingredient company.
She lives on a small farm in Harvard, Illinois, with her husband, daughter, and an abundance of animals. Her pets include canines Bella, Sig, and Gunnar; felines Mustache, Jose, and Hobo; and horses Hustle and Shrek. When she’s not working – or caring for the animals – you can find Jennifer on the lake or an ATV, soaking up the fresh air.
Pets of PetDine
Of course, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to share why we’re so passionate about this industry.
Here are some of our beloved canine, feline, and animal friends.