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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.