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.
Emily was born and raised in the state of Virginia where she received her undergraduate degree at James Madison University. Upon graduating, her professional experience began in the nonprofit sector as an AmeriCorps Vista in the East End of Richmond, Virginia where she worked as a Mentor Program Coordinator. Following the end of her service term, she decided she was ready for a change of scenery and moved out west to Fort Collins, CO. Her sister, who moved here a few years prior, was working for PetDine and encouraged Emily to send in an application. Liking what she heard about the company, she decided to apply – and here she is today!
Outside of work she enjoys spending her free time on creative tasks like drawing, crocheting, or taking art classes around town. When she is not crafting, you can find her out exploring the local breweries and open-mic nights in the neighborhood or curled up on the couch with her cat Bonnie binge-reading an epic fantasy novel.
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.
As our Client Relations Manager, Gretchen joined the PetDine team in spring of 2021. She comes from a non-profit background and has managed growing teams in ever-changing environments and a focus on delivering exceptional customer service.
In her spare time, Gretchen enjoys baking for a crowd, embarking on small adventures, and relaxing at home with her cat Savannah.
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.
Dani joined PetDine in 2021 as a Nutrition Specialist. As a proud dog mom herself, she is excited to work in the pet food industry by helping to make a difference in the health and well-being of pets, through the delivery of products of optimal nutritional value. She is originally from Athens, Greece, and moved to Colorado in 2001 to pursue first a Master’s, and then a Doctorate degree, in Animal Sciences (with a concentration in Food Microbiology) from Colorado State University. Dani has previous experience in food manufacturing, food microbiology, food safety, quality assurance, and research & development roles.
In her free time, she likes spending time with her husband, her son, and their Maltipoo, watching movies, and traveling.
Amelia graduated from Aquinas College (Go Saints!) in 2013 with a degree in Sustainable Business and came to PetDine and the pet industry in 2021 after spending some time in a variety of other industries, including footwear, automation, and even a zoo. She is so excited to combine her passion for sustainability with her love for animals.
Outside of work, Amelia enjoys hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her husband and their greyhound, Margo, and cat, Eliot. When she’s not at home, Amelia might be anywhere in the world as her favorite hobby is traveling and exploring.
Joining the team as our Executive Administrative Assistant, Suzy brings over 15 years of office administration and project management experience. We all have a little nerd in us and when it comes to processes and workflow systems, Suzy’s nerd flag soars high—but more than anything she loves supporting her team and coming up with strategic ways to simplify life for everyone.
Born and raised in the farmlands of Wisconsin, one of Suzy’s favorite aspects of living in Colorado—besides the gorgeous Rocky Mountains—are the mild winters and the 300+ days of sun! Whenever possible, Suzy and her family are on the trails or the water, soaking up the sun. And when she can’t be outside, she chases the sun patches around the house with her beautiful pit bull Poe.
Ben joins the team as a Project Manager, bringing over 12 years of professional work experience from the financial industry, non-profit, and higher education sectors. Ben loves connecting with people and believes in providing top-notch customer service. He especially enjoys taking something that is partially working, find the holes, and turn it into a well-run, efficient process. Ben believes collaboration, efficient communication, hard work, and supportive leadership are the keys to success.
Ben was born and raised in Fort Collins but has spent time living in Hawaii, Europe, the Mid-West, and East Coast. Ben and his wife recently moved to Windsor where they have three kids (ages 1, 3, and 6) who keep them very busy. He attended CSU for his undergraduate degree and the University of Hawaii at Manoa for graduate school. Ben is a big sports fan and closely follows the CSU Rams, Broncos, Nuggets, Avs, and Rockies. He also enjoys the outdoors of Colorado and some extreme sports – river surfing, down river paddle boarding, snowboarding, rock climbing, and more. His favorite thing of all is spending time with his kids and taking them on adventures.
Wade grew up on a small farm in rural Minnesota. It was on that farm that he learned his love and compassion for all animals, domesticated as well as wild. Working on farm equipment and using tools helped form his drive to fabricate and fix all types of machinery. With 20+ years of experience in the field of maintenance and fabrication, ten of those being in management, Wade brings a vast knowledge base in his field.
When not fixing things at work, you can find Wade fixing things on his ranch, or out on the boat fishing with his best friend/wife Jasmine, two dogs(Zaba and Leelou), and three amazing kids. He enjoys being out in nature, family game night, and enjoying every minute of life!
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
Maddy has served a multitude of Customer Service roles for various organizations her entire working career. From working with a manufacturer of water testing equipment to several school districts (elementary and high schools) and most recently a concrete supplier, she brings a diverse background to our Project Management team.
Native to Colorado and having grown up on a ranch, “For the love of animals” is an understatement for Maddy. She’s always had many dogs and cats, along with your typical farm family of cows, horses, pigs, sheep, chickens, ducks, and whatever else found its way to the farm. She currently has two miniature dachshunds, Odie and Belle, and a part-time (stray) cat that often comes by for breakfast and dinner named Tomas.
She is a Husker fan by default after meeting her husband, Kevin. Together, they share two amazing boys. College baseball and football are her preferred sports to watch because the players truly care about the game and work hard to move up to the professional level. When Maddy isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, going to the beach, traveling, and watching their boys succeed in life. She loves simply hanging out in their backyard patio near their fire pit and bar while watching movies, sports, and listening to music.
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.
After growing up as an Air Force kid and living around the world, Anna found herself loving Colorado and never looked back. She graduated from CSU with a degree in Apparel & Merchandising and a minor in Business before beginning her career in Retail Management and Buying. She has been in the sales world for over 10 years and is excited to now utilize her experience in the pet industry, as she has always had a love for animals.
Anna enjoys listening to true crime podcasts, watching Friends, and spending time outdoors with her husband Noah and dog Yoda.
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.
Tirrel Miller has worked in quality assurance and food safety in some capacity for the last 10 years. She appreciates the way quality management systems minimize risk and help everyone to achieve high standards. She has a passion for the outdoors, frequently mountain biking and rock climbing whenever she can.
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.
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 husband Derek.
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.
Anthony was born and raised in Colorado and has lived in Loveland for 25+ years. He likes computers and technology and went to school for Computer Hardware and Networking. He comes from a Data Integrity background in 9-1-1 and ensures the numbers and fine details for the Client Relations team are accurate.
In his spare time, Anthony likes to spend time with his wife playing video games, watching movies, playing music, watching F1 racing and football, and spend time with his two dogs, Chauncey and Mavis.
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.
I am a Quality Control Intern here at Pet Dine and have learned so much from all my amazing coworkers. Outside of work, I spent the last half a year finishing up my Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry at Colorado State University! This fall I will be returning to school to work on my Master’s Degree in Chemistry. Between school and work I spend my time playing with my pug Pickles.
Marissa recently joined PetDine as the new Customer Service/Labeler in 2021, and has worked in customer service for the past 10 years. Born and raised in Greeley, she has 3 siblings, 1 older and 2 younger. Marissa also has a 4 year old white German Shepherd named Kai, who she adores.
Marissa enjoys spending time with family, playing with her dog, and watching softball. She is also a big fan of the UCLA Bruins! If she’s not doing those things, Marissa is watching or reading about crime, since she is interested in the forensic psychology field.
Jay grew up on a small farm in northwest Iowa where he helped raise corn, soybeans, and hogs. After high school, Jay attended Iowa State University where he received his BS in Aerospace Engineering. From there, he was recruited by the US Navy and served as a nuclear submarine officer for 12 years, deploying on two submarines and several shore duty stations. He met his now-wife, Irene, in Hawaii and resigned his commission to start his civilian life. Jay and his wife moved to California where he worked in Silicon Valley for a capital equipment company, co-managing the final integration team making patterned wafer inspection systems. After their second child, they decided that California was a bit too hectic to raise a family and they moved to Colorado. Jay worked at a high-end optics company in several roles, the final being the Product Line Manager for the Prisms and Flats line. From there, he accepted a position at an Advanced Composite manufacturer, managing the operations.
When not at work, Jay likes to ski, hike, bike, and whenever possible spend time on the lake. He has three teenagers and a rescue dog named Nugget.
Born and raised in Greeley, CO, Brent has also lived in Las Vegas, NV for 8 years and San Diego, CA for 5 ½ years. He loves to play and watch all sports in his spare time. Brent has raised 1 pocket poodle, 2 basset hounds, 1 Corgi, and 1 French Bulldog in his life. Brent loves the outdoors as well!
Lindsey came to PetDine in 2021 and recently moved to Berthoud, CO with her boyfriend and 6-year-old son. Together they have a 2-year-old English Bulldog named Birdee. Lindsey is in client relations which deals with pre and post-production, along with billing and client communications. Lindsey has mostly a client services background, although she did drive a tow truck for a short time. She and her family like to ride motorcycles, and also enjoy going to concerts.
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.
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.
Chris was born and raised in Tennessee. At the age of 18, he joined the Army Rangers in which he traveled the world during his 13 years of service. While working at PetDine, Chris finished his Bachelor of Science in Business and Technical Management and looks forward to continuing to move ahead.
Chris has two amazing kids whom he adores, Tyler and Laylamae. He also has a love for Pitbulls as they are nothing but little teddy bears.
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.
Lesley is originally from Omaha, Nebraska and moved to Colorado in 1977. She also spent 6 years in the Bay Area of Northern California, where she worked for Amica Insurance. After returning to Colorado, and 26 years in the Investigations Division with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office as an administrative and research tech, Lesley went back to school and recently graduated from Front Range Community College in accounting.
Lesley loves animals and has always rescued both dogs and cats. She currently has a rescued 16 year old Lynx Point Ragdoll cat named Lilly, who is quite the character and just as much fun as a dog!
Lesley has one son and two grandkids that she enjoys spending time with, along with the rest of her family who are all close by. Lesley and her family enjoy getting together on weekends and playing cards and board games. She also enjoys music, going to concerts, photography, and gardening.
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.