Veterinarian Honored For Giving Back to Veterinary Profession, Students & Others
Germinder + Associates has named Arne Zislin, VMD, MBA, Technical Services Manager and Academic Liaison Veterinarian, as the final Germinder20 Power of Pink Honoree of the year to receive the award. Zislin is a former American Association of Feline Practitioners board member and a longtime champion of student mentoring and academic development in both his personal and professional life. He has designated the $1,000 Honoree donation to the International and Immigrant Student Services (IISS) at Johnson County Community College (JCCC). To read more about Dr. Zislin’s story, click here #Germinder20 #PowerofPinkHonoree
“I am so thrilled to conclude Germinder’s anniversary year by honoring Dr. Zislin. I can sing his praises to the moon and back about his great counsel to me about complex veterinary issues from the time I launched Germinder + Associates, but it is his passion for helping generations to come find their way – be it future veterinarians or not that I have always admired. His “dogged” persistence to find the funds to develop programs that will make a difference in the lives of so many is to be commended. He brings value, meaning and depth to every relationship, every organization he touches,” said Lea-Ann Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA, President and Founder of Germinder & Associates, Inc.
Dr. Zislin was a technical services manager at Fort Dodge Animal Health when Germinder launched several pharmaceutical and vaccine programs. They worked collaboratively on several strategic initiatives that led to the development of award-winning programs together including a program called “Healthy Cats for Life” with the American Association of Feline Practitioners, one of the early forerunners of feline wellness programs.
“In accepting his Germinder20 Power of Pink honor, Dr. Zislin said, “Lea-Ann and I have known each other and collaborated together for a long time. I am honored to be among my veterinary colleagues that have received this award this year and grateful that the donation will help students who are truly in need. Thank you Lea-Ann and Germinder + Associates.”
Dr. Zislin has twenty-two years experience in the animal health industry with Fort Dodge Animal Health and Boehringer-Ingelheim providing technical support and liaison with key opinion leaders. He has successfully participated in numerous product launches and provided subject matter expertise. Two successful projects of note are his development of an Academic Liaison Program to veterinary colleges and the development of distributorships resulting in significant sales growth and key relationship building in Eastern Europe and in particular in the Czech Republic.
He is a strong advocate of membership in organized veterinary medicine and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (Board of Directors 2019-2014), the International Society of Feline Medicine, the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association and the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association.
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Former Germinder + Associates Account Executive Honored For
Entrepreneurial Success & Digital Prowess
Germinder + Associates has named Lane Odle, Entrepreneur and Founder of Dotted Line Marketing as the thirteenth Germinder20 Power of Pink Honoree to receive the award. Odle is a former Germinder + Associates Senior Account Executive, a digital expert and strategic planner. She has designated Sunflower House, a non-residential children’s advocacy and abuse prevention center serving Johnson and Wyandotte, Kansas counties to receive her $1,000 Honoree donation. To read more about her story, click here #Germinder20 #PowerofPinkHonoree
“Lane joined Germinder + Associates at a time when we were one of the few public relations firms offering digital capabilities. She was completely undeterred. She took on every presentation, every sold project with dedication and extraordinary attention to detail. The clients were overjoyed, and she never failed to make a project shine. I was delighted when several years later she told me she was thinking about launching her own firm. With Lane, there are no surprises – she just delivers over and over again,” said Lea-Ann Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA, President and Founder of Germinder & Associates, Inc.
Odle was a senior account executive at Germinder + Associates responsible for executing several animal health websites and campaigns in veterinary medicine. Her detailed approach and web project management skills led to several GKC-PRSA Prism awards. As owner of her own firm, Odle now works on digital content and strategic planning. She recently won the Society of Marketing Professional Kansas City’s (SMPSKC) Best in Show for a Branding Campaign in conjunction with Affinis Corp, a civil engineering firm.
In accepting this latest Germinder20 Power of Pink honor, Odle said,
“As a former Germinder & Associates employee, I learned a lot about running a business by working closely with Lea-Ann. Those experiences have proven to be invaluable as I’ve built my own firm, Dotted Line Marketing. Receiving the Germinder20 Power of Pink award has felt like coming full circle, and to be able to give back to such an important organization, like the Sunflower House, is truly wonderful.”
Odle has owned Dotted Line Marketing since 2012. To read the full release, click here.
Former Germinder + Associates Manager, Musician, Pet Lover Honored For Public Relations and Creative Achievements
Germinder + Associates has named Norita Taylor, APR, GKC-PRSA President and OOIDA PR Director, as the twelfth Germinder20 Power of Pink Honoree to receive the award. Taylor is a former Germinder + Associates Account Manager, an accomplished musician and pet lover. She has designated the Band of Angels, a 501c3 charity that collects music instruments and provides them to children in need to receive $1,000 for her Honoree donation. To read more about her story, click here #Germinder20 #PowerofPinkHonoree
“Norita is not only an especially gifted communications executive, she’s an exceptional team builder and manager of people. I am grateful for the time she spent at Germinder + Associates, how she nurtured the smallest of ideas into successful programs for our clients, how she developed her career, and how she has led the Kansas City chapter of PRSA as president this year,” said Lea-Ann Germinder, APR, Fellow, PRSA, Founder and President of Germinder + Associates, Inc.
Taylor was an account manager at Germinder + Associates responsible for managing several animal health clients and campaigns in veterinary medicine. Her creative approach and team-building skills led to several GKC-PRSA Prism awards. As PR Director of OOIDA, Taylor recently won two GKC-PRSA Prism Awards for the “Speed Limiter Video” and the “OpEd for Hours of Service Regulations.” In accepting this latest Germinder20 Power of Pink honor, Taylor said,
“I would like to thank Lea-Ann for creating this program. I am humbled to be an Honoree and grateful that Germinder + Associates is making a donation to Band of Angels. Music teaches tenacity, artistry and patience. Even though my career path is mostly about public relations and the corporate world, music is very much a major part of my life. I have always been involved in performing music in some way since childhood and have continued to do so today. I am even more inspired by the fact my son is pursuing music as well and this donation will help other children learn the joy music can bring to their lives.”
Taylor has served as Public Relations Director at OOIDA since 2007.
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Publisher, Author, Pet Lover Honored For Decades of Writing and Publishing Success
Germinder + Associates has named Amy Shojai, a co-founder of the Cat Writers’ Association (CWA), publisher, author and pet lover, as the eleventh #Germinder20 #PowerofPink Honoree to receive the award. Shojai has designated the CWA to receive $1,000 for her Honoree donation. To read more about her story, click here. #Germinder20 #PowerofPinkHonoree
“I am honored to be among the stellar group of individuals singled out by Germinder + Associates,” said Amy Shojai. “Thisrecognition means even more, coming from Lea-Ann, a professional who has taught me so much over the years about professionalism, collaboration, and putting passion to work. I not only admire her as a colleague, but I treasure our friendship.”
Germinder and Shojai first met when the CWA hosted its conference in Kansas City. When Germinder launched Goodnewsforpets in 1998, Shojai embraced the concept from the beginning and signed CWA on as the first media sponsor of the site as a way to promote member books and accomplishments. Since that time they have collaborated on many other projects and ways to promote CWA sponsors and members. It’s that collegial spirit that Germinder treasures the most.
“I’m so thrilled to announce Amy Shojai as the 11th Honoree. She is the best of collaborators. Now we get to celebrate her — the launch of her Write Schtuff Coaching webinar series, honor her mentoring and coaching of writers through the years, and celebrate again her co-founding of CWA with the 25th Anniversary of the CWA Banquet and Conference in St. Louis next year,” said Lea-Ann Germinder, APR, Fellow, PRSA, Founder and President of Germinder + Associates, Inc.
Amy is a certified animal behavior consultant, and nationally known authority on pet care and behavior. Her newest project is her “Write Schtuff Coaching Series”. The online presentation is live and recorded for replays, in which she ask attendees what they need and want, answers questions, give a PowerPoint presentation, offers handouts and other perks, and recommends no-to-low-cost resources that she’s found helpful in her own work.
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Video Producer, Dog Lover Extraordinaire Honored For Over Three Decades of Communications Success
Germinder + Associates has named Julie Lux, a former editor of Goodnewsforpets.com, video producer and dog lover, and Vice President, Public Relations of FLM Harvest, as the tenth #Germinder20 #PowerofPink Honoree to receive the award. Lux has designatedthe American Beagle Rescue Network and the Dalmatian Club of America Foundation to each receive $500 for her Honoree donation. To read more about her story, click here. #Germinder20 #PowerofPinkHonoree
“I am truly honored to be recognized among this outstanding group of individuals receiving the #Germinder20 #PowerofPink award. I remember when Lea-Ann first told me about her vision for Goodnewsforpets.com and I knew then that it would be a great success! I applaud Lea-Ann’s vision and wish Germinder + Associates many more years offering this great resource for the pet media and for all people who love pets. It’s been my pleasure to play a small role in its evolution, ” said Julie Lux, Vice President, Public Relations of FLM Harvest.
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Mom Blogger, Photographer + Writer, Activist + Advocate Has Arrived!
Germinder + Associates has named Millennial mom blogger, writer, activist and photographer Megan Peters, Founder of August Light Studio, as the ninth #Germinder20 #PowerofPink Honoree to receive the award. The designation comes as Germinder sponsors Global Animal Health Week with Peters participating with Germinder in the activities. Peters has designated the KC Pet Project to receive her $1,000 Honoree donation. To read more about her story, click here. #Germinder20 #PowerofPinkHonoree
“I am so honored and humbled to be named as a Power of Pink Honoree. I began my professional career at Germinder + Associates, and what I learned there has been extremely valuable as I’ve moved through my life’s work. I am so grateful to be a part of the Germinder family! Thank you to Lea-Ann and the Germinder team for this recognition,” said Megan Peters, Founder of August Light Studio.
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Celebrated Professor to Industry Exec To AMC CEO to ACVIM Chair to Western Veterinary Conference CEO, Emeritus
Germinder + Associates has named Guy Pidgeon, DVM, ACVIM, a distinguished thirty-eight year career board-certified diplomate in veterinary medicine and U.S. Marine Corps veteran as the eighth #Germinder20 #PowerofPink Honoree to receive the award. Dr. Pidgeon has designated his veterinary school alma mater, the Colorado State College of Veterinary Medicine to receive his $1,000 Honoree donation. In accepting the honor, Dr. Pidgeon said,
“It’s a distinct honor to be included in the company of my peers for this award. Giving back is important for every profession and I appreciate what Lea-Ann is doing with this program to benefit the veterinary profession, my colleagues and those organizations we hold dear,” said Guy Pidgeon, DVM, DACVIM.
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Honoree Story Celebrates Fifty-Years of Service
From Private Practice to First Woman President of the AVMA to
Industry Leader & More
New York – July 26, 2018 — Germinder + Associates has named Mary Beth Leininger, DVM, a veterinarian for more than five decades and the first woman president of the American Veterinary Medical Association as the seventh #Germinder20 #PowerofPinkHonoree to receive the award. Leininger has designated the student scholarship fund at Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine to receive the $1,000 Germinder Honoree donation. #Germinder20 #PowerofPinkHonoree
“Dr. Leininger is beloved by her colleagues, she excels at everything she does, and her love of veterinary medicine knows no bounds. My gratitude to this amazing Honoree deepens with every passing year. She epitomizes all that is right with veterinary medicine, never wavering from her core beliefs. We all still have so much to learn from her,” said Lea-Ann Germinder, President, Germinder + Associates, Inc.
Germinder and Dr. Leininger first met when Dr. Leininger was the President-Elect of the AVMA and Germinder presented “Pets Need Dental Care, Too!” to the AVMA PR Council. Later they worked together on dozens of media interviews during Dr. Leininger’s tenure as AVMA president, as spokesperson for National Veterinary Month and later as Dr. Leininger oversaw the Mark Morris and Leo Bustad Award programs for Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.
“It is so generous of Lea-Ann to include me as one of her Germinder20 Power of Pink Honorees! I have treasured the many years we have worked together and am grateful to call her my friend,” said Dr. Leininger.
To read the full release and the interview visit Goodnewsforpets.com. Germinder + Associates provides strategic counsel to full service campaigns. The agency is celebrating its 20th anniversary. For more information contact Lea-Ann Germinder at 917-334-8682.
Story Focuses On A Family Legacy of Journalism & Storytelling
(Kansas City, Mo and New York – July 2, 2018) Germinder + Associates has named Jen Reeder, journalist and president of the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) as the sixth #Germinder20 #PowerofPinkHonoree and the first journalist to receive the award. The announcement comes immediately after the agency celebrated its 20th Anniversary Day on July 1, 2018. Reeder has designated Green Dogs Unleashed, which rescues dogs (and other animals) with special needs and trains them to be therapy dogs to receive the $1,000 Germinder Honoree donation.
In announcing the award, Germinder + Associates President Lea-Ann Germinder said, “We are thrilled to announce Jen Reeder as our first journalist Germinder Power of Pink Honoree. Jen Reeder is not only committed to excellence in journalism, she is a fantastic storyteller. She is committed to volunteerism for her profession, she has a positive and collegial approach to everyone she meets, to every challenge she takes on. It makes us work even harder for her and DWAA as our client every day.”
Reeder comes from a family of wordsmiths, as she says, “I always say that I grew up ‘drinking writing from two straws’ because there were successful writers on both sides of my family.” Her father, Tom Reeder, is a retired TV comedy writer. Her mother’s father, Harrison Stephens, was a newspaper reporter and editor. Her godfather is a retired television writer, and everyone in her family is an avid reader. All have encouraged her passion for reading and writing, which go hand in hand.
“I still ask my dad for feedback on some of my bigger stories before I submit them, and he’ll offer constructive criticism down to a missing hyphen. There’s no question: he’s made me a stronger writer. I’m grateful to have received so much love and support throughout my life,” said Reeder.
In accepting the Honoree award, Reeder commented, “I am incredibly honored to be named a Germinder Power of Pink Honoree. Lea-Ann and her team at Germinder + Associates do so much for pets and pet writers – including donating $1,000 in the name of each honoree to a worthy nonprofit! I’m so grateful for all she does for the pet community and for the Dog Writers Association of America. Congratulations on twenty amazing years and cheers to the next twenty!
Germinder met Reeder when Reeder was named DWAA president and was delighted to learn of
Reeder’s commitment to public relations. A public relations firm representing writers and journalists is a daunting task. It helped forge a partnership of trust during challenging times. It is exceptionally gratifying given solid relationships with journalists has been a hallmark of the firm since 1998.
Reeder is a freelance journalist who specializes in pet and lifestyle features. Her first job writing about animals was for the World Wildlife Fund in 1994, but since then, her focus has shifted to man’s best friend. Reeder’s articles and essays about pets have been published by BBC News, The Daily Beast, Family Circle, Modern Dog, The Christian Science Monitor, PBS’s Next Avenue, AKC Family Dog, Today.com, HuffPost, Just Labs Magazine, the American Animal Hospital Association and the Sierra Club. Her rescued dogs, Rio and Peach, provide plenty of story ideas. She is also the founder of the nonprofit Rock 1 Kidney.
#Germinder20 #PowerofPinkHonorees are announced and are given the opportunity to designate a $1000 donation to be made in their name through Germinder’s 20th Anniversary Fund Giving Back program to a not-for-profit organization of their choice. To date Honorees named and their designated donations include Debra Horwitz, DVM, DACVB (Missouri Humane Society), Heidi Lobprise, DVM, DAVDS (Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs), Elizabeth Colleran, DVM, MS,DABVP (Winn Feline Foundation), Dan Richardson, DVM, DACVS (Stormont-Vail Foundation Care Line) and Manolita Moore (The Pixel Fund). Additional Honorees will be named throughout 2018. Links to personal interviews with each honoree are also featured here.
#Germinder20 #ThePowerofPink was announced in January 2018 as part of the celebration of Germinder’s 20thAnniversary Year. The women’s storytelling initiative highlights the founder’s story and also shines a spotlight on 20 leaders whose stories have touched and inspired Germinder to success. Initial donations have been made to The Weill Cornell Breast Center at the Weill Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital, an integrated, multi-disciplinary care center where Germinder was treated for breast cancer five years ago. Another recipient is the Clara Goy Foundation in memory of Germinder’s brother-in-law, Gene Melleno, a girl’s high school basketball coach who passed away Jan. 1, 2018. Other donations have been made to the Jan Hus Community Outreach Program in honor of Germinder’s immigrant great-grandmother Marie Therese Kacin and to the News Literacy Project.
Germinder + Associates provides communications services for the pet/vet sectors and other niche industries. The woman-owned company was founded by Lea-Ann O’Hare Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA in Kansas City and has offices in New York City and Kansas City. The company connects and consults with executives in both established companies and organizations interested in entering the vet and pet industries in the U.S.
Goodnewsforpets.com™ combines an award-winning website and social media channels to curate news of interest and importance to pet parents, veterinary professionals and the pet industry. Editorial, contests, sponsored content distribution and advertising are available.
GNFP Digital™ provides a wide range of digital services including digital audits, standard or custom infographics, topic specific modules and branded content implementation. The custom digital content development and distribution services are offered for national brands, veterinary practices and other niche markets.
Lea-Ann Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA
Twitter: @lgerminder or Instagram @leagerm
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Once again, Germinder & Associates has been named agency of record for the esteemed Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA). Founded in 1935 by eight editors and publishers invited to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the DWAA has become the most recognized professional writing association devoted to man’s best friend.
DWAA President Jen Reeder said she is delighted that Germinder has agreed to continue the collaboration.
“Lea-Ann Germinder and her team at Germinder & Associates work tirelessly to promote DWAA and dog writers in general,” Reeder said. “In the last year alone, they’ve brought on important sponsors, booked media appearances for the leadership team, promoted our annual banquet and various initiatives and boosted contest entries by 24 percent from the previous year. The agency’s digital arm even sponsors the GNPF Digital Online Article Award, a $500 award for the best online article that highlights the human-canine bond in action. I’m so grateful for Lea-Ann’s passion and dedication – she always goes above and beyond.”
Goodnewsforpets Will Be Third-Party Digital Platform
In additional to sponsorship activities, the agency will provide strategic counsel, publicize DWAA events and publish news about members’ books on its Goodnewsforpets.com platform. The agency has already begun outreach to special award sponsors and will promote the DWAA’s annual writing contest and awards banquet, scheduled for Sunday, February 10, 2019 at the New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan.
“We are thrilled to return as the AOR for DWAA in our 20th anniversary year and be recognized for our work. DWAA is an organization near and dear to me personally. We look forward to achieving even more success together with this organization of highly skilled dog writers, bloggers and journalists,” said Lea-Ann Germinder, APR PRSA, President & Founder, Germinder + Associates and Editor & Publisher of Goodnewsforpets.com.
The Dog Writers Association of America is the most recognized professional writing association devoted to dogs. Founded in 1935, the DWAA has grown from eight founders to over 500 members, including journalists, authors, bloggers, publicists, photographers, illustrators and media personalities. Under the umbrella of the human-canine bond, members cover dog competitions, health, training, rescue, pet fashion, veterinary research, working dog organizations, animal welfare legislation, fundraisers and many other topics. For more information, visit: www.dogwriters.org.
Germinder + Associates provides communications services for the pet/vet sector and other niche industries. The woman-owned company was founded by Lea-Ann O’Hare Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA in Kansas City and has offices in New York City and Kansas City. The company connects and consults with executives in both established companies and organizations interested in entering the vet and pet industries in the U.S.
Goodnewsforpets.comTM combines an award-winning website and social media channels to curate news of interest and importance to pet parents, veterinary professionals and the pet industry. Editorial, contests, sponsored content distribution and advertising is available.
GNFP DigitalTM provides a wide range of digital services including digital audits, standard or custom infographics, topic specific modules and branded content implementation. The custom digital content development and distribution services are offered for national brands, veterinary practices and other niche markets.
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