“Joining Long Island Pet Professionals and attending events, has made a huge impact on me and my company. It has taught me the value of networking with others in the industry and in a fun way too! I have made so many professional and personal contacts through Long Island Pet Professionals I wish I had joined earlier! Nancy does an amazing job of putting together events, including having relevant and interesting speakers at the meetings.” Robyn Elman, President In Home Pet Services, Inc., Member since 2010   “I have been a member of Nancy’s Organization Long Island Pet Professionals for the last three plus years, and I can say it was one of the best business decisions I have made to date. Nancy creates networking event that are designed around the current issues and concerns within the industry. Nancy saw a need for our industry and acted on it. I am personally thankful that I found her organization and joined. Being a member of Long Island Pet Professionals has helped increase my bottom line as well as helped me understand things about the industry that other wise would still be a mystery to me.” Kim Loper, Life is Grruff, Member Since 2010   “Nancy is a delightful, smart and talented networking professional. Her relations in the pet industry are extensive, she is ambitious (developing her organization from regional to national), and in my experience, each event that she has hosted was organized and well-executed. To boot, she is a talented photographer and a prolific author with weekly newsletters and pet and business articles in many local and national newspapers and magazines.” Margaret Tumino Mills, Marketing Assistant for Halo Purely for Pets, Member Since 2013   “My association with Long Island Pet Professionals has been a very positive since the outset.  I joined, originally looking for networking opportunities. While these were provided, and proved to be quite productive, the true value to membership in this organization has proved to be Nancy’s energy and creativity.  Frequent, animal industry related events bring business people together and lead to synergy among  members.  Even after years of membership, I continue to meet new people and gain new clients and resources for my existing clients.” Keith Niesenbaum, VMD, Crawford Dog and Cat Hospital, Member Since 2010   “I love being a member of American Pet Professionals!  I’ve gotten many business leads and met some really great people. The networking events are amazing, I even got a piece of business from an event in Chicago that I wasn’t event present at!  How great is that?  I can’t wait to participate in upcoming networking events, conference calls and connect with people who work and love the pet industry.”
Dana Humphrey, Owner Whitegate PR, Member Since 2013      “For the past ten years I’ve had the pleasure of watching Nancy take Long Island Pet Professionals from an idea to a dominant force in the pet industry. Her ability to identify a market opportunity combined with her experience and talents as an entrepreneur and public relations expert has made her a sought after pet industry expert. As a tireless advocate for her members Nancy is always seeking new opportunities to to raise the level of professionalism and impart much needed business wisdom on topics from marketing to trademark law and everything in between. A talented marketer and writer, Nancy leverages multiple platforms to connect with her members including -her weekly newsletter, expert interviews, social networking and live networking events that focus on a specific aspect of business.” Linda Williams, Advisior at The Brand Counselors, Member Since 2011    “Congratulations Nancy on you Best of LI 2013 win! You always do a great job and your enthusiasm is contagious. Glad to be a part of it. Your poopaway pal.” 
 Jim Hoke, PoopAway, Member Since 2012   “I started my own Dog training Business about 2 years ago Pet Peeves Dog Training. I wasn’t sure what was the best way to advertise, or how to contact people or how I should even budget my self. Going to LIPP meetings and talking with people in the pet business like dog walking, photographing your pets, even home made dog food. These companies have been doing this a while and had a lot of good information to share and I avoided mistakes while going through my first years setting up own business. I am always looking for better ways to learn my trade and to better my business.” Lauren Driscoll Owner/ Trainer Pet Peeves Dog Training LLC, Member since 2011   “Long Island Pet Professionals has been a valuable resource in connecting me to other pet industry professionals and helping me find my target customer. Since joining, I have found a web designer to help me update my brand and pet boutiques who host my pet photography events. This network also helps me find my target customers because they know they will find pet businesses through LIPP that are professional and trustworthy. LIPP is like having a PR pro on staff.  I’m pleased to be a member.” Judy McCleery, Member Since 2010   “I wanted to send a quick note to say thank you for arranging a wonderful networking event last evening.  I had a great time and met some interesting and genuine people – you have done a great job with the group and I wish you tremendous success in the national launch.  I’m happy to help any way that I can.  Your authentic approach and promotion of group members through your communications expertise is generous and unique.  I am pleased to be a member of this group.” John Parson at PetsThrive, Member Since 2014   “Long Island Pet Professionals provided an enjoyable evening of dinner, drinks, opportunity and optimism. Nancy took us from online – to in-person.  Even with Twitter and Facebook all the rage, it’s refreshing to network face to face. Those I most need to network with where all in the room!” Sheryl Matthys   “I don’t join a lot of ‘networking’ organizations because, frankly, they just don’t appeal to me, but when I saw a group that I had never seen before, with a focus on the pet industry, I eagerly jumped in. Long Island Pet Professionals is that group and it was one of the easiest and best business decisions I have made. There are too many benefits to mention in a short testimonial so I will just touch on a few things. The monthly meetings are one of my favorite things to do. I get to meet and talk with others in the pet industry that have different businesses as well as those who are in the same business as me. The speakers are very informative and as much as I think I know, I learn something at every event that helps me in my business. Following some of the steps outlined in the Social Media and Public Relations seminars given by founder Nancy Hassel and others, within about the last year, I have been able to get myself featured in print in such publications as Newsday(three times), featured in Long Island Business News, Pet Product  News International and online on, The, and was chosen one of the Top 25 Pet People of 2010 on NBC Universal’s along with people such as Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, Betty White and others you may know. I have also been invited to write a column on several different blogs and web sites.  Again, this was a direct result of my joining LI Pet Professionals and following through on what I was taught at the seminars. Of course the buffet dinners at the monthly meetings are always delicious.  The weekly newsletters with all the upcoming pet events are quite informative and I use the information, both, to enjoy my time off and to make some business connections. Different members sponsor the newsletter each week and when I do, it pays off with increased business opportunities. The listing on the web site directory is a benefit as it shows up in Google searches. Nancy regularly emails the members about vendor and PR opportunities, and often negotiates member discounts for us – in essence, doing all the footwork so I don’t have to. For anyone who is thinking about joining this wonderful group, I say, just do it! It was easily the best money I ever spent!” Richie Schwartz, Member since 2009   “Interesting, fun and informative meetings with friendly, helpful people. Although I’ve been in private business for many, many years -I am somewhat of a newbie to the pet business industry.  I’ve learned many valuable things just talking to other members and my business has grown tenfold. And a shout out to Nancy Hassel who single handedly got this whole group started and continues to work tirelessly at it.” Sheryl Furman – My Canine Coach, Inc., Member since 2009   “Long Island Pet Professionals is the most important networking group I belong to. Not only because the people are extremely friendly, but because we are able to discover solutions together on increasing revenues for our businesses, gain higher visibility within the pet community, and develop cross promotional events that benefit multiple organizations.” Jennifer Ayalon, CEO, Member Since 2009   “I would like to extend a Great Big THANK YOU to L.I. Pet Professionals – For all of their Support, promotion and for attending Long Islands first ‘Bark for Life’  in Riverhead, NY. You helped us raise $20,000 to take a Bite out of cancer.” Kevin McGrady Committee Survivor/Luminaria Chair American Cancer Society]]>