Local businesswoman Beth Stultz-Hairston of Pet Sitters International (PSI) in King, N.C., has been named a finalist in the fifth annual Pet Industry Woman of the Year Award competition.
Stultz-Hairston, PSI vice president, marketing and operations, was nominated in the Rising Star category and is one of only 25 finalists from across the country. The Pet Industry Woman of the Year will be announced Sept. 26 during a ceremony at the Women in the Pet Industry Conference and Awards Show in Portland, Oregon.
Stultz-Hairston has been employed by PSI since September 2004 and was promoted to the position of vice president in March 2017. She oversees marketing and educational initiatives as well as the day-to-day operations for PSI, the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters, and serves as the spokesperson for PSI’s well-known Take Your Dog To Work Day® campaign.
“The Pet Industry Woman of the Year Awards were designed to recognize the amazing females who dedicate their time and talents to improving the lives of all pets—dogs, cats, birds, fish, horses and exotics—and their parents/guardians,” said Shawna Schuh, president of Women in the Pet Industry Network (WIPIN). “These awards are a celebration of women who have made highly successful careers in the pet industry: They shine in large part because they are so passionate about helping women as well as pets. Finalist Beth Stultz-Hairston is a perfect example! It is exciting to honor her and other women with a genuine calling to make the pet industry stronger.”
A panel of four independent judges reviewed and scored nominations for applicants in the five categories. This year’s judges included a director of a non-profit organization, a founder of a successful pet organization, a COO of a design firm, and a director of a top women’s scholarship organization.
“While having the opportunity to follow a career path that I love is reward enough, I’m honored and humbled to be named a finalist for this award,” said Stultz-Hairston.
To learn more about PSI, visit www.petsit.com. To learn more about WIPIN and the Pet Industry Woman of the Year Award, visit www.womeninthepetindustry.com.