Stephanie Kaplan, Director of Online Education at PIDA, Dies

Stephanie Kaplan, the long-time director of online education at the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), passed away suddenly on Oct. 4.

Kaplan led the creation and ongoing development of Pet Store Pro, the free online training program for pet retailers. For more than 12 years, her leadership and dedication drove the success of this program from a concept born in the mid 2000s, to a program supporting more than 6,800 independent retailers and nearly 35,000 individual users in 2019, PIDA officials reported.

“The pet industry and the Pet Industry Distributor’s Association have lost a friend and supporter," said Jeff Boyd, PIDA Chairman. "I’ve been very fortunate to have worked with Stephanie over the last six years on Pet Store Pro and will really miss her ability to manage projects, her comforting smile and her witty comments.”

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