2018 Officers & Directors

President

Sharon Perrin – Kathryn Lily Equestrian
Miami, FL
Manufacturer Member
305‐873‐3925 | Email

Sharon grew up riding and showing and has always had a love of horses. After finishing her MBA, she went into the corporate world working for a large CPG company doing various sales and brand marketing roles. In 2010, she started Kathryn Lily Equestrian with her business partner Kate to get back into the horse world she loved, while bringing her corporate experience to the industry.

President-Elect
Jaime Brunner  The Espoma Company
Millville, NJ
Manufacturer Member
856-825-0542 | Email

Jaime grew up riding horses and still currently competes on the show circuit primarily in Wellington, Florida. After working for a few years in public relations and publishing, she decided to pursue a new opportunity and joined an equestrian apparel company. Working for a small company gave her the experience to learn a lot about manufacturing, sales, product development, supply chain management and brand development. Jaime quickly realized she wanted to be able to combine her work and passion for animals. So, after going back to school to pursue her MBA, she joined her 88 year old family business, The Espoma Company, to help develop their Animal Care division and product line. Jaime is part of the fourth generation of her family to work at Espoma.



Vice President
Peter Canzone  American Artists

Saratoga Springs, NY
Manufacturer Member
518-813-1203 | Email

Peter has been involved with horses both as an owner and in the marketing and manufacturing end for over 30 years. In the past, he has worked with Hanoverian horses and his family placed second with the horse Captain Bodgit in the 1997 Kentucky Derby. Currently Peter is the president of American Artists which creates original designs of hand painted jewelry and picture frames. After graduating from Marquette University with a business degree, he worked as a marketing and product manager for several large retail clothing chains. Prior to starting American Artists in 1985, he was part of a marketing group that was responsible for the success of the collector plate company the Bradford Exchange.

Tony Lang

Treasurer
Tony Lang  Cashel Company/Equibrand
Cranbury, TX
Manufacturer Member
682-936-8197 | Email

Tony grew up in the hearing aid industry, learning manufacturing, product flow and inventory management. After doing an  overseas startup for a company, he ventured off and started his own custom hearing aide manufacturing company. The love of horses drew him south, where he is currently the General Manager of Cashel, a division of Equibrand Corp located in Granbury Texas. He has a background in manufacturing, product design, warehouse, and  supply chain fulfillment.

Tony is an active horseman participating in team roping events as a heeler.

Immediate Past President
Kelly Herd  Kelly Herd Jewelry
Cleveland, TN
Manufacturer Member
423‐728‐4009  |  Email 
 
Kelly is the president of Kelly Herd Jewelry, a jewelry manufacturing and wholesaling company that does both their own designs and contract work for the western and the English industries. Kelly saw a need for elegantly designed equestrian jewelry targeting a high-end market and after several years in the retail arena, decided to bring the success his company had enjoyed to the equestrian wholesale market. Kelly Herd Jewelry now services more than 600 retailers globally, including both smaller retailers and chain stores. Kelly’s in-house design and manufacturing capabilities allow him to create custom pieces for stores and customers. Kelly and his staff provide a full support system for the retailer, with hi-res images for eCommerce and merchandising.


Directors

 


Anthony Gatto  Kensington Protective Products, Inc.

Pomona, CA
Manufacturer Member
909‐469‐1240 | Email

Kensington Protective Products started in the 1950s and continues with its third generation owner, Anthony Gatto. Anthony and Kensington have resided in Southern California since its inception. 

Anthony was born into the equine industry. As a young  apprentice, Anthony was exposed to every aspect of Kensington from sweeping floors, packaging products, warehouse inventory, pattern designing and the financial side of the business. He ultimately purchased Kensington from his father, Alan Gatto, in 2012. Anthony now owns and runs several companies, but Kensington is his pride and joy. He looks forward to passing the family business to his children.

Anthony truly loves the equine industry. Although he does  not ride due to extreme allergies, it has not prevented him from working closely with riders and many organizations to make certain Kensington offers the best products. He believes horses are athletes and should be treated as such with the highest quality products.

 Cissie Meehan


Cissie Meehan  TABcom, LLC

Hazleton, PA
Retailer Member
434-465-1760 | Email

Cissie Meehan is Vice President of Merchandising for TABcom. She specializes in Multi-Channel Retail, Strategic Planning and Brand Management. Cissie joined TABcom in November of 2009, after serving as Vice President of Merchandising for Dover Saddlery. She has also held senior management roles at Petsmart, 1-800 Flowers and Cendant. She is a graduate of Suffolk University in Boston.

Cissie has been involved in the equestrian industry for over 25 years in both the Western and English markets. She is also a rider and competitor who has competed at the national level. She is an advocate for the sport and industry and has contributed to many organizations including 4H, Therapeutic Riding, Horse Rescue and nationally rated horse shows.

Cissie is an avid equestrian along with her husband, and their farm is home to six horses who are involved in many aspects of training, showing and foxhunting. Her four Pembroke Welsh Corgis include a new breed champion, Trevor.



Victoria Philipp
Bryn Mawr, PA
Sales Rep/Agent
484‐832‐1040 | Email

Bio coming soon.

Terri Schulte  Terri Schulte Equestrian Prod.
Cave Creek, AZ
Sales Rep/Agent
480-595-8432 | Email

Terri Schulte’s original career started out in Boston as a manufacturer’s representative in the Premium and Incentive Industry covering all of New England and Westchester Country New York. She founded Terri Birger & Associates in 1978, and Promotional Support Group, Inc. (a wholesale distribution company) in 1992 and grew both companies to over $20,000,000.00 in sales annually. She received numerous awards during her tenure including: Incentive Manufacturers’ Representative of the Year 1998; Incentive Manufacturers’ Regional Representative of the Year: 1998, 1997,1996,1994; Sony Representative of the Year; Igloo Representative of the year; Waterford/Wedgwood Top Representative of the Year.

She sold her two businesses and moved to Arizona in 1998 and spent the next four years riding and competing in Eventing. In December 2002, she formed Terri Schulte Equestrian Products, LLC with the initial intent to service the Arizona Retailer. Her business soon evolved into National Key Account Management. In 2007, the company name was changed to Terri Schulte Equestrian & Pet Products, LLC, adding Pet Products to the product line assortment. 

Her expertise is working with the major retailers, selling them both Name Brand and Private Label programs.

When not traveling for business, Terri continues to ride and take lessons with her horse Miles.

When not working, Terri loves to spend time with her husband Greg, three grandchildren Laura, Connor and Mia, Horses: Miles, Elliott and Lei Roi and Dogs: Braedee and Sophie.

 


Doug Walker  WeatherBeeta USA Inc.

Edison, NJ
Manufacturer Member
732‐593‐0721 | Email

Doug joined the WeatherBeeta Group and the equestrian industry in 2013, initially as Chief Marketing Officer for the group globally. Since spring 2016, Doug has been leading the USA operation and in fall 2016 he added the Group’s European operations to his responsibilities.

WeatherBeeta Group has an enviable portfolio of brands including Dublin, Collegiate, Saxon, Korsteel, Roma, Kincade and of course, WeatherBeeta. The Group celebrates its 40th birthday in 2018 and has been in the USA for nearly 20 years. WeatherBeeta USA's corporate office and distribution hub are in Edison, NJ.

While a resident of the UK, Doug travels across the Atlantic at least once a month and continues to travel around North America extensively. He is passionate about nurturing and supporting the retail trade in the United States and Europe. Doug has been a director of BETA, the British Equestrian Trade Association, since October 2014 and hopes that some of his international experience may be of service to AETA members.

 


Deanna Yamasaki  Do Trot In Tack Shop, LLC

Jamison, PA
Retailer Member
215‐343‐2822 | Email

Bio coming soon.