|Each year awards are given at the IPATA International Conference to companies that further the mission of IPATA in promoting the safe and humane transport of pets and other animals. Each award is only given when a truly deserving recipient is identified, not necessarily annually.|
|INDUSTRY PARTNER AWARD|
|The Industry Partner Award recognizes a person, organization or company on behalf of some type of consultancy, business products or services which pushed the barriers within the industry. It is open to members and non-members of IPATA whose partnership with IPATA has resulted in improved welfare, improved business for IPATA members or enhanced ability to server customers.|
Lufthansa Cargo was selected for this honor because "all aspects of their AVI service are exceptional from booking, transit services, routing options, quality of fleet/training and liaison with destination agents."
"Their Frankfurt Animal Lounge is a world-class facility and reflects their commitment to the animal shipping industry.
|LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD|
|The Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals whose lifetime body of work demonstrates dedication to the industry and to IPATA. This individual is of the highest integrity and worthy stature. This award is not mandated to present every year, but only when someone has been identified as truly worth of recognizing their "lifetime body of work."|
|Awards are not required to be given every single year. They are only awarded when a company or individual is identified as truly exceptional and deserving of a specific award. A Lifetime Achievement Award was not presented in 2016.
|BEST OPERATIONAL SERVICE PROVIDER|
|The Best Operational Service Provider Award honors an individual that provides operational service that is consistently of an exceptional level and is an inspiration to the pet shipping industry and its members. The award recognizes an individual that exemplifies professionalism, empathy, compassion, efficient response, accuracy of information, and customer service.|
Josh Kundrat with Pacific Pet Transport in Hermosa Beach California, was awarded the Best Operational Service Provider.
"The pet shipping industry depends on a support network of independent agents working together to facilitate global pet relation," says Derek Huntington, IPATA President. "Josh Kundrat is always extremely professional, very focused and detail oriented and prompt with all services he provides."
Another member describes Kundrat as "a reliable person, very active, reactive and available. He's easy to work with and he understands the importance of the roles in a business relationship between booking agent and supplier."
2015 Dana Fanning of Animal Land, Inc.
2014 Cory Robinette of Air Animals INC
2013 Catherine Allaway of PetAir UK
|MILLIE WOOLF AWARD|
|The Millie Woolf Award is presented in the memory of Millie Woolf, one of the six founding members of IPATA, who was a driving force that made IPATA the international network of professionals that it is today. Millie recognized the need for an organization that could provide education in the transport of household pets, and that unified companies into pooling their resources to provide the safest transport of these pets. Millie exemplified her phrase, "I gave it my best." The recipient must be a person, company or association who exemplifies "I Gave It My Best" by providing, supporting or developing opportunities which advance the professionalism of persons involved in the safe and humane transport to animals.|
IPATA awarded its 2016 Millie Woolf Memorial Leadership Award to Jack Russo, CEO of Bobbi's World Kennels in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The Millie Woolf Memorial Leadership Award was established to honor of Millie Woolf, one of the six founding members of IPATA, who was the driving force that made IPATA the international network of professionals that it is today. The recipient is a person, company or association who exemplifies “I Gave It My Best” by providing, supporting or developing opportunities which advance the professionalism of persons involved in the safe and humane transport to animals.
"There is no one more deserving of the Millie Woolf Memorial Leadership Award than Jack Russo," says Dr. Walter Woolf, Principal Owner & Managing Director of Air Animal, Inc. "He has invested his time, his energies, his dedication and his resources to the benefit of many. He is dedicated to the best practices in pet and animal transport and has provided the leadership to that end over the years. He is always willing to help, always cheerful in his responses."
|The Excellence Award is given in recognition of an individual, company or organization that has made outstanding efforts to public service initiatives and/or who have contributed to the improvement of animal welfare with substantial impacts to humanitarian or animal welfare efforts.|
Awards are not required to be given every single year. They are only awarded when a company or individual is identified as truly exceptional and deserving of a specific award. A Excellence Award was not presented in 2016.