IPATA Honors Pet Shipping Industry Leaders at 2014 International Conference

October 24, 2014 – The International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA), the non-profit organization dedicated to the care and welfare of pets and animals during transport, honored its industry's leaders at the Black & White Gala and Awards Ceremony, part of the 38th International Conference in Panama City, Panama.

Millie Woolf Memorial Leadership Award for IPATA

Derek Huntington from Capital Pet Movers receives the Millie Award for giving his best in the pet transport industry.

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 must be a person, company or association - not necessarily an IPATA member - 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. The 2014 Millie Woolf Memorial Leadership Award was presented to Derek Huntington of Capital Pet Movers. He always "gives his best" and goes the extra mile to ensure the organization meets and exceeds members expectations. For example, he has been instrumental in developing the training modules that all new members must complete during their provisional year thereby ensuring that those new to the industry have the tools necessary to exude professionalism as they provide pet shipping services.

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual whose lifetime body of work demonstrates dedication to the pet transportation industry and to IPATA. Rosemary Fillippelli from World Wide Pet Transport is the 2014 recipient. She joined IPATA just one year after the organization launched and has worked vigorously for the pet shipping industry ever since. With an unbeatable work ethic, empathy and customer commitment - she is a model pet shipper and an inspiration for all members.

Industry Partner Award for IPATA

International Air Transport Association receives the Industry Partner Award for improving the pet transport industry.

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 pet shipping 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 serve customers. The 2014 recipient is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animals and Perishables Board (LAPB). The board has instituted a training workbook plus online tests to simplify and enhance training and education throughout the industry. They work diligently within their membership and with advisors to constantly update and improve the Live Animals Regulations Manual, the guideline used by all airlines worldwide when transporting animals. In the last year training for airline staff has been implemented at passenger counters and training is now required for any airline accepting pets.

Best Operational Provider Award from IPATA

Cory Robinette from Air Animal, Inc. received the Best Operational Award.

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. The 2014 recipient is Cory Robinette from Air Animal, Inc. - Pet Moving Services.

The IPATA International Conference is the world's largest gathering of pet shipping professionals. Attendees include animal handlers, pet moving providers, kennel operators, veterinarians and others who are dedicated to the care and welfare of pets during transport.

About IPATA

The International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA) is a non-profit, worldwide trade association for animal handlers, pet moving providers, kennel operators, veterinarians and others who are dedicated to the care and welfare of pets and animals during transport. The organization was founded in 1979. It began with six founding members and now has more than 350 members in over 80 countries. IPATA serves its members, the pet transport industry, and the public at large. For more information, or to find a professional pet shipper, visit www.ipata.org.

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