Pet Health Insurance Association Breeding Higher Standards with Addition of AKC and CFA Pet Healthcare Plan CEO
Stephen Popovich, President & CEO of PetPartners, Inc. – AKC and CFA branded pet healthcare insurance plans, joins Pet Insurance Association Board of Directors.
September 22, 2010 (Pittsburgh, PA) The North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA) is gathered in Allegheny County, just outside of the city of Pittsburgh, for the Annual Fall Conference and Board Meeting. The association announced today the addition of Stephen Popovich, the President & CEO of PetPartners – American Kennel Club (AKC) and Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) branded pet healthcare insurance plans.
According to Loran Hickton, Executive Director of NAPHIA, “Steve and his team at PetPartners, under the brands AKC Pet Healthcare Plan Insurance and CFA Pet Healthcare Plan Insurance, (http://www.petpartners.net/programs/) have developed a great relationship within the breeder community for cats and dogs and have done an exceptional job supporting and growing the value of pet insurance for all pet owners. Steve adds an additional level of experience and expertise with his many years in the fields of human and animal health. He is a seasoned executive and industry leader who will champion collaboration among all of the leading pet insurance providers, as we deliver the highest standards and the most positive principles of all pet health insurance providers.”
“As an industry that has been spared some of the challenges of the difficult economy because of the fantastic bond we enjoy with our dogs and cats, it is most important to continue the work of our industry to increase value and make pet insurance more commonplace for pet owners. I am honored to join my colleagues within our industry that share the commitment of transparency and increasing value and understanding of all quality pet healthcare insurance. As an industry, we are committed to focus on those issues that provide immediate and clear value. Uniformity in electronic claims processing is very important to all stakeholders and speeding up the delivery of pet insurance is just one example. Good and proper collaboration means more value for pet owners and better value for our team members and our companies,” stated Popovich.
“While this difficult economy presents challenges for consumers and pet owners, it is also driving a robust market for pet insurance; in fact, the market in North America is very strong and has grown over 400% in just the past few years,” continued Hickton.
Surveys and research by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Pet Products Association indicates that today most pets are regarded as members of the family. Over 60% of North American households have at least one dog, cat, bird, or other companion animal. Many have more than one. There are more than 75 million pet dogs in the U.S. and Canada and nearly 85 million pet cats. Projected 2010 pet expenditures for North America are over $48 billion, of which $25 billion will be spent on veterinary related care.
Prior to joining PetPartners in 2005, Steve Popovich enjoyed a 25-year track record in various financial positions, both corporate and operations, with several global companies including Tyco International and Georgia-Pacific. Steve holds an accounting degree from the University of Florida and an MBA in Finance from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.
About PetPartners Inc.
As long time insurance professionals and pet lovers, the team at PetPartners fully understands our customers' pet health insurance needs and expectations. At our offices in Raleigh, North Carolina, we have a great blend of insurance experience and veterinary expertise working within best-in-class operating systems and practices. We proudly offer our customers unsurpassed pet health coverage at competitive prices with friendly and caring service. For more information, visit http://www.petpartners.net
About 'Meet The Breeds'
PetPartners is also a proud sponsor and pet health insurance partner of 'Meet The Breeds' the largest gathering of pet enthusiasts in the world taking place October 16th and 17th with attendance of over 35,000. Meet the Breeds, hosted by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) is returning to the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Last year’s attendees enjoyed 200 individually decorated official breed booths that allowed dog and cat lovers to interact with dogs, cats, puppies and kittens and learn about their history and unique attributes directly from the experts; 100 vendor booths offered every imaginable product for pets and their owners; and five ongoing demonstration rings featured law enforcement K9s, grooming, agility, obedience and an interactive ‘Cat Idol’ showcase and more. You can visit the Meet the Breeds website at http://www.akc.org/meet_the_breeds/
About the North American Pet Health Insurance Association
Founded in 2007, the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA) is committed to educating and promoting the values and benefits of pet health insurance to North American pet owners, the general public, and the veterinary industry. For more information, visit http://veterinarycommunity.dvm360.com/view/North American Pet Health Insurance Association or call 412-319-7730 / 412-908-9766.
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