THE WORLD PET ASSOCIATION (WPA) HONORS LAURA "PEACH" REID
2019 Lifetime Achievement Award
Pet Age's Women of Influence Life-time Achievement Award is meant to recognize someone who has made major contributions to the pet industry, and this year we honor a game-changer and trailblazer in Laura "Peach" Reid.
A 2017 recipient of Pet Age's Women of Influence Award, Reid has worked at Fish Mart since its inception in 1974. Today, she is president and CEO of the company, which is the Northeast's largest domestic and import distributor of aquatic livestock, plants, invertebrates, reptiles, small animals, birds and live/ frozen food. It service; more than 500 retail stores.
Fish Mart is Marshall
Ferret Farm's EASTERN
distributor of the year!
These are photos of a donation we at Fish Mart made to CPWDA, the CT Police Work Dog Association.
Pictured are West Haven Officer Standish, Laura Reid and West Haven Officer Bloom with Cody. The donation helps fund the training of these and other police dogs.
PIJAC board Chair honored as Woman of Influence by Pet Age
By PIJAC Staff
PIJAC is proud to announce that Laura “Peach” Reid, the first female Chair of our Board of Directors, has been honored as a “Woman of Influence” by Pet Age.
With over 40 years in the responsible pet industry, Peach is well-known for her business leadership and her community service. Currently the President and CEO of Fish Mart, Inc., Reid has served as PIJAC’s Board Chair since March 2016.
“I am grateful to Pet Age for honoring me as a Woman of Influence,” said Reid, who has served on multiple boards in her hometown of Orange, Connecticut, at her alma mater University of New Haven, and elsewhere. “It’s an honor to be in the company of so many women who have helped guide the pet industry to where it is today. I hope that Pet Age’s award will serve as an example of what is possible for women across our industry.”
The Pet Age honor is just the latest for Reid, who in 1998 was honored as a “Woman of Substance” in the Connecticut Post, and received the Connecticut Small Business Person of the Year award in 2001. In 2015, she received PIJAC’s “Chairman’s Award of Excellence” in recognition of her tireless work on issues affecting the entire pet industry at the state and local levels across Connecticut.
“Nobody deserves this honor more than Peach,” said PIJAC President and CEO Mike Bober. “We at PIJAC benefit from her experience and dedication on a daily basis, and her positive influence can be seen throughout the responsible pet industry.”
Laura “Peach” Reid, President of Fish Mart, is humbled and honored to receive the Betty Mueller Memorial Award by the Northeast Council of Aquarium Societiesat their 44th Annual Convention over the weekend of April 14, 2019.
Betty Mueller Memorial Award
(NEC Annual Lifetime Achievement Award)
This annual lifetime achievement award, originally named The President's Award, has been given annually since 1979. In 1991 this award was renamed as a memorial to the late Betty Mueller. This annual presentation gives special recognition to an individual who has demonstrated overwhelming dedication and support to the aquarium hobby and to the Northeast Council. (NEC). A committee of persons who have received the award and are still active in the NEC made the decision to acknowledge Peach’s “outstanding dedication and support of the Aquarium Hobby and The Northeast Council of Aquarium Societies.”
(Shown with Leslie Dick and Richard Pierce)