Leadership Team

Christopher Rowland

Chief Executive Officer

Chris Rowland has led Pet Supplies Plus and its team members to record growth since his appointment to Chief Executive Officer in October, 2014, and his strategy is a simple one: deliver a dazzling experience, outstanding value and incredible convenience to every neighbor who walks into our stores. 

Chris is a seasoned pet industry veteran, having pawed his way up the corporate ladder at PetSmart from 1996 to 2011 and making a name for himself in retail operation. Starting as a store manager in Toronto, he worked his way up to Vice President, US Operations and ultimately President of PetSmart Canada, where he and his turnaround team transformed the struggling retail chain into the largest and most profitable pet specialty retailer in Canada. 

Chris earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. He has a human daughter and son, and two furry children, Tibetan spaniel Lillie and Pekingese Lexie. Most notably to team members at Pet Supplies Plus, Chris is “Dad” to white umbrella cockatoo Phoebe, the company’s attention-loving, sweet-talking “Chief Bird Officer.”

Dominic Buccellato

Executive Vice President and Vice Chairman

Dominic Buccellato is Executive Vice President and Vice Chairman of Pet Supplies Plus, just a small slice of his much larger, career-long contribution to making a small, unknown pet specialty franchise into America’s favorite neighborhood pet store. 

Dominic, with his business partners, was Pet Supplies Plus’ largest franchisee. Starting in 1991 with a single store, he eventually owned and operated 64 stores in the Cleveland, Ohio area. In 2010, the stores were sold to PSP Stores, LLC, forming the foundation of the corporate entity on which we’re building today. He continues to dedicate his time and energy to the success of the PSP brand, first serving as Chief Operating Officer and then leading our franchise growth efforts. He now serves as EVP and Vice Chairman of the company’s board of directors. 

Dominic was honored with the distinction of Entrepreneur of the Year for the Cleveland, Ohio area in July of 2000. He attended Western Michigan University, is married and has three sons.  

  

Dan Boose

Chief Financial Officer

Dan Boose joined Pet Supplies Plus in September, 2013, as Chief Financial Officer. He and his team set the financial direction and allocation of resources that support our goal to make it easier for our neighbors to get better products for their pets. Dan leads all accounting, reporting, planning, analysis, tax, risk, and audit functions in support of PSP’s long-term, sustained growth. 

Previously, Dan was the senior vice president of finance and accounting for The Sports Authority, having held a variety of progressive assignments leading to his position on their senior team. He also served as Director, Corporate Finance for Brinker International, the multi-concept restaurant company including Chili’s and Maggiano’s. 

Dan attended Kansas State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting. He received his master’s in business administration from Indiana University. He also is a CPA. Dan is pet parent to a ninety pound schnoodle named Gus.

Derek T. Panfil

Senior Vice President - Merchandising and Marketing

Pet Supplies Plus is dedicated to making it easier for our neighbors to get better products for their pets. As senior vice president of merchandising and marketing, Derek Panfil leads the development of the company’s overall assortment strategy, oversees the creation and production of private label hardgoods and consumable products, and leads all brand marketing efforts in pursuit of this mission.

Before joining Pet Supplies Plus in September, 2010, Derek was formerly the director of strategy for PFCB (P.F. Chang’s) and, prior to that, the director of services and business development, DDM of Cat, and senior director of merchandising operations at PetSmart. 

Derek earned his bachelor’s in business administration from Southern Methodist University. He and his wife are passionate supporters of rescue and have opened their home and lives to dogs in need: Ozzie, a Chihuahua; Nellie, a Chihuahua/Dachshund mix; Kaylee, a cattle dog/terrier mix and Nukka, a husky/shepherd mix.

 

 Kenneth Miles Tedder, Jr

Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer

Miles Tedder joined Pet Supplies Plus in May of 2013 as Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer. Since then, he’s taken on responsibility for information technology, franchising, franchise operations and real estate as our Chief Operating Officer. 

Before joining PSP, Miles was Senior Vice President, IT and Supply Chain for Anna’s Linens, a home textile and décor specialty retailer, where he led the transformation of the organization’s supply chain. He also worked for Party City Corp, The Sports Authority, Staples, Lowes and Family Dollar Stores during periods of rapid store growth with responsibility for business process reengineering, change management activities, and multiple business systems implementations. 

Miles received his bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina, and his master’s in business administration from Mercer University, Stetson School of Business and Economics, in Atlanta, Georgia. Miles and his wife have three human children and a furry child, border terrier, Pepper.

 

Heidi Char

Senior Vice President - Human Resources

As Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Heidi Char leads her team in all recruiting, training, benefits, payroll and people management functions. Together they create the infrastructure that supports and fuels the operation of 200+ corporate stores, motivating 3,600 team members country-wide to make it easier for their neighbors to get better products for their pets. 

Heidi joined Pet Supplies in 2011. Previously, she held positions at Westinghouse Electric, Comerica and The Pepsi Beverage Company, where she served as Human Resource Director for Michigan’s bottling and distribution operations. 

Heidi earned her bachelor’s degree in business at Michigan State University and a master of business administration from the University of Pittsburgh. She and her husband have two sons, a Shih-Tzu Darby, and two pet turtles.

 

Jeff Suttle

Senior Vice President, Inventory Management & Merchandise Services

Jeff Suttle joined Pet Supplies Plus in September, 2011 as our Vice President of Strategy, and has since moved into the role of Senior Vice President, Supply Chain. Jeff oversees all aspects of the planning, allocation and distribution of goods for our PSP stores and wholesale business, subtracting distribution “hassle” for our team members and franchise owners on the front line. 

Before joining the PSP pack, Jeff worked for Sears as the Vice President of Pricing. Prior to that, he was the vice president of merchandising services for PetSmart. He also worked for Stop & Shop as vice president of pricing and for Shaw’s as vice president of buying strategy. 

Jeff earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Fairmont State University in Fairmont, West Virginia. He and his wife are the proud parents of two daughters and three mixed breed dogs, Tank, Lady, and Petey.

David Leonardo

Senior Vice President - Franchising

David joined Pet Supplies Plus in September, 2015, as Senior Vice President, Franchising. In his role, he’s responsible for developing and executing franchising strategy related to sales and development, franchisee relations, administration and store operations. All of that translates to record growth for the company, as Pet Supplies Plus expands its footprint westward and finds itself a member of more and more neighborhoods. 

Most recently David was Chief Operating Officer for La Galere Markets. David has an extensive franchise development background starting in August, 2001, when he was the manager of US franchising for Burger King. He became a Certified Franchise Executive in 2006. David also served as Director Franchise Development for the Arby's Restaurant Group and later Chief Development Officer for Wild Wing Café. In 2014, he was nominated for FSR magazine's “40 under 40 ‘rising stars’" in the restaurant industry. 

David began his business career in finance as an Investment Banking Analyst with J.P. Morgan Securities in New York City after earning a business management degree from Boston University, where he was captain of the wrestling team. David is a member of the Massachusetts Wrestling Hall of Fame, but when he’s wrestling with his dogs, Bibi and Ginger, he lets them win more often than not.

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