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News Release: UKC will Undergo Key Changes in the Newly Organized and Expanded Dog Events Department
Posted on 10/21/2011 in DED News.

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KALAMAZOO, MICH. Oct. 17, 2011 – The expansion process at UKC includes a reorganization of the Dog Events Department staff as well as an addition to the current UKC building. Four new positions and two new employees have been added to the Dog Events staff in the restructuring. There are new Executive Directors for the conformation and performance areas, and a new Event Development area supported by Event Advocates in all regions of the country. The building construction is scheduled for completion by December, 2011.

Tony Vacha is moving from the UKC Information Technology Department to his new position as Executive Director of Conformation Events. Drew Forsyth, who has been on the Dog Events staff for five years, and Amanda Goodrich, who has been in the UKC Customer Service Department, will join Tony’s team.

Additionally, UKC brought two new staff members onboard in October: Sydney Suwannarat is the new Executive Director of Performance Events. Beth Anglemeyer and Denise Vavla, who have been on the Dog Events staff for three and nearly 16 years respectively, will join Sydney’s team.

Maude Tank joined UKC’s staff as the new Director of Event Development and will head up the new Event Advocate (EA) program. The EA program will be an extension of UKC in the field; a team of experienced UKC experts will be attending events around the country to help clubs develop effective methods for hosting events, extend the UKC culture and assist in the development of new clubs. Details of the Event Advocate program will be revealed in early November.

“All the pieces are falling together at just the right time to help extend the reach of the UKC Total Dog Philosophy across the nation,” UKC President Wayne Cavanaugh said. “Dog Events, which comprises conformation and performance events, has been the fastest growing area of UKC. When you consider that PREMIER went from only a few hundred entries in the late 1990’s to over 8,000 entries this past June, you realize this expansion is overdue,” he added.

UKC also announced that Michelle Morgan has decided to leave UKC as a full-time employee to spend more time with her family. She will put her knowledge and experience to work in the field as a UKC Event Manager.

“Losing Michelle as full-time member of the staff leaves a great void at UKC. Her loyalty and dedication will be greatly missed. We wish her the best and look for forward to seeing her at future events,” Cavanaugh said.

Established in 1898, the United Kennel Club is the largest all-breed performance-dog registry in the world, registering dogs from all 50 states and 25 foreign countries. More than 60 percent of its 15,000 annually licensed events are tests of hunting ability, training, and instinct. UNITED KENNEL CLUB prides itself on its family-oriented, friendly, educational events. To find out more about registration and events, call or visit our website. Phone: (269) 343-9020; Fax: (269) 343-7037; www.ukcdogs.com.

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To find out more about UKC registration and events, call or visit our website.
United Kennel Club, Inc. 100 E. Kilgore Rd., Kalamazoo MI 49002-5584
Phone: (269) 343-9020; Fax: (269) 343-7037; www.ukcdogs.com