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UNITED KENNEL CLUB, INC. NEWS RELEASE - UKC Announces a New Alignment of Officers for Continued Growth
Posted on 07/24/2014 in Coonhounds.

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UKC Announces a New Alignment of Officers for Continued Growth

For additional information, contact UKC President Tanya Raab at traab@ukcdogs.com

July 24, 2014 – Kalamazoo MI. The United Kennel Club is pleased to announce three key staffing changes that represent a new milestone in its 116-year history. Wayne Cavanaugh, who has served for 15 years as UKC President, has been named UKC Chairman of the Board. Tanya Raab, former UKC VP of Operations, has been named UKC President. Todd Kellam, former UKC VP of Dog Events, has been named UKC Senior Vice President.

"The growth and overwhelming support of the UKC Total Dog philosophy has created an exciting future for UKC," said Cavanaugh. "The time is right for me to hand over the day-to-day operations to Tanya Raab and Todd Kellam so I can focus on new business development related to UKC's mission. Tanya and Todd have both been exemplary UKC employees for 25 years and have a tremendous depth of knowledge about UKC operations. They are committed to a team effort of constant improvement of processes and events while maintaining the UKC culture. I am confident and pleased to pass the torch to such talented individuals from within the UKC family."

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 15,500 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; www.ukcdogs.com.

Tanya Raab

Tanya Raab has been with United Kennel Club for 24 years. She began her employment in the Publications Department as a typesetter, having been previously employed at a local advertising agency. From there, Tanya was promoted to Production Manager where she supervised UKC’s three monthly publications:
COONHOUND BLOODLINES, BLOODLINES and HUNTING RETRIEVER; as well as the publication of United Kennel Club’s 100-year anniversary edition and various rulebooks and forms.

In 2003, Tanya was named Vice President of Media, where her responsibilities included public relations, marketing and promotions. Through this position, Tanya’s organizational skills came to the forefront and her duties were expanded to include Event Coordination.

In July 2012, Tanya was promoted to Vice President of Corporate Operations, overseeing Public Relations and Registrations Divisions with the expanded responsibilities and oversight for all UKC Event Coordination. Tanya’s outstanding skills aided in her success over the years.

Tanya says, “United Kennel Club is an outstanding organization. Every person involved, from staff to exhibitors, are passionate about our mission of promoting the Total Dog. Moving forward, I truly believe that this new chapter of United Kennel Club will continue to take our registry to an expanded population of dog owners.”

Tanya is a lifetime resident of Michigan, currently residing in Battle Creek, Michigan with her husband, Pete, and German Shepherd mix, Dakota.

Todd Kellam

A graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Todd Kellam came to United Kennel Club in 1988 with a well-rounded background in all facets of the hunting dog sports. Among his first responsibilities was the goal of assisting with the development of the Hunting Beagle Program. From there, Todd went on to oversee the development of many of the hunting dog programs successful in UKC today. Todd was eventually named Vice President of Hunting Programs and later Vice President of UKC Events.

A lifelong resident of Michigan, he resides in rural Kalamazoo County with wife Jodie. Their small kennel has over the years been shared by coonhounds, Beagles, pointing dogs and retrievers. These days, when he is not at the office or on the road for UKC, you will find him and a little English Setter female wandering the Michigan outdoors with a shotgun or fishing rod in hand.

“I have been very lucky to be able to work in an industry that is also my favorite hobby”, says Todd. “The UKC staff and the UKC customers make it enjoyable to go to work every day with the goal of advancing the UKC total dog philosophy.”

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