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Grooming Education Awards Announced – Multiple Award Winner

Paragon Is Voted Top Dog in Pet Grooming Industry Educator Awards


Grand Rapids, MI – The Paragon School of Pet Grooming is humbled to be voted #1 in three categories and nominated in a fourth for its contribution to education in the Pet Grooming Industry.


#1 Grooming School: Paragon School of Pet Grooming

Paragon received top honors for its professional pet grooming training program. Learn More


#1 Grooming Book: The Theory of Five by Melissa Verplank

Melissa Verplank’s innovative guidebook took first place in the Grooming Book category. Learn More


#1 Grooming Webinar: Learn2GroomDogs.com Member Webinars

Membership-based webinars at Learn2GroomDogs.com were recognized for their excellence. Learn More


The team for the “Hey Joe!” pet professional podcast hosted by Paragon VP Joe Zuccarello was also delighted to receive the acknowledgment of nomination in its inaugural year.

“We live and breathe for the advancement of professional groomer education so we are deeply honored to receive this recognition from our peers in the industry,” said Melissa Verplank, founder of Paragon companies and esteemed author of The Theory of Five and Notes from the Grooming Table.

“Each and every nominee should be proud of the work they’re doing to elevate our profession across North America. We are united in our passion for professionalism.”

Verplank’s own quest for the highest level of professionalism has lead her on a 30-year journey in pet grooming where she’s won numerous national and international awards, including competitor and director status at GroomTeamUSA. She has founded and owned multiple companies, including a fleet of mobile groomers, Whiskers Pet Resort and Spa, the Paragon School of Pet Grooming and its related companies, Learn2GroomDogs.com and White Dog Enterprises. Both her trials and her triumphs as a self-taught groomer have inspired her quest to share knowledge and accelerate professionalism and respect for the pet grooming industry around the world.

“I am so happy to see the grooming community come together in the Pet Grooming Industry Educator Awards to acknowledge the efforts of the many talented people who have taken up the cause,” she said.

We love helping people improve their grooming skills and turning their dreams into reality… There is nothing more inspiring than watching people find their success.

The Pet Grooming Industry Educator Awards

The awards, introduced earlier this year, are determined by crowd-sourced polling within the pet grooming industry. They are designed to recognize fellow industry educators who invest in the lives and livelihood of others.

In addition to the awards in the Grooming School, Book and Webinar categories, Paragon is especially proud of its Learn2GroomDogs.com Training Experts, who independently were voted #1 in the following categories:


#1 Livestream: Colin Taylor

London-born Colin Taylor has a long history of being an international super star in the world of professional pet grooming. Colin is certified by the United Kingdom City and Guild plus a Certified Master Groomer in the United States. His accomplishments and influence in the pet industry is beyond impressive. Visit Learn2GroomDogs.com to learn more about Colin.

Colin’s Bio


#1 On-Site Skills Classes: Lisa Leady

Lisa Leady is a third-generation groomer, with over 25 years experience. She is also a clinician, speaker, Certified Master Groomer, and Certifier for IPG. She has many Best All Around and Best in Show placements. Lisa is a multiple Cardinal Crystal Achievement Award nominee and was the recipient of the 2003 Congeniality Award. Visit Learn2GroomDogs.com to learn more about Lisa.

Lisa’s Bio


#1 On-Site Educational Classes: Dave Campanella

Dave is an informative and entertaining seminar speaker, contributing trade columnist and genuine grooming enthusiast. He is Best Shot Products’ sales and marketing Director and has over 25 years of pet industry knowledge and experience. Visit Learn2GroomDogs.com to learn more about Dave.

Dave’s Bio


Education is Everything

Professional development is the unifying mission across Paragon’s various educational platforms, including its On-Campus & Online professional groomer programs, it’s publications through White Dog Enterprises, and its membership-based video streaming community at Learn2GroomDogs.com, where groomers can be coached by the best the industry offers.

“We love helping people improve their grooming skills and turning their dreams into reality. We love helping others become more efficient. Become smarter business owners. Become better managers. There is nothing more inspiring than watching people find their success,” said Verplank.


About the Pet Grooming Industry Educator Awards:
For a complete list of nominees and winners, visit: https://www.facebook.com/PhoenixEdAwards/

About The Paragon School of Pet Grooming:
On-Campus School Programs: Visit: https://paragonpetschool.com/on-campus/
Online School Programs: Visit https://paragonpetschool.com/home-study/

About The Theory of Five:
Visit https://paragonpetschool.com/product/theory-of-5/

About Learn2GroomDogs.com:
Visit: https://www.learn2groomdogs.com/

About “Hey Joe!” A Podcast For Pet Professionals, By Pet Professionals:
Visit: https://paragonpetschool.com/resource-center/podcasts/

Contact Information:
Paragon School of Pet Grooming
Learn2GroomDogs.com

Joe Zuccarello, Vice President
(636) 577-8772
joez@petsmv.com


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