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October 13, 2011

The Oscars of Dog Grooming, the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards, Presented at SuperZoo in Las Vegas

Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards winners, from left to right: Clayton Muniz, Chuck Simons, Diane Betelak, Shaffia Galis-Menendez, Linda Sabo (Petsense), Bob Angstead (Petsense), Olga Zabelinskaya. Not pictured: Sue Zecco

AZUSA, Calif. The best and the brightest of the competitive dog grooming industry recently gathered at the SuperZoo pet retailer trade show at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the annual presentation of the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards, the industry’s version of the Oscars.  Eight awards were presented to very worthy recipients, including three awards that are new this year, two for grooming salons and one for mobile groomers.

Just as the Oscars honor the best actors, directors and films of the year, the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards honors professional groomers by recognizing outstanding achievement in six different categories.  There are a variety of category-specific qualifications which each nominee must demonstrate, in addition to technical merit, in order to qualify for nomination.  Grooming industry peers, including professional or competitive groomers, grooming competition judges, grooming journalists and writers, retired groomers and members of the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Academy, are eligible to nominate groomers for the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards.

The winners of the 2010 Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards are:

  • American Groomer of the Year – Olga Zabelinskaya
  • International Groomer of the Year – Clayton Muniz
  • Grooming Contest Judge – Diane Betelak
  • Congeniality – Sue Zecco
  • David G. Salzberg Award (Outstanding Contribution by an Individual or Organization) – Chuck Simons
  • Retail Pet Salon of the Year (Less than 5 Units) – Elite Pet Spa & Boutique
  • Retail Pet Salon of the Year (More than 5 Units) – Petsense
  • Mobile Groomer of the Year – Shaffia Galis-Menendez

“The Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards have become an institution in the grooming industry, showcasing the achievements of groomers who have done so much to raise the levels of professionalism in the trade,” said Tony De Vos, President of Cardinal Pet Care.  “The winners of this year’s awards are exceptional individuals who have demonstrated outstanding expertise, creativity and social responsibility, benefiting the grooming industry and the pet-owning public alike.  We are honored to present the winners with the Awards and we congratulate them.”

The Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards were founded in 1988 by Cardinal President Tony De Vos and Shirlee Kalstone, then owner of the International Intergroom trade show for competitive grooming, for the purpose of establishing standards of grooming excellence and recognizing professional skills in the competitive grooming industry.  Since the beginning, the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards have been considered one of the highest honors in the pet grooming industry, annually presenting awards for outstanding achievement in six different categories.

This is the first year for the Retail Grooming Salon of the Year awards, which are split into two categories – More than 5 Salons, and Fewer than 5 Salons.  Also new to this year’s Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards is the Mobile Groomer of the Year award.  A complete description of the criteria for the awards can be found at http://www.cardinalcrystalawards.com/card_awardDesc.htm.

This year Cardinal licensed Grooming Business magazine, to produce, market and promote the Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards. The Award Ceremony was also moved from its long time home at the Intergroom trade show inNew Jerseyto the World Pet Association’s SuperZoo show inLas Vegas. “After twenty-two years on the East Coast, we thought it was time to bring the Awards program closer to our home near Los Angeles and promote professional grooming to the over 12,000 pet professionals attending SuperZoo,” said de Vos.

Cardinal Laboratories is a solar powered company “Devoted to Pets, People and the Planet.”  In addition to providing pets with the highest quality products, Cardinal is dedicated to the environmental directive of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Pre-cycle whenever possible. Demonstrating its commitment to the environment, Cardinal has solar-powered corporate offices, warehouses and manufacturing facilities in Azusa, CA.

For more information, visit the Cardinal Pet Care website at www.CardinalPet.com or call 1-800-433-7387.   More information is also available on the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/cardinalcrystalawards.

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