Chris Kempner Chairman

Chris Kempner has been involved with Dogtopia for the past few years. Red Barn Dog Holdings LLC acquired the largest Dogtopia franchise territory with plans to open more than 30 daycares across the East Coast. Prior to founding Red Barn Equity partners, Chris was vice president at Private Equity Firm Metalmark Capital. Chris has experience in both investing and private equity and has worked in numerous financial positions, including as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University. He was born and raised in New York. He and his fiancé Kelly have one furry family member named Maisie.

Board of Directors

Riaz Mamdani, Board Member

Riaz Mamdani

Vice Chairman

Deanna Delyea, Board Member

Deanna Delyea

Board Member

Peter Thomas

Peter Thomas

Chairman Emeritus

David K. Lenhardt

David K. Lenhardt

Board Member

Neil Gill Holding Puppy

Neil Gill


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The Dogtopia Foundation enables dogs to positively change the world. To accomplish this, we currently are funding programs focused around three worthy causes: Service Dogs for Veterans, Youth Literacy Programs and Employment Initiatives for Adults with Autism.