Alex Samios Vice President – Franchise Development

Alex has been in the franchise industry for 24 years.  He began his career in Operations, opening and running restaurants for Papa John’s Pizza before becoming a franchisee in 1996.  He was a franchisee for a total of 11 years: building opening and operating 34 restaurants in 4 years (nominated “Franchisee of the Year” three times).  In 2000, Alex was also the first franchisee for a mobile pet grooming concept and started his own franchise in the health & wellness industry in 2010.  Before joining Dogtopia in January2016, Alex had been an investor and consultant to emerging brands while serving on several Boards. Mr. Samios grew up in and around the franchise industry – his father was the first franchisee for Jiffy Lube.

Alex Samios Holding Puppy

Dogtopia Team

Kayla Larkham with Dog

Kayla Larkham

Human Resources

Neil Gill Holding Puppy

Neil Gill


Allison OKeefe with Dog

Allison O’Keeffe

In House Legal Counsel

Aaron Mueller with Two Dogs

Aaron Mueller

Director of Design & Construction

Michael Ellis with Dog

Michael Ellis

IT Systems & Integration Manager

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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.