About Dogtopia

Support team

Canine Coach holding a dog in her arms

Our team invests in YOU. We foster a culture of collaboration and respect amongst our franchisees as a true partnership from one CEO to another. At Dogtopia, we own the BRAND…you own the BUSINESS.

This ensures our leadership, Support Office Team and franchisees are all on the same page. We are all determined to enhance the brand and grow across the United States and Canada. Our work ethic is fueled by the confidence in this industry, our team, and tenacious franchisees because we believe that there truly is no limit on where we can take our brand.

Experienced Franchise Support office Team of subject matter experts That Consists of:

  • Chairman and Board of Directors
  • CEO/President, Neil Gill
  • Executive Leadership Team with Franchise experience
  • Environmental Biologist and Canine Behaviorist
  • Specialized professionals to support your success:
    • Real estate
    • Marketing/branding/digital/PR
    • Leading-edge technology providers
    • Operations
    • Finance & accounting

CANADIAN TEAM

Peter Thomas, Chairman of Dogtopia

Peter H. Thomas, Chairman

Peter Thomas was one of the leading real estate developers and lenders of his time in North America, developing several billion dollars of projects. He brought the franchising rights of Century 21 Real Estate to Canada and developed it into the largest franchise in the world.

Kim Hamm, Vice President – Operations

Kim Hamm, President & CEO, Canada

Prior to being the CEO & President of Dogtopia, Canada; Kim Hamm held the position of the VP of Operations for the Dogtopia US Support Office from 2015 to 2019.  During that time, the brand grew from 27 to more than 110 locations. Previously, she was a member of Thomas Franchise Solutions who partnered with Dogtopia as a strategic investor in 2012.

Kim grew up in Canada and is a dual citizen of Canada and the US. Her prior background includes 10 years of hospitality and hotel management in Canada. Prior to receiving her Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management from Royal Roads University, she served a six-year tenure at a boutique resort in Tofino, BC, which yields the highest REVPAR production ranking amongst hotels in Canada, where she held various positions including Business Analyst, Controller and Director of Operations.

RIAZ MAMANI, Board Member

Riaz Mamdani is the CEO of Strategic Group which was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. Strategic Group owns, manages and develops office, retail and apartment properties across Canada. Real Estate is Strategic Group’s focus, however, it owns and operates businesses in other sectors including construction, building services, oilfield services, hospitality, pet care, agriculture, technology and corporate finance. Under Mr. Mamdani’s leadership, Strategic Group continues to grow and diversify.

Riaz Mamdani has a passion for improving community vibrancy and sustainability. He supports the arts, community programs and many charitable organizations in Alberta and beyond.

Yarden Zilber, Board Member

Yarden has been Owner/Managing Partner of SHENG Enterprises since 2002, a leading advisory firm based in China, Canada and Israel, specializing in investment banking, cross-border technology cooperation, and business development. He is also Managing Partner at Urban Communities, and most recently The DOG Fund, a private equity investing in dog-related ventures, as well as Managing Partner at Dogtopia of Seattle.

Matt Bowling, Board Member

Matt joined the team at the Dogtopia Support Office in 2015 helping in construction & design and in 2017 worked overseeing the Dogtopia Corporate Store locations in Maryland and Virginia until a new District Manager was appointed. In 2019 Bowling accepted the role of VP of CM/PM Services for Dogtopia Canada and is responsible for providing strategic construction and project management solutions to produce best in class dog daycare centres in Canada.

Deanna Delyea, Board Member

Deanna has been a Director and Officer of Dogtopia Enterprises Canada Inc. since its inception in January of 2013.  Deanna is the co-owner and Controller of GAD Industries Inc. providing administrative and accounting services to several organizations.  She is the Controller of the Thomas Family Office in Canada whose interests include real estate development, investment fund management, franchising and charities. She previously administered a Small Business Loan portfolio and coordinated a training program for would-be entrepreneurs.

She is the Director of Dogtopia Enterprises LLC, the Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee in the US.

Travis Calloway, Board Member

Travis serves as Strategic Group’s Managing Director, Private Equity. Travis completed a BA in Law & Society at the University of Calgary and earned an MBA in Finance from Durham University Business School, graduating with distinction at the top of his class. He is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Mikhail Naumov, Board Member

Mikhail is an investor and technology entrepreneur. He serves as Founder and CEO of Paylode Inc – a venture-backed SaaS platform for Ancillary Revenue Automation. Mikhail is a best-selling author, inventor, and expert in the areas of software, artificial intelligence and technology. Mikhail has been recognized by Forbes Magazine on the “Forbes 30 Under 30” List in the category of Enterprise Technology.

SUPPORT TEAM

Michael Waitzer

Franchise Development Canada

Talin

Talin Frankian

Director of Operations

Melissa McKee

Field Marketing & Operations Manager

Sarah Costa

Executive Assistant

Mitchell Wright

Accountant

Blessanca Manalang

Digital Marketing Manager

Mackenzie Ingram

Franchise Sales and Development Manager

Foundation Logo

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.