About Dogtopia

Support team

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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


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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.

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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.

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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.


Deanna Delyea, Board Member

Deanna has been an 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.


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.

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Tony Jeary, Board Member

Tony Jeary is a strategist, thought leader, and prolific author of over seventy titles. For more than three decades, Tony has advised CEOs, entrepreneurs, and other high achievers on how to discover new clarity for their vision, develop focus on their direction, and create
powerful execution strategies that impact achievement and deliver results. He has personally coached some of the most accomplished people in the world, including the presidents of Walmart, SAM’s Club, Ford Motor Company, American Airlines, HP, Firestone, Samsung, and New York Life. Tony lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and works out of his think tank, the RESULTS Center, located in Flower Mound, Texas, six minutes from the DFW International Airport.

He, along with his hand-picked team, work with their clients to strategically build powerful game plans and inspire high performance. He and his team encourage and inspire all those he touches, resulting in their enhanced sales and profitability and raising their companies’ value. Tony practices the business mantra his father taught him growing up, “Give value: Do more than is expected.”


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Michael Waitzer

Franchise Development Canada


Talin Frankian

Director of Operations

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Melissa McKee

Field Marketing & Operations Manager

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Stephanie Donnelly

Executive Assistant

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Mitchell Wright


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Blessanca Manalang

Digital Marketing Manager

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Nicole Silva

Digital Marketing Specialist