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
- Leading-edge technology providers
- Finance & accounting
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, President & CEO, Canada
Prior to being the CEO & President of Dogtopia, Canada; Kim Hamm held the 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.
Matt Bowling, VP CM/PM Services, Canada
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. On 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 centers in Canada.
Mark Sonik, Eastern Canada Franchise Sales Director
Mark Sonik has been involved with franchise operations in Canada for over 35 years as a Franchisor, Franchise Director, Franchise Sales Executive, Master Franchisee and individual unit Franchisee. Mark started his career as a Satellite Director for H & R Block with territorial responsibilities which included Central/North Central Ontario.