About Dogtopia


Our team invests in YOU. Supports 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 it in every community we touch. 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 to where we can take our brand.


Neil Gill, Dogtopia CEO

Neil Gill, CEO/President

Neil Gill is CEO and President of Dogtopia Enterprises. Neil has spent more than 35 years in franchising with international brands such as KFC, Pizza Hut, Brinker International . He has experience in taking franchise brands through IPOs and worked in a variety of sectors from on-line education, weight loss, bakery and Asian tea. Neil has a love of franchising and the entrepreneurial spirit it enables in everyone involved.

Bryan Anderson, Chief Financial Officer

Bryan grew up in Colorado and is an avid Denver Broncos fan. He graduated from BYU in 1988 with a Masters in Accounting. After stints with Arthur Andersen, Pacejet Logistics, and most recently with Entrepix (all in the Phoenix area), Bryan has been working with Thomas Pride/Dogtopia companies as the CFO since October 2015. Bryan lives in Mesa, AZ with his wife, the greatest dog named Belle, and their six kids drop by on weekends or during school breaks.

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 four 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.

Kim Hamm, Vice President – Operations

Kim Hamm is the Vice President of Operations at Dogtopia. Her key responsibilities include overseeing the Support Office operations, training and corporate store teams, implementing new strategic initiatives, and driving comp growth across the system. Kim has been with the brand since September 2015, and was previously a member of Thomas Franchise Solutions who partnered with Dogtopia as a strategic investor in 2012.

Kim is a dual citizen of Canada and the US and her prior background includes 10 years of hospitality and hotel management in Canada. Prior to receiving her Bachelor of Commerce degree in entrepreneurial management, 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.

Shelley Parnell, Vice President – Marketing

As Vice President of Marketing, Shelley Parnell manages Dogtopia’s external agencies and sets the strategic direction of the Company’s marketing and communications. Shelley began her career with 10 years in the agency world, servicing a broad range of clients including Starbucks, Quiznos, Safeway, Mercedes-Benz, Sheraton and America West Airlines. She has since owned her own PR & marketing consulting company, served as vice president of marketing at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) and managed marketing and investor relations in the biotechnology space. She lives in Phoenix with her husband Andy, two kids, Murphy the Golden Retriever and Gizmo the Pug.

Kathy Halter, Vice President – New Center Development

As Vice President of New Center Development, Kathy Halter drives new store construction and implements strategic growth initiatives. While fostering design innovation and managing vendor relationships, Kathy’s sole mission is to produce best in class dog daycare centers for pet parents and Dogtopians. Her career began as a multi-unit operator with KinderCare before she moved up through the company over the course of 20+ years. She developed and delivered on new school growth strategies through new builds, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate onsite solutions to produce more than 200 centers during her tenure. Kathy attended college in North Carolina at Appalachian State University and then relocated back to her hometown of Phoenix with her daughter Emmie and two awesome Doodles, Mabel and Mimi.

Peter Thomas


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.


Ciara Archer

Content Manager

Alexandra Branham

Senior Content & Training Manager

Kim Broome

New Store Opening Manager

Katy Burdine

Graphic Designer

Kate Cass


Nikayla Cragin

Business Planning Manager

Tracy Cross

Director of New Franchisee Support

Matthew Duerwachter

Canine Coach Trainer

Colleen Eberle

Real Estate & Construction Development Coordinator

Michael Ellis

IT Systems & Integration Manager

Jeff Farnell

Director of Operations

Elizabeth Geist

Director of Learning & Development

Theresa Gulbranson

Financial Services and Integration Administrator

Trey Hanson

Director of Facilities Management

Dr. Antje Joslin


Eric Hayes

National Real Estate

Jeri Kendle

Foundation Manager

Tanner Krall

Dogtopia Foundation Coordinator

Kayla Larkham

Human Resources

Jessica Lazarz

New Store Opening Manager

Brett Letourneu

Operations Training Manager

Tiffanie Luster

Operations Support

Jeff Martin

Operations Manager

Jim McBrayer

IT Manager

Aaron Mueller

Director of Design & Construction

Allison O’Keeffe

In House Legal Counsel

Lorraine Rhoads

Environmental Biologist

Cassidy Sanchez

New Store Marketing Manager

Jeff Smith

Operations Manager

Toni Teplitsky

Director of Marketing

Nick Tran

New Store Opening Manager

Karen Urman


Julia Zolondz

Creative Director

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.