Summit Ridge Farms founder recalls Petfood Forum experiences


Petfood Forum recently spoke with Mike Panasevich, president and founder of Summit Ridge Farms, to learn about his experiences with face-to-face collaboration at the annual conference and exhibition.

Petfood Forum: What is your earliest memory of Petfood Forum, and what role did you have in the industry at that point?

Panasevich: At the time of the first Petfood Forum, I was trying to develop relationships with as many industry people as possible. But I didn’t have any money… So I drove my 1987 Dodge Caravan to Chicago and stayed nearby at a Days Inn. My homemade tabletop booth was similar to what you might see at your kid’s science fair, but I was excited to be able to talk to so many pet food professionals!

Petfood Forum: What do you consider the biggest challenge or opportunity ahead for the pet food industry?

Panasevich: The biggest opportunity, and challenge in the pet food industry is continued innovation and targeted nutritional research. Exciting developments and research challenges are greater than ever in companion animal nutrition, and I really look forward to continued involvement in the industry.

Petfood Forum: Why do you continue to attend Petfood Forum, and why should pet food industry professionals join us?

Panasevich: As a service provider to the pet food industry, it is important for us to highlight the people doing the work at Summit Ridge Farms. Petfood Forum gives us a chance to show off the professionals that I am so proud of.  Nothing replaces “face-to-face” interaction… and Petfood Forum has given us that opportunity.

Petfood Forum: What’s your recommendation for Kansas City fun during Petfood Forum in May?

Panasevich: We don’t go to Petfood Forum without scheduling a trip to Jack Stack BBQ. It’s a great Kansas City barbeque experience!

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