The Pro Club Community

Meet the Team
You’ve seen our team at Purina events, and read our members’ names on the leaderboards. Now, you can get closer to our community than ever before. Through Pro Club, you can form deep connections with The Purina Breeder Enthusiast Team – and each other – on your paths to success.
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Meet The Breeder Enthusiast Team

We are competitors, trainers, breeders and handlers. And while we’re employed by Purina, we work for you. That’s why you’ll find us beside you; at cat and dog shows, field trials and sporting dog events. Cheering pets to victory and lifting them up after defeat.

Like you, we’ve bred pets to compete and to make homes complete. And because of these experiences, we understand how nutrition, training, support and guidance can make a huge difference in your pet’s journey. 

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Professional Engagement Team

In her job as the Sporting Program Coordinator for the Purina Professional Engagement Team, Gail Inman meets owners, trainers and handlers of all kinds of sporting dogs.

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As the Conformation Program Coordinator for the Purina Professional Engagement Team, Marilaé Perkins travels to some of the most prestigious dog shows in the country.

My name is Marci Sale and I am the Plains Area Manager for the Breeder Enthusiast group.  I began my career with Purina as an Ambassador in 2006, exclusively attending Labrador Specialties.

Field Promotions Representative

Corey Benedict, originally from Kansas City, began his love for the sport of purebred dogs at a young age in Kansas when he began breeding and showing English Springer Spaniels. 

Connie Wagner bought her first show Dalmatian in 1982 as a young mom with two kids. She finished her championship and bred her first litter in 1986.

Ann Viklund, Director of Conformation for the Purina Professional Engagement Team, has contributed immensely to Purina’s support of the dog fancy.

Hello, My name is Annie Balotti and I am the Purina Event Center Area Manager.  I have the great pleasure to work at Nestle Purina’s state of the art facility dedicated to the world of dogs.  We host several All-Breed dog shows, numerous National Specialtie

Scott Smith, Managing Director of the Professional Engagement Team, has worked for Purina since 1999. In his current job, Scott meets show and sporting enthusiasts from across the country.

After earning her journalism degree from the University of Missouri, Melissa Miller spent 12 years working as a reporter, photographer and editor at various newspapers before coming to Purina in 2013.