Mastergroom Australia 2020 Judges & Speakers

JANINE ALLIS

JANINE ALLIS

Australia

Janine Allis is the founder of Boost Juice & Retail Zoo. Executive Director at Retail Zoo, Salsa’s Fresh Mex, CIBO Espresso and Betty’s Burgers & CONCRETE CO.

The serious business woman on Shark Tank, the woman covered in mud on  Survivor,  a guest on popular tv shows, hosting a podcast, writing a book –these are all the versions that make ‘me’.

I grew up in the outer suburbs of Victoria, my passion was to travel the world, I knew that there was more to life than the little suburb I was living in. This adventure took me from being a camp counselor in San Francisco to being a nanny in France and a stewardess on David Bowie’s yacht. Returning to Australia, I met and married ‘the one’ and we founded Boost Juice in 2000.

Boost Juice bars is one of the largest juice bars in the world.  With over 500 stores in 14 countries. My vision was to “do retailing differently”, delivering a unique customer experience based on the “love life” philosophy and along the way getting more fruit and vegetables in people’s diet, which we are achieving, with over 2 million smoothies or juices sold every month.

I feel honoured to have received numerous retail, franchise and business awards including Telstra Business Women of the Year, Amex Retailer of the Year, Awarded Exporter of the Year and BRW named me one of fifteen people to have helped change the way Australia does business over the last 35 years. Over the years we have expanded the Australian business incorporating other brands under the retail entity Retail Zoo this includes: Salsas Fresh Mex Grill, CIBO Espresso, the Italian espresso bar franchise that has wowed Adelaide for 17 years, the very cool Betty’s Burgers & CONCRETE CO. Retail Zoo has over 600 stores and almost 7000 people working across the four businesses for which I am now a Director.

I’m a working mother of four, best selling author of “The Accidental Entrepreneur”, a Shark on Channel TEN’s Shark Tank, a champion contestant on Australian Survivor Season 4 and co-host of the 5 star rated podcast “Superwomen we ain’t”.

My life is hectic so I understand firsthand the demands the world can put on an individual! I’m an advocate for a healthy lifestyle – I maintain a daily yoga practice, am a very average surfer, horse rider and tennis player… but love doing all of it…

BARBARA PRUECKEL

BARBARA PRUECKEL

Canada

Barbara is the owner of Doggie Style Salon in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She opened in 1997, and has since become the first ‘invitation only’ grooming salon in Canada.

Some of Barb’s accomplishments include several Gold and Silver medals, Best in show and Best all-around groomer awards at prestigious grooming contests, both in Canada and Internationally such as Intergroom’s International Groomer of the Year, the winner of The World Poodle Tournament in Las Vegas for three years in a row and a gold medalist with her Bichon at the World Grooming Contest in Spain and many more.

She was a member of Groom Team Canada for 12 years, and the captain for 8 years, has been on the European Grooming association’s judges list since 2004, and has been a proud member of the ‘Wahl Extreme Stylist Team’ in Canada for 16 years.

She has had the pleasure of speaking and judging in many countries including Brazil, England, India, Italy, Spain, France, Columbia, Belgium, Taiwan, Japan, Canada and the United States.
Barb also produces Mastergroom Canada, the largest and most prestigious grooming show in the country. She and her fiancé Mark are the proud partners and North American distributors for the amazing Nagayu C02 Bathing System.

Barb’s passion for the pet grooming industry is immense, and she loves spending time with fellow groomers all over the globe, teaching, learning and sharing.

ADAM OLIVER

ADAM OLIVER

Australia

Adam Oliver is a Marketing and Brand Practitioner with a focus on the utilisation of data and behavioural economics to shape shopper’s decision making processes.

Adam has a 1st Class Honours in Marketing, Deans Scholar from the University of Wollongong and was a recipient of an APA PhD Scholarship (But hates talking about himself, so read his linkedin if you want to stalk him).

Adam’s diverse experience working within Academia, Sales Management, Data Analytics, Commercial and Brand Management Wholesale, Digital marketing, and Multi-Channel Retail has afforded Adam a multifaceted view of the shopper.

Adam has worked within businesses of various life stages, and scale. From global committees within Nestle’ to launch buy now eCommerce capabilities; running a business unit of Business Analysts and developing budget forecasts for Wesfarmers; building complete tech stacks, data models and retail operations for start-up pureplay eCommerce ventures, through to helping clients with an email they are writing on a Sunday night. Adam has been lucky to work with some inspirational people and loves to give back to the SME community.

Adam loves all things people (and hates speaking in third person about himself). If you find him with 10 minutes of down time, it will be with his Dog Loki asleep on his chest reading further about the human condition. Adam is a passionate advocate and supporter of Small Business and successfully led a family owned national online pet retailer Nettopet.com.au through scaling, investment and exit through sale in late 2019 and works with clients in retail, manufacturing and wholesaling across the Pet Industry. If you had to ask the one thing that makes him tick, it’s seeing SME succeed in scaling their business through guided mentorship.

LINDSEY DICKEN

LINDSEY DICKEN

USA

Lindsey Dicken is a Master Groomer. She has been grooming for 15 years, and has been grooming competitively for 13 of those. As one of the most decorated groomers in competitive grooming history, Lindsey has won multiple Best All Around Groomer awards, Best in Show at nearly every show in the US, Best Scissored Poodle awards, World Champion Poodle Groomer, and Intergroom’s Groomer of theYear a record 5 times.

In 2013, Lindsey was awarded Groomer of the Year at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club. Lindsey has qualified for Groom Team USA’s Top Ten Stylists every year she was eligible, reaching # 6 position her very first year. She has been the #1 ranked groomer in the nation for 10 of the past 12 years, and has had the honor of representing the USA at the World Team Grooming Championship 5 consecutive times, helping win three gold and two silver medals with multiple breeds internationally.

Lindsey is most known for her work on Bichon Frises and Poodles, however she has earned wins on nearly every breed allowable.

In addition to competing in grooming contests, Lindsey breeds and shows champion Bichon Frises and miniature poodles, her Percheron draft horses, and is a highly sought after speaker, helping groomers around the world hone their skills.

SUE ZECCO

SUE ZECCO

USA

Sue is a Certified MasterGroomer with both the National Dog Groomers Association (NDGAA) and the International Professional Groomers (IPG). She is also a National Certifier forNDGAA’s certification program. She has been grooming for over 40 years, starting her business the Pampered Pet in Paxton MA in 1977.

Sue began grooming competitions in 1985 and since then has won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at Intergroom, multiple Best in Show, Best All Around Groomer, Best Scissored Dog, Best Groomed Poodle, and her biggest show accomplishments, International Groomer of the Year 1998, and 1999’s Oster Invitational Tournaments Grand Champion.

Sue is also the very proud recipient of the 1998 and 2000 Cardinal Crystal Achievement Award for Groomer of the Year, and the 2002 Cardinal Award for Grooming Contest Judge of the year, along with the 2004 & 2005 and 2008, Cardinal Award for Congeniality.

In 2011 Barkleigh Publications began The Barkleigh Honors, Sue and Jay won Best DVD Series of the year, and in 2012, 2013 and 2014 they won Best DVD of the Year and Sue also won 8 other Barkleigh awards for Judge of the Year, Speaker of the Year, and the Barkleigh Honors Congeniality Award.

Sue has been a member of Groom Team USA since 1997, and broke all records in 1999 earning more points than anyone in past years at 113. She participated in the 1999 World Team Championships in England, earning a Silver medal for the team. She was also part of the 2001 World Team Championships in Calgary Canada, helping the USA bring home the Gold.

In 2003 she assisted Groom Team USA to Barcelona Spain for the World Championships as the Groom Team Coordinator.

Sue is also the contest coordinator for National Dog Groomers Associations, Fun in the Sun Grooming Show in Orlando Florida. She is a Wahl Clipper Corporation spokesperson. She is a National and International judge, speaker and demonstrator, having travelled to great places like Italy, Ireland, Spain, Germany, England, Scotland, Belgium, Argentina, Japan, Taiwan, Australia and Canada.

Sue and Jay Scruggs host one-day seminars known as Super Styling Sessions, sponsored by Groomer’s Choice Pet Products. A fun learning experience for all groomers, held at different locations throughout the country. Sue and Jay also have, besides their growing instructional DVDs for groomers, started an on line membership for groomers where they have access to all the DVDs in their collection. Sue, her husband Ray breed standard poodles under the “Dreamcatcher” prefix. They currently have 5 standards, a Bedlington terrier, and a beautiful Quarter horse.

ANGELA ANDERSON

ANGELA ANDERSON

New Zealand

Angela is an ICMG (Internationally Certified Master Groomer), and a NCMG (Nationally Certified Master Groomer) in NZ. She is an award winning dog groomer, owns multiple dog grooming businesses and is also a popular speaker, presenter, mentor and grooming competition judge in New Zealand.

Award Winning Master Groomer Angela  has won many awards while competing in dog grooming competitions during her earlier days which led to her becoming a respected competition and exam judge and a senior member of the National Dog Groomers Association of NZ.

Her expertise in her field means she has become the go to speaker for numerous dog grooming seminars and workshops. Owner, Tutor & Course Developer at Angels Dog Grooming Academy Angela is the owner of several successful dog grooming businesses in New Zealand. These include Angels Grooming Parlour (Massey) and The Posh Pooch (Howick) which are both located in Auckland.

She is the franchisor for Jim’s Dog Wash in the North Island and owns an international Dog Grooming Academy where students come from all over the globe to attend a course that she has developed herself, which will soon be available to purchase as an online course (theory only). 

Business Owner & Mentor Angela has extensive experience and a personal interest in helping others to succeed in their business by using analysis methods to work out why a business is not functioning to its potential and what could be done differently to get the desired results. This has led to the development of her Business Mentoring App.

SUE WRIGHT

SUE WRIGHT

Australia

Sue Wright is a Diploma certified and award winning Pet Stylist, IJA Judge and Australian Model Dog Team Leader. She was born in the U.K. and currently lives in Queensland Australia.

She enjoys competing at a national level and has gone on to win numerous awards for her grooming but her biggest passion to date is Asian influenced pet styling, satisfying both her creative desire and her passion for dogs.

Sue’s work has been recognised and published in books and magazines world wide, including ‘The complete Guide to Asian Styling’ ‘Modern Styles around the world’ ‘Toilettage Magazine’ and the prestigious Japanese magazine ‘Trim’.

After selling her busy Salon on the Sunshine Coast, she now enjoys pampering pets from her state of the art, home based grooming salon in Queensland here she also enjoys teaching, presenting & hosting seminars for professional groomers.