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Mike Canning, Esq., CAE, President and CEO

Michael F. Canning, Jr.'s experience in the political, organizational and governmental arenas spans twenty five years. As a university student body president, a law school student body president, a staff member of local, state and congressional campaigns and a practicing attorney, Mike Canning has utilized leadership and analytical skills in a broad range of political and governmental duties. After earning a juris doctor degree from St. Thomas University School of Law where he served as a senior editor of the law review, he began his legal career with a law firm specializing in government regulation, business law, and government relations.

After five years of extensive interaction with local executive and legislative government officials on various legal projects and initiatives as an associate attorney, he moved into solo practice by forming the Michael F. Canning, P.C. While building a traditional law practice including wills, real estate and lending law, zoning and litigation, Mr. Canning expanded his professional services to include lobbying, public issue management and grass roots organizing. He has entered into contracts with large Washington public relations agencies to provide public relation services for a number of prominent clients. Early in 2000, Michael Canning was chosen to head a national non-profit advocacy group that fosters the teaching of financial matters to the nation's high school students. He currently serves on the board of that organization.

In November 2002, Mike was selected to lead a trade association of corporate credit unions, a position he held until 2006. He earned the honor of being designated a Certified Association Executive (CAE) by the American Society of Association Executives in 2004.


Since 2006, he has been consulting for a wide range of clients in nonprofit management, state government lobbying and membership building.


Michael Maddox, Vice President of Government Affairs & General Counsel
Mike leads PIJAC’s government affairs team and has worked for PIJAC since 1996. In addition to working closely with Marshall Meyers on various international and federal issues, he assumes the lead role on most state legislative and regulatory activity. Prior to joining PIJAC, he served as legislative-regulatory counsel and Administrative Law Judge for the Virginia Employment Commission and staff attorney for a Virginia legislative commission. Mike received his J.D. from the College of William & Mary in Virginia, and undergraduate degree from George Mason University in Virginia.

Cathy Calliotte, Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Cathy comes to PIJAC with more than 15 years of marketing, communications, and sales experience in the fields of education and publishing. She has developed and executed multi-level strategic marketing and communication plans, and helped garner more than 140 awards and national press coverage for products. As a former Marketing and Sales Director, Cathy brings extensive experience partnering with retail outlets, distributors, and manufacturers. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Marketing, with a minor in Economics, from James Madison University. Most recently, Cathy has completed CAE hours through the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). Cathy will be working closely with the PIJAC team to organize industry education outreach, coordinate roundtables with independent retailers, and enhance membership communication and development.

Bambi Nicole Osborne, Esq., Director of Government Affairs
Bambi coordinates the important work of the Government Affairs team, writing PetAlerts, attending meetings, and following proposed bills and regulations. Bambi started at PIJAC in 2006 shortly after completing law school at Regent University in Virginia. She has a B.A. in Mass Communications and Political Science from Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

Jeff Plummer, Government Affairs Coordinator
Jeff handles the key first step in PIJAC’s Government Affairs activities – identifying, then monitoring and tracking legislation and regulations affecting the pet industry at the local, state and federal levels. He’s been with PIJAC since 1993, previously worked for the Federal Government and EDUCOM (a collegiate educational networking association). He earned B.A. degrees in Speech/Telecommunications and Spanish from Radford University in Virginia.

Nancy Knutson, Director of Administration

Nancy tackles a wide variety of tasks for PIJAC, including managing PIJAC member services. She also handles the day-to-day running of the organization.  Nancy has worked for PIJAC for 20+ years.  She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from East Texas State University (now known as Texas A & M Commerce).

Marshall Meyers, Senior Advisor
Marshall has represented the pet industry for more than 40 years at the international, federal, and state level. He deals with myriad issues relating to wild harvest, captive breeding, import, export, transport, distribution, husbandry, retail sales and possession of companion pets. Prior to entering the pet industry, Marshall practiced law, focusing on the aviation industry. In 1970, Marshall was hired to represent the pet industry as they challenged the airlines regarding excessive rates and lack of standards for transporting live animals. Marshall has a B.A. from Haverford College in Pennsylvania, and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.