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Abby Gunderson

Abby Gunderson

Pet Food Experts Welcomes New Senior Vice President of HR, Joe Emerick

PAWTUCKET, RI – Pet Food Experts (PFX), a leader in the pet distribution industry, is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Emerick as Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Emerick brings an extensive background in leading HR roles to PFX, showcasing his years of valuable experience in the field. Having obtained a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, Emerick has embarked on an impressive career spanning close to seventeen years at Welch's. Emerick has excelled in diverse leadership roles, including overseeing talent management, driving total rewards initiatives, managing employee and labor relations, and fostering strategic business partnerships.

“I'm thrilled and honored to join an organization committed to growing the pet industry, while also fostering a culture that puts people first," expressed Emerick. "Together, we will work to create an environment where individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives can reach their full potential, have their voices heard, and contribute to exceptional business performance.”

Michael Baker, President and CEO of Pet Food Experts, expressed his enthusiasm in announcing the arrival of Joe. “With Joe’s extensive 17+ years of progressive HR experience in manufacturing, warehousing, and logistics, we’re embarking on a mission to elevate our team and cultivate a culture centered around inclusivity and providing incremental value for our 750+ PFXers,” shared Baker. “It’s important to create a workplace that’s got your back, where every member of our PFX family knows they’re part of something bigger than themselves.”

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Emerick joined Pet Food Experts on February 8, 2024, and will be based out of the Pet Food Experts' national headquarters in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

About Pet Food Experts

With a history spanning over 80 years, Pet Food Experts has evolved into a premier distributor of pet essentials, collaborating with over 6,000 independent pet retailers across 39 states in the U.S. Renowned for its award-winning approach, it thrives on relationships, service innovation, and providing an unparalleled customer experience. Pet Food Experts is committed to fostering enduring success for its partners and serving as a thought leader, lighting the way for a transformative impact for the entire pet ecosystem. Discover more at or follow on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or the company blog.

About Abby Gunderson

Abby joined the Pet Food Experts marketing team as the Marketing Manager in the summer of 2022. As a ten-year marketing veteran with a journalism background, Abby is thrilled to be working in the pet industry as an animal lover and advocate. When she's not creating marketing magic with the PFX team, you can find her in the White Mountains of New Hampshire either on a snowboard or in hiking boots, picking up a foster pup to give them a place to crash before they find their forever home, or hunting for a van to become an adventure home on wheels. Currently, she lives in Southeastern Massachusetts with her husband, two cats, and three dogs.