President, Gott Pet Products
A veteran of the food flavor and ingredient industry, Peter has always had a soft spot for dogs. Under his guidance, Charlee Bear treats have been embraced by millions and became a national brand. But through it all, Peter made sure these treats stayed true to their roots by never cutting corners on quality, wholesomeness or taste. After majoring in finance and accounting at Notre Dame, he completed studies in international marketing and finance at INSEAD France, as well as Harvard. Peter wears a number of hats at Gott Pet Products, makers of Charlee Bear treats. But of all of the roles in his life, his favorites are husband, father to his 6 children and grandfather to his 6 (soon to be 7) grandchildren.
Chief Operating Officer
Patrick is our leader who manages Charlee Bear, from strategy and operations to product development, sales and marketing. He’s no stranger to the ins and outs of running a growing company, having previously held financial management positions at Google and Ernst & Young. A Milwaukee native, Patrick grew up around dogs and they were always an important part of the family. In his free time, he’s out walking his dog, Memphis, taking in a round of golf or spending time at home with his wife and son.
As anyone in the pet industry will tell you, Ava and Charlee Bear have been inseparable for over 25 years. In the early days, Ava used to load up her trusty Honda Civic and
deliver treats door to door to pet stores. The canine trainers she worked with simply loved these healthy, natural treats and began to share them with their clients. They
recognized that the treats gave people a way to interact with their dogs to train them, strengthen their bond and most importantly, to have fun. And slowly but surely, the
popularity of Charlee Bear grew by grassroots efforts, winning the love and loyalty of retailers, trainers and consumers. As time went by, loyal fans started asking Ava for
a grain-free version, which led to the introduction of Grain Free Crunch in 2014.
Ava has dedicated her time and positive energy to Charlee Bear since the beginning and it is what it is today because of all of her hard work and dedication. When she isn’t
busy introducing a new generation of pet parents to Charlee Bear, Ava is out playing with her dog, Suerte, or spending time with her grandson.
NATIONAL SALES MANAGER
Fred brings a wealth of pet food and treat experience to the table serving the industry for more than 25 years. An accomplished sales professional, Fred has an enviable track record helping retailers experience greater pet food category growth.
Prior to joining Charlee Bear, he served as National Sales Manager and Vice President of Sales for two family-owned animal nutrition companies. He also held the position of Regional Manager at Mars Petcare. Fred’s depth of industry experience and winning personality are a welcome addition to the Charlee Bear team.
Pets: Rudy and Rosey (brother and sister Havanese) and a Bichon named TuckerIf I was a dog, I would be a German Shepherd
I can’t live without my wife and children
If I ran the world I’d give every pet a home where they would be loved everyday
I wish Bruce Springsteen (it’s a Jersey thing) would put on a concert just for me
What I like best about being on the Charlee Bear team: The energy in the company. Everyone’s working together to make Charlee Bear #1 in every store!
NORTHEAST TERRITORY SALES MANAGER
Adam comes to the Charlee Bear team with over 25 years of sales leadership experience in the pet industry and was most recently the Eastern Coast Sales Manager at The Company of Animals. In his off hours, Adam likes spending weekends at the beach with his wife, kids and dogs.
Pets: Jack-Jack, a rescued Beagle/Bassett mix and Harley, a rescued (from Korean meat farm) Jindo
If I was a dog, I would be a Labrador Retriever
I can’t live without my family and a Starbucks Chai Tea Latte
If I ran the world, I’d give every pet a loving home with siblings
I wish Paul McCartney would put on a concert just for me
What I like best about being on the Charlee Bear team: The teammates I am blessed to work with – the “A Team!”
MIDWEST TERRITORY SALES MANAGER
Matt brings lots of experience to the Charlee Bear team, having served on the sales force of a few pet product manufacturing and distribution firms, as well as managing a retail feed store. An avid pet enthusiast, he’s turned many customer relationships into permanent friendships over the course of his 25-year career. Matt likes to spend his time camping with his wife and kids or taking his mini dachshunds Phoebe and Joey for walks.
If I was a dog, I would be a Rottweiler
I can’t live without my family
If I ran the world, I’d give every pet free vet care
I wish the original Van Halen with David Lee Roth would put on a concert just for me
What I like best about being on the Charlee Bear team: The support and team attitude.
NATIONAL ACCOUNTS SALES MANAGER
In her 20 years as a pet product sales professional, Michelle has collaborated closely with distributors, national buyers, retail chain accounts, industry brokers and retailers to help them realize their goals. Her perfect weekend would be relaxing at the beach with her husband and dog.
Pets: Happy and sweet Koa, a 2-year-old soft coated Wheaton Terrier
If I was a dog, I would be a Terrier
I can’t live without my husband and my dog
If I ran the world, I’d give every pet a good home, socialization, good food, treats and rewards, a warm bed and lots
I wish Pink would put on a concert just for me
What I like best about being on the Charlee Bear team: Being part of a family that really cares about pets and people.