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Hello, my name is Mike Krause. I had the opportunity to join Pet Expo in October, 1998 as a Pet Care Associate working closely with the fish and reptiles. In 2001 I graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management/Administration. In my free time I am fortunate to spend time with my family fishing and playing sports. I have had many pets including multiple snakes and lizards, fish and stingrays, short-tailed possums, southern flying squirrels etc. Currently, I have 2 cats Sam and Lucy, brother and sister, born in July, 2003. The greatest reward of being in this industry is seeing the joy a pet brings to the family it is welcomed into. My office is always open, so please introduce yourself, I would enjoy hearing from you.
Hello all I am Joshua King-Olson and I have been a part of the Pet Expo team since 2011. I started out working mainly in the Small Animals/Reptiles department and quickly moved my way through the other departments to finally land my current spot as Assistant General Manager. For as long as I can remember I have loved the wildlife nature has provided and some of my fondest memories revolve around it. Mainly a reptile and arachnid hobbyist I spent a majority of my time as a youth catching, observing, and releasing pretty much anything I could hide from my mom. My first job ever was back in 1998 when I worked for a much smaller pet store and I thought that I had finally found what I was meant to do, care for animals and educate new pet parents. My love for animals has encompassed the entirety of my life. In addition to working at Pet Expo I spent a year working at a local animal shelter as an animal care technician. Even my dietary choices, I am vegetarian, has been made due to my love for ALL animals. I enjoy breaking down the walls of fear that keep people suspicious of reptiles and “bugs” so if you feel you are ready to interact with a tarantula or snake, or maybe you just want to learn a bit more about rats and hedgehogs, then come on in and see me.
Hello my name is Barry Benjamin I’m proud to say that I’ve been with Pet Expo since 2012. I love hunting, fishing, aquaponics, and distilling essential oils. Previous to being employed with Pet Expo I was a lead zookeeper and presenter with the Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Zoo. I have been professionally working in the pet trade since 1996. I’ve been keeping freshwater fish since 1988, saltwater fish and coral since 1996, and reptiles since 1989. So if you see me I’m always glad to share my experience and knowledge to help your pet keeping experience both fun and stress free. I’m glad to be one of the keystones of Pet Expo team.