Company

About Our Company

PetChatz® is part of Anser Innovation, which creates interaction technologies where remote connection is currently difficult or impossible. Its first target is the retail pet market with PetChatz. Future markets include the aging adult and dependent child markets.

Anser Innovation is based in Minnesota, and is borne from a serendipitous collision of invention and entrepreneurialism.

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It was founded in part by Dr. Mark Kroll, a former medical technology executive, holder of more than 350 patents and inventor of more medical devices than anyone in the world. Kroll invented PetChatz after realizing the potential for marrying advances in two-way remote communications technology with the unique emotional connection between pet owners and their companions. He considers PetChatz his “most fun” invention.

Lisa Lavin is a former veterinary medicine professional, seasoned business executive, fourth-generation entrepreneur and friend of Dr. Kroll. He shared his PetChatz patents with Lisa one day. She immediately realized the consumer potential for the device among pet owners, and for multiple categories.

In February of 2011, Lisa Lavin, Mark Kroll and Braden Kroll, a high tech investor and business leader, founded Anser Innovation. Since then, Anser has developed a platform of products that enhance remote interaction and has been recognized by industry leaders for innovation and business strategy.

For more information and for company updates, visit Anser Innovation’s website.


Leadership

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Lisa Lavin

Director, Founder & CEO
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Brady Kroll

Co-founder & Chairman
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Joe Meyers

Director of Marketing

PetChatz Team

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Colleen Sexton

Customer Experience & Operations Mgr.
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Kendra Handzel

Marketing Assistant & Customer Care Lead
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Danielle Wiek

Customer Care
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Nate “Gnate“ Sigrist

Technical Lead Software Engineer
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Chris Roed

Senior Systems Engineer
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Christine Hehre

Web Designer
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Eric Davis

Public Relations

PetChatz Pets

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Louie

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Poncho

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Leia

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Josie

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Fred

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Charley

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Louie

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Pixie

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Rudie


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Awards

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2015 Everyday Health – Pet Health Award

The Everyday Health Awards for Innovation honor, celebrate, recognize and highlight companies and individuals tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems in truly extraordinary ways. These awards will play a significant role in helping usher digital health forward, facilitate discussions, and honor the achievements in health and wellness technology.

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2014 Eureka Award

Innovation isn’t just about technology. The companies recognized with an Eureka! Award show how visionary thinking can pay off in any industry.

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2014 Pet Business Industry Recognition Award

The Pet Business Industry Recognition Awards honor the innovative products that are critical to the success of independent pet stores.

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2013 SuperZoo “Best in Show” Award

Select exhibitors are rewarded for their innovative efforts through the Best New Products awards. Winners are chosen across nine categories, including Best in Show.

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2011 MNCup Division Winner