October 12-13, 2019 | Secaucus, NJ | Meadowlands Exposition Center

2018 Speakers

Lynn Switanowski
Lynn Switanowski, President of Creative Business Consulting Group, (CBCG) an International Retail Consulting firm, partners with retailers and e-tailers and manufacturers to create and implement sales, marketing and inventory management strategies. CBCG helps retailers understand the changing consumer trends and helps business owner’s harness the power of new media and marketing tools to connect with today’s “wired” consumers. Lynn speaks frequently at trade shows and teaches retail marketing and branding at several colleges in the Boston area.

George Blasiola
George Blasiola, B.S, M.A., a specialist in fish biology, was formerly with the Steinhart Aquarium as an aquatic biologist and various industry companies including Kordon and Wardley. Blasiola has published more than 100 articles in the USA and Europe on fish health, pond management and fish biology. He has lectured at the University of Georgia’s Fish Health Workshop, the North Carolina State University’s Fish Management Course and various trade shows and professional meetings. He is the author of Barron’s New Marine Aquarium Handbook, Koi: A Complete Pet Owner’s Manual and the owner/consultant of Aqua-Sphere Research.

Chris Lukhaup
Chris Lukhaup, Creative Director of the German aquarium company Dennerle is also a research associate of the Museum in Leiden, Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh and Humboldt Museum in Berlin. Chris has written over 25 books for aquarist, described several new species and published numerous articles in magazines worldwide. He currently publishes Breeders ‘n’ Keepers, a magazine about the breeding and keeping of shrimps, published in 2 languages. Chris has conducted 50 collecting trips to more than 30 countries.

Jessie Sanders
Jessie Sanders, DVM, CertAqV is the owner and chief veterinarian of Aquatic Veterinary Services, an all-aquatic private practice in California. Dr. Sanders received her B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Rhode Island and DVM from Tufts University. Dr. Sanders is a Certified Aquatic Veterinarian through the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association, a board member of the American Association of Fish Veterinarians and a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. https://cafishvet.com https://drjessiesanders.com

George Farmer
George Farmer is an internationally renowned professional aquascaper from the UK. He has been contributing to Practical Fishkeeping magazine as their planted aquarium expert for 12 years and co-founded the UK Aquatic Plant Society in 2007. He regular judges aquascaping contests, gives workshops all over Europe, has appeared on TV and radio shows, and consults with various aquatic retailers and companies. George is passionate about promoting the art of aquascaping and has a successful YouTube channel dedicated to this beautiful hobby.

Shelby Bush
Shelby Bush has been a hobbyist for over 3 decades and currently is the Brand Ambassador for Segrest Farms. Her professional journey began 18 years ago at Preuss Pets where she spent 14 years connecting with hobbyist, managing the fishroom and ordering fish. It is through that passion and experience that led her to Segrest Farms where she now shares that passion with you from the largest wholesaler in the nation.

Ashley Emanuele, DVM, CertAqV
Dr. Ashley Emanuele earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. She received her B.S. in Marine Biology from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, and has conducted research with octopuses, cuttlefish, and sea turtles. Dr. Emanuele became North Carolina’s first Certified Aquatic Veterinarian in 2017, a distinction awarded by the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association. She is also a Veterinary Community Partner at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, where she works in the Windows on Animal Health exhibit.  Dr. Emanuele’s special interests include ophthalmology, nutrition, aquatic animal health, geriatrics, and pediatrics.

Timothy J. Miller-Morgan, DVM, CertAqV
“Dr. Tim” is an aquatic veterinarian, educator and biologist. He directs the Aquatic Animal Health Program at Oregon State University.  Tim has consulted and taught extensively on fish and invertebrate health issues, primarily related to aquarium fish, throughout North and South America, Asia and Europe. His work focuses on the identification, development and training of animal husbandry and health management practices that improve animal health and quality.

Christel Kasselmann
Christel Kasselmann, an internationally recognized expert on aquarium plants, has studied their requirements on over 55 expeditions over 40 years. She has published over 500 articles dealing with the origins of water plants and their growth in their natural environment, describing several new species and varieties. For 30 years Christel Kasselmann has been the editor and chairwoman of Aqua Planta magazine. She has written four books including “Planted Aquariums” and “Aquarium Plants” (Krieger Publishing, Florida). At home she cultivates six large planted tanks.

Richard Ross
Richard Ross is known for his “Skeptical Reefkeeping” article series, his groundbreaking work with cephalopod husbandry, coral spawning & restoration, entertaining and informative talks, his ultra high nutrient home reef, for managing the ambitious 212,000 gallon reef tank and the Coral Spawning Lab at the Steinhart Aquarium in the California Academy of Sciences. Richard was presented with the MASNA Aquarist of the Year award in 2015, and his work has been covered by Scientific American, National Geographic, Penn’s Sunday School, NPR’sScience Friday, Animal Planet, Discovery News and Fox News.

Ted Judy
Ted Judy has 40+ years of experience keeping aquariums, and 20+ years of promoting the hobby through writing, blogging, video production and presentations. You may be familiar with his TedsFishroom.com website, FaceBook page, YouTube Channel and magazine articles. Ted has been on fish-collecting trips to West Africa and South America. Professionally, Ted has been a teacher, aquarium retail manager, fish importer/wholesaler, video producer, and aquarium industry consultant. He is currently working for CustomAquariums.com & CustomCages.com and lives near Madison, WI. His club affiliations include Madison Area Aquatic Hobbyists, the Aquatic Gardeners Association and the American Cichlid Association.

Sanjay Joshi
Sanjay Joshi is a Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State University. He has been a passionate reef hobbyist since 1992 and currently owns and operates several reefs aquariums at home including a 500G SPS dominated reef. He has published several articles in aquarium magazines and is an invited speaker at several national and international aquarium society meetings. He received the MASNA award in 2006 for his contributions to the marine aquarium hobby.

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