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.
Timothy Miller-Morgan, DVM
“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.
With 25 years’ experience as a retailer and AZA accredited public aquarium work, Patrick holds Ichthyology degrees. Noted for numerous articles on aquarium keeping and business best practices, he is a frequent speaker at industry events and aquarium societies around the US. He operates Absolutely Fish; a MAC certified facility, retailer of the year PPN, and an APPA retailer excellence award winner. You can find his blogs on Pet Product News–Fish Absolutely.
Claus Christensen has specialized in planted aquariums for 40 of his 55 years in the hobby, receiving the “Aquarium Oscar”, Scandinavia’s highest award. Claus has traveled the world visiting water plant habitats bringing new ornamental plants to hobbyists worldwide. Claus worked for Tropica Aquarium Plants in Denmark, serving as CEO for 6 of his 25 years. He currently works as a travel guide, consultant and writer. He is a highly acclaimed speaker, presenting more than 500 lectures in over 15 countries.
Hans – Georg Evers has been an aquarist since his youth. His interests include Corydoradinae and Loricariidae catfish, tetras, rainbowfish and many other freshwater fishes and shrimps. He has visited many tropical countries worldwide, including South America and Asia. He has published 12 books and hundreds of articles and has been the chief editor of the aquarium magazine AMAZONAS since 2005.
Greg is a Professor of Aquatic Animal Medicine at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Zoological Medicine and an author on over 100 scientific articles, four books, and approximately 25 book chapters about invertebrates, fishes, amphibians and reptiles.
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.
Michael has been keeping reef tanks for over 30 years, keeping just about every type of fish and coral during that time. In addition to the two books he has written he has also written over 300 articles, given over 200 talks and done 30 videos covering all different aspects of the hobby.
Bob Fenner, with over 50 years of experience within the aquatic industries, has written about both the aquatics industry and the diving hobby. As an avid fish enthusiast, Fenner has nurtured his fascination through penning several books: The Conscientious Marine Aquarist: A Common Sense Handbook for Successful Saltwater Hobbyists, Fishwatcher’s Guide to the Tropical Marine Aquarium Fishes of the World, and Natural Marine Aquarium Reef Invertebrates.
Karen, an international speaker and writer, has traveled extensively to study aquatic plants in the wild. Her book titled, Sunken Gardens, A Step-by-Step Guide to Planting Freshwater Aquariums was released in Feb, 2017. Karen is a past president of the Boston Aquarium Society, serves on the board of the Aquatic Gardeners Association and as a judge for the AGA Aquascaping Contest and the Aqua Design Amano International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest.
Gary has been associated with the organized fish hobby for the last 35 years. He has been chasing after the newest rainbowfish for most of those years. He has made six trips to Papua and has discovered more than a dozen new species of rainbowfish on those trips.
Bleher’s lectures and seminars take him around the world to deliver talks to aquarium enthusiasts. He specializes in biotope aquariums, aquascaping and fish judging. Each year he edits numerous publications including the International Journal of Ichthyology and DISCUSBOOK, a magazine dedicated to the Amazon region. Bleher travels yearly to the Amazon region and provides updates on ornamental Discus fish.
For nearly 40 years Patrick Tawil has been fond of African cichlids, especially those from lakes Tanganyika and Malawi. He has observed and photographed almost all species available for the aquarium trade. His main interest centers around relationships and differences between species and genera, thus their evolution and taxonomy. Patrick shares his observations in publications and talks worldwide.
Dr. Chatham (“Chad”) Callan is the Director of the Finfish Research Program at Oceanic Institute of Hawaii Pacific University (OI), the world leader in the development of applied aquaculture technologies for marine fish and shrimp. He has been at OI for over 12 years and has researched the culture of numerous marine fish species. In 2015, his lab was the first to successfully culture the Yellow Tang, the most commercially important reef species in that region. He continues to refine the culture processes for this, and other marine, species to provide additional sustainable alternatives to their wild collection.