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Jason

President/CEO

Jason Puleio is the founder of The Barker Lounge.

I welcome you to the exciting world of The Barker Lounge!

I first discovered the world of doggy daycare in 2002 in my pursuit to provide Lilah, my dog, with as much happiness in her life as humanly possible. In my search, it became apparent to me that there were a lot more dogs than just Lilah who spent their long days sitting at home with no outlets for their energy, waiting for their owners to return home from work. The world of doggy daycare was the perfect alternative to this all too common lifestyle! It was a way to truly better the lives of countless dogs...and a way to make my “work” a thing that I truly love. So I began exploring the world of doggy daycare a bit deeper and was pleasantly surprised at the opportunity that existed within the industry. With an eager “okay” from Lilah, just one short year later I left the security of corporate America and opened up the first doggy daycare center in central New Jersey with great success. It didn’t take long for me to realize the incredible impact that we had on the thousands of dogs (and their people) who used our services, and the incredible reward that came from doing so! So over the next few years, I dug deeper into the doggy world and began to refine The Barker Lounge processes, improve the system, challenge the “norms” of the industry, and continue to find ways to better the lives of every dog and owner with whom we came into contact. My ambition lead me to other seasoned professionals within the industry who assisted in my efforts to improve the doggy daycare concept. Unbeknownst to us at the time, we would become what is now The Barker Lounge Franchising Team!

The collective efforts of our entire Barker Lounge Team has lead to the creation of new standards in the doggy daycare world! We have created an environment for dogs that is quite different from your average doggy daycare center...an environment where dogs aren’t indifferently put into big open spaces to play. Instead, we’ve created a well thought out system in which all of our doggy guests are safely exposed to enriching environments full of mental and physical stimulation of all different varieties! Our Animal Management program is unparalleled in the industry. I encourage you to come see for yourself!

After my many years in the doggy world, today I still work hard to remain on the front lines of all Barker Lounge efforts. In addition to my active involvement in the management and oversight of our Cranford facility, I am very much involved in all parts of the franchising process...recruiting; facility design, development, and build out; franchisee training and development; operational support, strategic growth; marketing and public relations, vendor relations; quality assurance; business development; franchisee relations; brand development and standards, and everything else that goes on behind the scenes. Every day is just as exciting to me now as it was back in 2002, on day one!

If you are interested in becoming part of the Barker Lounge world, I invite you to learn more about what we do, how we do it, and the fantastic people who make it all happen. It may very well change your life!

To learn more, fill out a “request for information” and a member of The Barker Lounge franchising team will be in touch shortly.

Josh

Art and Technology

Josh is our behind-the-scenes director of art and technology. He grew up in and around Palm Springs, CA, in the heart of mid-century modern architecture, much of which has influenced the look and feel of The Barker Lounge today.

Josh's team is responsible for branding, marketing and design, as well as the development of our website and proprietary Barker Lounge technology. His creations include our custom kenneling software (BarkOpsπ™), our doggy management logistics app (BarkBoard™), and our online reservations system (BarkRes™). All things creative and technical go through Josh's team!

Susan

Animal Management

Susan is The Barker Lounge’s very own “Dog Whisperer”. With 25+ years of experience in the Canine Behavioral field, Susan’s involvement with The Barker Lounge has made us much more than your average doggy daycare franchise. By creating an environment that maximizes animal and employee safety and minimizes canine stress, Susan has helped to create a safe and sane environment where our doggy guests’ lives are truly enriched.

Susan has dedicated her life to the betterment of the canine world. Her many years of service bettering the lives of dogs and their people speaks for itself.

Susan is a trainer/handler of dogs for television, commercials and print. Her work includes Saturday Night Live, Conan O’Brien, One Life to Live, All My Children, Bank of America, Nordstroms, Clarinex, American Express, Lowe’s, Bell South, Advair, Citizen’s Bank, Volkswagon and L’oreal.

She is a lecturer, consultant, and author on topics that include Animal Assisted Therapy, Managing Canine Stress, Animal Assisted Crisis Response, and Service Animals for schools, institutions, hospitals and government agencies.

She is the owner of a country club exclusively for dogs that offers training classes in Competition Obedience, Animal Assisted Therapy, Rally Obedience and Puppy Kindergarten; and activities such as Lure Coursing, Agility, Flyball, and Carting.

Susan is the Executive Director of an organization that supplies trained Assistance Dogs to people living with disabilities, supervises Animal Assisted Therapy programs and provides public education on AAT and Service Dogs to schools, government institutions and community groups.

She is the founding member of the Northeast Crisis Response Coalition whose mission is to pool specialized resources in order to coordinate Animal Assisted Therapy/Activity organizations for Crisis Response Work and provide a structure for rapid response and incident command.

She is the Therapy Dog Coordinator for The Family Assistance Center at Liberty State Park. Her role involved coordinating 142 dog/handler teams from 4 organizations under the guidance of New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Mental Health from September 2001 through January 2002. The teams worked with family members, first responders and disaster workers after the events of 9/11/01.

Susan and her dog Tuka were the only dog/handler team in New Jersey invited to participate in the Federal Gateway Response Chemical Weapons Full-Scale Disaster Exercise in November of 2003.

...“in recognition of Susan’s conviction that the bond that exists between animals and humans can nurture, heal and teach both species and the skill and dedication she has brought to making that conviction a reality.”

- The New Jersey Veterinary Foundation Award 2004

Blythe

Training and Organization Development

Blythe's focus is on the people side of The Barker Lounge. With over 18 years of experience in the training and organization development world, she brings a deep understanding of individual styles, group dynamics, and organizational culture. She plays a critical role in the design, development, and implementation of our franchisee training program, ensuring it meets each new franchisee's learning style.  She also focuses on staff and team development, franchisee and employee relations, operations manuals and processes, philanthropic initiatives, and all things that make The Barker Lounge a better place (for both humans and doggies!).

Jim

Marketing/PR

Jim is the guy who makes The Barker Lounge known to the whole world! Jim began working the fields of Marketing and Public Relations in the late 90’s, working with the many forms of media including television, print, radio, outdoor and online. He has managed multi-million dollar national marketing campaigns for companies where he helped grow a customer base from under 50,000 to over a half million customers. Jim's job with The Barker Lounge is to help you get the dogs lining up at your door!

Chris

Business Development

With a degree in Finance and Multinational Business, Chris most recently served as Director of Acquisitions for a multi-billion dollar real estate firm where he was instrumental in the growth and development of the firm’s operations. He has over 20 years of experience in financial analysis, negotiations, and business development.

Chris’s work with The Barker Lounge involves all finance, legal, and compliance elements as well as the strategic growth and development of Barker Lounge operations.

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