2019/2020 Officers & Directors

President
Anthony Gatto  Kensington Protective Products, Inc.
Pomona, CA
Manufacturer Member
909‐469‐1240 | Email

Kensington Protective Products started in the 1950s and continues with its third generation owner, Anthony Gatto. Anthony and Kensington have resided in Southern California since its inception. 

Anthony was born into the equine industry. As a young  apprentice, Anthony was exposed to every aspect of Kensington from sweeping floors, packaging products, warehouse inventory, pattern designing and the financial side of the business. He ultimately purchased Kensington from his father, Alan Gatto, in 2012. Anthony now owns and runs several companies, but Kensington is his pride and joy. He looks forward to passing the family business to his children.

Anthony truly loves the equine industry. Although he does  not ride due to extreme allergies, it has not prevented him from working closely with riders and many organizations to make certain Kensington offers the best products. He believes horses are athletes and should be treated as such with the highest quality products.

Immediate Past President

President

Jaime Brunner  The Espoma Company
Millville, NJ

Manufacturer Member
856-825-0542 | Email

Jaime grew up riding horses and still currently competes on the show circuit primarily in Wellington, Florida. After working for a few years in public relations and publishing, she decided to pursue a new opportunity and joined an equestrian apparel company. Working for a small company gave her the experience to learn a lot about manufacturing, sales, product development, supply chain management and brand development. Jaime quickly realized she wanted to be able to combine her work and passion for animals. So, after going back to school to pursue her MBA, she joined her 88 year old family business, The Espoma Company, to help develop their Animal Care division and product line. Jaime is part of the fourth generation of her family to work at Espoma.

Treasurer

Victoria Bodnar
Bryn Mawr, PA
Sales Rep/Agent
484‐832‐1040 | Email

Victoria has been actively involved in the equestrian industry.  Victoria has been riding since a young girl and it had always been a dream to combine her hobby and her career.  She started working for Noble Outfitters as a sales rep in 2015 and since then moved to a sales manager position.  Victoria joined the AETA Board to help support the Equestrian Community from the perspective of a sale representative/agent. 

Vice President
Peter Canzone  American Artists

Saratoga Springs, NY
Manufacturer Member
518-813-1203 | Email

Peter has been involved with horses both as an owner and in the marketing and manufacturing end for over 30 years. In the past, he has worked with Hanoverian horses and his family placed second with the horse Captain Bodgit in the 1997 Kentucky Derby. Currently Peter is the president of American Artists which creates original designs of hand painted jewelry and picture frames. After graduating from Marquette University with a business degree, he worked as a marketing and product manager for several large retail clothing chains. Prior to starting American Artists in 1985, he was part of a marketing group that was responsible for the success of the collector plate company the Bradford Exchange.
Cissie Meehan

Cissie Meehan  TABcom, LLC
Hazleton, PA
Retailer Member

434-465-1760 | Email

Cissie Meehan is Vice President of Merchandising for TABcom. She specializes in Multi-Channel Retail, Strategic Planning and Brand Management. Cissie joined TABcom in November of 2009, after serving as Vice President of Merchandising for Dover Saddlery. She has also held senior management roles at Petsmart, 1-800 Flowers and Cendant. She is a graduate of Suffolk University in Boston.

Cissie has been involved in the equestrian industry for over 25 years in both the Western and English markets. She is also a rider and competitor who has competed at the national level. She is an advocate for the sport and industry and has contributed to many organizations including 4H, Therapeutic Riding, Horse Rescue and nationally rated horse shows.

Cissie is an avid equestrian along with her husband, and their farm is home to six horses who are involved in many aspects of training, showing and foxhunting. Her four Pembroke Welsh Corgis include a new breed champion, Trevor.

Doug Walker – WeatherBeeta USA Inc.
Edison, NJ.
Manufacturer Member
732‐593‐0721 | Email

Doug joined the WeatherBeeta Group and the equestrian industry in 2013, initially as Chief Marketing Officer for the group globally. Since spring 2016, Doug has been leading the USA operation and in fall 2016 he added the Group’s European operations to his responsibilities.

WeatherBeeta Group has an enviable portfolio of brands including Dublin, Collegiate, Crosby, Saxon, Korsteel, Roma, Kincade and of course, WeatherBeeta. The Group celebrated its 20th birthday in the USA in 2019. WeatherBeeta USA's corporate office and distribution Hub are in Edison, NJ.

While a resident of the UK, Doug travels across the Atlantic at least once a month and continues to travel around North America extensively. He is passionate about nurturing and supporting the retail trade in the United States and Europe. Doug has been a director of BETA, the British Equestrian Trade Association, since October 2014 and hopes that some of his international experience may be of service to AETA members.