The CALMZ® dog Anxiety Relief System from Animal Health Technologies is a forward-looking product built upon a century-old foundation of new product development and animal health experience. Our team is comprised of well-known leaders within the animal health industry, forged together by a devotion to developing innovative solutions to help animals.
Buddy Snow is an inventor and entrepreneur with more than 20 years experience forming and growing businesses, with the last decade spent in medical technology and animal health. A pet parent of two black Labs, Miles and Ruby, Mr. Snow knows first hand about dog anxiety. Miles is an adopted shelter dog that suffers from thunderstorm and noise anxiety. After unsuccessfully trying many of the products available on the market, the inventor with a background in medical devices, neurostimulation and biologic regeneration, knew there had to be a better way of helping his pet. After trying many types of therapies, product concepts and prototype versions, he ultimately settled on the current model of CALMZ®.
Prior to his work with CALMZ®, Mr. Snow worked at American Medical Systems, a leading medical device manufacturer in pelvic health, where he led several product line businesses and internal projects, including work on a novel implantable neurostimulation device. From there, he joined InnovaGraft Biologics, a regenerative biologic manufacturer, where he served as VP of Marketing and Business Development. In 2011, he formed Copa Animal Health, now Ripl Labs, to develop and commercialize innovative therapeutic solutions for the Animal Health industry. In 2013, he and other members of Cornerstone Animal Health formed Animal Health Technologies to commercialize unique therapeutic delivery technologies to the veterinary industry. Buddy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Texas Tech University and an MBA from the University of St Thomas.
Bob Van Schoick has more than 35 years of experience in the Animal Health industry holding various Senior Executive roles in Sales and Marketing for Merck Animal Health and Merial. He joined Med-Pharmex Animal Health as President in 2006 and helped form Cornerstone Animal Health in 2013. His career accomplishments include several successful product launches and the effective management of the “fighting brand” strategy to defend the IVOMEC franchise. Additionally, Bob is the original architect of the Sales Agency Distribution System currently used by Merial and several other manufacturers. As a result of his noted industry expertise, Bob has held numerous animal agriculture board positions, including serving for the National FFA Foundation, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the International Stockmen Education Foundation and current board service for Where Food Comes From. Bob holds degrees from Austin College and Texas A&M University where he was an honors graduate in Animal Science.
Vince Palasota is a serial entrepreneur and is known for successfully building companies and brands in the Animal Health industry for over 25 years. Through experience in territory sales with Pfizer Animal Health and National Sales Management with Agrilabs, Vince gained valuable knowledge of manufacturing, distribution and buying groups. This knowledge led to the creation of Med-Pharmex Animal Health, where he served as CEO, and eventually to the founding of Cornerstone Animal Health. Outside of Animal Health, Vince has successfully built incentive companies, sports training facilities, auto dealerships, and several internet marketing companies. A former member of Jackie Sherrill’s 12th Man Kick Off Team, Vince serves on the board of directors for the 12MKOT Foundation and is active in many charitable organizations. He holds a Bachelors degree in Ag Economics from Texas A&M and earned his MBA in Marketing and Finance from The University Of Nebraska Omaha.
Mike Dooley has enjoyed a 30+ year career in the Animal Health industry with extensive experience in the veterinary, pet specialty, and mass channels. Serving as a Director of Sales at The Iams Company, Procter and Gamble Pet Care, Central Garden and Pet, and Med Pharmex Animal Health, Mike led cross-functional teams of up to 50 people in 20 states with revenues that exceeded $200 million annually. He is skilled in building brands, managing sales professionals and territories, gaining new distribution and the efficient deployment of resources. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University.
Mark Middleton has more than 30 years of sales and distribution experience in the Animal Health industry starting out in commissioned sales and progressing to various roles in Executive Management for Walco International and Animal Health International (AHI). As a Division President, he served on the team that was instrumental in acquiring and integrating several businesses into AHI over the past decade. His inside experience in the development of the AHI entity has given Mark a unique perspective of the transition of a $300 million family-owned business into a performance-oriented public corporation with revenues of $755 million. Having served as a guest speaker for numerous veterinary medical association conferences and veterinary medical schools throughout the country, Mark has established himself as an Expert Advisor in the veterinary field. As a result, Mark served for 4 years on the Board of Managers of the Southwest Veterinary Symposium. Mark has a B.S. in Animal Science from Texas Tech University. He also holds certifications in management and leadership from the SMU Cox School of Business, Dallas TX.