2015 Pet Age Forty Under 40 Award Winner


The Cover of Pet Age Magazine December Issue, 2015

"The Pet Age staff is happy to present the winners of our Forty Under 40 awards. Our intention is to honor the up-and-coming movers and shakers of the pet industry. They all share a commitment to the growth of the pet industry, to professional excellence and to the community.

Individuals qualifying for a nomination met selection criteria that included working in the pet industry, possessing significant authority for decision making within a company or organization and being 39 years old or younger at the time of the nomination.

The 40 individuals featured here have already had a big impact on the industry despite their young age. We expect them to continue to be leaders in the pet world for a long time to come." - Pet Age Magazine, 2015

"I am very honored to be a Pet Age 2015 Forty Under 40 award winner. I worked very hard to get where I am at today, and I appreciate those who have helped me along the way. Thank you again, and congratulations to the other 39 winners!" - Jared Shlager, CEO


Governor Scott Recognizes Jared Shlager with Young Entrepreneur Award


Governor Rick Scott, Jared Shlager, and the Cabinet.

JUPITER, Fla. – During a meeting of Florida’s Cabinet today, Governor Rick Scott recognized 24 year-old Jared Shlager with the Governor’s Young Entrepreneur Award. Shlager started his first business at 16 years old with the goal of creating high quality pet products such as pet food and supplies. Throughout high school, and out of his dorm room at the University of Tampa, Shlager founded an online pet supply store through businesses such as JMS Creative Designs, Pet La Vie, and most recently, Boston Treat House and Pawmegranate. His products are sold in markets across the world including major stores such as Home Goods. He plans to expand to other retailers in the coming months.

Governor Scott said, “Jared is a great example of a young entrepreneur in Florida who is working hard and creating products that are being sold across the world. Even while studying to complete his bachelor’s degree, Jared continued to develop his businesses which now serve customers across the globe.”

Jared Shlager said, “I am very honored to be awarded the Governor’s Young Entrepreneur Award. This award really means a lot to me. Throughout my life, I have built a lot of innovative companies. To build each company successfully, I had to make more sacrifices in my life than anyone ever should. I chose to be an entrepreneur for many reasons, but I only hope that someday I change the world enough to never be forgotten.”