Franchise Update Magazine Issue II, 2013 - Page 8

Grow Market Lead CEO profile: Dog Dynasty Dogtopia is on the cusp of major growth By Kerry Pipes A my Nichols has always loved working with animals. In high school she worked in a pet store. In college she worked in a biopsychology lab with birds. But she always thought she would have to find a “real job” after graduating from college. “Growing up and living in the Northern Virginia area put me right in the middle of the telecom industry,” says the 39-year-old founder and CEO of Dogtopia. “It gave me great exposure to big business—both the good and bad sides—and really helped prepare 6 Franchiseupdate Iss u e II, 2 0 1 3 Name: Amy Nichols Title: Founder and CEO Company: Dogtopia Units: 27 stores, 4 in construction (Q2 openings), 4 in development, and 3 new regional directors representing 37 locations Age: 39 Family: Married with 4 children, 2 boys and baby girl twins born last November Years in franchising: 8 Years in current position: 8 me for founding Dogtopia.” Despite her success in the telecom industry, she d Y