Carey Tischler

Carey Tischler

PRESIDENT, JUST FOOD FOR DOGS

DAY JOB:  Oversees fresh whole food for pets distributor, producer. JFFD has
about a dozen local kitchens including its Irvine headquarters and master kitchen,
which produces about 30,000 pounds of food daily.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Among area businesses seeing biggest surge in business during onset of crisis. From February to May, the company saw call volume double and a 400% increase in e-commerce orders compared to the same time frame last year. About 75% of the company’s locations, including spots at Petco locations and
in veterinary offices, saw best-ever levels of sales. Firm has boosted production,
added new facilities, ramped sanitation standards and staggered shifts for on-site employees to meet demand.

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NOTABLE: Opened a 21,000-square-foot production facility in Delaware, to serve as East Coast hub, on March 23. With increased production capabilities, plans to sell about 100 million meals in 2020. Meals for a healthy 30-pound dog cost around $35 a month more than premium kibble, company officials said. Individuals meals and treats
go for $5 and up. Implemented a no-touch policy for pickup and delivery orders. Has offered free same-day delivery for eligible locations on orders over $50.

QUOTABLE: “Just as you and I might be thinking more about our health, I think a lot of people are more in tune to their [pet’s] health,” Tischler told Business Journal, speaking of the company’s rocketing sales in April.

FAST FACTS: Completed bachelor’s, master’s degrees in electrical engineering before transitioning to business. Received master’s in engineering management and MBA from Northwestern University. Formerly senior vice president at Catterton Partners, with large portfolio of consumer-facing businesses and pet-specific ventures. Joined JFFD in 2015.

2020 HOBBY: “Finding new and creative ways to keep my three-year-old son on Zoom calls with his cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents!”