Well I thought you should get to know my human assistant behind my website, my mom, Rachel. She is my typist, my PR agent, my proofreader, my driver, my blogger, my assistant, my caretaker, my tummy rubber, and my mommy. She is also the mom to my two brothers and sister cats, Dr. Pepper, Mr. Pibb, and my dog brother Elvis and dog sister Daisy.
Here is her official bio:
Rachel Phelps is a pet industry influencer best known for her development of the nationally recognized dog blog PrestonSpeaks.com. She is a professional member of the Dog Writers Association of America and the Cat Writers Association. She is a regular speaker on pet issues, rescue topics, and the use of social media. She oversees the social media endeavors, website, and general PR for several nonprofits.
She and her husband Brad own Preston Media Group, a full-service media and event planning agency specializing in the pet industry.
Rachel is also very involved in the animal welfare community. She is the founder and president of the Preston Cares Network Westie Rescue which covers Indiana and Kentucky. She is also on the board of Shorty’s Rescue, an international non-profit that works to provide free veterinary care for animals in need throughout the United States and Mexico.
Rachel and her husband have four “fur kids” – Preston, Daisy, and Piper (all Westies) and one cat named Dillon who is very much outnumbered by little white dogs in the house!
She has a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), a Masters of Public Administration (MPA), and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.
Rachel is a member of:
- Professional Member of the Cat Writers Association
- Member of the Dog Writers Association of America
- Member of Toastmasters International (1730)
Rachel has spoken at the following conferences, meetings, and expos
~Speaker – 2012-2016 Amazing Pet Expos at ALL the expos all over the country on the topic “Saving Money on Your Pet Care ” and “Cooking for your Pet”
~Speaker – 2013 Cat Writers Association Annual Conference on the topic “Facebook for Writers“
~Speaker – 2013 BarkWorld Social Media Conference – “Cat Blogger to Dog Blogger: I didn’t know that YOU didn’t know, that
we BOTH don’t know, what each other is doing on social media!”
~Panel Moderator – 2013 Project Management Institute Regional Conference – Using Social Media as a part of project management
~Speaker – 2012 BlogPaws Pet Conference – “How to Go Local with Your Blog”
~Speaker – 2012 and 2011 BarkWorld Social Media Conference – “Pet Brands and Bloggers: How to Pitch and Get Sponsored” and “Generate Awareness and Profit: How to Take Your Social Network Offline”
~Speaker – 2011 Show Me the Blog Conference – “Pet Blogging – All Bark and Byte”
Rachel is also involved in her sorority Sigma Kappa and is the Director of Housing as well as a member of the area alumnae chapter and does a lot of their PR and social media work. She helps dad with his fraternity and serves as the VP of Housing for the Kentucky Gamma Alumnae and Volunteer Corporation and does their newsletters and social media efforts. Are you seeing a pattern? She spends a lot of time on Facebook, email, and blogs. 🙂 Her hobbies include crafts, photography, scrapbooking, and of course playing with me. She loves animals of all types runs our own Westies rescue and has had several cats, dogs, and even a guinea pig over the years. She wants this website to be informative while also being fun. She hopes you are able to get a peek into my mind and hopefully fall in love with me just like she has because of my great personality. If you have any questions, suggestions, ideas, etc. for Mom, please e-mail her at Rachel (at) PrestonSpeaks.com. I promise I’ll make sure she gets it!