Chairman and CEO
Dan Wiesel co-founded Pet Airways in 2005 and has served as our Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since August 2009. Mr. Wiesel also served as President and Chief Financial Officer until January 2011. Mr. Wiesel has more than 25 years of experience growing companies from the ground up in a variety of industries. From 1983 to 1985, Mr. Wiesel served as Vice President of Acquisitions for a national real estate investment company, where Mr. Wiesel was responsible for the negotiation and purchase of over $300 million in commercial real estate. Subsequently, in 1985 Mr. Wiesel founded The Wendemere Group, a real estate development firm, which built custom homes with a total value of more than $20 million. In 1990, Mr. Wiesel founded StitchIt Corporation, a manufacturer of women’s swimwear, increasing the company output to thousands of units per week with 50 employees, and producing goods for prestigious brands such as Guess?, Anne Klein and Bodyglove. In 1995, as principal of Interlink Recruiting, Mr. Wiesel was responsible for the creation of this highly respected boutique executive recruiting firm. Mr. Wiesel holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California and holds a private pilot’s license. As a result of these and other professional experiences, Mr. Wiesel possesses particular knowledge and experience in business development, sales strategy and management that strengthen the board’s collective qualifications, skills, and experience.
Executive Vice-President and Chief Development Officer
Alysa Binder co-founded Pet Airways in 2005 and has served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer since August 2009. Ms. Binder has more than 20 years’ experience founding and managing independent businesses in services and retail. Ms. Binder began her career in the premium incentive industry, responsible for marketing and sales to large corporate customers such as Carnation Foods and Allstate. Ms. Binder later founded a retail jewelry operation, expanding the business to include custom creations for high-profile clients such as Guns N’ Roses. In 1995, Ms. Binder founded Interlink Recruiting. Working closely with top tier venture capital and investment firms on early stage and more mature start-ups, Ms. Binder was responsible for putting together management teams and providing strategic directions to a new industry, The Internet. Ms. Binder most notable successes includes Palm Computing, pioneer of the first PDA, (maker of the Palm Pilot PDA), and eBay, where she worked directly with the founders. As with other companies, she helped build the early management team of eBay, laying the groundwork for eBay’s IPO and phenomenal growth. Ms. Binder is Dan Wiesel’s wife and they have been an effective team, working together successfully for over 20 years. In 2005, Ms. Binder joined Dan in founding Pet Airways. As a result of these and other professional experiences, Ms. Binder possesses particular knowledge and experience in business development, strategic planning and marketing that strengthen the board’s collective qualifications, skills, and experience.
Dr. Jeff Werber, DVM
Director of Veterinary Services
Dr. Werber has been a practicing Veterinarian since 1984. After receiving a degree in Zoology from U.C. Berkeley in 1976, he went on to receive his Veterinary Degree from the University of California at the Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He quickly became recognized as a skilled practitioner, and was sought out by members of the Entertainment Industry to provide health care for many of Hollywood’s pets. Among other notably achievements, Dr. Jeff, as he is known in Hollywood and in practice, is Lassie’s personal vet.
In addition to his role as “the vet to the stars”, Dr. Jeff is a well-recognized TV personality, winning an Emmy Award for his TV shows and is a sought after lecturer amongst his peers. He has taped over 100 Pet Education Videos that play in over 4,000 veterinarian offices nationwide.