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PetFirst Pet Insurance CEO Katie Blakeley has been named one of the “Most Admired CEOs” in the Louisville area by Louisville Business First.
“We are honored to see Katie’s leadership recognized within the broader community,” said Lansdon Robbins, PetFirst Co-Founder & Chairman. “Her vision has helped us become the most recommended pet insurance in the nation. She belongs at the head of any pack.”
Business First launched the new award this year with 25 CEOs who represent some of the community’s most important industries. Blakeley represents PetFirst in the “medium-sized” company category. PetFirst Pet Insurance offers coverage to tens of thousands of pets nationwide and employs a staff of 60 at the Jeffersonville headquarters.
“We’ve built a reputation for being intensely customer-focused,” said Blakeley. “Our mission is to ensure that families can get the care their pet needs without worrying about the financial impact. That’s a promise we take seriously. It keeps us focused on what’s important.”
This is the second significant award this year for Blakeley, who was also named a finalist for the Entrepreneur of The Year® 2019 Award in the East Central program – considered one of the most prestigious business awards programs in the U.S.
PetFirst recently celebrated 15 years in the pet insurance business. Blakeley joined the team when it was just a start-up in its first year of operation. She has served the company in numerous roles, including Marketing Director, Vice President of Business Development, and President, before being named CEO in 2013.
The U.S. pet insurance industry is growing rapidly, recently surpassing the 1.2 billion dollar mark.
Each of the Most Admired CEOs will be profiled in a special publication of Louisville Business First, as well as be honored at an evening event on Wednesday, Nov. 13th. Winners were chosen by a panel of Business First judges from more than 100 nominations.