For over twenty years, Polkadog’s handmade, sustainably produced treats and their community boutique shops have been inseparable from Boston neighborhoods. Vendors around the country who shared Polkadog’s commitment to sustainable community health and well-being have brought the experience of a larger Polkadog neighborhood into their own communities.
Deborah Suchman, co-founder of Polkadog, created the new sales team to establish new, exciting partnerships with vendors and to support and expand the existing relationships that define Polkadog’s identity as a leader in sustainable production. “This new team wouldn’t work without Allie Sparrow and Patrick Lima,” Suchman said. "They’re the people I wanted for the team, and they’re the people our vendors and distributors wanted.”
With 22 years of sales experience—twelve in the pet industry—Allie Sparrow, new Western sales director, joins Polkadog with hopes for spreading sustainable treats from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific coast. “I’m thrilled to embark on this journey,” Sparrow said. “I’m championing sustainability with long-time Polkadog partners, and the broad network of retailers out west who are always asking for more and more Polkadog.”
Sparrow will be joining the recently promoted eastern director of sales, Patrick Lima, working to expand Polkadog’s national footprint at independent pet retailers with distribution through Pet Food Experts, Rio Grande and Pet Palette.
Patrick Lima joined Polkadog in 2022, bringing with him fifteen years of pet industry sales experience. “Born and raised in New England, I always admired Polkadog’s evolution over the years,” Lima said. “I worked closely with Polkadog’s retail stores and wholesale even back in my distributor days with Pet Food Experts. I’ve built strong relationships with [Polkadog’s owners] Deb and Rob over the years. Coming aboard in 2022 has been a full-circle experience. I’m excited to help growing this amazing brand.”