Heidi Ganahl, formerly Heidi Flammang (born September 9, 1966) is a businesswoman, entrepreneur and elected member of the University of Colorado Board of Regents. She is the founder and current CEO of Camp Bow Wow, an international pet care franchise. In 2015, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Ganahl to the School Safety and Youth in Crisis Committee established by Colorado Senate Bill 15-214. In November 2016, Ganahl was elected Regent at the University of Colorado.
Background and education
Heidi was born in Orange County, California where she lived until she was 12, at which time her family moved to Monument, Colorado, where she attended Lewis-Palmer High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in Business from the University of Colorado at Boulder followed by a master's degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Denver. In the spring of 1994, Heidi lost her husband, Bion Flammang, in a plane crash. She often cites this event as providing the impetus to eventually follow their combined dream of starting a dog care company. Heidi lives in Superior, Colorado with her husband Jason, daughters Tori, Hollie, Jenna, son Jack, and yellow lab Henry.
In her early years, Heidi gained experience in marketing and advertising by working for advertising industry firms Chapman Warwick and Salvati Montgomery Sakoda. She then held positions in sales and financial management at Dura Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Rhone Poulenc (now Sanofi-Aventis) and the Maginot Group. She also launched a baby room catalog company called Nursery Works. Beginning in 2000, Heidi launched Camp Bow Wow, which is now North America's largest and fastest growing pet care franchise. Camp Bow Wow was acquired in August 2014 by VCA, Inc. Heidi remains CEO and continues to drive the brand's growth. She is also the founder and President of Moms Fight Back, a Colorado-based organization helping moms keep their children safe, happy and healthy. In 2015, Ganahl was appointed by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to the School Safety and Youth in Crisis Committee established by Colorado Senate Bill 15-214, to study issues relating to school safety and threat prevention in public and private schools, programs and methods for identifying and monitoring students in crisis, standardized criteria for school personnel to use in assessing potential threats, and the implementation of the Claire Davis School Safety Act.
Awards and Service
Inc 500/5000 five years running 2009-2014; Fortune Most Promising Women Entrepreneur; 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Semi-Finalist; 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist; Entrepreneur Franchise 500 seven years running 2007-2014; 2010 WPO/AmEx Open – Top 50 Fastest Growing Women-Led Companies (#10); 2010 #39 in Inc Magazine “Top Consumer Product and Service Companies”; 2009 Denver Business Journal’s Colorado Business Woman of the Year; 2008 Stevie Award for Top Entrepreneur and for Top Company; 2009 Top 50 Colorado Companies to Watch; 2009 Colorado Biz “One of the Top 100 Woman Owned Companies”; Entrepreneur Magazine “One of America’s Top 50 Fastest Growing Woman Led Companies”; Tech Cocktail's 15 Female Entrepreneurs You Should Know (But Probably Don't).
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- Understanding Management, 8th ed. - Page 86 Richard L. Daft, Dorothy Marcic - 2011 "More recently, Heidi Ganahl's launch of Camp Bow Wow has become a powerfully motivational story of triumph over tragedy. Most people know Camp Bow Wow as a fun franchise that offers doggie day care for pet owners on the go. But the ..."
- Colorado Legislative Council, School Safety and Youth in Crisis Committee.
- Colorado Senate Bill 15-214, Concerning creating a legislative committee on safety in schools, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
- "With Heidi Ganahl win, Republicans retain majority on CU Board of Regents". Retrieved 2016-11-26.
- The Denver Post
- Huffington Post
- Wall Street Journal
- Colorado Legislative Council Staff, Memorandum
- Inc 500/5000
- Fortune Magazine
- Entrepreneur Magazine
- CO Biz Magazine
- Tech Cocktail