Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Tricia Montgomery founded K9 Fit Club® in 2012. Now serving as the CEO of the organization, Ms. Montgomery is the nation’s leading expert and pioneer in human/canine fitness. Her diverse experience in veterinary medicine, public relations, animal rescue, personal training, and her own weight loss journey gave her the perfect combination of skills to create a nationwide community of clubs– dedicated to the health, fitness, wellness and mental wellbeing for people and their dogs.
As the former Executive Director and Public Education Director of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, Montgomery led the association and directed staff, programs and activities to ensure productivity and growth. She managed extensive communication for committees and the largest regional veterinary medical association in the country. Along with preparing and maintaining key contacts in legislation, Montgomery also served under Mayor Daley’s City of Chicago Commission of Animal Control Task Force. Ms. Montgomery also served as spokesperson for the association related to policies and positions. Montgomery was the spokesperson and media relations contact or the International Kennel Club for 10 years, obtaining unprecedented media coverage for the show.
Montgomery is certified in Power Pilates Core Mat 1, National Association of Sports Medicine and American Sports & Fitness Association. A former Certified Veterinary Technician, she is now studying for recertification through VTNE. Montgomery also serves as a research investigator for Purdue University, Healthy People 2020 and assists with healthy initiatives in communities around the country.
Ms. Montgomery has been featured on the Today Show, USA Today, Dateline News, NPR, MSNBC, Good Morning America, FOX News, Women’s Health, Dog Fancy, Washington Post and AAPA News to mention a few. She is the host of “Sit, Stay & Get Fit”, a weekly fitness show on DirectTV.
Montgomery shares her life with her daughter Gabrielle and Zeus her Red-Nosed Pit Bull.
Director of Research and Development
Len Serwat began his interest in fitness and health as a high school freshman. Pursuing his passion as a career, Len was accepted into Arizona State’s prestigious Athletic Training Program, the only freshman admitted in 1976, and was awarded an Athletic Scholarship. After graduating in 1981 with a degree in Physical Education and Athletic Training, he became a Certified Athletic Trainer with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 1985.
Len is currently in his thirty-third year at Hinsdale Central High School in suburban Chicago. He has taught Physical Education (33 years), Adapted Physical Education (10 years) and Introduction to Sports Medicine (28 years). He started the first Men’s Volleyball Program at Hinsdale and served as head coach for fourteen years. He served as Assistant Athletic Director and Resource Athletic Director for Athletic Training for the fourteen school West Suburban Conference.
In 1991 Len earned his Masters Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Illinois, Champaign.
As Director of Research and Development for K9 Fit Club, with his dedication to fitness and love of animals, Len hopes to spread the importance of health for both groups. Working with a wider range of individuals will be a new chapter in Len’s life, but one that he can’t wait to start.
Veterinary Technician (RVT)
Beckie is a Registered Veterinary Technician living in Wilmington, NC. She is a 2007 graduate of Central
Carolina Community College. Beckie has had a diverse career including small animal, exotic, large
animal, and mixed animal practices, as well as experience in academia and management.
Beckie is currently Executive Director of 3K9 Working Dogs Inc. a Service Dog training organization; she
enjoys independent veterinary consulting, speaking professionally across the country, and writing for
various veterinary publications. Beckie is a trainer with K9 Fitness in Wilmington, NC and she has
recently joined the team at Buzzwoof as a contributing blogger and has greatly enjoying reaching out of
the veterinary box in participating with these great organizations.
Beckie has served on her state association since 2008 and is proud to have been voted NC Veterinary
Technician of the Year 2015. She serves as Treasurer and Chairperson for the National Association of
Veterinary Technicians in America, and member at large for the Society of Veterinary Medical Ethics.
When she is not working or volunteering her time, Beckie enjoys time at the beach fishing with her
husband Timmy, spending time their 5 dogs and 2 cats, getting out on the water whenever possible, and
quality time with her family whenever possible.
Alan Matthew is an Active Angel Investor, investing in over 40 companies. He has been a member of the Chicago Board of Trade since 1977 and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs for over 40 yrs.
As a published photographer in the New York Times, Alan has explored over 90 countries in his life and has been a Shamanic Healer for over 22 yrs. His company, Tribal Ventures, LLC invests in a vast array of companies and their core values lie within investing in the people of the company, not just the idea. This has been proven to be very successful for him and Tribal thus far.
Dudley K. Beyler is the Founder of Laveer Capital Management, LLC (Laveer). Launched in 2014 focusing on investments in misunderstood and/or overlooked markets. Dudley’s current focus is providing financial solutions to early stage companies and marketplace lending.
In January of 2008, Dudley bought his first peer-to-peer loan on Prosper Marketplace. While the credit crunch was not a timely starting point for lending, the opportunity to act as his own bank was too attractive. For the first time technology was beginning to impact banking as it has other industries. Since the Fall of 2014 the marketplace lending portfolio exclusively focuses on real estate lending. It is our belief marketplace lenders, and more broadly FinTech, are providing opportunity to earn non-correlated returns superior to what is available in public markets. Early adopters, appropriately vetting platforms, will be rewarded.
Dudley began his career trading energy, currency, equity and global interest rate derivatives. He was a proprietary trader managing his and partner’s capital. Dudley traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Intercontinental Exchange and Chicago Board Options Exchange. Dudley often worked with exchanges to provide liquidity for new and thin traded products.
Additional investment experience includes a portfolio of multi-family and commercial real estate in downtown Chicago. In 2009 the prices of real estate fell, yet in specific areas property cash flows maintained. Attempting to capitalize on this mismatch, Dudley began acquiring property through foreclosure auction in the spring of 2009. Dudley targets value add opportunities in need of renovation or repositioning due to poor utilization.
Strategic Direction Advisor
Chicago born Chris Bobowski, 35, is a successful commodities broker at the Chicago Board of Trade with an extensive and diverse portfolio of domestic and international clients.
He is the manager of agriculture derivatives for the world’s largest global broker-dealer.
Chris boxes, enjoys international travel, literature, dining out and dabbles in real estate. He is seldom seen around town without his trusty companion Murphy; a Chow – Shepard mix he rescued.
“In researching the $68 BILLION pet industry I quickly realized there was space for a fitness component especially in light of the ever growing segment of millennial pet owners as well as the growing senior pet market.”
In his capacity as a venture attorney, Drew has represented dozens of companies and founders from formation, through friends and family, angel, seed and institutional venture capital financing rounds. He has become a center of resources for many notable venture backed companies, serving as counsel through financing, employment, advisory and licensing transactions. Having started his career at a kitchen table, Drew has first hand knowledge of the entrepreneurial mindset and drive, and his approach to working with entrepreneurs is a reflection of that.