We are Steven and Jason Parker, brothers, lifelong animal lovers, entrepreneurs, and lifelong residents of New Jersey. We are the proud founders & owners of K9 Resorts Daycare & Luxury Hotel, the #1 rated pet service in New Jersey. It is our pleasure to take this time to let you know a little bit about ourselves and also let you know how much we truly appreciate your business!
Back in 1999, at the ages of 14 (Steve) and 12 (Jason) we started our first pet care business, K-9 Guardians Professional Pet Sitting, out of our love for dogs. At that time, we never planned on pursuing pet care as our careers, we just welcomed the idea to care for pets and earn a few extra bucks at such young ages. Everything changed in the fall of 2002 when Steven flew to Nashville, Tennessee in order to attend an international conference and convention for professional pet sitters. It was at this convention and by witnessing how successful other pet care professionals had become, that our dream to open a luxury hotel for dogs was born. We spent many years researching and travelling all over the United States in order to research and later develop the finest pet care facility.
In 2005 Steven and Jason purchased a commercial building, and had it custom engineered and constructed to be one of the finest pet care facilities in the nation. Due to the unparalleled level of service offered, K9 Resorts was an immediate success and became the only facility in New Jersey that is rated # 1 by multiple major publications! This is something we are enormously proud of.
In 2010, we decided we wanted to provide other pet lovers with the opportunity to own their own business by sharing the knowledge and expertise we have gained over the past 18 years. We determined that franchising was the best way for us to grow our company and provide others the opportunity to own their own business. After conducting our due diligence, we retained the services of SMB Franchise Advisors, one of the top franchise consulting firms in the country, to assist us in this venture. K9 Resorts officially became a franchise company in January 2011, and we sold our first franchise to one of our long-time customers only two months later. As of 2017, we are proud to have 10 locations and many more in immediate development. We are very excited to be able to expand our brand nationwide.
We hope that this provides you with a little information about ourselves and a behind the scenes look on how we plan on expanding our quality pet care vision. Along with our entire team, we work very hard to provide the absolute best pet care possible and are very proud of the reputation K9 Resorts has earned! We look forward to earning your repeat business and plan on providing exceptional pet care for many years to come. Once again, it is our pleasure to take this time to say thank you and let you know how much we genuinely appreciate your business!
- Over 18 years of pet industry experience
- Nationally renowned pet care experts
- National speakers and lecturers on pet care
- Recipients of the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition
- Recipients of NJ Monthly’s “Best of” award since the inception of the award
- Recipients of Courier News “Best of the Best” award since the inception of the award
- Recipients of Franchise Times Dealmaker Award
Meet The K9 Resorts Team
Dave Stein, Director of Sales
Dave is a sales and marketing professional and Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) with an established background in building relationships and territories. For SMB clients, Dave helps implement and manage franchise development sales strategies. Dave also provides outsourced franchise sales support including lead generations, discovery day support and signing new franchisees. Dave comes with over 20 years of franchise experience, most recently as the Franchising Manager for Dunkin’ Brands. There his primary responsibilities were to source, interview and recruit new franchisees and sell additional stores to existing franchisees. While at Dunkin’ Donuts, Dave recruited 45 new franchisees/area developers which amounted to the opening of over 250 stores. Prior to working for Dunkin Donuts, Dave owned and operated a franchise/sales consulting business in South Florida. There he developed the territory into the most successful in the state from a client base of zero. Dave uses his expertise in promoting and presenting businesses and franchises to help clients wishing to enter the franchise path to success.
Steven Beagelman, Board Member
Mr. Beagelman has been a Member of our parent, K9 Holdings, LLC’s Board of Managers since its inception in January 2016. He is also a co-owner of our parent, K9 Holdings, LLC since January 2016. From January, 2011 through the present, he has been the CEO and President of SMB Franchise Advisors in Doylestown, PA, which specializes in advising franchise start-ups and existing franchise concepts.
Bernard B. Markey, Board Member
Mr. Markey has been a member of our parent, K9 Holdings, LLC’s Board of Managers since its inception in January 2016. He is also a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Navigator Partners in Summit, NJ, from 1999 through the present. Mr. Markey has been the Director of First Light Home Care in Cincinnati, Ohio since its inception in 2009 through the present.
William H. Stewart, Board Member
Mr. Stewart has been a member of our parent, K9 Holdings, LLC’s Board of Managers since its inception in January 2016. He is a Managing Partner of Navigator Partners in Summit, NJ, since 2005 through the present. Mr. Stewart has served as a Director of First Light Home Care in Cincinnati, Ohio since its inception in 2009 through the present. From 2012 through the present, Mr. Stewart has served as the CFO and Board Member of KDC Solar a renewable energy company located in Bedminster, NJ.