Richard C. Thompson
Mr. Thompson’s career has spanned numerous industries both domestically and internationally. He has devoted his 35 year career to building companies, as a result raising in excess of $600 million in equity for various projects. In 2002, Mr. Thompson teamed up with JW Childs Associates purchasing the Meow Mix brand of cat food from Nestle/Purina for $167 Million. He directed the re-launching of the brand; the jingle “Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow” is one of the most recognized jingles in the branded arena. JW Childs and Mr. Thompson sold the Meow Mix Company in 2003 for $435 Million. Mr. Thompson re-invested and remained CEO. In 2006 The Meow Mix Company was sold to Del Monte Foods for $720 Million.
Past director of the ASPCA of New York City and current director of the ARF (Animal Rescue Fund) of the Hamptons.
Currently, Mr. Thompson is the Founder of Zootoo.com. Zootoo was founded in October 2007. Mr. Thompson is focused on using the new media/internet to connect all pet lovers across America. The site focuses on sharing information, connecting pet lovers on an unbiased platform and helping pets but in the new furry face book.
Mr. Thompson’s efforts and development work has earned him the Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" award. He has also made numerous appearances in the national media including speaking engagements on entrepreneurial, manufacturing, and branding topics. He is a devoted family man who has been married for 25 years and has three children. Richard is also passionate about his hobbies which include flying, biking, skiing, playing squash, and golf.