Meet The Team
Dr. Jack Stephens, a veterinarian and co-founder of Pets Best, is most notably known for establishing the pet insurance industry in North America. A well-known animal advocate and graduate of the University of Missouri, Jack says his favorite part of being the founder of Pets Best is being able to help pets receive the best in care.
After departing his first pet insurance company, Jack’s driving passion to improve the pet insurance industry, combined with his desire to provide pet owners with a higher level of coverage, led to the creation of Pets Best.
Recently announcing his semi-retirement Jack plans to add a little more travel, hiking, biking, and rounds of golf to his daily activities. Jack shares his home with multiple dogs, two cats and several horses. His leadership and experience make him our very own Captain Jack.
With nearly 35 years of experience in the insurance industry, Greg brings a wealth of knowledge to Pets Best. A graduate of University of Idaho, Greg served as an officer in the U.S. Navy before beginning his insurance career in Denver and eventually moving to Boise.
As founder of InsurServ, today the largest complement of HUB International’s Northwest Division, and as Executive Vice President of General Fire & Casualty Company, Greg brings his experience and passion and has been a major force in Pets Best's quick success. His upbeat personality and unparalleled energy level keep us excited about what's happening next for Pets Best.
His favorite thing about being CEO at Pets Best is helping employees grow and contribute to the company’s successes. When Greg isn’t in the office he enjoys hiking, skiing, and golfing.
Chris joined Pets Best in 2010 as marketing director, making his way through several roles prior to being named President in August 2014. His favorite thing about working for Pets Best is being in the pet health industry and the size and dynamic nature of the company where you can have a real impact every day working with great people.
Prior to joining Pets Best, Middleton spent 18 years in the technology field at Hewlett-Packard. He earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Oregon and is a certified public accountant. Outside of work, Chris and his wife of more than 26 years enjoy walking their dogs and traveling. Chris also enjoys woodworking, fitness and taking his motorcycle out on the open road.
Chris learned the need for pet insurance when his previous dog, Guido, needed emergency surgery. The decision to pay $3800 was difficult with many trade-offs involved. Now that all his four-legged family members are insured, he takes comfort in knowing he and his vet can make the best medical decisions possible.
As Pets Best CFO, Dave manages high level financial relationships with investors, insurance companies, law firms, our CPA firm, and banks. He helped establish and maintains an incentive employee ownership program, and works diligently to increase stakeholder values.
After graduating from Boise State University, Dave managed his own regional CPA firm in Idaho, in addition to owning and managing several Idaho businesses. Over his 40+ year career, he has assisted more than 20 private businesses establish active private ownership opportunities for key employees, similar to the one established for Pets Best.
Dave’s favorite thing about working at Pets Best is its very strong and talented team; sharing common goals, values, principles and work ethic to improve the lives of pets and pet owners.
When he’s not traveling with his wife, Dave also enjoys fishing, golfing and spending time with family.
As General Counsel and Vice President of Claims, Jared is responsible for advising the company in all matters legal, negotiating complex contracts and business transactions, managing corporate governance and regulatory compliance, in addition to directing our claims department and processes. Growing up outside Seattle, he made his way to Boise in 1999 and has been with Pets Best since it opened its doors in 2005. Jared says he is grateful for the chance to join such a successful and innovative company on the ground floor and contribute to its growth and success over the years.
As a now converted Idahoan, Jared achieved his undergraduate degree from Boise State University and his law degree from the University of Idaho. Prior to joining Pets Best his experience included more than a decade spent in veterinary nursing and hospital administration.
When he isn't at work driving towards leading-edge solutions for our policyholders and the industry, he enjoys fishing, camping, and spending time with his family.
Donna is originally from Vancouver, BC where she earned a Marketing degree from Simon Fraser University. After moving to the Treasure Valley, she sought a position and industry that she truly loves. As the Director of Partner Programs, Donna works closely with veterinary hospitals, employer groups, insurance agents and other strategic marketing partners to help pet owners understand the value and benefits of protecting their pets with pet insurance.
Being a part of a company that helps pet parents afford life-saving veterinary care for their beloved pets is what Donna loves most about her job at Pets Best. The work environment is a close second with her coworkers (furry four-legged ones included) making the workplace more enjoyable.
In the summer you can find Donna, her husband Gary, and their two dogs enjoying the summer sun in their boat. If not on the water, Donna enjoys cooking for family and friends, going on mountain motorcycle rides with Gary, golfing, and hanging out with her puppies.
Paul poured concrete to put himself through college, which may be a clue to why he's so devoted to making sure our technology is rock solid.
He earned a BBS in Computer Information Systems from Idaho State University and worked as a programmer/business analyst for 5 years before becoming the Technology Manager at Pets Best. Here, he works hard to ensure the continued functionality of the Pets Best website as well as our internal system development and maintenance.
When he isn't caring for our technology, he cares for his family, including his wife and two sons. Somehow, he also carves out time to run, mountain bike in the beautiful Boise foothills, participate in triathlons and he strikes fear in the hearts of his fantasy football opponents.
Michael joins the Pets Best team with over 20 years of experience leading organizations to success. Prior to joining Pets Best, Michael was the Executive Vice President & Market Leader with Hub International, one of the country's largest brokerages providing an array of risk management, life and health, employee benefits, investment, and wealth management products across North America.
Michael graduated from Boise State University and served in the U.S. Army in the Military Intelligence Officers Corps.
When’s he not at the office, Michael enjoys spending time with family and friends, and is active in the community serving on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association, Boise Valley Economic Partnership, Idaho Veterans Research, and Education Foundation. He is also a member of the Vision of the Valley Committee and the Idaho Innovation Council.
Walter serves as the Vice President of Marketing for Pets Best, working across all aspects of the online customer experience. He started as the Director of Ecommerce in 2015. Prior to joining Pets Best he worked for a mobile app startup, and before that he spent 7 years at Expedia managing various lines of business, including travel insurance. Walter has his MBA from Seattle University, and an undergraduate degree in International Studies from the University of Washington.
The thing that he enjoys the most about his work is seeing how much everyone at Pets Best cares about customers and strives to do what is best for our pet parents. That, and bringing his 5 year old lab Pepper to work everyday. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and exploring the mountains around Boise running, mountain biking, and skiing.
Some would say Sharon is in charge, because in some respects she does it all. Her responsibilities include all HR duties, group policy administration, licensing, and a host of other small tasks that no one else wants to do.
Sharon graduated from Boise State University with a degree in Human Resource Management then spent several years in banking. From there, she worked in various human resources and accounting roles.
Although cats are her preference, she does have one dog in addition to her Bengal cat mix. When she’s not in the office, Sharon enjoys mountain biking, hiking, flying, gardening, and camping.
In addition to heading up the operations team, Patrick is in charge of making sure our servers and computers are up to date and running smoothly. For those in the office who aren’t as fluent in technology, he’s the favorite coworker among many.
A graduate of the University of Idaho, he has been a part of the Pets Best team since the beginning in 2005. Patrick enjoys his coworkers and credits the stress-free work environment to the many dogs that show up to work every day.
Patrick appreciates the great outdoors and on his days off can be found camping, skiing, biking, hiking, and fishing.
As the Pets Best Sales and Customer Care manager, Ithala ensures our customers receive the best experience possible from all phone calls, emails, and live chat requests.
She loves working for Pets Best because of the care that Pets Best employees show for its customers and their pets.
Ithala graduated from Northwest Nazarene University in 2016 and has worked in the insurance industry for the past 10 years prior to joining Pets Best in 2017.
When she's not helping our customers with their policies, Ithala enjoys camping, and spending quality time with her family and two dogs, Maggie and Kona in the great outdoors.
As the Pets Best claims manager Audry’s job is to ensure that all claims are processed as quickly and accurately as possible.
She enjoys working for Pets Best because every day is different from the last. Being able to utilize her veterinary knowledge and experience without the biting and scratching that comes along with being in a clinic, is another reason why Audry appreciates working for Pets Best.
Audry attended Colorado Mountain College and was accepted into the veterinary technology program. She passed the VTNE state board exam and earned her certification of veterinary technology. Audry worked in the veterinary field for 10 years, and has experience with feline only, specialty, emergency and general practice.
Appreciating the beautiful outdoors of the northwest, Audry enjoys camping, rafting, hiking, and fishing. She also takes her dogs out for a day trip in the woods so they're able to run around and breathe in that fresh mountain air.
As the Pets Best Controller, Stacy administers accounting functions and manages company assets. Stacy graduated from Central Washington University, majoring in Accounting, and joined the Pets Best team in 2018 after working for over 9 years at RehabAuthority as the Controller.
Stacy loves being able to work for Pets Best because of the great team atmosphere and the passion that all employees show in helping everyone succeed at common goals.
When Stacy isn't at work, she enjoys yoga, running, boating, golfing and skiing among the many outdoor recreation opportunities in Idaho, and caring for her chocolate and yellow Labrador Retrievers, Cookie and Goldie.