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Pittsylvania County is thrilled to announce that Brent Weinkauf, a business man, veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Pittsylvania County resident, and animal lover, will be the new Director of the Pittsylvania Pet Center.
"I am extremely excited to be a part of the Pittsylvania County Pet Center team," Weinkauf said. "I am looking forward to working with the great staff we have in place and want to continue to build on all of the hard work our staff and volunteers put in day in and day out. I am eager to serve our community while establishing positive relationships."
After balancing budgets and managing operations as the CEO of a garage door company in the early 2000s, Weinkauf decided that he wanted to join the United States Marine Corps because of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. From 2004 through 2011, Weinkauf worked in aviation operations all over the country with the Marines. Since 2012, he has worked at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, beginning as a mentor for the students and spending the last three years in charge of logistics and purchasing.
"With Brent's demonstrated success running businesses and nonprofits, we believe that he will be a real asset to the Pittsylvania Pet Center," said Pittsylvania County Administrator David Smitherman. "The Pittsylvania Pet Center plays a crucial role in our community, and we believe that Brent will help us continue to serve our animals and citizens well."
Weinkauf decided to switch careers and work at the Pittsylvania Pet Center because of his love for animals and the positive, team-oriented work environment he has seen in Pittsylvania County.
“I’ve never run a pet center, but I’ve successfully run a lot of other things," Weinkauf said. “I’ve got tons of ideas for what we can do at the Pittsylvania Pet Center."
Even though other opportunities in other locations arose over the years, Weinkauf has remained in Pittsylvania County because he loves the area and has believed in what he's doing—first with Hargrave and now with the Pittsylvania Pet Center.
“It’s all about service and doing something that’s bigger than yourself,” he said.
Weinkauf will officially start in the role of Pet Center Director on Nov. 16.