Introducing The Barkley Venture Principles
Jackie Jordan has been active with dogs all her life. Her training experience began when training her family dog at age nine. She began volunteering at the local humane society at ten and has been active in shelters throughout the Midwest since. She was given a Life Time Membership to the Tri-County Humane Society in recognition of her volunteer work when she was twelve.
She earned her B.S. degree in Sociology, minoring in Business Administration and an A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology from North Dakota State University. After 11 years in corporate America, working for companies such as Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and Marshal Fields, she decided it was time to do her lifelong dream, and was thrilled to be able to combine her degrees and her passion to create Doggy Day Care, Inc. in 1997.
Jackie is currently a volunteer with the Wisconsin Humane Society, Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) and ElmBrook Humane Society, facilitating dog behavior seminars and is involved with many other community events in which she spreads the word about good dog ownership and spaying and neutering household pets. She shares her home with her shelter adopted pets: Chili, an Aussie mix, Beans, a Shih Tzu/Pomeranian mix, Frank, a Rottweiler/Shepherd mix and her cat Bun.
In 2006 Jackie was honored to be invited as a member of the Cambridge Who’s Who in Business.
Chris Gaba has owned and trained dogs since age nine, starting with the family dog Ringo, a liver-spotted Dalmatian. He is a true dog lover and has developed a deep affinity with dogs of every breed.
Chris earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Georgia where he owned and trained an English Springer Spaniel named Tess. Professionally, he worked in Advertising and Marketing for over 12 years for international communications companies such as Aydlotte & Cartwright, Austin Knight and J. Walter Thompson Specialized Communications. In that time, he opened and operated many successful branch offices and was responsible for managing national brands, including Humana Healthcare and Sundance Rehabilitation Corporation. Most recently, Chris oversaw the $12 million national Tenet Healthcare account.
In 2000, Chris decided it was time to hang up the suit and follow his passion. He opened Central Bark Dog Day Care and Training Center, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, and in less than three years the business has grown into one of the most successful new ventures in Broward County. He has three four-legged children, Sophie and Taz, both Weimaraners, and Boo Radley, a Brussels Griffon.