Margate’s Chuck Simons Is Honored with Dog Grooming Industry’s Most Prestigious Award
AZUSA, Calif. – The Oscars of competitive dog grooming, the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards, were held recently at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, with members of the industry gathering to honor the best and the brightest groomers, contest judges and pet salons of the year. Among the award recipients was Chuck Simons of Margate, who was presented with the David. G. Salzberg Award for his outstanding contributions to competitive grooming.
Simons is the inventor of The Groomer’s Helper Pet Handling System, a patented system that assists groomers with handling dogs and cats during grooming sessions which helps to reduce the likelihood of injury to the pet and the groomer, and also enables a single groomer to clip nails. Simons and his wife Beth, who is a Certified Master Groomer, have owned The Pet Salon in Margate since 1983, a full-service grooming salon that also has a boutique and is home to PetShots, a photo studio offering memorable photos of pets and people.
“The David G. Salzberg Award is presented annually to the individual who personally inspires groomers and supports the advancement of the grooming industry, and Chuck has changed the way many groomers work for the better with his Groomer’s Helper system,” said Tony De Vos, President of Cardinal Pet Care. “Chuck’s innovative system helps to make grooming safer, easier and more comfortable for both groomers and pets. We are honored to present the David G. Salzberg Award to Chuck for his contributions to pet grooming.”
The Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards were founded in 1988 by Cardinal President Tony De Vos and Shirlee Kalstone, then owner of the International Intergroom trade show for competitive grooming, for the purpose of establishing standards of grooming excellence and recognizing professional skills in the competitive grooming industry. Since the beginning, the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards have been considered one of the highest honors in the pet grooming industry, annually presenting awards for outstanding achievement in six different categories.
New categories to this year’s Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards include the Retail Grooming Salon of the Year Awards, which are split into two categories – More than 5 Salons, and Fewer than 5 Salons. Also new to this year’s Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards is the Mobile Groomer of the Year Award.
Cardinal Laboratories is a solar powered company “Devoted to Pets, People and the Planet.” In addition to providing pets with the highest quality products, Cardinal is dedicated to the environmental directive of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Pre-cycle whenever possible. Demonstrating its commitment to the environment, Cardinal has solar-powered corporate offices, warehouses and manufacturing facilities in Azusa, CA.