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Chamber women host Mars Petcare executive

What is up with those folks at Mars Petcare taking their dogs and cats to work?  You'll find out why this fits into the international company's approach to work at the first Williamson Chamber Women in Business meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 11:30 a.m. at the Brentwood United Methodist Church, 309 Franklin Road. 
Jill Franks, director of government and industry affairs for Mars Petcare US, will give meeting attendees insights into the company and its culture and share updates about the 90-acre Regional Innovation Center being developed in Thompson's Station.  The four-building campus, an $87 million project, will be home to Mars Petcare and The Nutro Company and the companies' home base for creating future pet care innovations for its North American market.  
And avid horsewoman, Jill Franks is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Mars North American regulatory for both Mars Petcare and The Nutro Company.  In addition, she provides strategic scientific counsel on the business impact of global regulatory concerns, animal health issues and industry issues management.
Based in McLean, Va., Mars has more than 72,000 associates worldwide, net sales of more than $33 billion and six business segments.  Mars, Incorporated was named one of the FORTUNE 100 best companies to work for in 2014 from among hundreds of contenders.  
The company‚Äôs business approach and culture is guided by five principles: quality, responsibility, mutuality, efficiency and freedom.  As one of the world‚Äôs leading food manufacturers, the company has a century-long history in the United States.  Mars has operated facilities in Tennessee for more than 30 years.
The cost for the luncheon program, presented by MedSolutions, is $20 for members and $25 for non-members.  A $5 late fee is added for registration after noon on Friday, Jan. 24.  Registration is available online at 

Posted on: 1/27/2014


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