Resort Operations Manager: Steve Carter

Steve CarterBiography: Steve was born and raised in Bloomington, IN. Following a short stint enrolled at Indiana University he became employed at Sunrise Publications, a local and growing alternative greeting card company. Steve worked in many capacities over his 33 year tenure including the roles of Manufacturing Manager and Quality Manager. Steve has expertise in process development, best practices and workforce training and development.

Steve has two adult children, two adult step sons and two grandchildren. Steve currently owns and cares for one dog, Dookie, four cats and two chickens. He enjoys painting, music, politics and sports. He has fostered a number of animals and adopted many more. His wife, Becky, is a Director at IU, and is equally capable of doting on chickens, cats and dogs as required!

Philosophy & Goals: I have owned pets most of my life, almost all of which have been rescue animals. I believe the responsibility of pet ownership involves a commitment that too many are unaware of when they first acquire their pet. I hope to help improve the quality of life for as many animals as possible through our teamwork and dedicated service to our clients. Our services should provide a low stress option for playing and boarding for pet owners throughout the area. Pets, just as with any relationship, are all about a life well-loved being a life well-lived.

Owner & Director: Michael Fitzgerald

michael-fitzgeraldBiography: Michael co-founded Canine Companions (now BloomingPaws, LLC) in 1993 and became the sole owner in October, 2013. He founded or co-founded over a dozen successful businesses. The largest is Sunrise Greetings/ InterArt Holding Corporation, which was a $72 million greeting card company when he sold it to Hallmark cards in 1998. The businesses Fitzgerald co-founded employed approximately 1,000 people from 1997 through 2000.

Fitzgerald’s other Bloomington, IN area business interests included The Bakehouse now the Scholar’s Inn Bakehouse, Perennial Designs, Leather Ltd, Devonshire Equestrian Center now Rocky River Farm, Russell Road Water Corporation, Envisage Technologies, Equipment Technologies, and Deer Park Management.

Fitzgerald holds an Honors Degree in Religious Studies from Indiana University, with Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude distinctions, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from IU with Cum Laude distinction.

Fitzgerald is now in charge of teaching horseback riding, archery and swimming to his grandchildren and their cousins.

Philosophy & Goals: Fitzgerald has a life long love of animals. Over the past forty years his family has included seven German Shepherds with two litters, a Chow-Chow and her litter, four cats and more than a dozen horses. His goal is to make BloomingPaws the best pet environment in the entire mid-west and to help pets and their families improve the quality of their lives.

Owner & Director: Joseph Fitzgerald

Joseph-FitzgeraldBiography: Joseph is a lifelong Bloomingtonian. Since 2001 he has been the CEO of Deer Park Management, a property management and development company. Some of the real estate projects Joseph has developed or renovated include the Allen Building (Uptown Apartments & Café), The Boulders at Deer Park, Bart Villa and College Mall Apartments. His family’s organic farm includes chickens and rabbits and Joseph is a managing partner in a horse farm. He has been a Senior Editor of World Wisdom, Inc, a publishing company, since 2004. Joseph also manages his family’s renewable energy initiative, which includes 4 geo-thermal, 5 solar hot water and 2 solar photovoltaic installations. He received his BA from IU with Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude distinction and a Doctor of Jurisprudence at IU with magna cum laude distinction.

Philosophy & Goals: Our family always included German Shepherds and cats so animals have been an important part of my life ever since I can remember. Starting in my teenage years and continuing into my mid-twenties, I was particularly interested in dog-training, with one whole bookshelf filled with about a dozen books on the subject. I maintain that love for dogs, which for me represents perfect faithfulness and unconditional love. Recently, also, both of my daughters have begun to ride horses, which has helped to re-awaken my childhood love for these amazing animals. Given the great joy animals bring to our lives, I am very glad to have the opportunity to be a part of the BloomingPaws board of directors, and to help further our mission of service to the pet community.

Director & Associate Trainer: Brian Fullerton

Brian-FullertonBiography: Brian Fullerton joined the Board of Directors of BloomingPaws in October 2013 and also serves as an Associate Trainer. Brian was the General Manager and Training Supervisor of Canine Companions from 2000-2008. Brian holds a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Animal Behavior from Indiana University. His knowledge of the pet industry brings invaluable insight into the ongoing creation of our state-of- the-art, all-inclusive facility. His experience in the pet care industry and his passion for animals continue to be a substantial part of his life, including:

  • Training dogs in basic obedience (on leash commands) and intermediate obedience (off leash commands) in both group and one-on-one settings.
  • Experience in protection training, scent detection, tracking, agility, and Police K-9 training.
  • Advisor for behavior modification, including pharmaceutical therapy.
  • A guest lecturer to the School of Education and Psychology at Indiana University on learning principles and methods.
  • A practice assistant to veterinary medical facilities.
  • A certified AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluator.
  • Active handler in AKC Conformation shows, with multiple English Bulldogs attaining the title of Champions (CH) and Grand Champion (GCH).
  • Competed in the 2011 AKC Eukanuba National Dog Show.

Brian currently works with Solution Tree, a K-12 education publishing company based in Bloomington, IN, that provides resources, professional development, and events worldwide. Brian and his wife, Lindsey, are proud parents to their son, Burke. They have had the pleasure of being parents to two German Shepherds in the past; currently they share their home with three English Bulldogs: Spencer, Ellen, Benson, and two cats: David and Grace.

Philosophy & Goals: My primary passion is working with pet owners to better understand their pet’s behavior. I enjoy teaching others how to reinforce positive characteristics in their pets while curbing undesirable behavior. I take a particular interest in the history and origin of all dog breeds. It is fascinating to know that no other species is as varied as the domesticated canine, as all dogs have been bred for a designated purpose. I constantly strive to further my knowledge and skills to assist pet owners in all facets of ownership and care.

Director: David Haeberle

david-haeberleBiography: David is currently the Peterson Faculty Fellow in Investment Banking at the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University, Bloomington. Haeberle is also a practitioner of entrepreneurship and has twenty-five years experience as an entrepreneur and/or financier of entrepreneurial companies.

David’s business interest has been diverse having owned and operated multiple businesses, financing and leading various businesses, and consulting with owner/operators with various needs and concerns primarily around capital structure decisions, financial management, and governance.

Currently David is a board member and is Executive Vice President & CFO of Envisage Technologies and a board member and CFO of ConsulTech Technologies , both in Bloomington, and operates a consulting and financial management firm named Command Corporation . David is also a principal investor in oil & gas working interest with Haeberle Petroleum and the Indiana Petroleum Trust.

David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, a Master’s in Business Administration, and Jurisprudence Doctorate, all from the Kelley School and Indiana University.

Philosophy & Goals: David has had a rich life filled with animals and pets. Over the past fifty years, the Haeberle family has included a variety of dogs, cats, poultry, rabbits, cows, goats and horses in their lives both at home and with a family farm. Currently, David is very proud of his Jack Russell Terrier and Border Collie which add joy to his life every day and has developed a significant interest and practice in agriculture, specifically in Koi breeding and rearing. David is thrilled to be a member of the BloomingPaws board of directors, and to help contribute to the healthy and happy lives of pets.

Director: Michael Latham

Michael-LathamMichael Latham is the General Manager at Deer Park Management, a position he has held for 15 years. His life long interest in animals was postponed while he completed his education in classical languages and philosophy. Then he embarked on a series of apprenticeships involving animals that included studying traditional draft-horse farming and livestock ranching. Afterwards, he returned to his roots in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains and worked for an Old Order Amish business building timber-frame homes, as well as beginning his own sheep farm. Turns out, working full days at construction and full evenings on a farm until after dark makes you tired. By and by, an excellent business opportunity arose renovating apartments in Bloomington, so he took it and eventually landed an office at Deer Park Manor with the best view in Bloomington. In his spare time, he makes pots, renovates his house, grows hot peppers and plays music with his children. He is also the proud parent of two dogs and two cats.