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Ripoff Report | Amazing Pet Expos TRUSTED BUSINESS | Ripoff Report Verified™ …businesses you can trust. Amazing Pet EXPOS produces consumer pet events, similar to home shows but for the pet world. Amazing Pet Expos have had 133 shows since 2009, and have hosted over 1.5 million attendees. Amazing Pet Expos is the leading national pet event company.

  • Submitted: Tue, September 17, 2013
  • Updated: Wed, April 27, 2016

  • Reported By: Sara — longmont Colorado
Amazing Pet Expos TRUSTED BUSINESS | Ripoff Report Verified™ …businesses you can trust. Amazing Pet EXPOS produces consumer pet events, similar to home shows but for the pet world. Amazing Pet Expos have had 133 shows since 2009, and have hosted over 1.5 million attendees. Amazing Pet Expos is the leading national pet event company.
6420 Hampton Ave. , Select State/Province USA

Amazing Pet Expos TRUSTED BUSINESS REVIEW: Amazing Pet Expos proves commitment to total customer satisfaction. Brand takes collaborative, introspective and feedback-based approach to dramatically improve their exhibitor relations and strengthen local partnerships.
*UPDATE: Amazing Pet Expos pledges commitment to Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy, Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program. A program that benefits consumers, ensuring complete satisfaction, confidence when doing business with a member business. Amazing Pet Expos recognized by Ripoff Report Verified™ as a safe business service.

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REVIEW UPDATE: December 20, 2016: Amazing Pet Expos remains committed to increased customer satisfaction and has improved their business practices over the years to better serve their customers. Amazing Pet Expos is truly dedicated to making sure their customers are satisfied and that any complaints which do arise are addressed promptly and fairly.

To date, Amazing Pet Expos has made good faith efforts to resolve all complaints reported on Ripoff Report. Based on our experience, the member business has proven to be among the top members of the Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program as a Verified Safe Business™.

Over time and since becoming a member, Amazing Pet Expos has remained actively engaged and improving the way they address customer service complaints. As an active and current member of the Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program we are happy to report that now more than ever Amazing Pet Expos remains committed to improving customer satisfaction.

Remember, no company or individual can ever satisfy 100% of the people 100% of the time. There are no products or services that will always be perfect for everyone and even the best companies will receive complaints from time to time. However, by participating in the Corporate Advocacy Program, the member business has made a commitment to working with its customers to resolve complaints quickly and fairly whenever possible.

Please keep in mind that as a consumer you have some responsibilities as well. Success has many definitions that based on your past experiences, current situation and your perceived expectations. Success with any product or service is always based on the proper application and understanding. The fastest car will not run if you never turn the engine on. Look at how you used the product or service that was provided in relation with the instructions that you received. The Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program will help you get your voice heard but please be prepared with documentation and fair representation of your concern, also have an idea of how the company can fix your concern. Can they offer additional services, extend warranties, offer a fair refund or just get you talking with someone that can help. ..let them know and let us know!

*Any consumer not receiving satisfaction from a member of the Corporate Advocacy Program should email us at editor@ripoffreport.com
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EDitor's UPDATE: Positive rating and recognition has been given to Amazing Pet Expos for its full commitment to quality customer service.

Ripoff Report's discussions with Amazing Pet Expos have uncovered an ongoing dedication by the company to total client satisfaction. This means that clients can expect that the company will work towards finding a mutually satisfactory resolution to any concerns. Amazing Pet Expos listens carefully to client concerns and sees them as an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and become more efficient as a company in the services offered and the support for those services.

Amazing Pet Expos’ President, Sheila Rilenge, has informed us that her personal philosophy is that the relationships they’ve developed with consumers, businesses and non-profits are the backbone of their company. As a successful businesswoman, Ms. Rilenge feels it’s critical to empower her team to go above and beyond to meet their customer’s needs.

Ms. Rilenge explains, “The newest industry forecasts were released recently and they claim that by 2019, the pet industry is expected to hit $91.72 billion in sales, while business experts and all the ‘movers and shakers’ talk about the trends and other factors which will lead to all of this growth. I don't doubt anything being said about these trends in the pet industry, but one ‘trend’ that isn't going anywhere is a customer's expectations for excellent service. A company might have the most innovative product ever developed or offer a unique service that appeals to a worldwide audience, but if that company takes their customers for granted, they'll fail. It's really that simple. We've learned that listening to our customers and acting on their feedback is imperative to any kind of measurable success. Our customers and partners want a dedicated friend and ally in the pet industry and that’s exactly who we try to be.”

One of the things Ripoff Report learned in the course of its review is that typical customer feedback phrases read, “The responsive of the employees at Amazing Pet Expos has impressed me repeatedly.” “When I learned that I’d have my own ‘exhibitor relations advocate’ to help me get ready for the expo, as a first-time exhibitor, my stress about being prepared nearly disappeared.” “Truly an amazing company and, even more importantly, an amazing group of people.” “They take the time to listen and make me fee like my business matters to them.” “This company is the very best in the business.” “I’ve worked with several events and Amazing Pet Expos was the most amazing by far.” “Everything these folks claim in their ads and promise us are 100% true. Super staff, great follow up.”

“These expos have been key in growing our website and achieving national exposure for our brand. Amazing Pet Expos allows us to connect directly with our customers and has been instrumental to creating our loyal and very invested fan base.” “The company and all the people employed there are extremely community-minded.”

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The information provided in this report below is based on comments made by Bryan Rilenge during an onsite inspection held by a third party verification company with no biases towards Amazing Pet Expos

Amazing Pet EXPOS produces consumer pet events which are similar to home show’s but for the pet world. They have had 133 shows since 2009, and have hosted over 1.5 million attendees. Bryan Rilenge stated the following about his company, "we produce them in 30+ cities across the United States, and the public is invited to bring their pets and are able to see what pet services and resources are available in their community and also nationally."

Leads for Amazing Pet EXPOS are primarily obtained through online advertising, word of mouth, and referrals. They don't primarily work with consumers but primarily with businesses who sell pet products or offer pet services. Mr. Rilenge explained, "it's more of a contractual relationship where an organization will reserve booth space at the event." The pet related business will pick a city that best fits their needs, "they'll work with our team to pick the booth space and location they like. Then they attend the even and display their services or goods to the consumers and pet lovers that come through."


During the onsite interview Mr. Rilenge was asked to describe as situation where the client was not satisfied with the product or level of service. Mr. Rilenge expressed that the most common complaint they experience comes from vendors who believe there was too much or too little foot traffic in the exhibit. If a vendor feels this way typically Amazing Pet EXPOS will offer them a discounted booth at a different event.

When asked to comment on the complaint posted on Ripoff Report's website Mr. Rilenge stated the following, "at one time we did have a sales person that we felt was over promising things and you cannot tell a vendor that their guaranteed to make x amount of money that day. There’s no way that you can do that because you have no idea if the attendees really will like their product…so to set an expectation that is unrealistic can cause a problem." In order to remedy this, "we have vice president of sales that’s been here for six years that works daily with our sales team to make sure the booth reservations are done properly so we don’t over promise anything. We also now send out a questionnaire after they have reserved their booth." This questionnaire stated clearly what to expect as a vendor, "we make sure they have a very clear expectation going in."

When asked what type of changes they have made to honor their commitment to make things right with the customer per the request of Ripoff Report, Mr. Rilenge expressed, "we’ve increased the training as I’ve mentioned on our booth reservation sales team to make sure their expectations are set properly...we have added follow up questionnaires and emails that clients are in order to get themselves listed on the website. They must read it and fill it out and accept it so we know that they are understanding what’s expected of them, and what’s expected of us because it is business to business."

Amazing Pet EXPOS is proud to be a part of Ripoff Reports Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program. Mr. Rilenge further stated, "We know that Ripoff Report has power with consumers…we agree this is an excellent resource to voice an issue so it’s heard and resolved. We are showing that we are agreeable to solving problems, fixing problems, and that we are willing to work with Ripoff Report to do that. I think that it hopefully shows consumers that we are serious about support and service."


" I'm proud to be a part of the team at Amazing Pet Expos; producing 132 consecutive pet expos in the past five years has been challenging, yet extremely rewarding. Amazing Pet Expos isn't perfect - no company is - but with a company culture underscored by appreciation and a dedication to exceeding our customer's expectations, we're constantly seeking new and innovative ways in which to improve each aspect of the business. The events produced by Amazing Pet Expos have set the standard for high-quality pet expos while introducing pet lovers to all of the resources that their local - and national - pet community has to offer. There simply isn't anyone else who's doing exactly what we are in the pet industry and we've found that thousands of exhibitors, sponsors, partners, and event guests embrace our unique approach as a result. Please visit the Amazing Pet Expos' website, call us at (800) 977-3609, email us at expo@amazingpetexpos.com, or check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, or LinkedIn to learn more about our company history, view our annual event schedule, and find out how you can help us make a difference for animals in cities across the nation.

Amazing Pet Expo’s team members have expressed that they feel valued by the company, that their voice is heard, they feel confidence in the company’s future success, and they derive great satisfaction from the difference the company makes in each of the communities they serve. Amazing Pet Expos takes employee satisfaction seriously as well. Employee feedback and surveys reveal comments such as this, "Amazing Pet Expos provides a very positive environment to work, where I feel like my ideas and opinions matter. I'm (everyone is) often asked to make our own suggestions for improvement, whether it's about how to make an event more creative or incentive ideas for reducing employee turnover. It makes a big difference to know that I'm listened to and that my boss genuinely cares about whether or not I'm happy working here."

Ripoff Report was pleased to learn that Amazing Pet Expo’s past and current approach to business is focused on its pledge to total commitment towards client and employee satisfaction.


Amazing Pet Expos recognizes that complaints posted on Ripoff Report (whether true or not) are issues that need to be addressed, not ignored. If handled correctly, complaints can be valuable learning opportunities. With the feedback generated by Ripoff Report's review, Amazing Pet Expos has made organizational changes allowing its clients and employees a more streamlined approach to problem resolution and a commitment to a great client experience. In summary, after our review, which included discussions with several members of the Amazing Pet Expos' team, including their President, Sheila Rilenge, Ripoff Report is convinced that Amazing Pet Expos is committed to quality delivery of services resulting in total client satisfaction.

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Ripoff Report has determined that Amazing Pet Expos meets Ripoff Report Verified™ standards which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. Members of the Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction program do pay a fee for our on-site review, 24 hour monitoring and for support with customers to resolve any disagreements.

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As a matter of policy, when a business becomes a member of the Corporate Advocacy Program they agree to allow Ripoff Report to contact every client who filed a complaint so they can make things right with them. In order to confirm that the complaints were resolved, Ripoff Report is copied on all responses so we can insure that the member business did right by their customer.



William and Sheila Rilenge DBA Amazing Pet Expos St. Louis Missouri


Ripoff Report would like to let readers know that Ripoff Report emailed this customer so the member business could make things right with them. When a business joins the Corporate Advocacy Program, Ripoff Report emails everyone from the past so the member business can make things right with them. Of course, everything within reason. In order to confirm that the complaints were resolved, Ripoff Report is copied on all responses so we can insure that the member business did right by their customer. The author of the Ripoff Report below never responded to our offer to help them.


When searching for "Sheila Rilenge." Filed by Sara - Longmont, CO. The complaint is false. According to Sara's signed contract with us, she was ineligible for a refund. However, in the interests of good customer service, we agreed to issue her a refund anyway. Sara claims that she contacted us numerous times about her refund, but we had our attorney contact her when we were able to verify via phone records that she'd only contacted us once. We took care of the customer by issuing her the refund, as agreed. It's difficult to say what improvements our company made as a direct result of this complaint because the facts surrounding it are a manipulation of the truth.



As an exhibitor in Amazing ZPet Expos Denver Expo in 2012, I was offered a "discount" for preregistering to be an exhibitor at their 2013 show, which I took them up on. Shortly after the Expo in August of 2012, my company situation changed and I requested a refund of the fees paid- at this time, I had also discovered they went directly into my bank account and withdrew the amount I was promised plus $100- totaling $500. 

Since Oct. of 2012, I have been constantly trying to attain this refund. I have spoken with no fewer than 6 employees, as well as both owner William Rilenge and his wife Sheila. Both assured me they would see to it my discount was issued; Sheila at one point stated in an email and by phone she planned to cut me a check the following morning-this was 3 months ago. I have sent repeated emails, some conversation threads lasting 15 or more communications long, before I no longer receive responses to my inquiries. All start out optomistic, friendly, and determined to help, but wind up not returning emails and passing me along to the voice mailbox of someone who "just left the office" to leave messages that will never be answered. Totally unacceptable treatment of a client who had in good faith thought they would follow through on their promises. 

I suppose $500 is a drop in the bucket to a corporation who owns two successful businesses (that's right, shocker- they also run Ultimate Pet Websites; a company I see several complaints about!) but to a single person small business, $500 is a significant chunk of money. I'm sure they think they are above reproach as most folks probably don't go to the bother of retaining an expensive attorney to get back money at a net loss- hmmm...part of their business strategy?!?

I cannot believe a company with this track record continues to operate, and making a comforable profit, I'm sure! Taking advantage of people with their atrocious business parctices as they go- ideally they would be serving time. But since they are roaming free to do this to others- pay heed- I warn you to not do business with William, his wife, or their employees in any capacity!

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 09/17/2013 06:53 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/amazing-pet-expos-trusted-business-ripoff-report-verified-businesses-you-can-trust-amazing-pet-expos-produces-consumer-pet-events-similar-to-home-shows-but-for-the-pet-world-amazing-pet-expos-have-had-133-shows-since-2009-and-have-hosted-over-15-million-attendees-amazing-pet-expos-is-the-leading-national-pet-event-company/select-stateprovince/william-and-sheila-rilenge-dba-amazing-pet-expos-st-louis-missouri-1085348. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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Pet Expo Folks made good on agreement

AUTHOR: Sara - ()

I had originally filed a report against William and Sheila Rilenge, owners of Amazing Pet Expos, last year afetr battling to receive a promised refund for the 2013 show in my area. 

Since that time, I was contacted by an attorney acting on their behalf, and have since received a full refund, in addition to a free booth in this year's event.

William has also since been very apologetic, explaining several different situations that had made getting the refund issed difficult from their end of things. 

Though I wish it had been simpler and more expedient for all of us, I am satisfied with the outcome.

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