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New York, NY – The American Kennel Club (AKC®) is pleased to announce the appointments of Mari-Beth O’Neill to Vice President of Sports Services and Keith Frazier to Vice President of Optimization and Support Services.

“Through their years of dedication and demonstrated leadership they have helped us make strides in the sport and support services divisions. Their expertise is invaluable to our mission,” said Dennis Sprung, President and CEO of the American Kennel Club.

Mari-Beth O’Neill has been with the AKC for 25 years. Her participation in the sport began in Junior Showmanship and led to a career at the AKC where she has a worked as a Director in Judges Research & Development, Judges Applications, Judges Education and most recently as AVP of Sport Services.  In her role as VP of Sports Services, she will continue to provide specialized services to delegates, clubs and fanciers, leading the coordination of various programs including Breeder of Merit, Junior Handlers, Foundation Stock Services and Veterinary Outreach.  O’Neill will report to Jim Crowley, Executive Secretary.

Keith Frazier has been with the AKC for 20 years, operating in a number of important capacities, having served as an Internal Consultant, the Director of Companion Animal Recovery and most recently as the AVP of Optimization and Support Services. As the VP of Optimization and Support Services, he is responsible for optimizing online business services for breeders as well as the general public. Additionally, his Support Services responsibilities include overseeing the creation of litter and registration certificates and distribution of educational materials. Frazier will report to Dennis Sprung.


About the American Kennel Club
Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization, which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function.  Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog.  For more information, visit

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