Carol Frank, MBA

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Having developed three multi-million dollar pet companies, Carol Frank combines her insider’s expertise in all aspects of businesses to help entrepreneurs, business owners and executives shorten the learning curve and increase profits, while reducing headaches.

Carol is passionate about business, networking, animals and the intersection of the three. As a one-time auditor for a large CPA firm, she gained an inside-out understanding of how companies operate. Her first business was a pet shop in Dallas called The Animal Kingdom. Through this retail endeavor, she discovered her passion for the pet industry, which fueled her next business: Avian Kingdom Supply, Inc. From 1990 to 1998, Carol owned and operated what grew to be a multimillion distributor of 2,100-plus pet products, which she sold to Central Garden and Pet in 1998. In 1996, she launched Avian Adventures, one of the world’s largest designers and importers of exclusive birdcages and accessories, which she operated for 11 years before selling to Midwest Homes for Pets in 2007.

She then leveraged her significant experience and passion for entrepreneurship to start BirdsEye Consulting.  BEC helps pet companies, entrepreneurs, and private equity firms in the areas of M&A, licensing, and strategy.  Carol is also a Managing Director with MHT Partners, a leading Middle-Market investment bank, where she specializes in Consumer Products with a particular focus in the pet industry.

She holds Series 79 and Series 63 Licenses.

She is the author of the highly acclaimed book, Do As I Say, Not As I Did!  Gaining Wisdom in Business Through The Mistakes of Highly Successful People  (translated into four languages).  The success of her book, combined with her extensive experience as an entrepreneur, has made Carol a sought-after speaker and interview subject.  Her television appearances include Oprah, MSNBC, Good Morning Texas, NBC News and she has co-hosted the nationally syndicated television show “Great Pets”.

Carol is a monthly contributor to American Pet Products Association e-update and APPA Professional Women’s Network newsletter.

She has been featured in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Entrepreneur, USA Today, Business Week, The Dallas Morning News, among others.

Carol began her career as a CPA with Ernst & Young and also spent three years as an executive recruiter for Robert Half International. She has a BBA in accounting from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

Over the years, Carol has served in leadership roles within the pet industry and on the board of more than a dozen nonprofit and business organizations, including (leadership role in parenthesis):

 Pet industry and related organizations 

  • Pet Industry Distributors Association  (First Vice President)
  • The Pet Care Trust  (Treasurer)
  • Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council
  • Audubon Dallas  (Treasurer)
  • The Dallas Zoo  (Chair, Collection and Conservation Committee)
  • The Parrot Education and Adoption Center

Business and non-profit associations

  • The University of Colorado Foundation Board of Trustees (Chair of Engagement Committee)
  • The Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at CU Boulder
  • University of Colorado Leeds School of Business Women’s Council (Former Chairwoman)
  • Dallas Women’s Foundation  (Former Executive Committee Member)

She subscribes to the theory that exercise is “nature’s greatest stress reducer” and therefore is an avid cyclist and skier. She can be reached at birdseye@carolfrank.com.