Meet the Krewe

Since the Trufant Family comes from New Orleans, we have a KREWE instead of a “staff” or a “team”.  (A krewe is a group of fun-loving people who ride together in a Mardi Gras parade.)

38 YEARS!

BILL TRUFANT
Date of Hire:  10/13/1981
Home Department:  Buyer and co-owner.   He usually works in the back office; however, you couldn’t keep him off the sales floor if you tried! He knows every department, but most would agree Saltwater is his homeland. Bill is also on the Board of Directors of the World Pet Association, America’s oldest pet industry trade association.
Pets at home:  He has 6 llamas, 4 horses, 2 dogs, 4 cats, 2 sulcata tortoises, 125 gallon freshwater community tank, 240 gallon freshwater South American Cichlid community tank, 20 gallon turtle tank, and a koi pond outside.
Family info:  Bill lives on his daylily farm with his wife, Suzonne, his son + daughter-in-law, Shane + Jessica, and his grandsons, Ryan and Jace. His other sons, Billy and Charlie, live in New Orleans and Denver with their families. Bill has 5 grandchildren in all, one more special than the next!

Meet the Krewe - Sally Trufant, General Manager

28 YEARS!

SALLY ADAMS TRUFANT
Date of Hire:  02/18/1991
Home Department:  General Manager and co-owner.  In charge of hiring, firing, training, merchandising, marketing and all promotional events (I’m sure I’m leaving something out)
Also trained in:  I can hold my own in the Dog + Cat department, I know about small animals, and can help at the register.
Pets at home:  Pepper, a husky mix.  Sadly,  I recently lost my beloved Freddie, an 18 year old poodle-terrier mix and George, a 17 year old terrier-husky rescue dog.

Meet the Krewe - Mary, Operations Manager

25 YEARS!

MARY TRUFANT
Date of Hire:  06/22/1994
Home Department:  Operations Manager and co-owner.  Mary not only handles anything to do with money (paying invoices, payroll, balancing the bank statement, etc) but she’s funny and knowledgeable out on the sales floor.
Also trained in:  She knows her way around the Dog and Cat Department.
Pets at home:  She has two small dogs, Baxter, a Norwich Terrier affectionately known as “the pot roast”, and Bella, a terrier mix rescue who is absolutely the best snuggler.  Mary also failed miserably as a foster parent and now has a very large blond German Shepherd, Lucy.   Volumes could be written on the antics of Lucy, but let’s just say it’s a good thing she’s cute!  Mary also enjoys her freshwater community tank which is maintained by our Aquarium Maintenance Krewe.

25 YEARS!

CILL
Date of Hire:  01/28/1994
Home Department:  Saltwater
Also trained in:  Freshwater, Aquatic Supplies
Pets at home:   Two dogs named Lulu and Annabelle. She once had a dog named Chancy who lived to 23 years.

Meet the Krewe - JPK, Office Manager

16 YEARS!

JPK
Date of Hire: 
01/16/2003
Home Department:  Office Manager
Also trained in:  Register, Bird/Reptile/Small Animal, Dog & Cat, Stock
Pets at home:  4 furkids (a.k.a dogs); 4 chickens; 3 Freshwater Aquariums

Meet the Krewe - James, Supervisor-at-large

14 YEARS!

JAMES
Date of Hire: 
08/18/2005
Home Department:  Supervisor,  Saltwater
Also trained in: Freshwater, Register, Aquarium Maintenance, Aquatic Supplies
Pets at home:  A cat named Tigger – with cattitude like no other; two saltwater tanks – one is a 72 gallon reef tank, and the other is a 29 gallon moray eel tank

Meet the Krewe - Jessica, Dog & Cat Department Supervisor

14 YEARS!

JESSICA
Date of Hire: 
09/21/2005
Home Department:  Supervisor, Dog & Cat
Also trained in:  Register, Freshwater, Saltwater
Pets at home:  A cat named Jacques and a terrarium with 3 Red-Eyed Tree Frogs, 2 Green Tree Frogs, and 1 Golden Gecko.
Family info:  Jessica has a 6-year-old son, Noah, who loves to come to the store to visit all the animals.  She has been married to her husband, Harvey, for a little over a year.

Meet the Krewe - Susie, Stock Department Supervisor

14 YEARS!

SUSIE
Date of Hire: 
09/27/2005
Home Department:  Supervisor,  Stock
Also trained in:  Freshwater, Saltwater, Aquatic Supplies, Register,  Dog & Cat, Bird/ Reptile/ Small Animal, Animal Care, Aquarium Maintenance, Office (Other than Bill, Susie is the ONLY Krewe-member who is trained in EVERY department in the store!)
Pets at home:   56 gallon Freshwater Community Aquarium; 9 gallon Fluval Flex with a hermit crab name Flash; and a 5 gallon Evo Aquarium with Captain Mimosa the Betta Fish

Meet the Krewe - Brian, Cashier Supervisor

13 YEARS!

BRIAN
Date of Hire: 
10/13/2006
Home Department:  Supervisor,  Register
Also trained in:  Dog & Cat
Pets at home: Severus, a 4 year-old Pit Bull/ Boxer mix, who is absolutely obsessed with Frisbees, and Darcy and Riker, the newest additions to the family.

11 YEARS!

JULIA
Date of Hire: 
03/28/2008
Home Department:  Second-in-Command
Also trained in:  Register, Dog & Cat, Bird/ Reptile/ Small Animal, Animal Care
Pets at home:  Sparkle – a beautiful, 8-year-old border collie mix! Julia reports Sparkle loves to bark and sleep in the bed with her!
Family info:  Julia has a charming husband and is the proud aunt of six nieces and nephews.

Meet the Krewe - Nicole, Freshwater Department Second-in-Command

11 YEARS!

NICOLE
Date of Hire: 
08/12/2008
Home Department:  Supervisor, Aquatic Supplies
Also trained in:  Freshwater, Saltwater, Register
Pets at home:  4 dogs and 3 cats; Also has a 55 gallon cichlid tank, two small community tanks, and two small goldfish tanks.
Family info:  6 grandchildren she loves dearly

9 YEARS!

MARCHELE
Date of Hire: 
08/11/2010
Home Department:  Supervisor, Bird/ Reptile/ Small Animal
Also trained in:  Register, Animal Care, Dog & Cat
Pets at home:  Blueberrie, a Lovebird who hates people and Plumberrie, a Plumhead Parakeet and Brave, a Budgerigar Parakeet.
Family info:  husband of 16 years and three children

MTK-Lance

7 YEARS!

LANCE
Date of Hire:  03
/06/2012
Home Department:  Stock

6 YEARS!

LAUREN
Date of Hire:
05/13/2013
Home Department: Supervisor, Animal Care
Also trained in:  Dog & Cat, Freshwater, Saltwater, Aquatic Supplies

ARCHIE-PICTURE-COMING-SOON

6 YEARS!

“B”
Date of Hire: 
11/22/2013
Home Department:  Supervisor, Training
Also trained in:  Office, Register, Dog & Cat, Stock

5 YEARS!

DAVID
Date of Hire: 
07/02/2014
Home Department:  Saltwater

3 YEARS!

CODY
Date of Hire:
05/06/2016
Home Department: Supervisor, Aquarium Maintenance
Also trained in: Freshwater, Saltwater, Aquatic Supplies

3 YEARS! (back)

LENNY
Date of Hire:
07/07/2016 (Also 2007 and circa 2000)
Home Department: Supervisor, Aquarium Maintenance
Also trained in:  Freshwater, Saltwater, Aquatic Supplies

2 YEARS!

J LO
Date of Hire:
03/17/2017
Home Department: Second-in-Command, Aquatics Supplies
Also trained in:  Freshwater, Saltwater, Aquarium Maintenance

2 YEARS!

AMY
Date of Hire:
06/07/2017
Home Department: Bird/Reptile/Small Animal
Also trained in: Freshwater, Dog & Cat, Register

2 YEARS!

CODY 2
Date of Hire:
06/07/2017
Home Department: Bird/Reptile/Small Animal
Also trained in:  Freshwater, Register

2 YEARS!

MORGAN
Date of Hire:
06/22/2017
Home Department: Freshwater
Also trained in:  Saltwater, Dog & Cat

2 YEARS!

KATELYN
Date of Hire: 09/05/2017
Home Department: Saltwater
Also trained in:  Freshwater, Aquatic Supplies

 

1 YEAR!

JOSH
Date of Hire: 10
/12/2017
Home Department: Second-in-Command, Register
Also trained in:  Dog & Cat

ARCHIE-PICTURE-COMING-SOON

1 YEAR!

LAUREN 2
Date of Hire: 11
/11/2017
Home Department: Bird/Reptile/Small Animal

1 YEAR!

BEN
Date of Hire:
05/03/18
Home Department:
Freshwater

ARCHIE-PICTURE-COMING-SOON

1 YEAR!

JANE
Date of Hire:
08/16/18
Home Department:
Register