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.)

 

42 YEARS!

BILL TRUFANT
Date of Hire10/13/1981
Home DepartmentBuyer 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.

Meet the Krewe - Sally Trufant, General Manager

33 YEARS!

SALLY ADAMS TRUFANT
Date of Hire02/18/1991
Home DepartmentGeneral 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 inDog & Cat, Small Animals, and Register

Meet the Krewe - Mary, Operations Manager

30 YEARS!

MARY TRUFANT
Date of Hire06/22/1994
Home DepartmentOperations 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 inDog & Cat and Register

21 YEARS!

JPK
Date of Hire
01/16/2003
Home DepartmentOffice Manager
Also trained inRegister, Bird/Reptile/Small Animal, Animal Care, Dog & Cat, Freshwater, Aquatic Supplies, and Stock

Meet the Krewe - James, Supervisor-at-large

18 YEARS!

JAMES
Date of Hire
08/18/2005
Home DepartmentSupervisor [Saltwater]
Also trained inFreshwater, Aquarium Maintenance, Aquatic Supplies, and Register

Meet the Krewe - Jessica, Dog & Cat Department Supervisor

18 YEARS!

JESSICA
Date of Hire
09/21/2005
Home DepartmentSupervisor [Dog & Cat]
Also trained inRegister, Aquatic Supplies, Freshwater, and Saltwater

Meet the Krewe - Susie, Stock Department Supervisor

18 YEARS!

SUSIE
Date of Hire
09/27/2005
Home DepartmentSupervisor [Stock]
Also trained inFreshwater, Saltwater, Aquatic Supplies, Register,  Dog & Cat, Bird/ Reptile/ Small Animal, Animal Care, Aquarium Maintenance, and Office (Other than Bill, Susie is the ONLY Krewe-member who is trained in EVERY department in the store!)

Meet the Krewe - Brian, Cashier Supervisor

17 YEARS!

BRIAN
Date of Hire
10/13/2006
Home DepartmentSupervisor [Register]
Also trained inDog & Cat, Stock, and Office

16 YEARS!

JULIA
Date of Hire
03/28/2008
Home DepartmentRegister
Also trained inDog & Cat

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

15 YEARS!

NICOLE
Date of Hire
08/12/2008
Home DepartmentSupervisor [at Large]
Also trained inFreshwater, Saltwater, and Aquatic Supplies

13 YEARS!

MARCHELE
Date of Hire
08/11/2010
Home DepartmentSupervisor [Bird/ Reptile/ Small Animal]
Also trained inRegister, Animal Care, Freshwater, Aquatic Supplies, and Dog & Cat

11 YEARS!

LAUREN
Date of Hire:  05/13/13
Home Department
Freshwater
Also trained in: 
Aquatic Supplies, Saltwater, Dog & Cat, Bird/Reptile/Small Animal, and Animal Care

10 YEARS!

DAVID
Date of Hire
07/02/2014
Home DepartmentSecond-in-Command [Saltwater]

8 YEARS!

CODY
Date of Hire
05/06/2016
Home DepartmentSupervisor [Freshwater]
Also trained inAquatic Supplies

8 YEARS! (back)

LENNY
Date of Hire
07/07/2016 (Also 2007 and circa 2000)
Home DepartmentSupervisor [Aquarium Maintenance]
Also trained inFreshwater, Saltwater, and Aquatic Supplies

6 YEARS!

BEN
Date of Hire:  05/03/2018
Home DepartmentFreshwater
Also trained inAquatic Supplies and Saltwater

5 YEARS!

CONNER
Date of Hire12/28/2018
Home Department
Second-in-Command [Register]
Also trained inFreshwater, Saltwater, and Aquatic Supplies

5 YEARS!

KERA
Date of Hire06/29/19
Home Department
Register
Also trained in
Dog & Cat, Bird/Reptile/Small Animal, and Animal Care

5 YEARS!

BANNON
Date of Hire07/01/19
Home Department
Second-in-Command [Dog & Cat]
Also trained inRegister and Freshwater

4 YEARS!

ETHYN
Date of Hire10/25/2019
Home Department
Supervisor [Animal Care]
Also trained inBird/Reptile/Small Animal

3 YEARS!

WILSON
Date of Hire09/07/20
Home Department
Register
Also trained in
Dog & Cat

3 YEARS!

JOSEPH
Date of Hire02/19/21
Home Department
Bird/Reptile/Small Animal
Also trained in
Animal Care, Freshwater, and Register

2 YEARS!

KENNEDY
Date of Hire:  12/30/21
Home Department
Dog & Cat
Also trained inRegister and Freshwater

2 YEARS! (Back)

SHANNON
Date of Hire:  01/17/22
Home Department
Freshwater
Also trained in:  Saltwater

2 YEARS!

BRYANNA
Date of Hire:  05/16/22
Home Department:
  Animal Care
Also trained in:  Bird/Reptile/Small Animal

2 YEARS!

DONOVAN
Date of Hire:  05/31/22
Home Department:
  Bird/Reptile/Small Animal
Also trained in:  Animal Care and Freshwater

 1 YEAR!

SEBASTIAN
Date of Hire:  09/05/22
Home Department:
  Register
Also trained in:  Freshwater

1 YEAR!

TREY
Date of Hire:  01/26/23
Home DepartmentFreshwater

1 YEAR!

EMILY G.
Date of Hire:  05/04/23
Home DepartmentRegister

TRAINEE

MICHELLE
Date of Hire:  06/01/23
Home DepartmentDog & Cat

IN LOVING MEMORY

CILL
Date of Hire:  01/28/94
Home Department(s)Freshwater, Saltwater, and Aquatic Supplies
In April 2024, B&B Pet Stop lost – and the Universe gained- a very bright and shining star.
Cill Malik passed away from a variety of health issues, many of which she kept private so that her friends and even some family members wouldn’t worry about her; which is just so CILL.
Cill joined the B&B Pet Stop Krewe THIRTY YEARS ago as a salesperson in the freshwater department. Her happy, fun-loving, energetic personality – along with an extraordinary knowledge of fish – propelled her up our ranks over the years to Freshwater Supervisor for many years and Saltwater Supervisor for many more years.
She helped thousands of you set up freshwater and saltwater aquariums. She tested your water and helped thousands of you troubleshoot any issues you may have had in your tank. She was a mamma-bear mentor to hundreds of young and eager newly hired B&B Pet Stop employees- whether they worked in aquatics or not.
Though she stepped back and worked fewer and fewer shifts as she privately dealt with her declining health, the loss of Cill as a member of our Krewe is keenly felt.
Cill raised a strong, loving son who cared for her and literally doted on her these last few years. Side note – we know Joey well – he worked in our stock room for several years as a young man!
Of course all of us here have more nutty memories of Cill than there is space to share – but I remember about 25 years ago after a particularly challenging Stock Supervisor situation, I was joking with Cill that what I needed was a retired military guy who wanted to work part time and whip this stock Krewe into shape – and in true Cill fashion, she says, That sounds like my Uncle Jimmy! Within a week Cill’s uncle, Big Jim Pate, joined the Krewe as a larger-than-life pirate of a Stock Supervisor and stayed 16 years!
This is so Cill! She was an enthusiastic problem-solver and so beautifully loyal to us, the Trufant family, and her entire B&B Pet Stop family. We will never be the same.
Cill – you were a tiny, slim, spitfire – but you left behind enormous shoes to fill. I picture you in a wide-brimmed hat – swimming in a beautiful pool – chatting with your hundreds of friends all over the country.
You are MISSED.