Henrico-based dog treats company gets new CEO, capital investment

Tammie Smith | Richmond Times-Dispatch

Henrico County-based TDBBS LLC, which makes natural dog treats and pet toys, has a new CEO after a New York private equity firm made an investment in the fast-growing business. Tim Hassett, former president of spirits maker Beam Suntory Inc.’s Americas division and a 10-year veteran of the Campbell Soup Co., has been appointed as CEO.

TDBBS, which sells products under the brands Best Bully Sticks, Barkworthies and Paw Luxury, was founded in 2007 by Avrum and Lauren Elmakis, who created the line of healthy dog treats for their own canines when they couldn’t find anything similar on the market. They began selling the products online from their home.

The company has about 200 employees at a 180,000-square-foot office and warehouse complex in eastern Henrico County.

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