About Edward “Ed” Vaccaro
Ed grew up in northern California during the 70’s. From early childhood he was noted as being a keen animal lover. Even though he spent much of his time playing multiple sports, he was also a member of the famed animal husbandry organization 4-H. Ed’s parents were in the flower business, and his uncle was in the plant business. These businesses also contributed to the direction Ed was going in life. In 1979 Ed graduated from De La Salle High School in Concord, California.
He decided in the 80’s to go into the solar business and attended school at Maricopa Tech in Phoenix, Arizona, studying hydronics and solar. He worked in the solar industry for a period of time until the tax credits were no longer available for businesses and homeowners. He then decided to go back to his roots and launched his own plant business. Within a short time after he started this new business he won accounts with the large grocery store chains: Raley’s and Smith foods. He also opened a store in the San Francisco Flower Market. As well, Ed supplied hundreds of flower shops in locations throughout California and Nevada.
As the 80’s came to a close Ed sold his business to another grower who needed the distribution Ed had established. Ed discovered he not only enjoyed product development and process, but he also loved sales, and was offered a job as a loan officer at Bank of America in 1991. By 1996 he was promoted to SVP Regional Manager for Northern California and Hawaii. This position continued until 2001 when Ed was recruited to JPMorgan Chase as SVP Regional Manager. Ed continued to work in the mortgage business where he ended up at Banc of California serving as the Regional VP and running the North West Region.
It was a summer day in July 2012 on a Saturday afternoon and Ed was reflecting on the sad news that his neighbor’s male Pug named Bam Bam had died of dehydration. This was the moment Ed invented The Hydro Pet, and would later patent it.
It was going to be 105° that day and Ed's neighbors were getting ready to go to work and discovered that Pebbles, their female Pug, was in heat. So they separated Pebbles and Bam Bam into different areas of the yard. While Ed’s neighbors were at work Bam Bam knocked his water bowl off the steps in the side yard. With no other source of water Bam Bam dehydrated and died.
Ed was sitting on his side deck reflecting and looking at the multiple prototype Hydro Pets he had set up in different areas of his yard. Being a busy executive who had to leave home for his daily commute Ed had developed automated watering devices that he set up in the yard for his animals and plants. Ed's initial thinking was there had to be a way to make the Hydro Pet available to every pet owner in America. After working on many designs he knew he wanted to bring his much needed product to the US national dog and pet lovers' market so as many animal lovers as possible could benefit from it. He wanted to create and market a watering bowl product that not only refilled itself but also strongly agitated and flushed out the old water from the day before, helping to remove any bio material or film or light debris in the water.
The Hydro Pet’s primary purpose is to hydrate your pets. It's secondary use is to recycle the water into your yard or garden for directly watering plants, shrubs, trees.