The first Intergroom conference, brainchild
of Shirlee Kalstone, was held in 1981 in Newark, New Jersey. Since that time
this show has become the largest international conference of its kind in the
world. Each year, over 3,000 dog and cat groomers, from as many as 21 different
countries, visit Intergroom. In 1997, Intergroom took place both in the United
States and in Belgium!
In addition to grooming competitions, the
Conference features an extensive continuing education seminar series with topics
of timely interest to groomers and salon managers.
Attendees also have an opportunity to view
grooming and industry related products and equipment from over 150 booths at the
Trade Show. "If it snips, clips, brushes, detangles, lathers, rinses, dries, or
has anything to do with dog or cat hair, you will see it at Intergroom".
DeFilippo has been involved very actively in the grooming industry for the past
30 years. Amongst the founding members of the Massachusetts Association of
Professional Dog Groomers (now known as the New England Pet Grooming
Professionals, Inc.) Christine is a past President. She held the title of
Newsletter Editor and Seminar Chairperson at NEPGP for many years until she
joined the Intergroom team in 1997 as a full partner. She became owner and
producer of Intergroom in 2000.
Christine is the owner of Twickenton (Professional Dog & Cat Grooming) in
Dedham, Massachusetts (USA) – one of the largest professional grooming salons in
the New England area. Over the years, her staff has increased to include several
Her interest in continuing education is evident in her current position on
the Advisory Board at the Norfolk County Agricultural School and past positions
on grooming school advisory boards. All programs presented at Intergroom each
year attempt to meet industry needs and interest in continuing education for
Christine is a recognized speaker & Judge at Grooming Conferences throughout
the USA. She has also contributed to articles in Dog World Magazine, Fancy
Publications, and Pet Age through the years. She received the first
David Salzburg Humanitarian Award, given by Cardinal Crystal awards.
As the Producer of Intergroom, Christine is a well known figure in the USA
and abroad as a leader in the Grooming Industry. Contact her at
at her office phone 781-326-3376.