Pet Pangaea owner Cyndi Wells of Los Alamos was presented the 2019 New Mexico Women-Owned Small Business of the Year award at the New Mexico Small Business Week Awards Ceremony in Albuquerque.
“It is a great honor to be selected from among the many small businesses who were nominated in New Mexico,” Wells said.
Cyndi Wells holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. As an undergrad, she double majored in chemistry and Japanese and earned a B.S. with High Honors from the University of Michigan. Cyndi worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a postdoc, a Technical Staff Member, and a Senior Project Leader from 2000 – 2008.
She received a Distinguished Performance Award for her work in Iraq as part of the Iraq Survey Group in 2003-2004. She also taught chemistry at the University of New Mexico – Los Alamos.
When the only pet store in the community closed, she decided to open a pet supplies store and founded Pet Pangaea LLC in 2004. Pet Pangaea LLC is a retailer of pet supplies and carries products for all pets in order to serve the community well. Pet Pangaea’s mission is to improve the well being of pets and works to help educate pet owners in pet nutrition and other topics, so they may make informed decisions for their pets. Pet Pangaea believes strongly in community building and hosts Downtown Dogs, a dog walking group that meets weekly for fun, friendship, and exercise, Wells said. Pet Pangaea is also committed to pet adoption and whole-heartedly supports the efforts of local rescue groups and the animal shelter.
Wells is very involved in the community of Los Alamos and White Rock. An example of her commitment to the Los Alamos community is her involvement with the Tour de Los Alamos Bicycle Race. When the previous race director stepped down, she volunteered to run it and has served as the race director for three years now.
“I just couldn’t see a race disappearing from the community, especially one that had been going continuously for over 40 years,” Wells said.
Wells also was a volunteer for the non-profit Mountain Canine Corps Search and Rescue Team for eight years and served as president. She is a triathlete who has completed nine Ironman events and founded the nonprofit Triatomics Multisport Club in Los Alamos. Wells is a member of Friends of the Shelter and Companion Members and has served as its teasurer in the past. As a key sponsor for the annual local Dog Jog, Pet Pangaea helps support spay/neuter and medical expenses for homeless pets. Pet Pangaea also is a supporter of the Los Alamos Animal Shelter, the Friends of the Shelter, The Española Wildlife Center and multiple rescue groups.
Pet Pangaea received the NM Family Friendly Award as well as the Small Business Development Center’s Small Business of the Year award in 2009. In 2013, Pet Pangaea received the Sonny Brown Small Business of the Year Award from the Rotary International District 5520. In both 2017 and 2018 Pet Pangaea received the Retailer of the Year award from the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.
“I congratulate Cyndi on her 2019 New Mexico Women-Owned Small Business of the Year Award,” said Los Alamos Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann. “Her dedication, hard-work and community involvement are the drivers of her extraordinary success and she exemplifies our community’s entrepreneurial spirit.”
The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is a program of Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation; a private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization serving the Los Alamos area since 1983. LACDC serves as the umbrella organization for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos MainStreet, Discover Los Alamos, Los Alamos Small Business Center, projectY cowork of Los Alamos, Los Alamos Creative District, Launch Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Research Park.