Fred Goldsmith is the founder and CEO of Pet Paradise Resorts based out of Ponte Vedra, FL. Born in Memphis, TN, Fred is a graduate of the prestigious Culver Military Academy in Indiana and the University of Miami, FL. Today Fred lives in the Jacksonville, FL area with his wife of 30 years.
After graduating from college, Fred went to work for the family business at Goldsmith’s, a well-known department store in Memphis, TN. A marketing major in college with an interest in finance, Fred left the family business after a few years going to work for Merrill Lynch in Memphis. From 1975 to 1984 Fred bought the franchise rights for Wendy’s in northeast Tennessee, building 10 locations before selling to another franchise operator. He then started a computer company (Tri-Data) which developed point-of-sale cash register systems that recorded transactions, tracked inventory and performed food-cost analysis. Tri-Data later merged with a public company in Florida allowing Fred to take some time off to figure out what he was going to do next.
In 2002 when looking for a suitable kennel to board his dog Samantha, a Bichon, Fred met a gentleman who owned a kennel that was for sale. Fred decided to purchase the kennel from him to learn the industry. During his days at Tri-Data, Fred developed a software system for hotels. This proved beneficial as hotels have a lot in common with boarding kennels (occupancy, arrival, departure) which helped in the development of a business plan. The first Pet Paradise Resort opened in Jacksonville, FL in 2005. Today there are 16 Pet Paradise Resorts in the Southeast United States. Pet Paradise Resorts offer individual kennels with raised cots, supervised play areas, artificial turf, Nelson automatic waterers, ground pools shaped as dog bones and web cameras to see your dog from home or work.
Always an animal lover, Fred goes to the kennel every day to play with the dogs and to take a break from work. A father of four, grandfather of six, and owner of a West Highland Terrier (Sally) and a King Charles Cavalier (Arthur) Fred spends his free time with family and friends, travelling and playing golf.