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Update | Fall/Winter 2023

Got a Minute? Meet Arek Schmocker

Photography by Paul L. Newby II

Arek Schmocker (MBA ’19)

Co-founder, CFO, and COO, Chocolate Rescue for Dogs
Germantown, Wisconsin


Taiwanese Mountain Dog and Good Girl

What is Chocolate Rescue for Dogs?

Our product is the first line of defense if your dog eats chocolate. Inspired by the experience of my business partner’s dog eating a whole bag of dark chocolate, our team developed an at-home remedy which quickly reduces the level of toxins in a dog’s stomach, prevents absorption, and buys valuable time for dog owners to figure out their next step.

What early successes have you had?

Since launching in 2022, we had a third-party lab demonstrate the safety and efficacy of the product. We were then recognized with the Bright New Idea award at the 2023 Governor’s Business Plan Contest. Most recently, we negotiated a supply agreement to get our product in about 65 stores.

What is your favorite WSB memory?

Brad Chandler was one of the most memorable finance instructors in my MBA program. He had a three-hour applied learning class on Friday mornings that was pretty intense, but afterwards, we’d all head over to the Vintage bar on University Avenue and enjoy ourselves.

Oh, and a few more things:

  • Schmocker met his future business partner, Amadeus Benitez (BS ’17), through a help wanted ad on Craigslist.
  • 13: Countries visited over nine months prior to enrolling at WSB.
  • Tanzi was adopted in and named after Taiwan’s Tanzi District, where Schmocker’s wife taught English.
  • Advice for aspiring entrepreneurs: “Be prepared to sell to everybody and everything.”