Executive Team

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Dorian Graham

CEO

Dorian’s love for animals has never been anything short of magnificent. Since the  tender age of 5 years old he has been training dogs in Cleveland, OH. At that time he had no idea how he could turn it into a career, but as he always does, he made a way. Throughout the rest of his foundational years Dorian continued to train neighborhood dogs, while juggling school and multiple jobs as he was preparing for college to major in Zoology and Primatology. Once realizing his dreams were not aligned with the conventional needs of college he parted with his university and boldly set out on his journey to be a full-time Dog Trainer. In his career, Dorian has saved the lives of countless dogs, rehabilitated dogs who were declared “untrainable” and changed the lives of many dog owners. He applies his vast knowledge of dog behavioral psychology daily and translates dog behavior in ways that everyday owners can understand. His spirit is genuine and nurturing. Dorian is a natural leader and the glue that holds the Black Crown Premier team together. His vision has no limits and no dog is left unsaved so long as he can help it. In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic he moved to Charlotte, NC and decided that it was time to make his dreams a reality. We now have Black Crown Premier Dog Services because of his unwavering vision, love for dogs, and his courage. 

 

Dorian is the proud dog father of a Black Russian Terrier, Drago and a female Giant Schnauzer, Bella and her brand new litter of puppies. 

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Marcus Burton

CFO

Marcus was born in Cleveland, Ohio but was later raised in the Carolinas. He now resides in Charlotte, NC. Growing up Marcus always had a passion for health and wellness, that of not just people but animals alike. These passions inevitably lead him to his current career path with Black Crown Premier Pet Services.

 

Marcus grew up with animals of all sorts including birds, rabbits, turtles, and small dogs. He has always been interested in medicine, specifically that of animals. With countless hours contributed to studying multiple disciplines including athletic training, physical therapy, and veterinary science, nothing made sense until his first encounters with breeding. That first summer job assisting neighbors whelp litters from their two German Shepherds lead to Marcus receiving a shepherd puppy he named Rio. Unfortunately, within days Rio’s hideaway was quickly discovered by an allergic mother. Although Marcus could not keep the puppy, he kept the experience that helped cultivate ideas he would later translate to his career with Black Crown. 

 

With Black Crown Premier Pet Services, Marcus’s ultimate goal is to selectively breed from his chosen pets. These animals have all gone through extensive personality, temperament, and advanced training. Marcus believes that with these combinations Black Crown will not only expand its family but provide an experience that is sure to change everyone’s lifestyle for the better.

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Maggie Gruner

COO

Maggie has always loved animals, from pretending to be a dog as a young child to begging her parents to keep every stray cat or dog they came across. Early in life, she aspired to be a veterinarian, before realizing that the sciences were just not the right fit. Coming from an academic family and seeing no academic careers involving animals outside the sciences, Maggie found herself detouring away from her love for animals. She attended Oberlin College in Ohio, graduating in 2011 with several majors, none of which were even remotely related to animals. Beyond the benefits of any college experience, Maggie’s time at Oberlin led to several significant discoveries: she hated the idea of spending her life behind a desk researching, she’d fallen in love with Cleveland (and still considers it her true home!), and she’d reawakened a passion for animals by adopting an extremely undersocialized, reserved rescue boxer. 

 

Though Maggie and Ryder only shared two years together, his rehabilitation inspired Maggie to look into careers involving animals, specifically dogs (he also inspired the first of several tattoos). In 2012, Maggie began working at the largest doggie daycare in Cleveland, and by 2013 she assumed the role of General Manager. Maggie loved every bit of her daycare experience, but also found herself wanting more - more challenges, more opportunities, more ways to positively impact dogs. In 2015, Maggie was offered the opportunity to learn from a professional dog trainer with over 40 years of experience. This opportunity quickly fulfilled many of the things she’d been looking for, and she spent the next six years working closely with several seasoned trainers and helping as many dogs and families as possible. 

 

Currently Maggie has three dogs and one cat: Peaches, a 9-year-old hound mix; Cashew, a 9-year-old beagle mix; Ausra, a 5-year-old husky; and Brecken, a 10-year-old tabby. In her free time, Maggie enjoys baking (always vegan!), board games, hiking with her pack, and spending time with family and friends, especially her adorable toddler nephews. Maggie is excited for the next step in her canine career and for all the potential Black Crown has to enrich the lives of dog owners in Charlotte.

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Jamaika Boyd

Executive Assistant

Maggie has always loved animals, from pretending to be a dog as a young child to begging her parents to keep every stray cat or dog they came across. Early in life, she aspired to be a veterinarian, before realizing that the sciences were just not the right fit. Coming from an academic family and seeing no academic careers involving animals outside the sciences, Maggie found herself detouring away from her love for animals. She attended Oberlin College in Ohio, graduating in 2011 with several majors, none of which were even remotely related to animals. Beyond the benefits of any college experience, Maggie’s time at Oberlin led to several significant discoveries: she hated the idea of spending her life behind a desk researching, she’d fallen in love with Cleveland (and still considers it her true home!), and she’d reawakened a passion for animals by adopting an extremely undersocialized, reserved rescue boxer. 

 

Though Maggie and Ryder only shared two years together, his rehabilitation inspired Maggie to look into careers involving animals, specifically dogs (he also inspired the first of several tattoos). In 2012, Maggie began working at the largest doggie daycare in Cleveland, and by 2013 she assumed the role of General Manager. Maggie loved every bit of her daycare experience, but also found herself wanting more - more challenges, more opportunities, more ways to positively impact dogs. In 2015, Maggie was offered the opportunity to learn from a professional dog trainer with over 40 years of experience. This opportunity quickly fulfilled many of the things she’d been looking for, and she spent the next six years working closely with several seasoned trainers and helping as many dogs and families as possible. 

 

Currently Maggie has three dogs and one cat: Peaches, a 9-year-old hound mix; Cashew, a 9-year-old beagle mix; Ausra, a 5-year-old husky; and Brecken, a 10-year-old tabby. In her free time, Maggie enjoys baking (always vegan!), board games, hiking with her pack, and spending time with family and friends, especially her adorable toddler nephews. Maggie is excited for the next step in her canine career and for all the potential Black Crown has to enrich the lives of dog owners in Charlotte.

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Meagan Diskin

Facility Manager

Meagan was born and raised in North Carolina, which she still calls home. From a young age she developed a love of animals, and she’s always had cats and rescue dogs, ranging from herding dogs to terriers to bully breeds. Meagan has always wanted a career with animals, originally aspiring to a career as a veterinarian. 

 

In 2017, Meagan took a job at Pet Supplies Plus where her passion and natural skills quickly elevated her to a managerial role. While she enjoyed getting to know and help clients and their pets everyday, she was still looking for something more. While preparing to enter school to become a veterinary technician, she met Dorian from Black Crown Premier. Meagan was immediately impressed by Dorian’s canine pack, as well as by the passion and lifestyle he had through his career. Recognizing the opportunity in front of her, Meagan immediately began working with Dorian in whatever capacity she could. In Early 2021 she left her job to work full-time as Black Crown Premier’s Facility Manager. Meagan also trains group classes as Black Crown’s Academy Trainer.

 

Meagan’s current pack consists of her cat Nathan and her bully mix Parker.

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Pamela Wollet

Communications Lead

Pamela was born and raised in York, PA. She spent a few years living in Ohio and Florida, and currently lives in North Carolina. Pam always had a passion for helping both people and animals. She knew that she wanted a career in which she could fulfill both passions, but she was not sure what.

Pamela worked as a nurse for a very large group of physicians for 7 years. She also volunteered at a local shelter for 3 years. Dog training was never on Pam’s radar until she had adopted two dogs that had become aggressive with each other, and she found herself needing some help. Her dog, Bella, was very fearful and no one could even get close to her. Pam reached out to 3 different trainers, and although they tried, none of them could help her. She knew that if she could not find a trainer to help, she would have to make the painful decision to get rid of one of the dogs. 

Pam refused to give up on her dogs and tried yet another trainer. Pam was blown away that he could just take the leash from her and walk away with her dog Bella, the dog that no one could get close to. Within a few minutes, he had Bella doing things that Pam could never make her do. She was also less fearful.

After two training sessions, Pam knew that this was what she was supposed to be doing for the rest of her life. Pam loves that she can spend her days helping people and saving the lives of dogs. This career is truly a dream come true!

When Pam is not training dogs and helping people, she enjoys sewing, crafting, the outdoors, walks in the park, shopping at flea markets, going to the beach, and reading.