Terry Lazin . . . A Lifetime of Lessons
Terry Lazin always had a singular love affair with animals. In a fast paced career, which started after she graduated from law school, Lazin worked for the U.S. Congress, before being asked by the Governor of Pennsylvania to head up the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs. At 26, she was off and running a State agency with 8 regional offices and 200 employees, all during the ominous wake of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant disaster.
Living between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, with her beloved husky-collie mix Lindsey always by her side, Terry led the charge against statewide consumer fraud. She also served as Commissioner on Pennsylvania’s Commission on Charitable Organizations, where she regulated charities that violated the spirit and letter of state philanthropy laws.
After government service, Terry and Lindsey moved to New York City, where she practiced corporate and real estate law. In a bold career move in 1988, Terry leveraged her business and legal skills to become President and CEO of Lazin Group, her national agency for marketing, business consulting, promotions, and large scale events. She would build a clientele of Fortune 500 corporate clients, that sought her innovative solutions for their business, marketing and sales challenges. Then Terry founded her second major company, the NFL Players Golf Club, that owned an exclusive license to market all 1,800 active NFL Players in the area of golf-related events and promotions. She went on to own, promote, and stage trend-setting national and regional events. Lazin chose Super Bowl to stage her largest annual golf production — The NFL Players Super Shoot-Out, a 3 day event with more than 300 NFL celebrities, and 25,000 consumer fans lining the fairways.
Among other high-profile clients, Lazin served as a strategic marketing and licensing consultant to the International Association of Fire Fighters, with more than 300,000 members in the U.S. and Canada. Her mission was to raise awareness, licensing opportunities, and revenue streams — all which were sorely needed after 9/11. Day in and out — always providing unspoken, but unwavering support was her trusted canine companion Kody Lazin, the smartest border collie to ever live! Kody, exhibited the same unstoppable stamina, energy, drive, and determination as Terry. Throughout her professional life in the fast lane, Terry always thought that there would be plenty of time in her future to create a way to save and rescue the furry creatures that had always signified unconditional love and true companionship for her. However, in the summer of 2009, she was diagnosed with a terminal case of ovarian cancer. She faced eight major surgeries and five years of continuous, although varying, chemotherapy, radiation and clinical trial protocols. Shortly after her diagnosis, Lazin realized that she had to seize the moment in order to make her goal of rescuing and rehabilitating animals a reality while time still remained.
Terry fought on with her canine family — that included two faithful and treasured white and black border collies, named North and Dakota, and a sweet, but obstinate Australian cattle dog named Zoey. The Lazin Animal Foundation has become an integral part of her life’s purpose and fighting spirit — as she personally battled not only a terminal disease, but also the tragic and unnecessary mistreatment, neglect, and often needless euthanizing of homeless animals who deserve a far better outcome.
In many ways, helping to save these shelter animals from a destiny they can’t control, helped Terry to save a bit more of herself. She was filled with gratitude for every moment of every day with which she was blessed.