Toy Industry Association (TIA) Elects New Leadership at Annual General Meeting
May 4, 2016

TIALogoMIAMI, May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Toy Industry Association (TIA) announced the election of eight new members to the TIA Board of Directors for two-year terms of office expiring in 2018 during its Annual General Meeting held in Miami, Florida. The meeting also saw the chairmanship gavel pass to David Hargreaves of Hasbro, Inc. from retiring Board Chairman John Gessert of American Plastic Toys.

Nominated to serve their first terms on the TIA Board were Kathleen Campisano, Vice President of Toys & Games, Barnes & Noble, Inc.; Jennifer Caveza, Senior Vice President, Toys and Business Development, Nickelodeon Consumer Products; Charlie Emby, Co-President, Just Play, LLC; Barbara Finigan, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Hasbro, Inc.; Skip Kodak, Senior Vice President, Americas, LEGO Systems, Inc.; Masayuki Nagatake, COO-US & Europe Business Division, TOMY International; Geoffrey Walker, Executive Vice President, North America Division, Mattel, Inc.; and Nancy Zwiers, Chief Marketing Officer, Spin Master Corp.

Re-elected for another term, set to expire in 2018, were Drew Brazer, Vice President of Sales, North America, LEGO Systems, Inc.; Jeffrey Kennis, President, Enchanted Moments; and William To, President, VTech Electronics North America, LLC. Joining Hargreaves on the Executive Committee are Bob Wann (Playmonster! LLC), who assumed the role of Vice Chairman/Chairman Elect, and Shirley Price (Funrise, Inc.), who assumed the role of Secretary-Treasurer. Manuel Torres (NBC Universal Brand Development) and Geoffrey Walker (Mattel, Inc.) were also introduced as members of the Executive Committee.

The following retiring Board members were recognized for their service: Andrea Barthello, ThinkFun, Inc.; William Beebe, Playmates Toys Inc.; and Sam Harwell, Big Time Toys, LLC.

The Annual General Meeting included remarks by TIA President & CEO Steve Pasierb, who shared accomplishment highlights from last year and TIA’s vision for growth. Outgoing Secretary-Treasurer Bob Wann provided an overview of TIA’s financial position.

“The Toy Industry Association strives to deliver unparalleled service and value to the toy industry and its members,” said Pasierb. “Our growing membership base is a testament not only to the growth of the toy industry as a whole, but to the business support, educational resources, and domestic and global opportunities we offer members to help their companies flourish.”

Open to members and non-members, the 2016 TIA Annual General Meeting was held in conjunction with PlayCon, TIA’s International Conference of Play Professionals, held in Miami, Florida from May 2-4.

About the Toy Industry Association (TIA) /
Founded in 1916, the Toy Industry Association™, Inc. (TIA) is the not-for-profit trade association representing all businesses involved in creating and delivering toys and youth entertainment products for kids of all ages. Over the past 100 years, TIA has led the health and growth of the toy industry, and today its 900+ members account for an estimated 90% of the annual $22 billion U.S. domestic toy market. The Association serves as the industry’s voice on the cognitive, social, emotional and creative benefits of play, and promotes play’s positive impact on childhood development to consumers and media. TIA has a long history of leadership in toy safety, having helped develop the first comprehensive toy safety standard more than 40 years ago, and remains committed to working with medical experts, government, consumers and industry on ongoing programs to ensure safe and fun play.

SOURCE Toy Industry Association

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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