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For Immediate Release: Emily Blosser DISNEY’S KARRI BEAN, MATTEL’S DAVE HARRIS AND DESIGN EDGE’S MATT NUCCIO JOIN CHICAGO TOY & GAME GROUP ADVISORY BOARD CHICAGO, IL (June 27, 2018) - The Chicago Toy and Game Group, organizer of the preeminent toy and game industry event, ChiTAG, is honored to announce that Karri Bean, senior manager, licensing at Disney Consumer Products, experiences and consumer products, Dave Harris, senior director of inventor relations and strategic partnerships at Mattel, and Matt Nuccio, president of Design Edge, have joined its Advisory Board. “Karri, Dave and Matt bring talent, expertise and energy to our Advisory Board,” said Mary Couzin, pre

Disney's Karri Bean on Fireflies, Little League and More!

What do you do in the industry? I work for the world’s most famous mouse! Disney is truly the happiest place on earth and I’m so lucky to call Disney Consumer Products home. I manage our construction category which is fortunately working with the LEGO Co. on construction sets inspired by franchises like Disney Princess, Frozen, Star Wars, Marvel and of course Mickey & Minnie! Why and how did you get into the Toy and Game industry? On the way to work one day, I accidentally tripped…and fell into Hasbro… I had moved from Michigan to Massachusetts and I was working in the Staffing Industry as a staffing manager….which I hated….but one of my customers was Hasbro! So after a particularly hard d

Andy Musliner: I make Tape. Lots of Tape.

What do you do in the industry? I’m the Founder and CEO of InRoad Toys. What do I do? I make tape. Lots of tape. What is your claim to fame in the industry? I invented PlayTape, instant roads for toy vehicle play, anytime, anywhere. Fame remains elusive. Tape, really? When I was a kid I had a fascination with stickers. I still have my sticker collection from when I was 8 years old. Somehow that’s turned into a business. Who would have guessed? Why and how did you get into the Toy and Game industry? Playing with my 4-year old son on the floor with his Hot Wheels in 2002, I thought, “We have hundreds of toy cars but not a single road. Where are the roads??!!” That spurred the invention of Play

Troy Fischer on Whiskey, Tying Ladies to RR Tracks and Taxidermy

What do you do in the industry? I run Fishco Innovation, an invention and design service that develops concepts for licensing to the toy industry. Originally established in Brooklyn in 2008, we now operate out of a repurposed 18th century farm in New York’s Catskill Mountain region. This setting provides a work environment of inspiration and fresh outlook that is essential to designing mechanical and optical solutions that we specialize in. What was your favorite toy or game as a child? Fire. Just kidding. (but not really) Tough to single out just one, but Mego Star Trek figures and anything space-themed such as Mattel’s Major Matt Mason figures and playsets. A little before my time, but I r

Alex Hochstrasser – Inventor of Bilibo® is taking open-ended play to the next level with MOLUK.

What do you do in the industry? MOLUK is a small Swiss brand developing abstract, open-ended toys. I founded the company in 2011 together with my sister Doris who is an architect. After working for over ten years as designer and creative director for another toy manufacturer I came to the conclusion that starting my own business was the only way to have full control over every aspect of a product and realize my vision for a coherent family of open-ended toys. MOLUK strives to create universal play objects that transcend the traditional categories of age and gender and remain relevant through smart, timeless design and responsible use of materials and resources. All toys of the MOLUK range wo

Why Am I Receiving So Many Privacy Notices?

Why Am I Receiving So Many Privacy Notices? Our Company is a US Company - What Do We Care About GDPR? The long-anticipated effective date of European Union Global Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is upon us. On May 25, 2018, GDPR, a mandate for safeguarding the personal data of European citizens officially became effective. This article explores just what implications GDPR has on U.S. based companies. i. Jurisdiction: For companies based in the United States of America, whose business comes mostly from customers in the US, it may be easy to assume that this “European” mandate does not apply. After all, what jurisdiction does an EU regulation have over a US Company? Jurisdict

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