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Summit Sessions

All sessions will be live on the hour in CT (Chicago) time. Recordings will be available for on-demand viewing after they have aired.

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Tuesday, 9:00am CT (Chicago)
Hasbro’s Inventor Innovation Panel - Where the Ideas Come From! 

Moderator: Rich Mazel (Senior Director Global Product Acquisition, Hasbro) 

Panelists: Inventors: Reyn Guyer (NERF), Leslie Scott (JENGA), Richard Levy (FURBY)

John Frascotti (President and Chief Operating Officer), Eric Nyman (Chief Consumer Officer, Hasbro)

Brian Chapman (President Design & Development, Hasbro), Tom Warner (Senior VP and General Manager, Nerf & Sports Action, Hasbro), Brian Jarvis (Senior Director of Design, Nerf & Sports Action, Hasbro), Kimberly Boyd (SVP and General Manager, Fashion Brands and Preschool Brands, Hasbro), Jeff Anderson (Senior VP and General Manager, Games, Hasbro), Tanya Thompson (Director, Concept Acquisition, Hasbro)

Tuesday, 10:00am CT (Chicago)

What are Mass Retailers Looking For? 

Moderator: David Norman (President of Goliath North American and Global Gaming)

Panelists:  Mark Menichini (Toy Buyer at Meijer) and Daniel Warren (Toy Buyer at JCPenney)

Tuesday, 11:00am CT (Chicago)

Role of Drop Shipping in a COVID World

Moderator: David Norman (President of Goliath North American and Global Gaming)

Panelists: Bob Moog (President of University Games and and

Matt Stahlin (President, Flat River Group)

Tuesday, 12:00noon CT (Chicago)

Leading Innovation at Specialty Retail - Sponsored by HABA
Moderator: Willie Wilkov (CEO, North America at HABA Family of Companies)

Panelists: Richard Derr (President, Learning Express Lake Zurich), Betty Skoke Burns (Owner, Angelina's Toy Boutique), Amy Saldanha (Owner, kiddywampus), Sarah Jordan (CEO, Mastermind )

Tuesday, 1:00pm CT (Chicago) 

Connecting with Retailers Worldwide

Moderator: Karen Klein,(Kid Market Matchmaker Sales & Distribution Agency Worldwide)

Panelists: Claudio Borella (CEO, Borella s.r.l. Owner, Donchisciotte, Italy), Ali Moosajee (Business Strategist &  Managing Director, HI 5 Gen Trading, UAE), Viren Mohan (Buyer,  Pick n Pay, South Africa)

2:00pm CT (Chicago) 

Tuesday, Working with Reps in the U.S.

Moderator: Christine Blumberg (Owner/Principal, RBG Sales)

Panelists: Nicole Bortnick (Co-Owner, BGN Sales Group, LLC), Carl Buchbinder (President, Toyology Inc),

Tom Rushton (President, Revenew Sales), Erin Griffin (Specialty Sales Rep Partner Erin Griffin Group),

Brad Ketz (President, Ketz & Associates)

Tuesday, 3:00pm CT (Chicago)

Getting into Worldwide Markets: Licensing vs. Distribution

Moderator: Catherine McMillen Gill (Co-Founder & President, McGill Assoc’s)

Panelists: Sandra Gomez (Founder & CEO, Ludilo), Megan Hinterman Kanous (Business Development Manager

 Publisher Services, Inc.), Emile Kalis (Co-founder and Product Development Adviser, Identity Games Int'l),

Alex Green (UK Managing Director, Asmodee), Bond Yuen (Manager, Broadway Toys Hong Kong)



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