For Immediate Release:
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, president of Chicago Toy and Game Group. “We are fortunate to add them to our extraordinary board as we continue to grow our ChiTAG events and champion inventors, both of which support our core mission of promoting community, connection and the power of play!”
Karri Bean has been with Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products located in Glendale, CA for the past 4 years where she is responsible for managing Disney’s global construction category across key brands such as Star Wars, Marvel and Frozen. Karri comes with more than 10 years of experience in the toy industry, previously in global brand management creating unique and exciting products in the games category.
Dave Harris has been with Fisher-Price/Mattel for 23 years and leads the brands’ inventor relations teams located in East Aurora, IL, New York City and El Segundo, CA. At Fisher-Price he has worked previously in marketing on categories including infant, newborn, baby gear, creative activities, Power Wheels and new opportunities. He also spent several years in strategic partnerships working with best in class education and tech partners, and several years creating exclusive products for retailers.
Matt Nuccio heads up Design Edge, a multi-award-winning international design development agency with offices in New York and Hong Kong. For over 25 years the company has been designing packaging, products and displays, building prototypes and sourcing for hundreds of toy companies. He is a frequent lecturer on design and manufacturing, having spoken at trade shows, inventor clubs and universities around the world.
Other Chicago Toy and Game Group Advisory Board members include:
Peggy Brown - Inventor, Playwright, Designer, Author, Filmmaker, Funmaker
Mary Couzin - President, Founder, Chicago Toy & Game Group
Ben Dermer - VP, New Ideas and Inventions, Spin Master
Richard Gill - CEO and co-Founder, McGill Associates
Alan Hassenfeld - Chairman, Exec. Committee, Hasbro; Chairman, Hassenfeld Family Initiatives
Dave Harris - Director, Inventor Relations and Strategic Partnerships, Mattel
Dan Klitsner - Founder, KID Group
Rich Mazel - Senior Director Global, Product Acquisition, Hasbro
Phil Sage - Senior Director - Design & Development, iPlay, Hasbro
Gary Swisher – Toy and Game Innovative Executive, formerly Mattel and Jakks, on sabatical
Tanya Thompson - Director Global Product Acquisition and Inventor Relations for Gaming, Hasbro
Tim Walsh - Co-Founder, Getta1Games; Filmmaker, Author, Designer, Creative Consultant, The Playmakers
David Yakos - Creativity Director, Co-Owner, Salient Technologies
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About the Chicago Toy & Game Group, Inc.
The Chicago Toy & Game Group, Inc. promotes and hosts initiatives designed to encourage and promote the power of play and invention in social, educational, and professional environments. Chicago Toy & Game Group initiatives include the Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG), the Toy & Game Innovation Awards (the TAGIEs), Inventor Conferences for New and Professional Inventors and Product Acquisition Executives, the Young Inventor Challenge, the Young TECH Challenge, Play in Education Conference, Discover Games Inventor Co-op, the PlayCHIC Fashion Show, and the Chicago Toy & Game Foundation. For more information, visit www.ChiTAG.com.