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Participants Announced - Second Annual Building Our Future Toy Conference
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Richard Gottlieb -- Toy Industry Expert Richard Gottlieb -- Toy Industry Expert
New York , NY
Thursday, September 24, 2009

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 24, 2009

Contacts:

Tracy Dudkiewicz 

262-642-5019, tdudkiewicz@wi.rr.com 

New York, NY – The second annual Richard Gottlieb's Building Our Future Conference, a "by invitation" roundtable, will take place on September 29 and 30 at Playthings Magazine's offices in Manhattan. Like last year's inaugural edition, more than 20 thought leaders will to come to New York to discuss the future of the toy industry.

The mix of participants consists of a robotics expert, a lawyer, a financial analyst, a publicist, a sales expert, the CEO of a virtual worlds development company, a toy industry stock analyst, two authors and several entrepreneurs, company leaders and founders, inventors, marketers, designers, the Vice President of Collections for the Strong National Museum of Play® which follows toy history and the editor of Playthings which follow our present. And that's not all ...there will be leaders of the TIA which represents toy manufactures, ASTRA which represent specially toy retailers, and Engage! Digital Media® which represent the virtual world industry.

We are very excited to have such a great group of thinkers around the table. Here is the roster, in alphabetical order, of attendees:

Andrea Barthello, Founder, Chairman of the Board, ThinkFun, Inc

Patti Becker, President and Founder, Becker Associates LLC

Gina Beebe, President/Owner, G. Beebe & Associates, Inc.

Chris Bensch,Vice President for Collections, Strong National Museum of Play

Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, Associate Professor, MIT Media Lab

Peggy Brown, Principal, Author, Inventor, Designer, Artist, Consultant and more

Randy Horn, President, Zobmondo!!

Gerrick Johnson, Equity Research Analyst, BMO Capital Markets

Carter Keithley, President, Toy Industry Association

Rick Locker, Attorney, Outside Counsel Toy Industry Association, Locker Greenberg and Brainin

Bruce Lund, President, Lund and Company Invention, L.L.C.

Brian Maggio, Principal, Revenew Sales & Marketing

Kathleen McHugh, President, American Specialty Toy Retailing Association

Lisa Orman, President , Kidstuff PR

Arete Passas, Consultant

Laura Rangel, President and Co-Founder, KidsGive, LLC

Christopher V. Sherman, Executive Director, Founder, Engage Digital Media

Ron Solomon, President/CEO, The Credit Collective, LLC

Bill Uzell, Executive Vice President , Oregon Scientific, Inc.

Kim Vandenbroucke, Innovator, Game Inventor & Developer

Sibley Verbeck, Founder and CEO, The Electric Sheep Company

Gottlieb and his company USA Toy Experts will also be putting on a Building Our Future event in Nuremberg in association with the Spielwarenmesse Toy Fair Nuremberg. That list of attendees will be announced later in the year. If you would like to be considered for next year's event, please contact Richard directly at richard@usatoyexperts.com. We are looking for thought leaders who think and care deeply about the toy industry as well as play and who are both good talkers and listeners.

About Richard Gottlieb

Richard Gottlieb is President of Richard Gottlieb's USA Toy Experts (www.usatoyexperts.com) and a highly respected provider of business development services to the toy industry and consumer product industry. Richard combines an MBA in Global Management with thirty-five years of consumer products experience. He is the founder and facilitator of Building Our Future Toy Conference, a series of ongoing conferences which forecast the landscape the toy industry will face in the next five to ten years, and he is a voting member for National Toy Hall of Fame® at Strong National Museum of Play® in Rochester, New York. Richard is a contributing editor to a number of magazines in the United States and Europe, speaks domestically and internationally about trends and the toy industry and writes the blog, "Out of the Toy Box" for www.playthings.com.

About Playthings®

Playthings, founded in 1903, is the U.S. toy businesses' most influential trade magazine. Its rich and vivid tradition of award-winning editorial coverage makes it a "must read" across the children's entertainment industry.

About Strong National Museum of Play®

Strong National Museum of Play® is the nation's only museum devoted solely to the study of play as it illuminates American culture. Strong is known for its family-friendly, interactive exhibits and world-renowned collections including the world's largest collection of toys and dolls. Strong is home to the National Toy Hall of Fame, National Center for the History of Electronic Games, and Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play and is publisher of the interdisciplinary quarterly, American Journal of Play.

About Engage!® Digital Media

Engage! Digital Media (formerly Virtual Worlds Management) is a leading producer of trade events and media that focus on virtual worlds, user engagement, games and social media. Events include Engage! Expo®, Digital Law Conference, Virtual Goods Conference, and 3D Training Learning and Collaboration (3DTLC) Conference. The company also publishes timely market research at http://www.EngageDigitalMedia.com and leading industry news blogs www.VirtualWorldsNews.com and www.VirtualGoodsNews.com.

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Richard Gottlieb
President
Richard Gottlieb and Associates, LLC
New York, NY