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Toy Industry Association Names Andrew R. (Andy) Hackman as Vice President, Government Affairs

NEW YORK, NY | September 11, 2012 – The Toy Industry Association (TIA), the not-for-profit trade association representing all businesses involved in creating and bringing toys and youth entertainment products to kids of all ages, has announced the promotion of Andrew R. (Andy) Hackman to vice president, government affairs.   In his new position, Mr. Hackman will oversee TIA’s advocacy programs at both the state and federal levels as well as activities of the toy industry’s Political Action Committee (TOYPAC). 

Previously, Hackman served as senior director of state government affairs where he was responsible for managing TIA’s legislative and regulatory outreach in states across the country and assisted in coordinating grassroots and coalition activities at the state level. During this time no negative legislation has passed that directly targets toys or children’s products. 

“Andy’s experience in the nation’s capitol and across the states addressing a broad range of business, consumer and environmental issues will greatly assist in our efforts to educate and inform government legislators and regulators about the toy industry, its economic impact in the United States and the safety of its products,” said Ed Desmond, TIA executive vice president of external affairs. 

Before joining TIA in 2009, Mr. Hackman served for seven years as Manager of State Affairs Programs and Director of State Affairs for the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA), lobbying and providing testimony on issues such as consumer protection, environmentally preferable procurement, ingredient safety, children’s health, and more.   Earlier in his career, he worked in congressional and provincial relations for the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC.

Mr. Hackman received a Bachelors of Science in Public Affairs from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and a Masters of Business Administration from George Washington University. A registered lobbyist in several states and for federal affairs, he will be based in TIA’s Washington, DC office. He has re-located to the metropolitan area with his wife, daughter and dog. 

About the Toy Industry Association (TIA)
TIA is the not-for-profit trade association representing all businesses involved in creating and bringing toys and youth entertainment products to kids of all ages, representing more than 550 companies who account for approximately 85% of domestic toy sales. Toy safety is the number one priority for the toy industry. TIA has a long history of leadership in toy safety including development of the first comprehensive toy safety standard more than 30 years ago, and working with government, consumers and industry on ongoing programs to ensure safe and fun play. For more information, please visit www.toyassociation.org or www.toyinfo.org.