Meet the Executive Committee

John Gessert

Chairman, TIA Board of Director
John Gessert
President/Chief Executive Officer
American Plastic Toys, Inc.

John Gessert currently serves as president and chief executive officer of American Plastics Toys, Inc.   He joined the organization in 1984 in sales and operations and, after holding regional sales manager positions, became national sales manager in 1991.  He served as executive vice president from 1998 to 2003 when he was named as president and CEO.  

Gessert is a member of the Toy Industry Association (TIA)’s Board of Directors where he serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the Board and as a member of the Executive Committee.

Gessert and his wife, Susan, reside in Michigan, with their four children, Ellen, Jack, Emma and Julia. Gessert earned his Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and his MBA from Wayne State University.
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David Hargreaves

Vice-Chairman, TIA Board of Directors
David Hargreaves
Strategic Adviser
Hasbro Inc.

As a 30-year veteran of Hasbro, David Hargreaves has been instrumental in growing Hasbro from a smaller toy and game manufacturer to a global branded play company and a top provider of a vast array of immersive offerings in entertainment, digital games and lifestyle products – all based on Hasbro’s beloved brands.

As Hasbro seeks to strengthen its capabilities beyond toys and games, delving deeper into digital gaming, immersive entertainment experiences and lifestyle licensing, Mr. Hargreaves was appointed Hasbro’s Executive Vice President Chief Strategy Officer in February 2013. In this newly created position, Hargreaves will leverage his proven financial acumen and widespread business relationships to drive profitable growth against the backdrop of a rapidly changing global business environment.

Hargreaves joined Hasbro in 1982 when the company reported $138 million in revenues and has held several positions within finance and operations, being appointed CFO in 2001 and COO in 2008. As CFO from 2001 to 2008, Hargreaves helped Hasbro to substantially improve its profitability and strengthened its balance sheet, and undertook several strategic initiatives to expand the reach of the company’s brands into digital gaming, movies and television. Hargreaves helped orchestrate the formation of a 50-50 joint venture with Discovery Communications to create The Hub, a new television network for kids and their families that launched on 10-10-10, and serves on the Board of Directors of The Hub.

Prior to joining Hasbro, Hargreaves worked in the automotive industry with Ford of Europe, where he held a number of positions in finance and strategic planning, and in finance with DeLorean Motor Cars Limited.

Hargreaves sits on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Toy Industry Association. He is involved with a number of non-profit organizations and has been a board member of the Kent County YMCA and Capital City Community Centers.

Hargreaves obtained his BA in Business from the University of East London, and undertook post-graduate business studies at the University of Warwick Business School.

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Bob Wann

Secretary-Treasurer, TIA Board of Directors
Bob Wann
Chief Executive Officer
Patch Products

Bob Wann is the CEO of Patch Products Inc., the maker of Patch, Lauri and Smethport branded toys, games and educational products. Wann proudly serves on the Executive Committee of Toy Industry Association's Board of Directors and holds the Chair position for both the PlayCon Conference Committee and the Toy Industry Foundation's Fundraising Committee.

Wann has over 30 years experience at both Fortune 500 and Entrepreneurial/Start-up companies in U.S and International markets. Through strategic brand and product development combined with creative marketing, he has overseen the development and growth of some of the most recognized brands in Toys and Consumer Packaged Goods, including M&M's, Johnson & Johnson, Fisher Price and Playskool. Wann developed his brand building and marketing skills at M & M Mars, Johnson & Johnson and American Greetings and later applied these skills as VP of Marketing at Fisher Price, Executive Vice President of Playskool and President/Worldwide General Manager of Milton Bradley/Parker Bros at Hasbro, overseeing the successful introduction or growth of industry recognized brands such as Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, Mr. Potato Head, Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary, Fisher Price, Playskool, Nerf.

Wann is widely recognized as a creative thinker and marketer, developing award-winning programs such as "Family Game Night” and “Get Together Games.”

He has been married to his wife Amy for 21 years and resides in Lake Geneva, WI with their 18-year-old daughter Melanie.

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Shirley Price

Member of the Executive Committee, TIA Board of Directors
Shirley Price
President and Chief Operating Officer

Shirley Price is President and Chief Operating Officer of Funrise Toy Corporation, an industry leader in the manufacturing and distribution of the most popular toys for children of all ages. She started her toy industry career with Funrise in 1987, the same year the company was founded, and has held several senior management positions within the organization. In addition to managing the operations for a company that goes through the entire creative process of designing and manufacturing toys, Price leads all strategic planning and business development initiatives, including partnerships with other major toy companies and licensors.

Price is very involved in charitable causes. For 10 years, she organized Funrise’s “Toy Run For Kids,” an annual toy drive that brought the largest single donation of toys to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She was the founding co-chair of the Toy Industry Foundation’s Toy Bank Committee when it was created in 2004 and continues to sit as a member of the group.

An active member of the Toy Industry Association (TIA), Price was elected to the Board of Directors in February of 2010.  

She also holds the position of Chair of the Toy of the Year (TOTY) Award Committee and is past co-chair of the PlayCon Committee. She is also a member of Women In Toys and received the Wonder Woman In Toys Award for Manufacturing in 2011.

Price is a graduate of Catherine College. She lives in Southern California with her husband and two children.

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