TIA's International Conference of Play Professionals

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May 2-4, 2016
The Miami Beach Edition Hotel
Miami, FL


PlayCon is the toy industry’s premier annual gathering for play professionals who are looking to network with peers and industry icons and receive cutting edge research, ideas and inspiration.

This three-day conference features general assembly presentations by industry influencers and thought-leaders, interactive workshops, networking lunches, evening events, social activities and more!

View the 2015 program-at-a-glance

Looking Back


May 12, 2015 | Leaders across the toy and play space gathered in Scottsdale, Arizona earlier this month to hear the latest market research and expert insights at PlayCon, the Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) International Conference of Play Professionals.

Held at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa, the event kicked off on April 29th with a lively evening of networking for 171 participants, featuring a dinner and Casino Night fundraiser in support of the Toy Industry Foundation.

PlayCon continued over the next two days with a program packed with cutting-edge content, addressing issues ranging from evolving consumer preferences and technologies to strategies for success at retail, all aimed at helping play professionals boost their business savvy and improve their bottom line.

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2015 Keynote Speaker

Gary Grant

Founder & Managing Director
The Entertainer

The biggest independent toy retailer in the UK

The Entertainer

2015 Speakers

 Gutsche  Hertz  Marinn Jackson

Jeremy Gutsche
Chief Trend Hunter

Ken Hertz
Founding Principal, memBrain LLC
Senior Partner,
Hertz Lichtenstein & Young LLP

Marinn Jackson
Senior Vice President,
Strategic Accounts
Nickelodeon Group,
Viacom Media Networks

 Eva Lorenz  Luther  Brian Mariotti 
Eva Lorenz
Category Leader,
Toys & Games

Sujata Luther
Senior Vice President,
Consumer Insights
Nickelodeon Group,
Viacom Media Networks

Brian Mariotti
President & CEO

 Pressman  Jennifer Schubert  Parker Thomas 
Laurie Pressman
Vice President
Pantone Color Institute

Jennifer Schubert
Vice President of Merchandising
Calendar Club
Go! Games & Toys

Parker Thomas

 Tutt  Paul Vitale  David Yakos 
Frederique Tutt
Global Toy Industry Analyst
The NPD Group
Paul Vitale
Senior Vice President,
Finance and Operations
Toy Industry Association, Inc.
David Yakos
Salient Technologies

2015 Registration Fees

TIA Member Full Conference  $995 per person if registered by February 28, 2015
$1,095 per person beginning March 1, 2015

Non-Member Full Conference $1,395 per person if registered by February 28, 2015
$1,495 per person beginning March 1, 2015

Meals Only (Spouse/Domestic Partner)      $540

TIA Member Group Pricing and Affiliated Association Group Pricing for members of LIMA, WIT and ASTRA is available for groups of 3, 5 or 10 registrants. For details, please contact Joan Wyche at 646.520.4855.


General Inquiries

Kimberly Carcone
Senior Director, Market Events

Sponsorship Opportunities

Laura Mangiaracina
Manager, Advertising, Sponsorship and Promotions

Thank You to our Sponsors

Blue Plate Media Services Freeman