TIA's International Conference of Play Professionals

Date & Location

April 29 - May 1, 2015
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch
Scottsdale, Arizona

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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 a preliminary agenda

Keynote Speaker

Gary Grant

Founder & Managing Director
The Entertainer

The biggest independent toy retailer in the UK

The Entertainer

2015 Speakers

 Gutsche  Hertz  Eva Lorenz

Jeremy Gutsche
Chief Trend Hunter

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

Eva Lorenz
Category Leader,
Toys & Games

 Brian Mariotti  Pressman  Jennifer Schubert 
Brian Mariotti
President & CEO

Laurie Pressman
Vice President
Pantone Color Institute

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

 Parker Thomas  Tutt  Paul Vitale 
Parker Thomas

Frederique Tutt
Global Toy Industry Analyst
The NPD Group

Paul Vitale
Senior Vice President,
Finance and Operations
Toy Industry Association, Inc.

 David Yakos 
David Yakos
Salient Technologies

PLAYCON 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

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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.


PlayCon’s official hotel, the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch is currently sold out. We encourage you to check back regularly as rooms may become available.

Click here to visit the Hyatt website or call (888) 421-1442 and mention PLAYCON.

Additional rooms are available at the Gainey Suites Hotel located at 7300 E. Gainey Suites Drive, across the street and approximately a 5 minute walk from the Hyatt Gainey Ranch. Rooms rates average $205 - $335 per night depending upon room type. Reservations may be made by calling (480) 922-6969 or visiting their website www.gaineysuiteshotel.com.


General Inquiries

Kimberly Carcone
Senior Director, Market Events
(646) 520-4869

Sponsorship Opportunities

Laura Mangiaracina
Manager, Advertising, Sponsorship and Promotions
(646) 454-5589

Looking Back


May 13, 2014 | Leaders from across the toy, play, and youth entertainment industries gathered in Scottsdale, Arizona last week to partake in content-rich educational sessions and business networking activities at PlayCon, the Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) International Conference of Play Professionals.

Held at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, the event kicked off on Wednesday evening, May 7th, with a welcome reception and dinner that included opening remarks from Bob Wann, CEO of Patch Products and chair of the PlayCon Committee. Wann greeted 170 attendees from 106 organizations and promised two jam-packed days of invaluable content covering a range of topics pertinent to play professionals – including marketing and branding, customer engagement, licensing, crowdfunding and crowdsourcing, industry innovation, and more.

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