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

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 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

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

Looking Back at 2014


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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