PlayCon’s educational program is jam-packed with industry leaders, innovators, influencers and movers and shakers from the business of play and beyond.

Speakers, sessions and session times are all subject to change.

Wednesday, April 29

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

TIA Executive Committee Meeting, Hyatt Boardroom

10:00 a.m. – Noon

TIF Board of Trustees, Markland Boardroom

Noon – 12:30 p.m. 

TIA and TIF Board Lunch, Arroyo CD

12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

TIA Board Meeting, Dunes AB



PlayCon Registration Opens, Arizona West Booth

6:00 p.m.

Welcome Dinner & Casino Night Fundraiser in support of the Toy Industry Foundation, Terrace Court

Thursday, April 30

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Networking Breakfast, South Foyer/Garden

8:00 a.m. – Noon

PlayCon Sessions, Arizona Ballroom

  • Welcome Remarks
  • TIA State of the Industry Report
  • Jeremy Gutsche, Founder, The
  • Millennial Insights, Viacom
  • Frederique Tutt, Global Toys Analyst, The NPD Group
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch, South Foyer/Garden

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

PlayCon Sessions, Arizona Ballroom

  • Jennifer Schubert, Vice President of Merchandising, Calendar Club – Go! Games & Toys
  • Ken Hertz, Founding Principal, memBrain LLC, Senior Partner, Hertz Lichtenstein & Young LLP
  • Financial Benchmarking Study Results, Paul Vitale, SVP, Finance & Operations, TIA
  • KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Gary Grant, Founder, The Entertainer

4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Free Networking Time
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Pool Party Networking Reception sponsored by GES , Poolside GES

Friday, May 1

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Networking Breakfast, South Foyer/Garden

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

PlayCon Sessions, Arizona Ballroom

  • Toy Industry Foundation, Pete Henseler, TIF Chair
  • Laurie Pressman, Vice President, Pantone Color Institute
  • Brian Mariotti, President & CEO, Funko
  • David Yakos, Co-Owner, Salient Technologies & Parker Thomas, Inventor
  • Eva Lorenz, Catergory Leader, Toys & Game Shop,

11:00 a.m.

Closing Remarks

Thank You to our Sponsors

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