Join a TIA Committee

TIA Regular members are invited to help set the strategic direction of the Association – all while maximizing their membership investment and building their network of contacts – by submitting nominations for qualified candidates to serve on the TIA Policy committees shown below.

  • To inquire about a specific committee’s current and upcoming activities, please contact the staff liaison(s) listed.  
  • To discuss committee participation, please contact Ken Ebeling, TIA Vice President of Strategic Development and Member Services (646.454.5580)
  • To express interest in joining a committee, please choose one of the following three options:

Requests for corresponding membership will be processed on a rolling basis. Should a committee be fully staffed, requests for full voting status will be considered annually; individuals who are awaiting full voting participation may be temporarily assigned as a corresponding member of the committee.

AUDIT COMMITTEE

The primary purpose of the Audit Committee is to assist the Board of Directors in its oversight of (i) the integrity of the Association’s financial statements, (ii) the Association’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, (iii) the independent auditor’s qualifications and independence, and (iv) the cooperation of the Association’s management in conducting the annual audit.

NOTE:  This is a Board-level committee with restricted membership.

Chairperson: Joel Berger, Cardinal Industries, Inc.
TIA Staff Liaison:  Paul Vitale, VP, Finance & Administration
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CREDIT COMMITTEE

The primary purpose of the Credit Committee is to promote participation by eligible members of the Association in the TIA Credit Interchange Program, a comprehensive resource that includes an online data collection system that supports the credit-related decisions member toy companies make regarding their customers, and to assist the Board of Directors by reviewing and recommending policies and procedures, services and products to meet the needs of the membership in this area.

NOTE:  Only regular members of TIA who are manufacturers and importers would be eligible to participate in the Credit Committee pursuant to the Credit Interchange Program Guidelines. 

Chairperson: Anna Valles, Bandai America
TIA Staff Liaisons:  Dina Gittings, Manager, Credit Interchange Program;  Paul Vitale, VP, Finance and Administration
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ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE

Mission Statement / Committee Charter pending approval

Chairperson: Jennifer DuBuisson, LEGO Systems Inc.
TIA Staff Liaison:  Al Kaufman, Senior Vice President, Technical Affairs

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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

The primary purpose of the Federal Government Affairs Committee is to monitor federal regulatory and legislative issues – both domestically and internationally, as applicable – that affect the toy industry in North America and to assist the Board of Directors by formulating and advocating the policies and positions of the Association relating to such matters in support of the interests of all segments of the industry.

Board Liaison: Kathrin Belliveau, Hasbro
Staff Liaisons: Rebecca Mond, Director, Federal Government Affairs;
 Rachel Derby, Director, Federal Government Affairs
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INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

The primary purpose of the Investment Committee (the “Committee”) is to assist the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Association in its oversight in the prudent investment of the Association’s accumulated income.

Chairperson: Bob Wann, Patch Products
TIA Staff Liaison:  Paul Vitale, VP, Finance & Administration
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MARKET RESEARCH & DATA STRATEGY COMMITTEE

The primary purpose of the Market Research & Data Strategy Committee is to assist the TIA in identifying meaningful topics to study, and business intelligence/data to collect that is relevant to the toy industry; and when appropriate liaise with TIA staff and selected consultants to develop and collect the appropriate information.

Chairperson: Bill Ritchie, Think Fun
TIA Staff Liaison: Anne McConnell, Director of Market Research & Data Strategy
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MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

The primary purpose of the Membership Committee is to acquire new members within the toy and youth entertainment industries, to identify new potential members and to assist the Board of Directors by reviewing and recommending policies and procedures, services and products to meet the needs of the membership.

Chairperson: Peter Henseler, TOMY International
TIA Staff Liaison: Ken Ebeling, VP, Strategic Development and Member Services
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PLAYCON COMMITTEE

The primary purpose of the PlayCon Committee is to assist the Board of Directors by fostering the development of an annual industry event that recognizes and celebrates the toy and youth product industry, providing educational and motivational program content geared toward personal and professional growth for industry representatives from large and small companies, and supporting networking and social activities that provide opportunities to develop strong and lasting relationships in the industry. 

Chairperson: Robert Wann, Patch Products
TIA Staff Liaison: Marian Bossard, VP,  Meetings & Events
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RESPONSIBLE MARKETING TO CHILDREN COMMITTEE

The primary purpose of the Responsible Marketing to Children Committee is to assist the Board of Directors by reviewing and recommending strategies, policies and procedures that will protect children while also preserving the toy industry’s right to communicate to children and acknowledging and promoting corporate social responsibility in such outreach.

Chairperson: Cynthia Nishimoto, Bandai America Incorporated

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SAFETY STANDARDS AND TECHNICAL COMMITTEE

The primary purpose of the Safety Standards and Technical Committee is to monitor activity on issues related to product safety, standards, testing, and quality assurance issues that affect the toy industry in North America and to assist the Board of Directors by formulating and advocating the policies and positions of the Association relating to such matters in support of the interests of all segments of the industry.

Chairperson: Hailey Mann, American Plastic Toys

TIA Staff Liaison: Joan Lawrence, VP, Standards and Government Affairs
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STATE GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

The primary purpose of the State Government Affairs Committee is to monitor in all 50 states the regulatory and legislative issues that affect the toy industry in North America and to assist the Board of Directors by formulating and advocating the policies and positions of the Association relating to such matters in support of the interests of all segments of the industry.

Chairperson: Corinne Murat, Mattel
TIA Staff Liaisons: 
Jennifer Gibbons, Director, State Government Affairs
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STRATEGIC MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

The primary purpose of the Strategic Marketing and Communications Committee (the “Committee”) is to assist the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Association by monitoring and analyzing issues in the toy industry and by providing direction and oversight for the development and implementation of appropriate Association messages, strategies and projects to address defined needs.

NOTE:  This is a Board-level committee with restricted membership.

Chairperson: Chair To be Named
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PUBLICITY AND PROMOTION SUBCOMMITTEE

This Committee shall monitor current issues, and help to predict future issues, that could affect the toy industry from a communications perspective, and assist in the development and implementation of PR strategies and tactics that will positively influence the perception of these issues by the industry’s various audiences. 

Chairperson: Eric Levin, TechnoSource
TIA Staff Liaison: 
Adrienne Appell, Sr. Manager, Public Relations


TOY INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME COMMITTEE

The mission of the Hall of Fame Committee is to assist the Board of Directors by overseeing the Toy Industry Hall of Fame, including the nomination of candidates and administration of the voting process, and to foster the visibility, integrity, reputation and stature of the program and its related induction ceremony.

Chairperson: Alan Hassenfeld, Hassenfeld Family Initiatives
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TOY OF THE YEAR (TOTY) COMMITTEE

The mission of the Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards Committee is to assist the Board of Directors by overseeing the TOTY Awards program and continually developing the participation, visibility, integrity, reputation and stature of the program and its related presentation ceremony.

Chairperson: Shirley Price, Funrise Toy Corporation
TIA Staff Liaison: Jackie Retzer, Communications Assistant
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TRADE EVENTS COMMITTEE

The Association’s trade events enable member companies to bring product to market in an effective and efficient manner maximizing opportunities to establish profitable relationships with retailers and other toy and youth product industry professionals.  The primary purpose of the Trade Events Committee is to re[View and recommend policies and procedures that will assist the Board of Directors in its oversight and successful delivery of these events. 

Chairperson: William Beebe, Playmates Toys
TIA Staff Liaison: Marian Bossard, VP, Meetings and Events
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TOY INDUSTRY FOUNDATION (TIF) COMMITTEES

Abstracts of two TIF committees and the designated staff contact(s) are also included below. To inquire about current and upcoming activities of these committees, please contact the staff liaison(s).

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

This Committee shall promote awareness of the Foundation among TIA membership and the general public, provide guidance an input on all levels of TIF marketing, and conduct program reviews to evaluate the ongoing success of marketing efforts.

Chairman: Arnie Rubin, Funrise Toy Corporation
Vice-Chair: Genna Rosenberg, GennComm
Staff Liaisons: Jean Butler, Executive Director, TIF; Marisa Medina, Foundation Manager

DEVELOPMENT AND FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE

It shall be the duty of this committee to oversee, implement and evaluate TIF’s development initiatives and provide guidance and input regarding industry outreach. Members’ efforts through the TOTY Tribute Book and Leaders Circle campaigns, as well as the establishment of new giving opportunities, generate funding to address the obstacles that stand in the way of children’s access to play.

Staff Liaisons: Jean Butler, Executive Director, TIF;  Marisa Medina, Foundation Manager

TOY BANK COMMITTEE

This committee shall promote awareness of The Toy Bank, the Toy Industry Foundation’s signature program, and conduct successful drives throughout the year, resulting in an increased number of donors and number of toys donated to benefit children in need.

Co-Chairmen: Tom Neville, TCG; Bob Glaser, aNb Media
Staff Liaisons: Marisa Medina, Foundation Manager; Elizabeth Max, Program Manager