Mary Sisson of Kazoodles Toy Store in Vancouver, Wash. will receive the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA)‘s Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Marketplace & Academy.

A veteran journalist who volunteered as editor of the ASTRA quarterly newsletter two months after opening her first toy store, Sisson served on the ASTRA Board of Directors. Over the past twelve years, she has guided the ASTRA member publication into its current format as Toy Times magazine. During her tenure as “ASTRA’s Editor,” she consistently provided useful, easy-to-access information to the toy trade on industry trends, business development, retail store management, and more.

ASTRA will present Sisson with the Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual Awards Breakfast and Business Meeting on June 11at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.