The Toy Association’s Annual Business Conference will cover retail, finance, marketing, and more.

by Kristin Morency Goldman, senior communications specialist, The Toy Association

Are you a toy professional looking to gain crucial insight into the most pressing issues facing the toy industry? Save the date for The Toy Association’s Annual Business Conference (ABC), taking place from July 14-15 in Bentonville, Arkansas.

“Building on the success of the 2018 business conference in partnership with Amazon, and the second iteration in Minneapolis last June in close collaboration with Target, this year’s ABC in Bentonville will uncover need-to-know content and proven strategies to help the toy, play, and youth entertainment communities grow their businesses, overcome challenges, and leverage new opportunities,” says Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of The Toy Association.

What to Expect

A packed schedule of roundtables, workshops, and interactive discussions will highlight trends, innovations, and insight from veteran toy executives who are successfully navigating the ever-changing landscape of retail, finance and credit, legislation and regulations, marketing, operations and logistics, brand protection, and more. Confirmed presenters include keynote speaker Jeremy Gutsche, founder of trendhunter.com, and Juli Lennet, vice president and industry advisor of U.S. toys at The NPD Group.

Last year’s business conference welcomed hundreds of toy and youth entertainment industry executives. Attendee and session presenter Dennis Cantalupo, president of Pulse Ratings and partner at Riemer+, says the conference was “top-notch.” Merle Saddick, senior sales and operations director for North America at Magformers, adds: “I appreciate the amount of information, learning opportunities, and general knowledge that the meeting presented, and I wish we could have brought more of our team to the event!”

Register Now

Registration ($795 for members and $1,195 for non-members) includes access to the welcome kick-off party, all general sessions and breakout tracks, refreshment breaks, a networking lunch, and the closing night networking dinner. Find more info at toyassociation.org/abc.


This article originally appeared in the February 2020 issue of the Toy Book. Click here to read more!