The U.S. Toy Co. hired Jeff Bunkowske and Christina Clayton, both formerly of Toysmith, to continue the company’s expansion.

In his new role as director of business development, Bunkowske — an 18-year Toysmith vet — will guide sales efforts and will work the grow the company’s global retail distribution. He will also help to identify potential acquisitions and exclusive distribution partnerships to add to the U.S. Toy roster.

As the national sales manager for specialty, Clayton looks to drive growth across all specialty channels, including toy, hobby, gift, museums, zoos, aquariums, national parks, special attractions, and theme parks.

“Jeff and Christina are well-known and talented sales managers and we are extremely fortunate to now have them on our sales management team during the company’s exciting time of high-growth,” say Bill and Doug Bordegon at the U.S. Toy Company.

Additionally, the company says that its new hires “will help provide the product team [with] strategic category line direction, including early learning playthings, outdoor and active products, imaginative play, building and construction, trendy and retro novelty items, impulse and cash wrap toys, and party favors.”

U.S. Toy is a third-generation, family-owned manufacturer and distributor of educational toys across its consumer, commercial, and Constructive Playthings divisions. In addition to its manufacturing and distribution businesses, U.S. Toy also operates a 37,000 square-foot toy store (pictured top) in Overland Park, Kansas.