U.S. Toy Constructive Playthings

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.

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.