Industry Outlook

Veteran Toy Industry Execs to Share Key Business Intelligence at Annual Business Conference


By Laurie Chartorynsky, The Toy Association


Are you ready to grow you business? Considering the merits and challenges of an acquisition or outside investment to help expand operations? These and other questions will be answered during a seminar with veteran toy industry executives at The Toy Association’s Annual Business Conference, co-hosted by Target, taking place June 18 to 19 in Minneapolis, MN.


Presenters of the session titled, “Buying or Selling a Company? Looking to Raise Capital?” taking place on June 18, 3-4:30 p.m., will touch on critical information, including determining your company’s worth in the marketplace, the pros/cons of securing venture capital, how to finance company or brand/product acquisitions, best practices on how to prepare for a transaction, and key issues that could impact the success or failure of a deal.


Panelists include:

  • Jeremy Ballaro, CFO of Buffalo Games
  • Jay Foreman, CEO of Basic Fun!
  • Bob Wann, Chief Play Monster at PlayMonster and chairman of The Toy Association
  • Dean Stewart, vice president of credit and risk management at Spin Master


“Four diverse financial journeys and a wealth of candid career experiences will illuminate how toy companies can secure capital, seek new ventures, and successfully grow in a shifting and competitive marketplace,” says Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of The Toy Association and the panel’s moderator. “This session is just one of several insights into business competitiveness and why toy and play industry professionals need to be in Minneapolis this June.”


Information about registration, hotel bookings, and additional educational sessions is available on