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Tom Conley Hired at High Point Market Authority

The High Point Market Authority (HPMA) board of directors has appointed Tom Conley to the post of president and CEO, effective August 15. He replaces Brian Casey, who left the Market Authority in the spring.

Conley currently is the owner of TPC & Associates in Chicago, a convention and trade show services business, which he launched in 2009. Before forming his own company, Conley was president of the Toy Industry Association in New York and ran Toy Fair.

Conley has also held the post of president for the Steel Service Center Institute, The International Travel Management Partners, and the National Housewares Manufacturers Association.

Wild Planet Hires Gundlach

Wild Planet Entertainment, Inc., hired Joseph Gundlach as specialty sales manager. Gundlach’s new role includes managing Wild Planet’s specialty accounts and outside sales groups.

Gundlach’s experience includes more than 20 years at LEGO Systems, Inc., where he held various positions, including national accounts manager calling on Kmart, Walmart, and Toys “R” Us.  Most recently, Gundlach focused on key account management for consulting companies hired by Mega Brands, Knex, and others. He also worked as a consultant in the areas of product development, strategy, and P&L improvement.

In his role at Wild Planet, he reports directly to Chris Tidwell, business development manager.

Coulson’s Crib Hires Southern Rep

Coulson’s Crib, creators of the Neatnik Saucer the all-in-one high chair cover and placemat, recently hired Choices for Children to represent its products in the southern United States.

Choices for Children, a Dallas-based sales rep group, will represent the line of tidy baby gear in five states: Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The company’s products will also be on permanent display in Choices for Children’s 4,100-square-foot Dallas showroom at the Dallas Market Center complex.

The Neatnik Saucer will make its debut at the Choices for Children Dallas Market showroom on August 11 for the start of the Apparel & Accessories Market.