President’s Letter – November 15, 2011: The TIA
I had a marathon round of travel to the Middle East and Asia in
October. The meetings I traveled for were important aspects of my
job for TIA: representing U.S. toy industry interests to safety
authorities in overseas markets, coordinating activities with toy
associations in other nations, and learning about changes and
opportunities in the global toy industry.
I was on the road for nearly four weeks, just before our November 1
Board meetings and Washington, DC Fly-in. I was able to keep
abreast of activities back home thanks to the modern miracle of the
internet, but there is no way I could have left the office for this
length of time without knowing that the crucial preparations for all of
our activities would be handled thoroughly and professionally by our
capable team at TIA.
The Vice Presidents at TIA are highly experienced and talented
executives who know their jobs well and provide a high degree of
professionalism for the association’s activities. In case
you don’t know them, here they are in alphabetical order:
- Marian Bossard, VP Meetings & Events
- Jean Butler, VP Membership/Executive Director Toy Industry
- Ed Desmond, EVP External Affairs
- Al Kaufman, SVP Technical Affairs
- Joan Lawrence, VP Standards & Government Relations
- Stacy Leistner, VP Strategic Communications
- Paul Vitale, VP Administration and Finance
And all of them would be quick to point out that their own success is
a function of the capable team of directors, managers and support staff
within their departments.
At the November 1 Board meeting, one of our Directors observed that
it would be good for the Board to become better acquainted with more of
our staff at TIA. It was a welcome acknowledgement that the vast
agenda of TIA activities is being capably implemented by many staff
members who deserve recognition.
I don’t often enough recognize or thank the team of
professionals here at TIA, and this letter is a small step in that
direction. Whenever you have the opportunity, I hope you will join
me in thanking them.
Warm regards to all,