President’s Letter – July 24, 2012: Enlarging the Conversation
TIA President Carter Keithley discusses the Association's "great new beginning."
President’s Letter – June 19, 2012: “No Man is an Island”
TIA President Carter Keithley celebrates the Association’s relationships with organizations like ASTRA and LIMA, and the value these connections bring to TIA members and industry stakeholders.
President’s Letter – June 5, 2012: Never Too Old
TIA President Carter Keithley on the importance of "getting out from behind your desk to learn new things."
President’s Letter – April 17, 2012: Ounces and Pounds
TIA President Carter Keithley sheds light on the importance of connecting toy executives with federal and state policymakers.
President’s Letter – March 20, 2012: A New Launch
TIA President Carter Keithley discusses the significance of the Association's inaugural toy design conference, which will be held at The Strong in Rochester, NY from June 24-26.
President’s Letter – March 6, 2012: TIA: A Big Tent
TIA President Carter Keithley talks about how the Association will need to “learn some new dance steps” to make sure that the perspectives of TIA’s newest members are heard.
President’s Letter – February 7, 2012: Opportunity Knocks
TIA President Carter Keithley talks about the important opportunities at global toy fairs – from Hong Kong and Nuremberg to the upcoming 109th American International Toy Fair in New York City.
President’s Letter – January 17, 2012: ICTI CARE: A Jewel in the Toy Industry Crown
TIA President Carter Keithley celebrates one of the industry's greatest achievements.
President’s Letter – December 13, 2011: A Year of Accomplishment and Growth
TIA President Carter Keithley reflects on the Association's many initiatives and accomplishments in 2011.
President's Letter - November 15, 2011: The TIA Team
Toy Industry Association President Carter Keithley reflects on the resources, people and teamwork that help an organization to run smoothly.
President’s Letter – October 18, 2011: Preparing for the Season
TIA President Carter Keithley talks about the Association's important preparations for the holiday season.
President’s Letter – September 20, 2011: Networking Gold
TIA President Carter Keithley discusses how industry networking events are “petri dishes” for growing toy business ideas.
President’s Letter – September 6, 2011: Tools to Help You Meet New EU Requirements
In response to new EU requirements and emerging American state requirements for the assessment of chemicals included in toys and the long-term availability of safety reports, TIA president Carter Keithley describes work that has been undertaken by TIA, the Toy Industries of Europe and the Hong Kong Toys Council to develop useful and cost-effective tools that offer real value for their member toy companies.
President’s Letter – August 16, 2011: “Turning Up the Volume” of the Toy Industry’s Legislative Voice
As the toy industry celebrates passage of the much-needed amendment to the CPSIA, TIA president Carter Keithley reminds members that the challenges of other harmful legislation continue at an unparalleled pace. In this very important message, he encourages TIA members to join TOYPAC and assist in strengthening the industry’s relationships with legislators in Washington, DC and in state capitals across the nation.
President’s Letter – August 2, 2011: Amending the CPSIA … What it Means for Your Business
TIA President Carter Keithley talks about the recently passed amendments to the CPSIA and thanks TIA members and the toy industry at large for reaching out to Congressional representatives over the past three years with more than 7,000 messages urging support for the amendment.
President’s Letter – July 12, 2011: Vacation Season
TIA President Carter Keithley reflects on how advanced communications tools have increased the pace of business -- even during the summer months.
President’s Letter – June 28, 2011: Global Vision - Global Scope
TIA President Carter Keithley describes how the Association is at the leading edge of global toy issues – from “green chemistry” to “extended producer responsibility.”
President’s letter – June 7, 2011: Listening to Our Members … Connecting the Coasts
TIA President Carter Keithley writes about nurturing the connection between TIA’s constituents on the west coast and the Association and its staff.
President’s Letter – May 10, 2011: Fun Opportunities
TIA President Carter Keithley discusses how TIA's partnerships and networking events help to make the Association more valuable for its members.
President’s Letter – April 26, 2011: Strength in Numbers: Sticking Together Really Does Make a Difference
TIA President Carter Keithley thanks new and renewing members for their continued support of the Association’s advocacy efforts and emphasizes that a strong trade association is the best approach to help assure reasonable and sound legislation.
President’s Letter – March 31, 2011: Pursuing New Market Opportunities
TIA President Carter Keithley reflects on a recent meeting with the Gulf Standards Organization and discusses how toy companies are increasingly looking across U.S. borders for new expansion opportunities.
President’s letter – March 22, 2011: Getting Your Money’s Worth
TIA President Carter Keithley encourages members to take advantage of their opportunities to leverage TIA to help protect and grow their business.
President’s letter – March 8, 2011: A global marketplace needs a global perspective
TIA President Carter Keithley discusses the increasing importance of the Association’s advocacy efforts in the area of global toy safety standards alignment.
President’s letter – February 8, 2011: “90% of Success is Just Showing Up”
TIA President Carter Keithley writes from the Nuremberg Toy Fair about the invaluable networking and relationship-building that occurs at Toy Fairs around the world each year.
President’s letter – January 25, 2011: Our Numbers Are up and the TIA is Changing
TIA President Carter Keithley writes about the approaching Toy Fair, the changes being made within TIA and the ever-evolving global toy business.
President’s Letter – January 11, 2011: Hong Kong Christened “Toy Town”
TIA President Carter Keithley writes from the Hong Kong Toy Fair.
President's Letter -- December 21, 2010: New Meaning to “Season’s Greetings”
TIA President Carter Keithley shares a holiday message.
President's Letter -- December 6, 2010: Kicking off the Season with a TOTY Spectacular
TIA President Carter Keithley celebrates the success of the Association's brand new event unveiling the Toy of the Year (TOTY) Award nominees.
President’s Letter -- November 9, 2010: Taking on False Accusations During “Toy Hunting Season”
TIA President Carter Keithley discusses the Association's continuous commitment to ensuring the record is set straight about toy safety.
Presidents Letter – Oct 21, 2010: TOYPAC and the Mid-Term Election
As the nation prepares for the mid-term elections next week, TIA President Carter Keithley discusses the roles of TIA and the toy industry political action committee formed earlier this year to assist in educating government officials about issues that specifically affect the toy industry.
Presidents Letter – Oct 4, 2010: A Bigger Tent
Writing from Fall Toy Preview in Dallas one day after a meeting of the Board of Directors, TIA president Carter Keithley explains how the Association is reinventing its membership to reflect the industry’s “new realities.”
President’s Letter | Mid September 2010 … WORTH A TRY
In the second of a series of regular updates, TIA President Carter Keithley discusses the Association’s implementation of innovations for its go-to-market trade events.
President’s Letter | Early September 2010 … WHERE TO NEXT?
As toy companies transition from summer to preparations for the upcoming holiday season, TIA President Carter Keithley provides the first of a series of regular updates on the Association’s recent activities and a look forward to what’s on the horizon.
President’s Letter | November 2009
As toymakers look forward to the holiday season, TIA President Carter Keithley highlights several of the Association’s recent advocacy activities on both the domestic and global scene.
President's Letter June 2009
The bumper sticker slogan “think globally, act locally” applies in reverse to the toy industry. Issues and regulations launched a world away are affecting the toy business in the U.S.
President's Letter May 2009
Our Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) has formed a wonderful partnership with the My Stuff Bags Foundation to provide duffels filled with new belongings to children in crisis who often enter shelters and foster care with nothing of their own.
President's Letter April 2009
TIA has been working vigorously behind the scenes to communicate with CPSC, Members of Congress and media about the consequences the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) is visiting on toy companies, especially the small businesses that make up the vast majority of companies in the industry. Here are some of the noteworthy activities we’ve undertaken – and some new initiatives as well – on behalf of the industry.
President's Letter January 2009
2008 was a year of extraordinary events . . . many of which will have their greatest impact in the coming months as the requirements of the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) become effective for all companies in the toy industry.