GAMA Trade Show announces its speaker for the 2014 GAMA Dinner keynote address "Level Up!"
GREGORY C. LEEDS
PRESIDENT AND CEO, WIZARDS OF THE COAST
Greg has 25 years of experience in transforming and building brands globally with some of the world’s leading consumer products companies. He has been President of Wizards of the Coast since early 2008 and under his leadership the company is achieving phenomenal success by creating great integrated analog and digital entertainment experiences. He reveres the integrity and values of the gaming community and is proud to be a member.
During 2005 through 2007, Greg took responsibility for Hasbro’s Asia/Pacific Division and was put in charge of all International Marketing. He joined Hasbro as General Manager of the Company’s Boys Toys division in 2001 and under his management, the Company strengthened its leadership in the “male action” category through the launch of breakthrough entertainment on brands such as TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and BEYBLADE.
Prior to Hasbro, Greg worked as the Vice President/General Manager for Samsonite Corporation’s Traditional Channels. He also spent a portion of his career at Samsonite based in Hong Kong as their Vice President/General Manager, Asia.
Greg’s marketing career began at Procter & Gamble where he held various positions of increasing responsibility across the globe between 1984 and 1997. He has a Bachelor of Commerce and Finance from the University of Toronto, and excelled in the Dartmouth University Executive program which led to a leadership role in re-vamping Hasbro’s innovation efforts.
Greg is highly involved in his community. He is a Board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters Puget Sound and a Board member of the Seattle Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He strives to stay young by trying to close the gap in sports, fitness and gaming with his wife and two sons.
The 2014 GAMA Trade Show
“Building Your Business”
Welcome to the 2014 GAMA Trade Show (March 17th thru March 21st) hosted at Bally’s in Las Vegas!
For more than 25 years, the GAMA Trade Show has been the industry cornerstone in helping businesses grow and learn as we expand the hobby market. In 2013 we had over 280 unique stores attend the show, making it the largest professional event in our industry!
This year, I expect we will see even more growth! We have more Sponsors, more exhibitors and more content for everyone! I am very excited to see the show continue to support your needs as we enhance our event to help you grow your business!
I know there has been some confusion about the dates, but many of our exhibitors and retailers really liked the earlier dates we have had the last couple years in Mid March. When those dates became available, we listened and chose to take them.
Here are some of this year’s highlights:
The Box is back for the 4th Year!!
Each unique retail store that attends and participates in our program will get over $1,500 in new product delivered right to your store at GAMA’s expense! Make sure you thank the Premier Presentation Sponsors while you are at the Show!
The GAMA Retail Division (GRD) designs an outstanding track of seminars for stores. Join us and listen to the experienced experts and to our Power Retail Award Winners as they share their insight to helping your store be more successful!
Manufacturer Seminars & Domestic Manufacturing Track
If you are a manufacturer, where do you get a chance to interface with resource providers? Where do you find updates on ways to help your business? Our Domestic Manufacturing track started in 2013 and it provides you with both business content and a networking event to interface with service providers to get ideas and pricing! Our seminars provide everything from global marketing to updates on legislative initiatives all onsite.
One of the gems of the GAMA Trade Show, the Premier Presentation Track offers individual time for retailers to interface with our manufacturers! Join our many sponsors and listen to their news for 2014!
Exciting Exhibit Hall
We had over 110 exhibitors in 2013 with 2 days of hall time! This year we added six (6) more booths to the hall and we have even MORE exhibitors coming than before! Stop by and see your favorite manufacturers and see their new products for 2014!
Dinner and lunches are free for Retailers!
Remember as a retailer at the GAMA Trade Show, every buyer ribbon gets you into the lunches and dinners for free!
Show Order Writing Program
Thanks to the support of our Distributing partners, writing orders is even easier at the GAMA Trade Show! Talk with the GAMA staff on how retailers and manufacturers can do even more business at this year’s show!
All this and more on site at the Industry’s Largest Networking Event!
Join us for the 2014 GAMA Trade Show at Bally’s in Las Vegas!
We will help you build your business as we head into 2014!