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Our Team

Every day, around the world, members of the Licensing International team are working to serve the global licensing community in a variety of different roles. 

Awards Committee

Steven Heller (Chairperson)
President & Founder, The Brand Liaison LLC

Gisela Abrams (Staff Liaison)
Licensing International

Sol Armada
Director, Retail Strategy & Development, Global Themed Entertainment, Warner Bros. Discovery

Jay Asher
Partner, Brandgenuity

Debra Joester
President & Owner, The Joester Loria Group

Jason Korfine
Partner, Licensing Street LLC

Deidre Manna Yoshioka

David Pérez Balaguer
TheMadMan™, NO GROUP

Debra Restler
SVP, Business Development & Marketing, Beanstalk

Steve Scebelo
President, NFL Players Inc.

Warren Schorr
Vice President Business Development & Global Licensing, Crayola

Justin Watson
Managing Director, Asembl Brands

Miki Yamamoto
Senior Vice President, IMG

Executive Committee

Steve Scebelo (Chairperson)
President, NFL Players Inc.

Maura Regan (Staff Liaison)
Licensing International

Foundation Fundraising Committee

Roz Nowicki (Chairperson)

Maria Ungaro (Staff Liaison)
Licensing International

Liz Abrams
Senior Vice President, Manufacturer Representation and Brand Central Insights, The Brand Central Group

Sarah Hurley
President & CEO, Sarah Hurley Brands

Ted Larkins
SVP Global Licensing, Octane5

Cindy Levitt
Senior VP, Mad Engine

Rebecca Tatlock
VP Business Development, Games & Emerging Media
Paramount

Janice Varney-Hamlin
CEO, Marketing Immersion

Hall of Fame & Rising Star Event Committee

Veronica Hart (Co-Chairperson)
EVP, Global Franchise Planning, Paramount Consumer Products & Experiences

Ivonne Feliciano (Co-Chairperson)
Associate Vice President, Business Development & Marketing, LATAM, Beanstalk

Maura Regan (Staff Liaison)
Licensing International

Sarah Cummins

Carolann Dunn
VP Licensing, Discovery Inc

Debra Restler
SVP, Business Development & Marketing, Beanstalk

Steve Scebelo
President, NFL Players Inc.

IDEA (Inclusion Diversity Equity & Accessibility) Committee

Jamie Stevens (Chairperson)
EVP Worldwide Consumer Products, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Maura Regan (Staff Liaison)
Licensing International

Naz Amarchi-Cuevas
Chief Commercial Officer, SYBO Games

Bil Bertini
Head of Marketing Partnerships North America, Paramount Pictures

Krystyna Braxton
Apparel Licensing Manager, NFL Players Association

Anita Castellar
CEO, FanGirl Consulting & Brand Management

Carolyn D’Angelo
President of Laura Ashley & Managing Director, Brands at Gordon Brothers

Marsha Forde
Director, Global Inclusion, Diversity & Talent Development at WildBrain

Josh Goodstadt
Executive Vice President, Licensing at THINK450

Brandi Hammons
Director of Marketing, BoxLunch

Janet Hsu
Former CEO, Horizon Group USA

Todd Kaufman
Vice President Of Strategy & Partnerships, Beanstalk

Cindy Levitt
Senior Vice President, Mad Engine

Maggie Matthews
Vice President, OP Games

John McGill
Director of Brand Partnerships, American Mensa

Roz Nowicki

Ashley Phanor
Senior Manager, Licensing & Consumer Products, U.S. Soccer Federation

Inky Son
Vice President, Licensing at National Basketball Players Association

Rebecca Tatlock
VP, Business Development, Games and Emerging Media, Paramount

Garry Wallace
Creator & Innovator, Dual Mind

Steven Wolfe Pereira
CEO, Encantos

New Revenue Committee

Holly Rawlinson (Chairperson)
GM Business Development, Spirit Halloween & Spencer Gifts

Maura Regan (Staff Liaison)
Licensing International

Bill Bertini
Head of Marketing Partnerships North America, Paramount Pictures

Hiu Lee
Chief Marketing Officer, Horizon Group USA

Valerie Mitchell Johnston
VP & Deputy General Counsel, Sesame Workshop

Natasha Tours
Head of Brand & Product Marketing, Vtech & Leapfrog

Brandi Unchester
Marketing Director, In-Store Bakery, Bimbo Bakeries USA

Sustainability Committee

Michelle McLaughlin (Chairperson)
CEO, Brand Activation Consulting

Maria Ungaro (Staff Liaison)
Licensing International

Faizan Bakali
President/COO, Mad Engine

Angela Carrell
VP of Pre-production / Testing & Compliance, Mad Engine

Sebastien Guttman
Regional Senior Licensing Sales Manager, The Walt Disney Company

Hiu Lee
Chief Marketing Officer, Horizon Group USA

David Mamiye
Owner, Urban Attitudes

Linda Morgenstern
Vice President, Brand Management, Beanstalk

Joel Satin
Founder & Managing Director, FiveOne Global LLC

Mikayla Vincent
Sustainability Specialist, Mad Engine

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