Rising Stars

The Future of Licensing

The Rising Stars award recognizes the next generation of leaders in the licensing business, those who show true tenacity and have impacted their companies and the industry right from the start. Every year Rising Stars are nominated from across the international licensing community, and the winners are honored at the Licensing International Excellence Awards Ceremony.

Congratulations to the
2020 Licensing International Rising Stars

(Left to Right)

Krystyna Braxton, Apparel Licensing Manager, NFL Players, Inc.
Allison Cimino, CEO & Designer, Rocklove
Carolina Garcia, Senior Category Manager, Stationery, Home & FHBP, Cinecolor Colombia
Gao Qiang, Video Commercialization Center Licensing Director, Tencent
Hannah Stevens, Head of Retail, The Point.1888
Louis Yenik, Licensing Manager, Crunchyroll

Meet the 2020 Rising Stars


Past Rising Stars

Krystyna Braxton

Apparel Licensing Manager

NFL Players, Inc.

Allison Cimino

CEO & Designer


Carolina Garcia

Senior Category Manager

Stationery, Home & FHBP, Cinecolor Colombia

Gao Qiang

Video Commercialization Center Licensing Director


Hannah Stevens

Head of Retail

The Point.1888

Louis Yenik

Licensing Manager


Barbara Adu

Product Manager


Sophie Booth

Business Development Manager

Brandgenuity Europe

Nemo Bussu

Licensing Manager

KIDdesigns, Inc.

Hélène El Arouni

Sr. Consumer Products Manager

TF1 Entertainment/Licenses

Pablo Franco

Sr. Manager, Operations & Licensing

International Management Group

Sophie Hunter

Director, Branded Integrations


Mireille Maragakis

Manager, Contacts Advisory


Kalle Törmä

Founder & CEO


Mariana Orvañanos

La Panadería Licensing & Marketing

Nick Manzo

Seltzer Licensng Group

Leon Maratchi

Cartoon Network

Peter Cross

Broad Street Licensing Group

Mimi Nicosia

CPG, Nickelodeon

Mandy Bardisbanian

Hot Topic

Meghan Mernin

Epic Rights

Sally Russell

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Fernanda Coutinho


Danielle Tanton

DHX Brands, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Yuki Jinza

Laura Ashley Japan Co.

Curtis Matthews

Striker Entertainment

Ryan McDonald

NFL Players Association

Lauren Montemaro


Will Ochoa


Claire Pierce

Meredith Coporation

Becky Quinn

Sesame Workshop

Naomi Rosenzweig

Berkshire Fashions

Nancy Sanieoff

Brand Central

Andi Scher

Richmond Management Group

Nicole Silberstein

License Global magazine & Conference Director, NYC Licensing Summit

Samantha Yang

Shanghai Skynet Brand Management Corp

Katelyn Cozzi


Stephanie Marlis

Creative Licensing

Stephanie Candiloro

Warner Bros. CP, Australia

Milin Shah


Ivonne Feliciano

Sesame Workshop

Kelley Davison

Added Extras

Lauren Fields

Brand Central LLC

Marisa Marionakis

Cartoon Network

Will Depippo

Sesame Workshop

Caitlin Gutekunst

Mind Candy

Andrew Ostrom

Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Jess Richardson


Anthony Shaut

Spielman Koenigsberg & Parker LLP

David Tovey

Mind Candy

Emily Wickerham

IMC Licensing

Rising Star Criteria


35 years old and under


Minimum three to maximum seven years of experience in licensing

Seeking Opportunity

Seeks additional professional development opportunities to improve skills


Demonstrates a commitment to and passion for the licensing industry


Has shown innovation in their work


Demonstrates leadership capabilities

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