License Global’s ‘The Influentials’ Shortlist RevealedLicense Global’s ‘The Influentials’ Shortlist Revealed
License Global’s annual feature “The Influentials” is returning this December to honor nine individuals who have driven change, made an impact and changed the business of brand licensing.
November 14, 2022
This year, “The Influentials” will look to pay tribute to a broad swath of individuals by highlighting the best and brightest within specific categories.
These categories – “The Innovator,” “The Disruptor,” “The Change Maker,” “The Brand Builder,” “The Collaborator,” “The Expert,” “The Newcomer," “The Influencer” and "The License Global Influential of 2022" – encompass the scope of contributions of those advancing the quality and sophistication of the $315.5 billion licensing business.
The nominations have been counted, the judges have gathered and License Global is pleased to release its first look at the Shortlist of nominees across each category.
An individual who has played a vital role in industry advancements across sustainable processes, manufacturing or product design.
Derek Rippe, BarkBox
Elisha Gordan, Jay Franco
Eliza Kapitan, Accutime
Mike Dunn, Octane5
“The Change Maker”
An individual who has contributed to advancements or created validated internal programs or product programs that promote and bring permanent change in diversity and inclusion.
Anita Castellar, FanGirl
Eric Morse, Red Bubble
Madia Willis, Black Paper Party
Michael Almeida, Joester Loria Group
Hyram Yarbro, Semaphore
An individual who has developed an exceptional brand collaboration and/or cross-category product collaboration program.
Dolly Ahluwalia, Funko
Jason Kletzky, Collaborations Licensing
Joan Carrera Lopez, AC Milan
Justin Paquin, Paquin Entertainment
An individual that has inspired the licensing community to adopt a new way of business or school of thought.
Alex Locke, NFIP Holdings
Ashley Mady, Zigazoo
Jen Nuccio, Rock the Bells
Warren Schorr, Crayola
An individual who has contributed to the business of brand licensing deeply over the course of their storied career.
Julie Newman and Ilana Wilensky, Jewel Branding
Stu Seltzer, Seltzer Licensing
Casey Collins, Hasbro
Raj Malik, Bioworld
A newcomer to the business of brand licensing who is at the beginning of their licensing career but already making waves in the industry.
Bri Kessler, Brand Central
Jade Perry, CAA
Jennifer Sacco, Accutime
Nick Manzo, IMG
“The Brand Builder”
The person behind the licensed consumer product which has garnered huge reach, revenue growth and/or ongoing opportunities for the brand/intellectual property
Anna Songo Adamian, Crunchyroll
Danielle Marder, Jazwares
Jasen Wright, Wildbrain CPLG
Molly Robbins, U.S. Polo Assn.
An individual that has gone out of their way to better the industry through open-source thinking, editorial contribution, public speaking and mentoring. The Influencer is a voice that carries.
Enrique Uribe, Disliz
Gary Pope, Kids Industries
Genna Rosenberg, GennComm
Jeremy Padawer, Jazwares
Sharon Weisman, Powerstation Studios
"The License Global Influential of 2022"
An individual chosen for excellence in all categories or one specific, earth-shattering example of how an individual can create a sea of change.
Steven Heller, The Brand Liaison
Simon Philips, Moonbug
Matthieu Battini, GLG, Informa
Allison Ames, Beanstalk
“The Influentials “will also feature “Influential Advice for Young Professionals” to give professionals a direct insight into the expertise of the licensing’s best. So, stay tuned for the launch of License Global’s “The Influentials Issue” this December for the final reveal of the winners, as well as insights into the global toy market, interviews with major brands within licensing and thought leadership from the License Global team.
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