The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) has announced the names of the winners of this year’s Rising Stars Awards.
This year’s full list of winners include Scott Halpern, senior licensing manager, WWE, Yuki Jinza, Laura Ashley Japan, Curtis Matthews, director of product approval, Striker Entertainment, Lauren Montemaro, associate director, Beanstalk, Will Ochoa, associate category manager, hard lines, Turner Broadcasting, Claire Pierce, sales director, brand licensing, Meredith Corporation, Becky Quinn, manager, North America licensing, Sesame Workshop, Naomi Rosenzweig, licensing coordinator, Berkshire Fashions, Nancy Sanieoff, licensing director, Brand central, Andi Scher, senior licensing and marketing manager, Richmond Management Group, Nicole Silberstein, content manager, digital and interactive, License Global and Samantha Yang, senior brand manager, Shanghai Skynet Brand Management Corp.
“The Rising Stars Awards recognize the next generation of leaders in the licensing business,” says Maura Regan, executive vice president, LIMA.
“We’re thrilled to honor so many deserving individuals with this special distinction this year, and look forward to hearing more from these future game-changers in the years to come,” she added.
This year’s winners will be recognized during Licensing Expo at LIMA’s 2017 International Licensing Awards ceremony, May 23, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
The annual award identifies professionals up to 35-years-old with one to seven years of experience who have a strong commitment to and passion for the licensing business.
Other criteria for the award include individuals who seek additional professional development opportunities to improve their skills, have shown innovation in planning and implementing successful licensing strategies and have demonstrated leadership potential.