2019 Topps Industry Conference - Agenda, Topics, Guests2019 Topps Industry Conference – Agenda, Topics, Guests – The annual Topps Industry Conference is once again being held at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. The annual gathering of brick-and-mortar retailers, authorized group breakers and distributors provides Topps the opportunity to layout coming plans for the year and interact with customers . It also serves as a means providing a platform to educate companies to help grow their businesses.

The event also provides Topps a way of giving back to its loyal customers. Exclusive trading cards, autograph guests and evening outings are all on the schedule for 2019. Take the time to review the below agenda as their are some opportunities for attendees to choose specifics.

2019 Topps Industry Conference – Agenda, Topics, Guests

Sunday – February 24th 2019

  • Check-in – (4pm – 6pm)
    • Tower Lobby- Hotel Check-In
    • Dove Conference Room – Topps Conference Check-In
    • Check-in begins at 4pm and will run until 6pm.
  • Welcome Reception – (7pm – 10pm)
    • Location – Dove Conference Room
    • Special Celebrity Guest:

Fernando Tatis Jr.
Touted as one of the top elite prospects in Major League Baseball, Fernando Tatis Jr. will be joining Topps in a meet-and-greet with an on-site and on-card autograph signing, exclusive to the Topps Industry Conference attendees during our Sunday Evening “Bowman” Welcome Reception.

Monday – February 25th 2019

  • Breakfast & Check-in – (7:30am – 8:30am)
    • Showroom Theater
  • Topps Welcome – (8:30am – 9:00am)
  • Keynote Speaker – (9:00am – 10:30am)
    • Jon Schallert – Destination Business
      • Jon Schallert is an internationally-recognized speaker and business expert specializing in teaching business and communities how to turn themselves into consumer destinations.

  • Panel 1 – Selling Brand: Physical Stores – (10:30am – 11:30am)
  • MLB Presentation – (11:30am – 11:45am)
    • Michael Posner – MLB Authentication Program Director
  • Lunch – (11:45am – 12:45pm)
  • WWE Presentation – (12:45pm – 1:00pm)
    • Sylvia Lee – Vice President Operations. Global Consumer Products & NA Licensing at WWE
  • Panel 2 – Selling Brand: Out of Store – (1:00pm – 2:00pm)
  • Snack Break – (2:00pm – 2:30pm)
    • Fire Garden
  • Star Wars Presentation – (2;30pm – 2:45pm)
    • Chris Gollaher – Senior Manager, Global Product Development at LucasFilm
  • Panel 3 – Selling Brand: Social & Digital – (2:45pm – 4:15pm)
    • Meredith Kinsman, Vice President of Digital Strategy – From analytics to social influencers, content marketing and paid content, Meredith leads digital strategy and creative initiatives for Octagon’s top brand clients and has extensive experience in social media, content, interactive experiences and experiential amplification. Her expertise lies in user experience, product strategy, digital analytics, social media strategy, community engagement, content strategy, and editorial technologies. Meredith was named one of Cynposis Media’s Top Women in Digital of 2016, and recently spoke at TVWeek and Sports Business Journal conferences on Virtual Reality in Sports and Using Data to Understand Fan Behavior.

  • Day 1 Closing Credits – (4:15pm – 4:30pm)
  • Monday Evening Event – (6:00pm – 9:00pm)
    • Top Golf – 9500 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale AZ
    • Buses will begin pickup at 5:30pm
    • Special Celebrity Guest:

Christian Yelich
The reigning National League MVP, Christian Yelich will be joining Topps in a meet-and-greet, with an on-site and on-card autograph signing, exclusive to the Topps Industry Conference attendees during their Monday Evening Event. 2018 was an outstanding debut season for Christian Yelich with the Milwaukee Brewers. After a strong first half, Yelich went on a tear after the All-Star break, hitting .367 with 25 home runs and 67RBIs. Finishing the 2018 MLBwith .326 Batting Average, 36 Home Runs, 100 RBIs; Yelich was able to bring home the MVP honors, Silver Slugger Honors, and was voted to the All-Star game.

Tuesday – February 26th 2019

  • Breakfast & Check-in – (7:30am – 8:30am)
    • Showroom Theater
  • Calendar Release & Product Descriptions for Q3/Q4 – (8:30am – 9:30am)
  • Topps Marketing (9:30am – 10:45am)
  • State of the Business – (10:45am – 11:30am)
    • David Leiner
  • Lunch – (11:30am – 12:30pm)
  • Mandatory Breakout Session #1: Trade Marketing/Topps Tool Kit – (12:30pm – 1:00pm)
    • Attendees have the choice of 2 of the below breakouts of the 3 listed to attend – (1:00pm – 1:45pm), (1:45pm – 2:30pm)
      • Breakout Session #2: Breaking Traditional vs. Non Traditional
        • Red Bird J/K/L
      • Breakout Session #3: Social/Digital –
        • Showroom Theater
      • Breakout Session #4: Making Your Store A Destination
        • Red Bird J/K/L
  • Q&A and Closing Remarks – (2:30pm – 3:00pm)
    • Showroom Theater

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