Register Now for the 2018 Toy Fair Credit Meeting

January 8, 2018 | The Toy Association’s Toy Fair Credit Meeting will take place on Monday, February 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the InterContinental New York Times Square Hotel in New York City. The event will provide crucial insights, networking opportunities, and critical trade information to credit, finance, and operations executives of Toy Association member manufacturers.

Held in conjunction with the 115th North American International Toy Fair, taking place February 17 to 20 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, the Credit Meeting is open only to Toy Association member manufacturers. Registration is open until February 12.   

Some of the 2018 program highlights include:

  • Review of Accounts – moderated by Colleen Veilleux, chair of the Credit Committee and senior finance manager at Wicked Cool Toys, and Dean Stewart, vice chair of the Credit Committee and vice president of credit and risk management at Spin Master.
  • Speaker Presentations – Dennis Cantalupo, COO of, will discuss credit risk in the retail industry; Paul Warren, vice president and director of consulting of Enhanced Retail Solutions, will present on Walmart’s new On-Time, In-Full (OTIF) program; and Jason Torf, a partner at Horwood, Marcus & Berk Chartered, will share techniques to optimize pre-petition recovery and protect post-bankruptcy shipments.
  • Workshops for credit managers exploring the challenges associated with credit and collection, moderated by Joy Christopher, chair of the Midwest Chapter of the Credit Interchange and credit manager at Radio Flyer.
  • “Beyond Credit” Breakout Session – a closed session for senior finance and operations executives focused on issues facing toy manufacturing companies.

“The Toy Fair Credit Meeting will provide toy professionals with invaluable knowledge aimed at making companies more efficient and more profitable, and offer tips and resources to companies on how they can protect themselves from retail bankruptcies,” says Paul Vitale, The Toy Association’s executive vice president of finance & operations. “This is a not to miss event for managers and executives who work within their company’s credit, finance, and operations departments.”

Registration information has been sent to qualifying members. Questions about the Toy Fair Credit Meeting may be directed to Dina Gittings, The Toy Association’s Credit Interchange program manager (646.520.4849). For information about hotel bookings and Toy Fair, visit

The Toy Association Credit Interchange is a unique, comprehensive and complimentary trade credit assessment program that was created more than 20 years ago. The program offers participating Toy Association member manufacturing companies convenient, 24/7 access to a secure, password-protected online customer database, moderated forums on credit, finance and operations, daily email newsletter of retail industry news, bankruptcies and significant developmentsas well as access to regional and national educational meetings and conferences.