2015sGottliebRichardRichard Gottlieb is an internationally known epxert on the business of play. He is a visionary who foresaw the convergence of entertainment and play (traditional toy, video game, digital and children’s media) into one play industry. Richard is the CEO of “Global Toy Experts,” a global consultancy and resource for knowledge and guidance for competing in the 21st century play and children’s media businesses. Richard, who holds an MBA in Global Management, is also the Publisher of Global Toy News. In addition, Richard is the Founder of the World Congress of Play, the only conference to bring all of the play industries together in one place at one time. The conferences have featured speakers from the Walt Disney Company, Hasbro, Mattel, Activision, Saban, Nickelodeon, Six Flags, Sears, Toca Boca and other leading purveyors of play. Richard has been interviewed by the BBC, ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, Newsweek and other media outlets. Richard is author of the book, “Ambassador to the Kingdom of Wal-Mart.” Richard has spoken to toy industry conferences in the United States, Brazil, Hong Kong, Spain, Germany, Croatia, Russia and Denmark. Richard is a voting member of the National Toy Hall of Fame committee.