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"We Represent 

the Best"

THE BEST MANUFACTURERS

 

THE BEST BRANDS

THE BEST TEAM

The People that Make the Difference

 
 
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Andy Weiner

OWNER

Andy brings 40+ years of sales and merchandising experience to Toy'n Around. Andy's diverse background includes administrative, field sales, and GM experience. He has extensive relationships in China & Europe since first doing business there in 1984. When not engaged at work, Andy has served as the Chairman of Children’s Cancer Research Fund, Make A Wish Minnesota, and is currently a Director of the Western Golf Association Evans Scholars.

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Michelle Weber

SR. SALES EXECUTIVE

Michelle is a former Target merchant with a proven track record curating brands, fostering strong partnerships and driving results. Now a key partner and account manager at Toy’n Around, Michelle brings passion, deep market knowledge, strategic thought, leadership and analytics to advance our manufacturers’ impact. Michelle is responsible for building key accounts, driving digital results, and is the WIT MN Chapter Chair.

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Dan Bowling

COO

Dan started his sales and marketing career at

3M Global where he worked for 5 years. During his time at 3M Dan lived in Atlanta and managed key distribution accounts that sold across North America. He is now a key partner with Target and also heads up a Business Unit that manages our larger Toy Vendors. In addition, as one of our officers, Dan manages the day to day operations for our entire organization.

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Mark Lundquist

SR. SALES EXECUTIVE

Mark began his sales career selling Energizer batteries in the Chicago market back in the early 90’s. Since joining our group over 20 years ago Mark has been responsible for Best Buy, Mid States Group, Blue Stem, Supervalu, and other key regional retailers.

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Danny Wolchansky

SR. SALES EXECUTIVE

Danny manages most of our emerging businesses. His background involves logistics and transportation, as well as 5 years of retail buying and merchandise planning. Danny’s experiences in both retail and vendor operations have proven invaluable. He is highly skilled at building and managing forecasting models.

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Jodi Groenewold

SR. ACCOUNT MANAGER

Jodi is a key team

member. After beginning her career at Target, she has now spent 20 years supporting Target. Jodi’s first-class customer service skills support our organization well. She also assists the Business Unit managing large vendors with complex and detailed processes. Jodi is highly respected by both our manufacturers and customers.

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Lori Bethke

SR. ACCOUNT MANAGER

Lori began in retail merchandising with Target Corporation. While at Target she served in various roles as a Merchandise Coordinator and a Business Analyst. Today, with over 25 years of experience, she is one of our most knowledgeable staff and a member of one of our largest Business Units.

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Shauna Olson

SR. BUSINESS ANALYST

Shauna came to our organization in 2011 after having served in a number of business support areas at Shop NBC and most recently at SuperValu. As a member of our Business Unit that manages large vendors, Shauna brings a wealth of experience in business analytics. She is a trusted resource for both our manufacturers and our customers.

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Kim Nguyen

SR. MERCHANDISE SPECIALIST

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Kari Picht

BUSINESS ANALYST

Kari has 12 years of retail merchandising and planning experience, including time at Target and Victoria’s Secret. She came to us from Bluestem Brands where she was an Inventory Analyst. Kari is responsible for forecasting several companies’ inventory plans including one of Target’s largest toy vendors.

Kim has over 10 years of retail experience including Coach, Louis Vuitton, and Target.com, where she was a Merchandise Specialist in Toys. Her deep understanding and intimacy with Target.com brings our organization a complex,

in-depth knowledge on this important and emerging channel.

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Kevin Friedland

SR. SALES EXECUTIVE

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Theresa Peitz

SR. ACCOUNT MANAGER

 

CONSULTING SERVICES

Professional
Representation

How well do you know your customer? Can you implement a proven sales process? Are you focused on the right timetables, solutions, and positioning?

 

We're here to help.

analytics &
reporting

Delivering on forecasts, promotions,

in-stocks, and ending inventory can make or break your business. Shipping too little is as bad as shipping too much.

We have full-time analysts that can make that happen.

Strong industry
relationships

30 years of success doesn't happen without partnerships. Do you have the relationships, contacts, and insights to be successful? Who do you turn to when you need a quick solution?

We're embedded in the industry.

Branding

How you position your product is the foundation to its success. What are you trying to communicate to the consumer? How can you take credit for the uniqueness of your product?

Marketing

What is the most effective way to introduce your brand to the market?

At Toy'n Around we understand how to

market, where to market, and have relationships with the best marketing firms in the country.

Price

The best product in the world with the wrong pricing quickly collects dust on the shelf. Understanding your price / value

equation is critical.

We can help.

Promotion

When, what, and how are the best ways to highlight your product at the key times of

the season? Circulars, Price Reductions,

Catalog Exposure, DRTV, or TVC?

You name it, we've done it.

Forecast

There are two sure-fire ways to upset your customers: Being out of stock and being overstocked. We'll help you manage your items' forecast by comparing it to thousands of other similar items.

Timelines

When should you start production? When do you need to ship? When is the best time to run your promotions? We estimate there are over 50 deadlines a company needs to hit in order to maximize

their potential.

 

Toy'n Around provides professional representation, strong industry relationships, effective retail marketing and forecasting.

In our thirty years of doing business we’ve sold over 3 billion dollars...

and we’re just getting started!