ANNUAL MEETING

Thursday, November 8, 2018
9:00-11:00am
295 5th Avenue, Buyer's Lounge


Attendance is FREE for members! Non-members may attend for a rate of $50.00

The HFPA Annual Meeting is an opportunity to receive an activity update on YOUR association from President Jeff Kaufman and legal counsel Bob Leo. We are also excited to announce that Martin Brochstein, SVP Industry Relations and Information for the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association (LIMA), will serve as the keynote speaker and will address current trends in licensing and how that will impact business in the future. 

We would like to thank our generous sponsors for supporting HFPA's Annual Meeting!


SPEAKER 
Martin Brochstein
SVP Industry Relations and Information
International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA)

Join us for Marty's discussion:
Licensing as A Business Growth Engine
Using numerical results from LIMA’s Annual Licensing Business Survey and insights from that and other LIMA research, we’ll take a look at a range of trends in the licensing business and how they relate to the home fashions and retail marketplaces, and offer our perspective on where things are headed.

Marty Brochstein joined LIMA in 2008 after 12 years as Executive Editor of The Licensing Letter, a New York-based newsletter that covers the global licensing business. He oversees all of LIMA’s research and editorial efforts, including the Annual Licensing Industry Survey, the Inside Licensing news service, LIMA NewsLinks headline services. He is responsible for all LIMA educational programming, most notably the extensive Licensing University program that takes place each year in conjunction with Licensing Expo in Las Vegas.

Brochstein was a business journalist for more than 30 years, primarily covering the consumer products and retail industries. Before joining The Licensing Letter, he spent five years as Senior Editor of Television Digest and founding editor of Consumer Multimedia Report. He also has been editor of several publications in the consumer electronics and retail fields. He is a graduate of Boston University.

 


SPEAKER
Robert Leo
Attorney, Partner at Meeks, Sheppard, Leo & Pillsbury

Dealing with the Trade Wars & Minimizing the Impact
Robert Leo, of HFPA’s Legal Counsel, Meeks, Sheppard, Leo & Pillsbury will brief members on the effect of the trade wars to date and how to soften their blow for you and your customers.  He will discuss various importing and exporting strategies that can avoid or minimize the tariffs.  He will also advise on proactive steps that companies and the industry can take to attempt to stay out of the crosshairs of trade retaliation.

ROBERT J. LEO is a partner in the New York office of Meeks, Sheppard, Leo & Pillsbury.  The firm’s practice focuses on U.S. and international law and regulations affecting exports and imports.  Bob has been in private practice since 1991.

Prior to joining the firm, Bob was Vice President and Counsel (1989 to 1991) for the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI), a national trade association representing U.S. companies before Congress and the Executive Branch.  Recently he served on AAEI’s Board of Governors and as a member of the AAEI Industry Leadership Council.  He is also a Board member of the New York based trade association, NEXCO, and is active in various other associations, including the Home Fashion Products Association, which the firm serves as Counsel. 

Bob is a cleared advisor to the U.S. government on customs and trade facilitation issues and has served in that capacity since 1991.  He was re-appointed in 2018 by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Customs and Trade Facilitation (ITAC 12).  Bob is also a select member of the New York District Export Council, which helps promote U.S. exports.

He served as Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s International Section from January 2005 through January 2006 and was Program Co-Chair for the Section’s Fall Meeting in Shanghai in 2006.  He is currently Co-Chair of the Section’s International Trade Committee.  Bob is also a long-standing member of the Customs and International Trade Bar Association.  He graduated from the State University of New York at Albany and received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.  While in law school he was Managing Editor of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law and served as an intern for then Chief Judge Edward D. Re of the U.S. Court of International Trade.

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