Rising Stars Award

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We are building brand licensing’s leaders!

Do you know a young professional who has stepped up and shown their true talent and tenacity within the licensing industry? LIMA wants to know who they are!

Nominations are now open for this year’s Rising Stars Award! If you know an individual 35 years old and under with 1-7 years of experience who demonstrates a passion for licensing, don’t hesitate to submit them for consideration. You can nominate a co-worker, colleague or yourself!

Deadline to participate is Friday, March 23rd



  • 35 years old and under, with 1-7 years of experience.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to and passion for the licensing industry.
  • Seeks additional professional development opportunities to improve skills.
  • Has shown innovation in planning and implementing successful licensing strategy.
  • Demonstrates leadership potential.

Previous Recipients of LIMA’s Rising Stars Award:

2017: Scott HalpernWWE; Yuki JinzaLaura Ashley Japan; Curtis Matthews, Striker Entertainment; Ryan McDonald, NFL Players Inc.; Lauren Montemaro, Beanstalk; Will Ochoa, Turner Broadcasting; Claire Pierce, Meredith Corporation; Becky Quinn, Sesame Workshop; Naomi Rosenzweig, Berkshire Fashions; Nancy Sanieoff, Brand Central LLC; Andi Scher, Richmond Management Group; Nicole Silberstein, License! Global; Samantha Yang, Shanghai Skynet Brand Management Corp., Ltd
2016: Katelyn Cozzi, Mattel; Stephanie Marlis, Creative Licensing Corporation
2015: Stephanie CandiloroWarner Bros. Consumer Products; Milin ShahEarthbound LLC
2014: Ivonne Feliciano, Sesame Workshop; Kelley Davison, Added Extras
2013: Lauren Fields, Brand Central LLC; Marisa Marionakis, Cartoon Network
2012: Will DePippo, Sesame Workshop; Caitlin Gutekunst, Mind Candy; Andrew Ostrom, Harley-Davidson Motor Company; Jess Richardson, WWE; Anthony Shaut, Spielman Koenigsberg & Parker LLP; David Tovey, Mind Candy; Emily Wickerham, IMC Licensing