Rising Stars Award


We are building brand licensing’s leaders!

Who are licensing’s up-and-comers? The game-changers who are shaping the future of our industry? Tell us all about them, because LIMA is recognizing the global leaders of tomorrow with our Rising Stars Award!

Congratulations to the 2017 LIMA Rising Stars!



  • Scott Halpern, Senior Licensing Manager, WWE
  • Yuki JinzaLaura Ashley Japan
  • Curtis Matthews, Director of Product Approval, Striker Entertainment
  • Ryan McDonald, Coordinator, Business Development & Digital Licensing, NFL Players Inc.
  • Lauren Montemaro, Associate Director, Beanstalk
  • Will Ochoa, Associate Category Manager – Hardlines, Turner Broadcasting
  • Claire Pierce, Sales Director, Brand Licensing, Meredith Corporation
  • Becky Quinn, Manager, North America Licensing, Sesame Workshop
  • Naomi Rosenzweig, Licensing Manager, Berkshire Fashions
  • Nancy Sanieoff, Licensing Director, Brand Central LLC
  • Andi Scher, Senior Licensing & Marketing Manager, Richmond Management Group
  • Nicole Silberstein, Content Manager, Digital & Interactive, License! Global
  • Samantha Yang, Senior Brand Manager, Shanghai Skynet Brand Management Corp., Ltd


Previous Recipients of LIMA’s Rising Stars Award:

2016: Katelyn Cozzi, Mattel; Stephanie Marlis, Creative Licensing Corporation
2015: Stephanie Candiloro, Warner Bros. Consumer Products; Milin Shah, Earthbound 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


  • 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.