2017 LIMA Rising Stars

Scott Halpern

Scott Halpern Rising StarScott Halpern got his start in the licensing industry working with MMA Elite clothing. Shortly after, his career was launched at WWE where he has been for the past 5 years. Scott has been involved in all aspects of WWE’s consumer product business; account management, sales, international and product development. As the Sr. Licensing Manager, Scott is responsible for the management of over 50 licensees across various categories.


Yuki Jinza

Yuki Jinza_Laura Ashley JapanIn charge of Licensing / Laura Ashley Japan Co., Ltd It’s been 6 years my career in licensing prior to that served as shop manager and human resource department at Laura Ashley Japan. Experience of shop managing was very valuable to learn the Laura Ashley brand itself. Laura Ashley is a quintessentially British lifestyle brand founded on a rich design heritage and on the traditional values of quality and originality. Laura Ashley encompasses a broad lifestyle concept, from fashion to home decorating, furniture and accessories.

Curtis Matthews

CurtisMatthews Rising StarOriginally from Toronto Ontario, Curtis started his career in youth entertainment working for DHX Media and YTV at Corus Entertainment.  In 2013 he joined Striker Entertainment and has been involved with some of the biggest entertainment licensed properties ranging from Divergent,  The Hunger Games Franchise, TED 2 and Candy Crush.  Most recently, he has been at the forefront of product development on the global phenomenon Five Night’s at Freddy’s by Scott Cawthon.  When not giving creative direction, you can find Curtis exploring retail shelves looking for trends and unique products.

Ryan McDonald

Ryan McDonald Rising StarRyan McDonald manages licensing and business development efforts at the NFL Players Association, playing a pivotal role in leading the industry’s #37 ranked licensor to three consecutive years of record-setting licensing revenue.  In addition to supporting the NFLPA’s anchor licensing partnership with EA SPORTS, he leads new business development initiatives, including prospecting, evaluating, cultivating and negotiating deals with prospective licensees and strategic partners.

Lauren Montemaro

LaurenM Rising StarLauren Montemaro began her career at Beanstalk in 2012 as a Brand Management Coordinator. Since then, Lauren has demonstrated a commitment to and passion for licensing, developing and enhancing her own brand equity within the industry each step of the way. Lauren has advanced from a Coordinator to Associate Director by managing teams and leading accounts such as Airheads and Honda. As a result of her leadership and direct efforts, Perfetti van Melle (Airheads’ brand owner) awarded Beanstalk its “Best Agency for 2015.”

Will Ochoa

Will OchoaWill has been managing the Hardlines + FMCG Business at Turner since February 2017 where he is part of the Cartoon Network team launching the Powerpuff Girls and Ben 10 in the UK. Will’s role combines managing the relationship with Master Toy partners and supporting them as they prepare to launch at retail, as well as ensuring they are supported with market leading partners in the other categories under his remit.


Claire Pierce

Claire Pierce Bio PicClaire Pierce is the Sales Director for Brand Licensing at Meredith Corporation, the nation’s leading media and marketing company reaching more than 100 million unduplicated U.S. women a month. For the past four years, Claire has created and executed a strategic sales plan to extend the nationally trusted and recognized media brands within the Meredith portfolio through licensing initiatives. Claire is an expert at creating industry connections across manufacturing and retail channels.

Becky Quinn

Becky Quinn Rising StarBecky Quinn has been at Sesame Workshop for 5 years, starting in 2012 as a Department Assistant in the Global Licensing department.  Since then, she has been involved with the product development and management of a variety of categories, ranging from stationery and party goods to apparel and accessories to packaged goods.



Naomi Rosenzweig

Naomi Rosenzweig Rising StarNaomi is currently the Licensing Manager at Berkshire Fashions, Inc. working directly with Disney and Marvel.  She is responsible for product development, licensor communications and showroom merchandising.  Over the past year, Naomi has delved into the world of headwear, hosiery and cold weather products while assisting the Director of Licensing and providing help and support to the Licensing Coordinators.


Nancy Sanieoff

Nancy SanieoffDuring her 5 years at Brand Central, Nancy Sanieoff has developed expertise in brand extension, license acquisitions, new business, marketing and consulting. In her current role as Licensing Director, Nancy builds Food and Beverage licensing programs for clients including Tapatio hot sauce and Snyder’s-Lance.



Andi Scher

Andi Scher - LIMA Rising StarAndi Scher is the Senior Licensing & Marketing Manager at Richmond Management Group (RMG). Over the past four years, Andi has been instrumental in all stages of licensing both inbound and outbound including licensing acquisitions, contract negotiations, concept development, brand strategy, product approvals, creative and art direction, and marketing strategy including content development, graphic design, copywriting, and digital marketing.


Nicole Silberstein

Nicole SilbersteinNicole is digital media specialist with 15 years of journalism experience, the last five of which has been spent covering the brand licensing industry. She currently serves a Digital Content Manager at License Global magazine and Conference Director of the annual NYC Licensing Summit, both a part of UBM.



Samantha Yang

Samantha Yang Rising StarMs.Yang entered licensing industry 3 years ago, before that she was working in trading industry. As licensing business began to thrive in China, in 2014, Yang took a challenge and joined Shanghai Skynet Brand Management Corp., Ltd as a LBE licensing manager. Due to good performance, she was transferred to marketing department to manage brands after six months. In 2015, she started the social marketing for Skynet’s self-owned properties on weibo (Chinese facebook), till the end of 2015, the followers of the brand was over 1 million.