This May, the CEO and Founder of LMCA Allan Feldman will be inducted into the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association Licensing Hall of Fame. This tremendous honor recognizes Allan’s exceptional and sustained contributions to the the licensing industry.
For the first time in 25 years, the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) will name a trio of industry executives to the Licensing Hall of Fame in the same year. For 2017, the honorees include: Allan Feldman, CEO and Founder of LMCA; Dell Furano, CEO and Founder of Epic Rights; and Cyril Speijer, former CEO of Wavery Productions B.V. and current co-principal of BN Licensing B.V. This year’s Hall of Fame Induction takes place Tuesday, May 23, at the LIMA Licensing Awards Ceremony during Licensing Expo 2017 in Las Vegas.
“We are honoring three outstanding licensing professionals who are leaders in their fields and who have helped lay a strong foundation for our thriving industry,” said LIMA President Charles Riotto. “All three – Allan Feldman, Dell Furano and Cyril Speijer – are innovators with decades of success who have broken new ground in brand, music and character licensing. Both individually and together, they are an impressive addition to the Licensing Hall of Fame.”
A licensing industry pioneer with more than 40 years in the business, Allan Feldman has amassed a long list of firsts. Among them, he is credited with being first to bring trademark licensing into industrial products. He also was among the first to utilize direct-to-retail licensees (via a $5 billion deal between Kmart and White-Westinghouse) and implement a co-branding deal (between Eddie Bauer and Ford Explorer). Feldman began using corporate brand licensing in the mid 1970s, showcasing licensing as a “wonder-tool” for brand and bottom-line growth. He started LMCA in 1986 and his client roster reads like a who’s who in business and leisure, including venerable brands such as AT&T, Craftsman, Del Monte, Frigidaire, HP, Ingersoll Rand, Mobil Corporation, Snuggle, The ’21’ Club, Trane, 3M, United Airlines, Westinghouse, American Diabetes Association, and the San Diego Zoo, among many others.
A former LIMA board member, Feldman served on two LIMA committees, and is a member of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) and International Trademark Association (INTA). He is a board member of the U.S Department of Commerce’s New York District Export Council (NYDEC) and the Intellectual Property Management Institute, and is on the advisory board of The Licensing Journal. Feldman was a member of LIMA’s first delegation to China and helped bring the organization and licensing to Asia.
Candidates for the Licensing Hall of Fame must demonstrate continual and outstanding contributions to the licensing industry. Consideration is given to those who have been actively involved in the business of licensing for a minimum of 15 years and whose contributions have ongoing relevance to the industry.
For more information on LIMA, please visit: http://www.licensing.org