Having been in the industry for close to two decades, my network within the industry is broad and I am touched and honored that some of the people I have worked beside for years are willing to share their thoughts.
For over 17 years Tami has been an indispensable part of my organization. Since she was first hired as Marketing Manager with The Haywire Group (GPI’s sister company), Tami went on to wear many hats at Haywire in sales and marketing. She was a critical part of the company’s growth in the industry. Tami then moved over to Grand Prix International to serve as Account Manager, Marketing Manager, and most recently Vice President of Account Management and Marketing, guiding the efforts of the sales team. Tami also guided the company in her role on the Executive Leadership Team.
Tami has such an innate ability to connect with people. Her enthusiasm is infectious, her knowledge of the inner workings of the industry is vast, and she makes a difference in everything she touches. She is a highly effective salesperson, manager, strategist, and motivator.
I’m honored to have had her as part of the success of The Haywire Group and Grand Prix International, and I look forward to watching her create more success with organizations throughout the toy & game industry. Her clients will clearly benefit from her work with them, in whatever capacity that may be.
Mike Fisher, President/Owner, Grand Prix International (GPI), Inc.
Tami was a valuable resource when my game company first tried to break into the retail industry. She made connections with significant partners that set up my business for years to come, answered questions about sales and manufacturing, and surveyed industry professionals when I wanted to know how others handled problems. Her caring comes through in her work and relationships. Highly recommend
Ryan Schuman, Sr. Director of Sales, Hunt A Killer
I’ve known Tami for almost five years now. She was working in account management for Grand Prix when we first met. I was so impressed by her work ethic and relationships in the market we hired her. She immersed herself completely into the job at hand and substantially increased our revenue and market share in the business. Her relationships and the respect that she has earned in the business is impressive. I was sorry to see her leave but knew that her growth trajectory was beyond what we could offer her. I wish her the best in this and all endeavors. She will be an asset to anyone looking to grow their business. It will be money well spent!
Greg Waples, Senior Vice President, University Games
I have had the privilege and pleasure of knowing Tami Murphy since 2007 and I cannot speak more highly about her.
I have worked with Tami across several vendors including Haywire Group, GPI and University Games. Tami was successful at each venture. Her ability to act as a strong leader and her willingness to get involved helped build sales and relationships . Using her industry knowledge, Tami was not only successful in increasing sales, but also helped build programs and manage rep groups to help them achieve success in their territory.
Tami is an asset to every company she works with due to her strong work ethic and her experience building and supporting strong teams.
Ellen Shankman, President, ERS Toys & Gifts, Inc
Tami has a vast knowledge of the toy and game industry. Tami has leadership experience in literally every facet of running a successful business, including but not limited to: Start-up planning, sales channel strategy, upper and lower funnel marketing activations, product development, sourcing/supply chain, and 1-3-5 year business plan development. This knowledge is integral for building a business from start-up ,through th growth phase to fully scaled.
Julien Sharp, General Manager US, Asmodee
I've known and worked with Tami on a variety of levels for over 10 years. When she says she will do something, she does it. When she has a better idea of how to do something, she will share it with you. Many organizations and committees in our industry have benefited from her volunteer work. I highly recommend Tami - her breadth of knowledge, experience, creativity, and attitude will be an asset to any company retaining her services.
Mary Couzin, Founder & CEO, Chicago Toy & Game Group, dba People of Play
I met Tami years ago at a tradeshow and since then we’ve made sure to connect several times a year to talk and share insights. She is a powerhouse and brings a depth of experience to the table. Whether we are talking about sales management, distribution channels, marketing ideas, or just the overall health of a business, she has astute observations and useful input. Tami is a true game changer and would be an invaluable asset to any business seeking success in today’s competitive landscape.
Susan Flora, President, WordTeasers
Tami knows the toy and game business inside and out. I would strongly recommend her to anyone looking to take their business to the next level!
Matt Stahlin, CEO, Flat River Group