Charles_Riotto-200x200CHARLES M. RIOTTO
President, International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA)

Charles Riotto is President of the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA), the leading trade organization for the worldwide licensing industry. Since joining LIMA in 1997, the organization’s membership has grown by 38% to more than 1,050 member companies in 35 countries around the world. LIMA is recognized globally as the authoritative voice of the worldwide licensing industry. The organization is based in New York, with offices in London, Munich, Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Mr. Riotto is widely regarded as a leading spokesman for the industry and has been quoted by such prominent news organizations as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Variety, The Washington Post, the Associated Press and USA Today. He has been interviewed by numerous major media outlets for his views on licensing and is recognized in the global licensing community for his commitment to expanding the success and scope of the industry, and to the increasing recognition of licensing as an effective and vital component of successful marketing programs.

Mr. Riotto has spent over 30 years in association management. Prior to joining LIMA, he served as Executive Director of the International Recording Media Association, a global trade group based in Princeton, New Jersey. Previously, he was Executive Director of the Toy Manufacturers of America, Inc., the leading trade association for the United States toy industry.

 LIMA provides a networking forum for all segments of the industry and is recognized around the world as the leading source of industry education and information. The organization is also the exclusive sponsor of the annual International Licensing Show in Las Vegas, the world’s largest marketplace for licensed properties, attracting more than 20,000 visitors from around the world. In addition, LIMA sponsors regional licensing trade shows and related events in London, Munich, Dubai, Tokyo, Shanghai, Seoul and Hong Kong each year. LIMA also offers a full range of business-related services and information resources to help members succeed. Since 1998, LIMA has funded a survey, conducted by researchers at Yale University, which provides the most comprehensive royalty income statistical data on the United States licensing industry.

SVP Industry Relations and Information, International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA)

 Martin Brochstein joined LIMA in 2008 after 12 years as Executive Editor of The Licensing Letter, a New York-based newsletter that covers the global licensing business. He also was Editorial Director of the parent publishing company, EPM Communications.

In addition to writing and editing the twice-monthly newsletter, he also compiled the publication’s industry numbers and edited EPM’s other licensing-related publications, including the 5th Edition of International Licensing: A Status Report, and the second edition of The Licensing Letter’s Sports Licensing Report, both published earlier this year.

Mr. Brochstein was a business journalist for more than 20 years, primarily covering the consumer products and retail industries. Before joining The Licensing Letter, he spent five years as Senior Editor of Television Digest. He is a graduate of Boston University.

Region Head, LIMA INDIA Chapter

Rutika Malaviya is a Serial Entrepreneur & Editor-In-Chief of Animation Digital Digest; Rutika is successfully running an Advertising and PR agency, Rooh Entertainment since 5yrs. She is a thorough marketer and expert in media & entertainment industry with over 9yrs of experience in handling Advertising & PR campaigns while working closely with most of the M&E Industry veterans.

As an advertising professional, she recognized the licensing & merchandising opportunities in Indian Market which is still at a very nascent stage. Believing this, she went through her contribution by educating, promoting international licensing shows to Indian companies.

Recognizing her contribution, she was first appointed as Advisory committee member for LIMA India for a year & was instantly appointed as an official rep. for LIMA India.