Learning Express Toys & Gifts Names Lauren Derse CEO

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The Toy Book – Learning Express founder Sharon DiMinico marked the 35th anniversary of the company — the leading franchisor of specialty toy stores in the U.S. — by passing the torch to her daughter, Lauren Derse, who takes on the role of CEO. “Lauren brings with her a Harvard Business School degree but more importantly, she has had in-store …

An American Reports from the Toymaster May Show

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ToyWorld Magazine – Mike Derse is director of Business Development at Learning Express Toys. Based in Massachusetts, Mike heads up franchise and new business development, strategic planning, financial reporting, real estate and franchise compliance. Here he reports on his recent visit to the Toymaster May Show in Harrogate. Full Article: https://issuu.com/toyworldmag/docs/toy_world_magazine_july_2022_sml/s/16238141

Learning Express Toys Appoints New CEO at Annual Convention Commemorating 35 Years of Play

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Devens, Mass., June 30, 2022 — The Learning Express Toys & Gifts Franchise hosted its annual Convention and Vendor Expo in Ft. Lauderdale, FL earlier this week, giving store owners a first look at upcoming products from nationwide vendors.  This Convention marked the 35th anniversary of the franchise and founder Sharon DiMinico’s transition from CEO to her daughter, Lauren Derse. …

Thousands of toys donated to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida

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HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A truckload of toys made their way to a South Florida children’s hospital, a special delivery that promises to bring smiles to the young patients and take some of the stress out of a hospital visit. 7News cameras on Wednesday captured stuffed animals, dollhouses, play sets and other toys that will be gifted to patients at …

Learning Express Names Squishmallows “Best Toy of the Year”

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DEVENS, Massachusetts. Learning Express Toys & Gifts named Squishmallows “Best Toy of the Year” for the second year in a row at the 2021 Learning Express Convention held virtually in June 2021. Read the full article at the Gifts and Decorative Accessories blog at the link below. https://www.giftsanddec.com/trending-gifts/kids/learning-express-names-squishmallows-best-toy-of-the-year/

Learning Express Finalizes Locations for 2020 & 2021 Conventions

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DEVENS, Massachusetts. Learning Express Toys hosts their 23rd Annual Convention and Vendor Expo June 22-25, 2020 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, IL. The 24th Annual Convention will be held at The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton in Hollywood, FL from June 27-30, 2021. Every June, in a different US city, Learning Express Toys …

Toys For Tots

Leaning Express’ Vendors Donate At Convention

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NEW YORK, New York. In a recent Toy Book article, Learning Express Toys’ vendor partners were mentioned for donating thousands of toys to the Marine Toys for Tots Program, following the conclusion of Learning Express’ 22nd annual Convention, in New Orleans. “We are humbled and grateful to have such generous and wonderful toy vendors that are willing to donate new …

LE Convention 2019 Steve Zdunek Leadership Award

Learning Express 2019 Steve Zdunek Leadership Award

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DEVENS, Massachusetts. Learning Express Toys hosted their 22nd Annual Convention and Vendor Expo from June 23-26, at The Roosevelt, in New Orleans, LA. During the event’s annual Awards ceremony, a special presentation was given for the Steve Zdunek Leardership Award. The category was newly created in the memory of Learning Express of Naperville, IL’s owner, Steve Zdunek, who passed away, …

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Learning Express 2019 Store Team Awards

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DEVENS, Massachusetts. Learning Express Toys hosted their 22nd Annual Convention and Vendor Expo from June 23-26, at The Roosevelt, in New Orleans, LA. During the event’s annual Awards ceremony, a series of awards were handed out to the top performing Stores, Vendors & Products. The award categories for the top Stores were: Under The Radar & Spirit. The Under the …

LE Convention 2019 New Vendor Award

Learning Express 2019 Best New Vendor Awards

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DEVENS, Massachusetts. Learning Express Toys hosted their 22nd Annual Convention and Vendor Expo from June 23-26, at The Roosevelt, in New Orleans, LA. During the event’s annual Awards ceremony, a series of Vendor awards were handed out to the Best New Vendors, who quickly understood the LE Brand, supported individual store owners and produced innovative products that performed well in …