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Marc Rosenberg

What’s he do?

The idea guy from product to marketing to sales to operations to sending samples to finance (I’ve always wanted to say that!)

How'd did he get here?

Leading marketing for some of the biggest toys in history. In a span of 10 years, he was leading teams to creating 7 out of 10 number one toys including Furby in 1998-2000, which sold more than 40 million units in two years.

What he’s most proud of?

While we did cool stuff at Tiger and Hasbro in the 90s-2003, that was a long time ago and isn't nearly as cool to me that we are building a team we are today, and launching The Edge Desk for millennials to reflect how they live and work today. Having the success we did on Kickstarter and marketing in new ways shows we can grow up with our audience, is far and away the most rewarding thing I've done professionally. And to do it all through crowdfunding is amazing!

When you aren’t yelling to get the desk shipped you are…?

Anything with family and friends. Seeing Danny rockin’ it as he adjusts to a new career living in LA, or Going Green with Jackie my first, and best campus ambassador at Michigan State. And being amazed at what Amy, my wife does daily, to create the most insanely great center pieces to make people's parties awesome.

And can't forget running and hanging with my two besties, Tanner and Zoe.

 

 

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Steve Rehkemper

What's he do?

He’s the design Director and Ambassador for design excellence and quality engineering. In other words, he makes sure it works.

How'd he get here?

Started with a design degree from the University of Illinois, then a stint at the legendary Marvin Glass & Associates, and then a quick 30+ years building one of the leading edge invention, design and engineering firms in the toy industry.  

What's he most proud of?  

The instrumental role played in successful, creative, product development for both the biggest and smallest companies, including many start-up ventures. 


When he's not running the creative machine, he's…?

Auto racing at his favorite place on earth, Road America, for his two favorite and biggest fans, his daughters, or living the lake life at their cottage on pristine Klinger Lake in Michigan.

 

 

 

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Jeff Rehkemper

What's he do?  

Toymaker, architect, creator who loves a challenging project.

How'd he get here?

Jeff has been in the toy invention and development business for almost forever…30 years. He has been fortunate to have worked with the biggest and smallest of companies in the toy industry.  


What's he most proud of?

Having worked on the world famous Air Hog air pressure plane, and raising a wonderful family with Renee.

When he's not trying to calm Marc down…he's…

Enjoying Chicago with his family and friends, and of course his dog Rose.

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Jeff Jones

What’s he do?

Decode the complexities of making stuff, keep factories and engineers honest (mostly) Occasionally talk Marc in from the ledge.

 

How’d he get here?  

From GI Joe to Lionel Trains to Furby to Fur Real Friends to Thomas the Tank Engine to Paper Jamz to Battery Powered cars for kids he has been making stuff for more than 30 years.  He has been in hundreds of factories all over Asia.

 

What’s he most proud of?  

Being part of the team that created Fur Real Friends at Hasbro.  It was definitely making Lemonade out of lemons!  Also knowing how to use a hacksaw and tools to blodge up a (very, very rough) sample of a friend’s AMAZING idea – The Edge!


When he’s not making stuff, he’s…?  

Marveling at the talent of Zack, his son, as he pursues his dream of becoming a Historical Documentarian, is a frustrated guitarist, occasional train geek and really bad golfer, but decent skier (so he says).

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Gayle Gordon-Tyriver

What's she do?

Picks up the balls and keeps them in the air! Product Development…yep! That too!


How'd she get here?

Life has been an adventure leading to this moment…from writing and illustrating instruction manuals for bikes, trikes and fitness equipment, to producing innovative, early learning products at Tiger, Zizzle and V-Tech, she has lead teams and worked alongside them to create many award winning products from Winnie the Pooh, to leading edge consumer electronics.


What's she most proud of?

All her product babies…AND Having the opportunity to work with some of the most creative, brightest, most business savvy and just plain nicest people in the industry – and to call them all friends…not just coworkers!


When she's not juggling balls and changing hats to get the desk shipped she's?

Creating and re-creating her private backyard paradise with her wonderful husband Steve, hanging with her beautiful and amazing daughter, Dr. Jessica whenever they get the chance, and laughing at her fur babies, Bruiser (the pup) and Smooch (the kitty).

 

 

 

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Helen Polise

What's she do?

Head of crowd-funding and award-winning video content director, Helen has managed all the details of the logo design, campaign pages, social media, communication with consumers and, of course, the video content and photography for The Edge. 

 
How'd she get here?

 She’s still not sure, as she was a music major in college studying classical piano, but her work as a producer of TV commercials in the toy business caused her path to cross with Marc while working on Furby and she has been trying to run from him ever since!


What's she most proud of?

After many years spent in the toy advertising business (including 10 years in an agency partnership) having the courage to go out on her own to create her own brand “muthership” where she took a new path to directing video content in a variety of different genres and recently won her first CLIO award!  This all happened while raising 3 kids and not leaving one of them in a car seat on top of the car (a small miracle).


When she's not responding to Marc’s latest urgent request she’s…

At the beach - running, biking, paddle boarding, wakeboarding, dancing - she is always smiling, obsessed with sunsets and doesn’t intend to grow up any time soon.

 

 

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Milam Smith

What's he do?

He’s a mechanical engineer with a focus on product design.

 

How'd he get here?

After doing construction his entire life, he moved to Chicago and applied to be a toymaker on a whim.  It’s been a blur since then!

 

What's he most proud of?

Having worn mismatched socks every day since the third grade, which is no easy feet!

 

When he's not doing fiddly engineering details, he’s…

Riding bikes, playing guitar, and camping.