After growing up in Pittsburgh, PA and graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Jamie began what is now a more than a 35-year career in the creative products industries. For sixteen years he was a key sales and marketing team executive with LEGO working both in the US and Canadian markets. He then continued the trend of working with high quality, privately held toy brands by serving as President of Playmobil USA.
In 2003,Jamie assumed his current role as President and CEO of Faber-Castell USA, the US subsidiary of the 259 year-old German parent company Faber-Castell. Most recently he has played a pivotal role in the “Creativity for Life” strategic development plan within Faber-Castell.
Jamie served for fourteen (14) years with the Toy Industry of America on its Board of Directors, Executive Committee and various other committee roles. He served as a member of the Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) Strategic Council and currently sits on the American Specialty Toy Retailers Association’s (ASTRA) Innovation Council.His volunteer work includes a role as one of the earliest board members of “Operation Respect” an anti-bullying organization.
As a featured speaker on the topic of “Creativity as a Key Success Factor in Business”, Gallagher’s appearances include the World Creativity Forum, Creative Problem Solving Institute, American Manufacturing Summit and various university business schools (Michigan State University, Georgetown University, Augusta University, Butler University, LaRoche College and Emmanuel College).
Faber-Castell is one of the world's largest and oldest manufacturers of pens, pencils, other office supplies, art supplies, as well as high-end writing instruments and luxury leather goods. They manufacture about 2 billion pencils in 120 different colors every year. Visit: www.fabercastell.com/
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