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Panini America Adds Collectibles Industry Veteran D.J. Kazmierczak as VP of Sales

August 7, 2012

Panini America, the world’s largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, announced today that it has hired collectibles industry veteran D.J. Kazmierczak as its Vice President of Sales. Kazmierczak will oversee the company’s U.S. sales operations and will report to Panini America CEO Mark Warsop.

Kazmierczak, a native of North Carolina, entered the sports collectibles industry in 1994 with Fleer Trading Cards, working on that company’s product development team. In 2002, Kazmierczak became that company’s Vice President of Hobby Sales. After leaving the industry for a few years to pursue his MBA from North Carolina’s Strayer University, Kazmierczak returned in 2005, joining Press Pass as Director of Retail Sales. From 2008-2011, Kazmierczak served as the company’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

“I’m truly excited to join the Panini America team and to help the company continue to strengthen its position as the unquestionable industry leader,” Kazmierczak said. “This represents a tremendous opportunity for me and I’m ready to hit the ground running.”

“The addition of D.J. to our management team only makes us stronger and we’re proud to welcome him into the Panini America family,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. “He brings a track record of success, and a wealth of experience and contacts that will serve our team well as we continue to grow. We’re excited.”

Panini America is the only company in the world that manufactures licensed trading cards and stickers for the NBA, NFL, NFL PLAYERS, NHL, NHLPA, MLBPA and FIFA World Cup. The company also has exclusive relationships with USA Baseball, USA Basketball and the U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team.  In addition Panini also has relationships with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, The Pro Football Hall of Fame and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and owns exclusive entertainment licenses with Disney, Justin Bieber and Michael Jackson, and more than 600 global licenses with other sports and entertainment properties.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. August 7, 2012 2:19 pm

    Great addition to the front office, congrats and welcome!

  2. Student of the Game permalink
    August 7, 2012 2:23 pm

    WOW, DJ will add immediate value to an already well-balanced team! Panini just keeps rockin’ it!!!

  3. gregmalloy permalink
    August 7, 2012 2:58 pm


  4. August 7, 2012 3:52 pm

    Thats awsome DJ Kazmierczak has joined Team Panini! When u go get someone that has been there and knows what this industry is all about then u know that your making the right moves! I also think its great that Panini dont forget about the people that has done it all before! Congratulations on your new star player im sure hell be knockin it outta the park for u guys!!!!

  5. Ryan / ( permalink
    August 7, 2012 4:03 pm

    taking over the industry………….

  6. August 7, 2012 4:27 pm

    The strong gets stronger!!

  7. Matt Gilman permalink
    August 7, 2012 6:53 pm

    Panini is the new Miami Heat…picking up great free agents left and right! Way to go guys!

  8. August 8, 2012 8:10 am

    Congratulations to Panini for making a smart move with D.J. and congratulations to you D.J. on your smart move. I had the pleasure of working with D.J. for several years at SkyBox. Great man to have on the TEAM!


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