Meet the Sales Team

Douglas Gunderson

Douglas Gunderson
Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing
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I joined Animal Adventure in 2019 to lead and inspire the Sales and Marketing teams to achieve their personal and professional goals. I am excited to bring my extensive retail experiences from The Walt Disney Company, MGA Entertainment, Best Buy Enterprises and Target Corporation to drive the overall success of Animal Adventure. My ability to draw upon professional experiences in Branding, Creative, Finance, Marketing, Product Development, Sales and Space Planning enable me to develop go-to-market strategies, tactics and execution to meet our retail partners’ expectations and delight consumers.

Personal facts: My wife and I have a son and two Labrador Retrievers. In our free time, we enjoy watching our son play high school hockey and participate in hockey tournaments throughout the country. We also enjoy entertaining and getting together with friends and family.

Michael Kohn
Senior vice President of Business Development
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Since joining Animal Adventure in 2008, I’ve enjoyed working closely with the entire Animal Adventure team to develop a well-rounded, long term focused and globally minded company that builds successful relationships with retail partners.  I’ve worked since 1996 in the children’s space, including 10 years at my own company developing a licensed property and product catering to the independent and specialty markets, and three years with a very established mass market plush company. I have been fortunate to experience many angles and business models in this fun and always changing kids’ world. 

Personal Facts: I currently live in New York City and long ago, attended the University of Pennsylvania. In 2002, I married my lovely wife Rachel and together we have two children, Jacob and India.  While I spend way too much time working, I do enjoy playing guitar (poorly), visiting museums and playing in the snow with our kids and dog.

Adam Gingo
Sales Manager
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When I graduated from the University of Vermont in 2004, I jumped into the improv scene in Chicago. I loved it but soon discovered that I wasn’t the next Mike Meyers. Since that discovery, I have worked in sales across a variety of industries, from financial services to marketing to plush toys and other CPG products. I joined Animal Adventure in 2016 and I am amazed by the amount of time, effort and detail that goes into every plush item we create.

Personal Facts:
My wonderful wife Megan and I have two daughters under two that keep us pretty busy and always entertained. I enjoy cycling, skiing, red wine, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Roger Ginsberg
Sales Manager
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I’ve been in the toy business since 1991 and worked with a wide range of customers featuring everyday, promotional and licensed programs. The key to my overall success is servicing customers and focusing on their business strategy, while sharing market and product trends to help increase their overall business. <

Personal Facts: I’m married with 3 step children. I love sports, music, good friends and good times, along with health and happiness!

Liz White

Sales Manager
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I joined Animal Adventure in 2018 as a Sales Manager. I have enjoyed being in the retail industry for the past 20 years focusing on getting great products to market profitably while maintaining brand integrity. At a young age I had a passion for trend and product. I thrive on building strong relationships with our customers and our team. My background is diverse and I bring those experiences with me. I started with buying and merchandising in a specialty setting and then went to the buying office at Dayton Hudson (Target Corporation). I then crossed over to the wholesale selling and manufacturing side of retail for the past 15 years. Expanding my skills with product development and selling to national retail accounts. I am excited to be part of the innovation Animal Adventure is focusing on and enjoy working with the team to ensure we are getting great products to customer and consumers.

Personal Facts: My husband Zach and I have 2 children and a Labrador. As a family we love spending time on the water, and being active outdoors. We spend many weekends at the children’s competitive sporting events or if we are lucky we at our lake home during any of the 4 seasons. When we do have some down time we like to cook and see our family and friends any chance we can get!

Kenneth Lai
Sales & Business Development Manager
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I’ve worked in the toy industry since 2006 and currently run the Sales team in Hong Kong, which supports the US sales team, providing excellent sales services to all Animal Adventure customers. I also manage the Hong Kong customer meetings and showroom.

Personal Facts: I finished my degree in Melbourne, I play basketball every week and I’m a fan of Sneakerhead.

Anne Vournakis
Sales Account Manager - Target
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I have worked in retail my entire 20 year career, first as a buyer for Dayton Hudson (Target) Corporation and now with Animal Adventure, having joined this amazing team in 2007. My job as Sales Account Manager for the Target business is to partner with the buying teams to work on all tasks related to the successful implementation and execution of their plush categories. This includes developing suggested product assortments in planogram format, assisting in accurate ordering and sales forecasting, monitoring in-season sales numbers in order to recommend appropriate action steps and everything in between.  

Personal facts:  I graduated from Miami University in Ohio. I’m married with 12 year old son. I love to play tennis, practice yoga and knit. I also volunteer on several committees and boards within my son's school district.

Jennifer Burke

Sales Support
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I started working for Animal Adventure in 2018, joining the Sales Team. I have worked in differing industries, completing the circle back to the retail industry bringing my experiences with me. I am passionate on analysis of trends, demand planning and forecast replenishment. It is truly important to me to build the customer relationships by making the customer experience as simple as possible thru transparency, problem solving and quality first mind set. I am very excited to be part of the team, and looking ahead toward continued growth and success at Animal Adventure.

Personal Facts: I am married with one son, and one dog. I spend my free time at sporting events, volunteering at various events and trying to fit in as much time as possible on the lake in the warmer months.
Julie Dean
Sales Support
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I have worked in retail for over 12 years starting with my first job at Nordstrom. Since then I have focused on building a well-rounded retail background including delivering impactful visual merchandising, working with sales to bring business solutions and developing customer relationships. I was fortunate to join this special Animal Adventure team in 2013 and have enjoyed assisting multiple departments in support of the overall company goals.

Personal Facts: I have a 4 year old schnauzer who demands her daily walks. I enjoy yoga, music, traveling, going to the lake and spending time with friends and family.

Alec Geiser
Sales Operations Manager
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I joined Animal Adventure in 2017 with the objective of developing processes and implementing systems that will elevate our sales process in order to become the most effective partner to our customers that we can be. I have worked in the retail industry for the past 7 years both where my main focus has been operational and analytic support for a diverse customer and client base in the Beauty, Grocery, Stationary, and Electronics retail spaces. I consider myself fortunate to have found a place at an organization that prides itself on quality, partnership and fun in everything that it produces.

Personal Facts: I graduated from Carleton College in 2008 and after a brief stint trying to change the world, I’ve settled down in Minneapolis where I spend my time rebuilding vintage motorcycles and tackling the “next project around the house.”

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