Green Toys Inc. makes an awesome line of classic children’s toys constructed from recycled plastic and other environmentally friendly materials. This helps reduce fossil fuel use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improving the overall health and happiness of the planet.
Robert von Goeben - Co-Founder, Products
Way back in the pre-Green Toys era, Robert was the founder of Propellerhead Studios, a leading Silicon Valley design studio specializing in electronic toys and games. At Propellerhead Studios, he worked with many major toy companies, including Mattel, Radica and Wild Planet.
Before that, he was the founder and managing director of Starter Fluid, a seed-stage venture capital fund backed by institutional and corporate investors, including Compaq Computers and the University of Chicago. Robert’s career began in the entertainment industry where he started and managed the online division at Geffen Records.
Robert has an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BA in Mathematics from the State University of New York.
Bonus factoids: Robert holds two U.S. Patents in the field of toys and games, and plays a mean set of drums. His all-time favorite toy is Bing Bang Boing.
Laurie Hyman - Co-Founder, Marketing
Prior to starting Green Toys, Laurie worked as a marketing executive for several online consumer-marketing companies, including most recently Ingenio, a pioneer in combining the power and ubiquity of the Internet and phone to connect buyers and sellers.
Before that, she was the first member of the marketing team at Webvan, where she managed relationships with some of the world’s largest consumer packaged good companies, including P&G, Nestle, Coca-Cola, Kraft, General Mills and Pillsbury. Laurie also served as the director of marketing at Goodcompany.com, one of the Internet’s first online social networks.
Laurie has an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BA in Business from Indiana University.
Bonus factoids: Laurie is a certified public accountant, bakes incredible brownies, and has run the Los Angeles Marathon. Her all-time favorite toy is Gnip, Gnop.
Steve Markey - Sales
Having seen a potential professional soccer career in England cut short due to a tragic lack of ability, Steve entered the toy industry over 20 years ago. He has served in a variety of senior sales roles, including Director of International Sales for Ertl Europe, International Sales Director then Director of National Accounts for OddzOn, and VP of Sales for both Wham-O and Sprig Toys.
Steve was born in Manchester, England, and is armed with a degree in French and Spanish from Leeds University.
Bonus factoids: Steve is a terrible cook but an awesome dishwasher. He has completed six triathlons but has no intention of attempting a seventh. His all-time favorite toy is Subbuteo.