ASTRA Regional Groups
As the specialty toy industry, we are mighty together.
We recognize the importance of being connected to a network of industry colleagues on a local level and the value of face-to-face gatherings. Meet in person with ASTRA members local to your area. Become of a member of an ASTRA Regional Group, an initiative of ASTRA to connect specialty toy industry professionals locally throughout the year to network, learn and share challenges and opportunities unique to your region.
Regional Group Membership Rates
| Regional Group Annual Fee*
|| Number of Individuals Covered (per Company)**
|| Up to 5
|| Up to 10
|| Up to 15
|| Up to 20
|| More than 21
* Must already be a member of ASTRA to join a Regional Group
** Individuals included in your annual group fee to attend events at the Regional Group member rate.
Benefits of an ASTRA Regional Group
- Get exclusive invitations to a minimum of four (4) events a year, hosted by ASTRA and held in locations near you
- Receive discounted registration rates for each event, making it more cost-effective for you to bring staff as part of their professional development growth
- Access a member-only online community for your region with updates and news specific to your region
- Connect immediately to a network of colleagues on the local level to share insights, ideas and challenges
Current Regional Groups
- North Central Regional Group (Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota)
Interested in joining the North Central Regional Group or launching a Regional Group in your area? Contact Sue Warfield, director of member relations, at email@example.com or (312) 222-0984.
Upcoming Regional Group Events
North Central Regional Group
- Certified Play Expert Workshop | July 24-25, 2019 | 8:00am-5:00pm both days
Location: Asmodee North America in Roseville, MN
Click here to register for the CPE Workshop
Learn the science behind play and earn your Certified Play Expert (CPE) designation in this two-day, hands-on workshop!
Registration Fee: $399/person; North Central Regional Group members receive a discounted rate using a member-only code. Click here to access the code. NOTE: All Certified Play Expert Workshop registrants will receive complimentary admission to the Regional Group Dinner on July 24.
- Regional Group Dinner | July 24, 2019 | 6:00pm-9:00pm
Location: To be announced
Click here to register for the North Central Regional Group Dinner
Get together with members of the North Central Regional Group for an evening out with specialty toy industry colleagues.
Registration Fee: $20/person for ASTRA Regional Group members; $50 for ASTRA members; $65 for non-members NOTE: All Certified Play Expert Workshop registrants will receive complimentary admission to the Regional Group Dinner on July 24.
Past Regional Group Events
North Central Regional Group
- Kick-Off Event | May 16, 2019 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
Sponsored by MW Wholesale/Peaceable Kingdom, Beka, and Specialty Marketing Group
The kick-off event included a welcome reception, introduction from Kimberly Mosley, CPE, president of ASTRA, and Sue Warfield, CPE, member relations director, and a virtual presentation on best practices for public relations and pitching local media to get media coverage. The evening concluded with a discussion on the changing retail landscape and working together for win-win success and door prizes provided by the evening's sponsors.