join astra

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)**    
 $100  Up to 5
 $200  Up to 10
 $300  Up to 15
 $400  Up to 20
 $500  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 or (312) 222-0984. 

Upcoming Regional Group Events


North Central Regional Group

Optimizing Logistics, Sales, and Profits | September, 19 2019 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
Hosted by Kiddywampus 1023 Main Street, Hopkins, MN 55343

We invite independent toy retailers, manufacturers, sales representatives and inventors to attend the next ASTRA North Central Regional Group meeting. The meeting will include a discussion that will focus on planning for the fourth quarter and how all parts of the toy distribution channel can work together to optimize this year's logistics, sales and profits. ASTRA members may register for free. Nonmembers are welcome and may register for $10.

Registration is required. Click Here to Register
For more information, contact Sue Warfield at


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.