Panini America officials announced on Friday the hiring of sports collectibles industry veteran Tim Franz as the company’s Director of Sales. Franz will be responsible for the primary management of the Panini America hobby business and will report to D.J. Kazmierczak, Panini America’s Vice President of Sales, in a role that is effective immediately.
Franz, a Dallas native, first entered the sports collectibles industry in 1997 as a member of the Donruss Trading Card Product Development team. Three years later he accepted a position with Fleer Trading Cards as that company’s Director of Product Development, eventually ascending to the role of Hobby Sales Director in 2004. Not long after, Franz accepted a position on the distribution side of the industry, spending four years as the Director of New Business Development for Excell Marketing. Most recently, Franz served as a National Account Manager with the Topps Company.
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