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Purchasing Contacts

PURCHASING CONTACTS BY PRODUCT CATEGORIES

Purchasing

John Wurzer

Comics

Marvel - Tom Jones
Tim Lenaghan
DC Entertainment - Steve Stoughton
Caitlin McCabe
Steve Leaf
Sarah Martinez

Matthew Demory
Jonathan McKinney
Jay Spence

George Powell
Travis Reid
Stephanie Weaver

Magazines

Tom Mitchell

Books

Steve Leaf

Toys

Eric Burkhardt
Lee Butman

International Books

Tom Mitchell

Trading Cards

Lee Butman

Games

Tom Mitchell

Videos

Jason Rice

Apparel

Erique Watson

Statues & Models

Lee Butman

Domestic Toys

Lee Butman

Import Toys

Eric Burkhardt, Jason Rice

Designer Toys

Dan Evans

Prints & Posters

Erique Watson

Collectibles & Novelties

Erique Watson

DIAMOND'S PURCHASING DEPARTMENT


John WurzerVice President of Purchasing, (443) 318-8001, ext. 8223 - John has over 25 years of management experience, and has used his expertise in both organizational and data management to make Diamond's Purchasing Team work for you. John joined the company in 1990 as Office Manager for Diamond's Dallas Distribution Center, and subsequently held the titles of Dallas Distribution Center Manager, Regional Manager of Diamond's Sparta Distribution Center & Inventory Hub and Executive Director of Purchasing and Order Processing


Steve StoughtonDirector of Purchasing — DC Comics, (443) 318-8001, ext. 8328 – Steve is responsible for working with DC on products and programs to benefit retailers, and for acting as the primary liaison between Purchasing and Order Processing. His previous experience encompasses both retail management and serving as Manager for one of Diamond's Distribution Centers. Steve has been with Diamond for over 20 years.


Tom Jones, Director of Purchasing — Marvel Comics, (443) 443-8001, ext. 8335 - Tom is the primary liaison between Purchasing and Marvel Enterprises, Inc. Tom joined Diamond in 2001, after spending 13 years in the Comic & Gaming Industry as a Retail Store Manager, Operations Manager, and Purchasing Director.



PRINT TEAM


Tim LenaghanDirector of Purchasing – Print Division, (443) 318-8269 - Tim joined the Purchasing Department in 2010 after managing the supplier operations department for CSN Stores LLC, a Boston based e-commerce company. He graduated from Connecticut College in 2005 and has BAs in both Philosophy and Classics. As a lifelong comic book enthusiast, Tim also contributed weekly reviews to IGN.com, and participated in Emerson College's Graphic Novel Certificate program. In addition to leading the Print Division of Diamond’s Purchasing Department, he works closely with Image Comics.


Caitlin McCabe, Print Team Manager - Comics Team (443) 318-8404 – Caitlin comes to Diamond from Barnes and Noble, where she spent over five years working as a Bookseller and Digital Sales Lead at both their Burbank, California location and Hadley, Massachusetts location. In addition to her professional experience, Caitlin also brings with her extensive knowledge of the Comics Industry. Caitlin’s education consists of a Bachelor’s Degree in English, with minors in Linguistics and Japanese Literature and Language, from the University of California (Irvine campus), and a Master’s Degree in English with emphasis in Comic Book Studies from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst campus). Caitlin has written for Comix Lab Magazine and Comics Through Time Encyclopedia, edited for freelance comic artist Charles S. Snow, and volunteered at the 2012 Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival. Caitlin has written for academic journals, contributed to the Comics Through Time Encyclopedia, and done freelance comics editing work. She works primarily with IDW, Oni Press, and Valiant Entertainment.


Steven LeafAssistant Manager, Comics and Books, (443) 318-8331- A former retailer since the beginning of the Direct Market, Steve also has a Bachelor of Visual Art degree from Georgia State and is one of the co-founders of the Atlanta Comics & Fantasy Fair, and the original Atlanta Comic Con of the '70s and '80s. Steve came to Diamond in 1994 and spent three years working for Customer Service at the Atlanta Distribution Center. Shortly after transferring from Atlanta to Baltimore as Customer Service Team Leader, Steve joined the Purchasing Department in 1997. Steve covers all domestic Book Vendors as well as Abstract Studios, Archie Comics and Gemstone Publishing. He also serves as the Print Division’s Assistant Manager.


Jay SpenceBrand Manager/Submissions Coordinator - Comics, (443) 318-8272 - Jay is a writer, artist, and filmmaker with a Bachelor's Degree in film/animation from University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Before joining the Purchasing team in July 2007, Jay worked in the video industry, producing short films, music videos, and corporate projects. He currently manages many comic publishers starting with the letters E-G and S-Z as well as Dynamite Entertainment.


Sarah MartinezSenior Brand Manager — Comics, (443) 318-8240 – Sarah works with Dark Horse Comics, Boom! Studios, Digital Manga, 801 Media, Eros, Fantagraphics Books, SuBLime, Viz Media, & Zenescope. Coming from a retailer background as a former comic store manager, she joined Diamond's Purchasing team in spring of 2010. A veteran of the comics publishing industry from multiple perspectives, Sarah has read and followed comics for well over a decade, founded her own long-standing webcomic publication, and has an Associate's Degree in Entrepreneurial Studies from Anne Arundel Community College.


Matthew DemoryBrand Manager - Comics Team (443) 318-8418 - Matt joined Diamond’s Purchasing print team in July of 2012 after managing the marketing program for Stuckey's Corporation, a Silver Spring, MD, based franchisor and distributor. He graduated from Mount Saint Mary's University in 2003 with his undergraduate degree in Business, and received a Master’s Degree in Business & Administration in 2005. A fan of the comic book industry since childhood, Matt first became interested in comics after borrowing a friend's copy of Iron Man #282, which had armored ninjas and was the first appearance of the War Machine armor. At Diamond, Matt works with publishers such as IDW Publishing, Avatar Press, Aspen MLT, and most publishers whose names begin with the letter A.

Jonathan McKinney, Brand Manager – Comics Team (443) 318-8334 – Jon joined Diamond’s Purchasing Print Team in August of 2014 after working for Frontier Communications in Myrtle Beach, SC. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication with a minor in Journalism at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, while also spending a semester abroad at the University of Exeter in Devon, UK. Working with publishers such as Titan Comics, Bongo Comics, Aspen MLT, and most publishers whose name falls under A-D, Jon strives to bring a strong passion for the industry to the Comics Team.

Stephanie WeaverAssistant Premier Brand Manager, (443) 318-8219 - Stephanie started with Diamond in August 2010 as the Purchasing Team's Administrative Assistant and was promoted to Assistant Premier Brand Manager in September of 2014, where she currently serves as one of the primary Marvel liaisons.

George Powell, Administrative Assistant – Print Team, (443) 318-8418, ext. 8353 - George joined Diamond in September 2010 as the Print Team's Administrative Assistant after studying marketing at York College of Pennsylvania. He continues to pursue a exciting and long career in the Comic Industry.


MERCHANDISE TEAM


Eric Burkhardt, Director of Vendor Development — Merchandise Team, Import Toys (443) 318-8001 ext. 8292 - Eric works with both new and existing vendors to help grow their  current business with Diamond through expanding territories, channels and categories; as well as marketing initiatives and streamlining their daily interactions with Diamond. He is also responsible for Diamond's purchasing of both shipping and archival supplies, and supervises the day-to-day activities of Diamond's Merchandise Division. Eric joined Diamond part-time in 1984, and came on board full-time in 1989. He served as a General Manager for the company's Baltimore Distribution Center and has spent over 25 years learning and serving customer needs.


Lee ButmanBrand Manager —Domestic Toys, Statues & Models, Trading Cards (443) 318-8255 – Lee joined Diamond in 2000, after spending 10 years in retail as a buyer for everything from Comics and Toys to Games and Apparel.


Tom MitchellBrand Manager – Games, Magazines, International Books (443) 318-8253, ext. 8253 – Tom originally joined Diamond in 2000 as a member of the Customer Service Team and then departed in 2004 to take up a position with Rook Steel Storage. Following that and a brief stint as a State of Maryland insurance agent, he returned to Diamond's Customer Service Department in 2009 before taking up his new role as Brand Manager for Games, Magazines and International Books in 2011.


Erique Watson, Brand Manager – Apparel, Collectibles & Novelties (443) 318-8001, ext. 8434 – Erique joined Diamond in 2007 as a member of the Sales Department as a New Accounts Representative, joining the Outreach Sales Team in 2009 and ultimately jumped to Purchasing to become Brand Manager for Apparel and Collectibles & Novelties in 2011.


Dan Evans, Associate Brand Manager – Merchandise, Designer Toys (443) 318-8001, ext. 8405 – Dan joined Diamond in 2008 as a member of the Sales Department as a New Accounts Coordinator, becoming New Accounts Representative in 2012 and ultimately moving to Purchasing to become Associate Brand Manager for Merchandise in 2014.


Jason Rice, Associate Brand Manager – Import Toys, Video (443) 318-8001, ext. 8277 – Jason joined Diamond in 2007 as an O/P Analyst within the Order Processing department and after several years eventually moved to Purchasing to become Associate Brand Manager for Import Toys & Video in 2014.

 

 





     

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