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Jim Shore

  A native of South Carolina, Jim utilizes his skills and art, prints and poster experience as a portraitist, sculptor, and folk artist to create his unique and creative collection. His most popular collection, Heartwood Creek, combines tabletop, figurines, and home and garden d�cor to create a charming and innovative American folk art statement. Jim�s artistry and design for Heartwood Creek has earned accolades from the gift industry. In 2005, the National Association of Limited Edition Dealers (NALED) named Jim Artist of the Year.   www.jimshore.com



















Julie Browning Bova

  Julie, founder of Julie Bova Interior Design in Indianapolis, Indiana, has twenty plus years as a respected interior design professional. Her early career experience, attained with her father's prestigious architectural firm, today benefis her clients from Michigan to Florida. With many exlusive and high-end vendor relationships, she and her team offer quality design expertise to a range of products, including assisted living facilities, luxury homes, and metropolitan landmarks.
     In 2011, her furniture collection premiered for Stanford Furniture. Debuting at the High Point Furniture Market, the "Julie Browning Bova Home Collection" mixes both classic and modern aesthetics while combining the unique features of antiques with modern fabrics, finishes and detailing to create pieces that add wit, whimsy and style to any home.
     Julie has also developed a loyal and enthusiastic social media following with Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, Tumblr and her branded website.
www.juliebovainteriordesign.com















Lynette Jennings

  Lynette is known in 37 countries for her 18 year series on The Discovery Channel, Lynette Jennings Design, in which Lynette taught architecture, design and an appreciation of the fine arts to over 80 million households twice daily; and as well, her regular appearances on “The Today Show”, “Regis and Kathy Lee”, “Good Morning America” and “CBC Newsworld” Canada.
  Lynette began her arts curriculum early in high school, majoring in fine art and music at Sacred Heart Academy, Springfield, Illinois. Receiving a full scholarship, she studied performing arts at Fontbonne College, DePaul University and then on to the University of Michigan where she transferred into Architecture and anthropology. At the age of 24 Jennings started her architectural firm and with her partner, grew a two man office to a staff of 23 under the name of Marketecture. It was from the international success of her firm that she was invited to participate in the media. A weekly live radio show, the editorship of a national magazine, regular newspaper columns, videos and web streaming, gave Jennings the opportunity to teach the North American mass market about architecture, design and art.












Lorraine Vail

  Classically trained as a painter, Lorraine has received praise for not only her oil paintings, but also for her large scale sculptures and limited edition bronzes. She may be best known for her award winning collection of miniture shoes marketed under the Just the Right Shoe brand. The brand has garnered numerous achievement awards from gift industry associations, including Artist of the Year and Collectible of the Year. And with more than 500 original shoe designs in circulation, Lorraine's creations make up private and public collections around the world.
www.justtherightshoe.com











Dan DiPaolo

  Dan has leveraged his design industry experience, most recently as Executive Creative Director at The Lang Companies, to form his own design studio, focusing his efforts on his artwork, illustrations, and handmade collectibles. Dan's 1880s farmhouse, located in Burlington Wisconsin, and surrouning farm, were recently featured in Country Living magazine.
www.dandipaolostudios.blogspot.com



























Anne Groton

  Upon receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in interior design from Colorado State University, Anne Groton started designing her way through retail store giants Sears, Montgomery Ward and Target Stores. From store layouts to fixture design to finish packages, her design skills widened and her enthusiasm swelled. While staying home to raise her children, she is never without a project in which to apply her love of design. Photography is Annes ultimate immersion in design both behind the lens and in front of the computer. She exhibits her photography in juried art shows in the upper Midwest. Although digital photography allows for unlimited clicks of the shutter, Anne finds that the successful photograph happens with a great deal of planning, dirty elbows and knees and a splash of unexpected magic that occurs when the shutter is released.



















Georges Monfils

  Belgian born Georges Monfils was raised in Northern France and later migrated to the States. By his late teens he was living in New York City and his "old world" heritage became fully exposed to the "factory" (Andy Warhol) cult. Imagine the clash of those roots with the imagery of booming "POP". That's his style; "Nouveau Pop". Although being a self taught painter, he got the help and needed encouragement from many well established artists. His unique layering technique fully developed once he changed his medium to acrylic paints. Those he mixes himself and uses some of his favorite Gauguin paintings as inspiration to create his ever growing color palette. His work confronts us with the same blunt force as that of a child asking about sex. No topic is "off limit", let yourself be drawn into the subject matter and your imagination challenged, while execution and color engulf you into his world.
www.georgesmonfils.com













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Flavia Weedn

  Flavia began expressing her inspirational philosophy through painting and writings in early 1962. Her talent as an artist, as well as her great ability to express her work in writing with a sense of care and wonder, quickly spiraled her work into the public eye. Her career branched off into three genres: the fine arts, commercial illustration and the literary field. Flavia originals and original graphics have sold the world over to fine art collectors and can be found in the Smithsonian Institute archives, the AT&T Collection and numerous private exhibits. Her work as a commercial illustrator has been reproduced on magazine covers, national advertising and non-profit promotions and hundreds of fine paper products and collectible gifts in the United States, Canada, throughout Europe, Australia and Japan.






Julie Good Kruger

  Julie has recived many international awards in over 35 years of sculpting and designing. She is best known for her sculptures of children, but she is alo a portrait sculptor and a painter. Julie loves textiles, spins and weaves, and is skilled in many types of needlework. Julie was born and raised in Wisconsin, and attended college in Minnesota and in England. Her education includes a BA in Classics, a Masters of Divinity, and she has attended the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design as a Fine Arts major. Julie and her husband live and work in an historic woolen mill in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where beautiful countryside is a daily inspoiration. She also operates Inglenook Tile Design, Inc. which creates historic reproduction thin bricks. Comnpanies Julie has done work for include Ashton-Drake Galleries, Danbury Mint, Silvestri, The Boyds Collection, Disney, QVC and HSN, among others.













Joanne Olds

    President

  Joanne is an accomplished licensing professional with twenty years of experience in diverse retail product environments. She places an emphasis on building brands through licensing, marketing and product development. Joanne's experience includes retail buying (responsible for $100 million in annual purchasing), manufacturing (VP of $70 million dollar company) and licensing ($350+ million in retail sales last year). She is a seasoned licensing executive who has built a career and reputation based on initiative, strategic thinking, strong leadership and results oriented brand management. Before founding The Buffalo Works in 2000, Joanne worked in all aspects of brand marketing and licensing with NordicTrack, Musicland, Anagram, and Minnetonka Brands.    jolds@thebuffaloworks.com
Pam Goldwasser

    

  Pam Goldwasser graduated University of Cincinnati ,DAAP, with a degree in Graphic Design. Pam began her career in Cincinnati ,as an Art Director and Creative Director for Futuro,Inc and Clopay Corporation. Pam relocated to Los Angeles as Senior Package designer at Mattel, on the Barbie Brand. Pam spent the following 18 years with Kittrich Corporation, a privately held, entrepreneurial company, in the housewares, home furnishings and stationery businesses. Pam traveled extensively ,worldwide,as she was in charge of marketing, product development, creative direction, and licensing throughout her time with Kittrich. For the last 7 years, Pam was VP of Licensing, working with such diverse brands as Hello Kitty, Pfaltzgraff, Barbie, M & Ms and Corelle. Pam has a passion for creating and developing product. She is a member of Color Marketing Group and Woman in Toys.    pam@thebuffaloworks.com
Tia Black

    Sales & Licensing Dir

  Tia began her carrier by working in sales for 15 years. First as a Sales associate and Major Account Manger for a telecommunications hardware provider and then as licensed Real Estate professional before moving to the non profit world where she chaired numerous fundraising efforts. She was the event chair for three years benefitting the Minnetonka Public Schools Foundation where she also sat on the Board of Directors. Tia has mentored many facets of a young organization and has found much joy in watching them grow. She has enjoyed volunteer work in the Tonka Career Center, Booster Store, and was Senior Party event chair to name a few.











The Buffalo Works represents artists and intellectual property owners. We are a full-service agency offerring brand planning, marketing, product development and strategic planning. Our high-level experience in all three sides of the retail business - retail buying, manufacturing and licensing representation - allows us to deliver extremely effective results.






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