TIM WALSH plays hard. He’s a professional speaker, author, game designer and filmmaker. He first book, Timeless Toys (Andrews-McMeel, 2005) was praised by The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. His second, WHAM-O Super-Book (Chronicle Books, 2008) was picked by NPR as “One of the best gift books of the year.” His third book, Right Brain Red: 7 Ideas for Creative Success, written with designer and super-entrepreneur Reyn Guyer, was just released in the spring of 2017.
A 27-year veteran of the toy industry, Tim is known internationally as a toy expert. He worked for Patch Products (now Play Monster) as its VP of Product Development and Marketing and was instrumental in taking that company from $3 million in sales to over $23 million. His designs and co-designs of games have sold over 7 million copies in 13 countries and include the games TriBond, Blurt, Mad Gab, Link ‘Em, You’ve Been Framed and many others. He’s appeared on numerous TV and radio shows including CBS’s The Early Show, NPR’s All Things Considered, This Way Up (New Zealand), Top 100 Toys (BBC), and CNBC’s The Big Idea, among many others.
In 2010, Tim co-produced the film Toyland, by director Ken Sons. The film won Best Documentary awards at three US film festivals. In 2016, he co-produced and co-directed OPERATION: Operation The Power of Play with Peggy Brown. The film shares the amazing story of John Spinello, the inventor of the classic game Operation, as he discovers that creativity connects him to more people in more ways than he ever could have imagined. The film won the top prize for best film at the 2017 Naperville Independent Film Festival.
As a lecturer and inspiration speaker, Tim is out to prove that PLAY is not a four-letter word, but a means through which we can super-charge creativity and connect with customers, clients and coworkers. He has spoken on this topic to teams as diverse as the Otis College of Art and Design, USC Physical Sciences in Oncology Center, G Wiz: The Science Museum, Elmhurst Historical Museum, Chicago Toy & Game Fair, TAGIE Awards, and the State Bar of Arizona, to name a few.
His speaking style and lectures are fun, playful and professional. Your team will be inspired, entertained and enlighten by the transformative Power of Play.