Panini hires hobby sales veteran D.J. Kazmierczak


By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America‘s management team added another hobby veteran on Tuesday.

The Texas-based company announce that it has hired long-time industry executive D.J. Kazmierczak to become its new Vice President of Sales, overseeing its U.S. market.

Kazmierczak previously worked as Press Pass‘ Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for four years and was its director of retail sales for three years before that. He also previously worked for Fleer starting back in 1994.

“I’m truly excited to join the Panini America team and to help the company continue to strengthen its position as the unquestionable industry leader,” Kazmierczak said in a prepared release. “This represents a tremendous opportunity for me and I’m ready to hit the ground running.”

Panini America CEO Mark Warsop also welcomed him in a prepared statement.

“The addition of D.J. to our management team only makes us stronger, and we’re proud to welcome him into the Panini America family,” Warsop said. “He brings a track record of success, and a wealth of experience and contacts that will serve our team well as we continue to grow.”

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Basketball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


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  1. Sandow 7 August, 2012 at 15:11

    A big reason why there is very little real innovation in the industry is that the same retreads just go from company to company. There is very little new blood in any top positions. And it trickles all the way down to the low level – look at the revolving door between Panini and Beckett.

  2. ddizzal 7 August, 2012 at 21:07

    atleast this guy is nice, most of the people I have had a chance to meet have been rude and seemed to not care about the trading cards they were selling. Just ask the question to any of them if they collect and 99% will say no with a smirk on thier face. Most hobby store owners dont collect either and thats they problem with this industry! How can you sell something that you dont use and like? I dont know my bartenders that dont drink!!!

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