Jonathan Albin is a consummate gamer. Playing games since he was four years old, he has a 50-year legacy of game play, promotion, and profession. His professional career started in Southern California, working with Strategicon, a local games convention. His small game production company, Justin Thyme Productions grew rapidly after he created the signature ’Parallels’ game system, which entertained and intrigued Southern California game enthusiasts for more than three years.
A tragedy in 1997, the death of his daughter, focused Jonathan on developing his career, working to develop a strong message to bring players together in deeper and more lasting relationships. Publisher of the card game “Mortis”, in 2001, Jonathan Albin was catapulted to fame within the game industry, becoming the Marketing Director for GAMA, the Game Manufacturer’s Association, and working to expand and develop both the GAMA Trade Show in Las Vegas, and the Origins Games Expo and Fair, in Columbus, Ohio. His further adventures led him to become Director of Sales for Games Quarterly Catalog, Games Quarterly Magazine, and the ill-fated Games Expo. He further spearheaded the National Games Week program, and to this day chairs that local grass-roots games effort.
In 2007, Jonathan came back to his Southern California roots, and became over time the Tournament Store Liaison, for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., handling retailer relations for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game. He left the firm in 2014, to resolve family issues, caring for his mother and father, both invalid, and requiring daily care.
Presently, Jonathan, in his incarnation as the “Game Market Guru”, has undertaken a personal quest; get people playing games across the country. He travels throughout the nation, visiting game stores, and bringing them new games, new game experiences, and sharing proprietary life-changing StrataGems, designed to jump start game play in every community, leading them to develop healthy and fun relationships, all part of what he calls the ‘Leisure Economy’.
To join him on this epic quest, or for more information, Like ‘ Jonathan Albin, the Game Market Guru’ on Facebook, follow the Store Spotlight Tour on his Website, at www.theGameMarketGuru.com, and follow him on BranchProduction.com // Twitter @GameMarketGuru. Phone us at 323 317 -3354