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A Breadth of Expertise

JPMA members have access to a wide range of expertise including business advisors, medical experts, compliance consultants, and legal thought leaders. 

Legal Resources

JPMA’s general counsel, Rick Locker, Esq., has been active in the juvenile products and toy industries for many years. An invaluable resource to the industry, he represents JPMA’s interests in legislative and regulatory matters and assisting in crisis situations. Rick serves as a trusted resource to JPMA member companies and represents their interests in topics ranging from antitrust to recall support to general business advice. Should an issue arise needing legal guidance, JPMA members may reach out to Rick for a courtesy initial consultation.

For an introduction to Rick, or for additional contact information, please contact JPMA at or 856-638-0420.

Business Resources

Industry veteran and former CEO of The First Years, Ron Sidman, has nearly 40 years of experience in the in the juvenile products industry. Now a mentor and advisor, Ron is passionate about helping budding entrepreneurs and businesses in the space thrive. JPMA members have the exclusive opportunity to consult one-on-one with Ron via Skype or FaceTime. The first session is absolutely free.



Ron's expertise includes...

  • Managing a juvenile products company
  • Designing and updating your company's business model
  • Strategic planning
  • Finding and retaining the right people
  • Developing new products
  • Sourcing, pricing, and distribution strategies
  • Managing retailer and e-tailer relations
  • Managing consumer relations
  • Maximizing profitability by product and account
  • Designing and managing business processes
  • Executive time management
  • Maintaining life balance
  • Creating your exit strategy

To learn more about Ron and this program, read the FAQsvisit his blog and review the mentor session disclaimer.

Compliance Consultant

Rachael Shagott, longtime industry member and Principal Consultant at Best Practice Quality, has 40 years of experience in product quality and compliance. For the past 24 years she has been in quality management within the juvenile products industry, where she focused on the areas of product integrity, supplier quality assurance, product safety and regulatory compliance. JPMA members have the opportunity to speak with Rachael one-on-one for a free 90 minute compliance consulting session. JPMA members will also receive an additional 10% discount off of the hourly rate after the first consultation. Reasons to schedule your compliance consultation:

  • You are entering a new product category and would like a general overview of the regulatory landscape
  • You are designing or improving your internal compliance structure and would like third-party advice
  • You've hired compliance staff from outside the industry and would like them to receive a primer on juvenile products
  • You are a young company and need help knowing where to start in designing an appropriate compliance roadmap
  • You are a mature company that simply wants a gut-check on an approach you are pursuing

For an introduction to Rachael, or for additional contact information, please contact JPMA at or 856-638-0420.


Find a Medical Expert or Spokesdoctor

JPMA offers a special benefit for members of the association which provides access to a network of 150+ doctors who are also mothers, otherwise known as Mommy MDs. The Mommy MD Guides offer credibility, expertise, media savvy and passion and have a proven track record of partnering with companies of all sizes to promote their products.

Members of JPMA are afforded a 15% exclusive discount for Mommy MD Guides Spokesdoctors. Mommy MD Guides utilizes its consortium of Spokesdoctors which can be matched and tailored based on specialty, region and ages of children in a unique matching process that identifies similar viewpoints. Those doctors provide the following services to companies:

  • Medical quotes for press releases, blogs, social media, product packaging and other marketing uses
  • Editorial support creating tip sheets, articles, brochures, etc.
  • Medical accuracy content review
  • Product evaluations
  • Potential product endorsements and recommendations
  • Focus groups of Mommy MD’s
  • In person event appearances and media tours

In conjunction with the Mommy MD Guides, its parent company, Momosa Publishing, also offers a full range of custom publishing opportunities, including eNewsletters, booklets, instruction manuals, and books - and promotional support and national distribution. 

JPMA Members have access to a complimentary 30 minute consultation to talk about ways that Mommy MD can help.

Members of the association are encouraged to contact JPMA at to gain access to this unique benefit.

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