Diamond Comic Distributors, the leading distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise, has appointed Ryan Shelkett as the Executive Director of Vendor Development focusing on toys and merchandise. In this crucial role, Shelkett will play a pivotal part in advancing Diamond’s presence in the marketplace.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Ryan to our Purchasing Team,” Geppi Family Enterprises Chief Purchasing Officer Tim Lenaghan said. “The expertise that Ryan brings from his years with Bandai, coupled with his enthusiasm for growing Diamond’s position in the overall marketplace make this a truly exciting hire for us!”

Shelkett is no stranger to Diamond Comic Distributors, having been a valued member of the company from 2007 to 2016. During his initial tenure, he contributed significantly to the company’s growth. After leaving Diamond, he joined Bandai America, Inc, where he excelled in various roles, including Regional Sales Manager, National Sales Manager, Director of Sales, and ultimately, Director of Sales – Mass and Digital.

He brings with him a wealth of experience in new business development, sales growth, inventory management, and team leadership. Shelkett’s profound knowledge of the toys and collectibles industry further enhances his ability to drive success in his new role.

“I’m truly excited to return to Diamond Comic Distributors and collaborate closely with our valued vendors to drive growth and success for all our businesses,” Shelkett said. “I’m eager to work with the talented team here and further solidify our position in the market.”

Diamond anticipates that Shelkett’s return will strengthen the organization’s strategic partnerships, expand its reach, and contribute to its continued success within the industry.