Our Management Team
John joined DG through the acquisition of Impact Innovations, Inc. in August of 2018. John is responsible for the strategic direction of Design Group Americas, identifying areas of potential revenue growth, investment spending in management, manufacturing and sales through acquisition and organic growth. John currently resides with his wife Tracy in Fort Myers, FL.
Lance is the CEO of Design Group Americas and Interim COO of Design Group Plc. Lance’s previous roles included directing businesses for Rank Hovis McDougall plc, Saint Gobain Solaglas UK and also international overseas‑based roles for PepsiCo International in Africa and India.
Tas is the CFO of Design Group and joined the team in 2016 prior to which he spent most of his career in financial consulting. Tas earned his B.S. in International Business and French from Aston University. Tas, his wife Jane, and their three children currently reside in Atlanta, GA.
Jack is the Chief Operating Officer of Design Group Americas and joined DG in 2020 as part of the acquisition of CSS Industries. Jack joined CSS Industries in 2017 after a 30-year career with DuPont. Jack is responsible for the functions of manufacturing, distribution, logistics, supply chain, customer service, Asia sourcing, procurement, and Information Technology. He holds an MBA from University of Delaware as well as a BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University. Originally from Houston, Texas, Jack currently resides near Philadelphia, PA with his wife Laurie and has two grown sons.
Denise is the Chief Human Resources Officer, joining Design Group from the 2020 acquisition of CSS Industries (which she joined in 2004). Denise leads HR for the entire Americas territory as well as other major corporate projects and initiatives. Denise received a BA in Psychology from Purdue University, and a MS in Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology from University of Baltimore. She is SPHR certified. Denise and her husband William, and daughter Sophia reside in Mountain Top, PA.
Chief Commercial Officer
Erica joined DG in 2019 and is responsible for managing sales and customer relationships to achieve company wide revenue and profitability. She is accountable for the overall sales organization performance, the profitable achievement of sales goals and for aligning sales objectives with the company business and channel strategies. She received her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Business Administration from McMaster University. Erica and her husband Chad reside in Atlanta, GA with their two children.
CEO – Anker Play Products
Leon Summers is the Chief Executive Officer of Anker Play Products, a division of IG Design Group Americas, founded in 2016. Originally from the UK, Leon began his career in importing and exporting, and has worked in the toy and creative play business for over a decade. Leon currently resides in Miami, FL with his dogs Maxwell & Murdoch.