K’NEX® President & CEO, Michael Araten, Named Top 100 CEO Leader in STEM by STEMConnector®

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Araten to Speak at US News & World Report STEM Solutions Summit, June 18-19th

STEM CONNECTOR TOP 100 CEOs

I am humbled and honored to be named one of the 100 CEO Leaders in STEM by STEMConnector. STEM is the heart of innovation and innovation drives growth, profit and jobs of the future. - K'NEX & Rodon President and CEO, Micahel Araten

K’NEX Brands, the only US construction toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love ®, is pleased to announce that Michael Araten, K’NEX & The Rodon Group President & CEO, has been named one of the top 100 CEO Leaders in STEM by STEMConnector.

STEMConnector is the one-stop for “who” is doing “what” in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education and careers. STEMConnector will release an online and hardcover version of its 100 CEO Leaders in STEM profiling 100 CEO’s and their thought provoking views on the future of our nation’s competitiveness and the need for STEM at the 2013 US News & World Report STEM Solutions Summit June 18-19 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX.

Mr. Araten will speak at the US News STEM Leadership Dinner on Tuesday June 18 and on the “What Big Employers Want” panel on June 19. K’NEX will also be exhibiting its K’NEX Education line, which offers curriculum supported Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) sets for use in elementary, middle and high school classrooms, in the Austin Convention Center exhibit hall at booth #207.

Araten joins fellow 2013 CEO Leaders in STEM such as Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Dave Cote of Honeywell, Marilyn A. Hewson of Lockheed Martin Corp. and Mike Duke of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

“I am humbled and honored to be named one of the 100 CEO Leaders in STEM by STEMConnector,” said Araten. “STEM is the heart of innovation and innovation drives growth, profit and jobs of the future. K’NEX and Rodon work actively with local community colleges and technical schools to ensure that students graduate with the skills they need to work at companies like ours. And through the K’NEX Education line, we are providing teachers with a complete STEM solution, enabling them to teach critical concepts in sequence and demonstrate real world applications. To be recognized with these other fine CEOs is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our highly skilled employees.”

STEMConnector’s 100 CEO Leaders in STEM is available online and in hardcopy on STEMConnector’s website, http://blog.stemconnector.org/stemconnector®-releases-list-its-100-ceo-leaders-stem.

About K’NEX Brands
Founded in 1992, K’NEX Brands, the world’s most innovative construction toy company, was established to make and sell what has become one of the world’s leading integrated construction systems for children and is America’s STEM building solution. Winner of over 250 international awards and recognitions, K’NEX, America’s building toy company, is focused on Building Worlds Kids Love and encourages youngsters to “imagine, build and play”. From the living room to the classroom, K’NEX has building toys specially designed for every age group and skill level. The K’NEX family of brands includes K’NEX Building Sets, K’NEX Thrill Rides, K’NEX Education, Lincoln Logs®, Tinkertoy®, NASCAR®, Angry Birds™, Mario Kart Wii™, Mario Kart 7™, Super Mario™, PacMan™ and more. Since 1992, The Rodon Group, a subsidiary of K'NEX Brands, L.P., has manufactured over 31 billion parts for the K'NEX building toy system. Join us as we help build the leaders of tomorrow. For more information, please visit http://www.knex.com or http://www.rodongroup.com.

About The Rodon Group
The Rodon Group is an ISO 9001:2008 certified landfill-free, plastic injection molder. In business since 1956, The Rodon Group makes billions of parts each year in its 125,000 square foot facility. With over 105 injection molding presses, Rodon is one of the largest family-owned and operated plastic injection molders in the United States. Since 1992, Rodon has manufactured over 30 billion parts for the K'NEX building toy system, and is a subsidiary of K'NEX Brands, L.P. For more information, please visit http://www.rodongroup.com

About STEMconnector
STEMconnector is “the one-stop-shop” for STEM information. With several products and services, STEMconnector supports its members design, implement and measure their STEM strategies. Since its launch in 2011, STEMconnector has been the leader in leveraging a network of STEM stakeholders and “making things happen”. STEMconnector’s charge is to identify, inform and connect entities working in STEM Education/Careers to assess smart STEM investments and results.

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