Al Kahn is an iconic figure in the entertainment and licensing industry, renowned for his outstanding contributions and unwavering commitment to philanthropy, particularly in support of children’s causes. Throughout his remarkable career, he has been instrumental in spearheading the licensing of numerous blockbuster children’s products that have captivated the imaginations of millions worldwide.
Notably, Al Kahn has achieved tremendous success in licensing iconic brands such as Cabbage Patch Kids, Pokémon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Yu-Gi-Oh!. Additionally, he has played a pivotal role in the marketing and licensing of beloved franchises like Nintendo, Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, James Bond, World Wrestling Federation, WCW, Monster Jam Monster Trucks, Xbox, and Polly Pocket, solidifying his status as a driving force in the industry.
In 2020, Mr. Kahn ventured into the exciting realm of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) by co-founding VeVe collectibles alongside David Yu and Dan Crothers. VeVe has quickly emerged as a leading platform in the NFT industry, offering innovative digital collectibles that resonate with enthusiasts around the globe.
Mr. Kahn also holds the position of Chief Marketing Officer at VitiPrints. Vitiprints’ patented technology is a customizable print technology platform that enables 3D based milks, vitamins and water-based products to be reduced to a 2D high speed printed form factor creating a new category of fully functional, environmentally enhanced, cost-effective products eliminating any need for plastic packaging or components.
Beyond his professional endeavors, Mr. Kahn is the Founder and Chairman of First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF), a prominent National 501(c)(3) organization established in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks when 800 children lost a first responder parent while responding to this tragic event. Over the years, FRCF has grown into a nationally recognized organization that delivers a range of services and programs catering to the unique needs of first responder children and their families. From bereavement grants and college scholarships to hardship grants, mental health counseling, and community engagement events, FRCF is dedicated to making a lasting positive impact. In 2022 alone, the Foundation positively impacted over 130,000 children.
Mr. Kahn’s extraordinary contributions have garnered widespread recognition, including induction into the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) Murray Altschuler Licensing Hall of Fame and the Kidscreen Hall of Fame in 2005. These prestigious accolades serve as a testament to his remarkable achievements and profound influence. In 2006, he also received the Spirit of Achievement award from the National Center for Learning Disabilities.
Demonstrating his dedication to education and community involvement, Mr. Kahn currently holds a position on the Board of Long Island University, where he serves as Chairman of the University Relations Committee. In this role, he actively contributes to shaping the university’s strategic direction and development, fostering an environment conducive to learning and growth. In the past, he has served on the board of directors of the Federal Drug Agents Foundation, the Children’s Tumor Foundation, the Stephen Gaynor School for Learning Difficulties, and Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project.
Al Kahn’s extraordinary career in the youth entertainment licensing industry, coupled with his philanthropic efforts and innovative ventures, firmly establish him as an influential leader and passionate advocate for children’s causes. His tireless dedication continues to shape the industry and positively impact countless lives.