SYRACUSE, N.Y. — TCGplayer on Monday announced that it plans to hire more than 100 new full-time employees over the next year as the company expands into new collectible lines of business.
Besides its hiring plans, TCGplayer also announced that it has appointed Paul Appelbaum, a founder and former president of GrubHub Seamless (NYSE: GRUB), to the company’s board of directors.
Seamless, a food-delivery service, is part of the GrubHub portfolio of brands.
TCGplayer, which is headquartered at 440 S. Warren St. in downtown Syracuse, is an online technology platform for the collectibles industry.
Following the firm’s plans for hiring, TCGplayer will employ about 350 people across the U.S., with a majority located at the firm’s headquarters.
The company is already recruiting for about 50 of these roles, which includes its first-ever chief marketing officer, per a company news release.
Appelbaum is an experienced operator, investor and advisor, and currently serves as a principal of Rock Ventures LLC, an early stage investment firm focused on marketplaces and foodtech. He’s also a director of Slice, a technology platform “powering local pizzerias transformation for the digital age.”
“We are rapidly growing and excited to add talented people across our organization, with a focus on roles in engineering, marketing and fulfillment support,” Chedy Hampson, founder and CEO of TCGplayer, said. “Having built the most dynamic and compelling marketplace for collectible card games in the U.S., we are excited to bring our innovative technologies and customer-focused approach to a great portion of the $25 billion global collectible hobby market. In support of TCGplayer’s expansion plans, we are looking for talented individuals who will help us further improve and advance our platform for the collectibles industry.”
Hampson also acknowledged the addition of Appelbaum to the TCGplayer board of directors.
“Paul brings more than 20 years of experience as an investor and developer of technology companies to TCGplayer, and we are confident he will be a valuable addition to our boardroom as we continue to execute TCGplayer’s plan of building the leading online marketplace for the collectible world,” said Hempson.
“I am delighted to join the TCGplayer board at this exciting moment in the company’s history,” Appelbaum said. “I was drawn to the company because of its inspiring leadership, collaborative culture and innovative technology. I look forward to helping TCGplayer continue to reach its potential as it defines the future of the collectibles industry.”