Great American Eyewear launched the company's first handcrafted designer eyewear on August 14, 2018. The company is the newest division of the award-winning company, The Great American Doll Company, which designs, develops, manufactures and distributes the best-selling high-end dolls in history. (www.greatamericandolls.com).
The company’s esteemed management team’s talent and imagination are legendary – a virtual Who’s Who of the international toy industry. This team includes the company's Founders, Michael and Fredericka Lam, famed award-winning Italian artist and sculptor, Bruno Rossellini, as well as a distinguished management team who have steered the parent company for over thirty years.
MEET OUR TEAM
Award-winning Italian Artist and Sculptor, Bruno Rossellini
- The renowned award-winning Italian artist and sculptor, Bruno Rossellini signed an exclusive long-term contract with The Great American Doll Company and has continued to serve as Director of Creative Design.
- In 1991, Rossellini began sculpting numerous best-selling realistic dolls for the company and has recently signed on as head designer for Great American Eyewear's new line of handcrafted sunglasses.
Company Founders: Michael and Fredericka Lam
- Michael and Fredericka Lam are the Founders of The Great American Doll Company (GADCO), Great American Publications, International Collector Services (ICS) and Great American Eyewear (GAECO).
- In 1985, pioneered the first realistic doll designs into the market.
- Signed the industry's first exclusive, long-term contracts with talented sculptors, who created beautiful works of art depicting children from around the world.
- Established the country's first high-end doll manufacturing plant, a 16,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, located in Anaheim, California.
- At the same time, trained and supervised the world's largest toy manufacturing and component factories located in France, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Germany, Indonesia, Hong Kong and China.
- Ten years after its founding, the company's patented proprietary technologies and copyrighted doll, head and body designs totally revolutionized the way the toy industry's doll and action figures are created and manufactured worldwide.
Background: Michael R. Lam
- Michael R. Lam is the founder of International Marketing and Sales Company, (IMSCO), the predecessor of GADCO. He is one of two founders of The Great American Doll Company. In 1981, after only one year in business, IMSCO became the largest designer, developer, manufacturer and distributor of the world’s highest quality doll components.
- The company began in Michael's garage with a $5,000 loan from his father. Within sixteen months, without any additional investment, IMSCO's sales grew to over $7.3 million, with 90% profit margins. (Neither Microsoft or Oracle accomplished this.)
- Three years later, while continuing to grow IMSCO, Michael repeated this same spectacular financial achievement when The Great American Doll Company burst onto the scene and experienced the exact same kind of unprecedented growth. However, this time the upward climb happened within just eight months.
Background: Fredericka Lam, M.Ed,
- Fredericka D. Lam, is a licensed counselor specializing in children, Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) member, and graduate of the highly selective and prestigious non-partisan Coro Foundation Leadership Program.
- Notable Coro graduates include: Hon. Senator Dianne Feinstein; William Connelly, Strategic Analyst (ret.) The New York Times; The Hon. Senator and Vice Presidential Candidate, Tim Kaine; Alex Padilla, CA Secretary of State; Bruce Corwin, Chairman and CEO of L.A.’s Metropolitan Theater Corporation; Gene Siskel, Former Film Critic, Siskel & Ebert & the Movies; Phil Angelides, Former Treasurer, the State of California; Helen Dewar, Former Staff Writer, The Washington Post; Hon. Marvin Baxter, Associate Justice California Supreme Court; and other highly esteemed judges, congressmen, media and business persons.
Background: Fredericka Lam's Family
- Fredericka's famous father, Manny Siegel, was a world renowned social worker from Boston, Massachusetts, who led large international refugee resettlements in Havana, Cuba, Port-Au-Prince Haiti, Sophi, Bulgaria and Shanghai, China. There, he assisted hundreds of thousands of people secure food, shelter, medical care, education and employment, after fleeing Nazi persecution in Europe.
- While working in China, Siegel was arrested and imprisoned, as an American Prisoner of War, and held inside the infamous Shanghai Ghetto. While incarcerated, he continued to coordinate the refugee relief efforts working together with the United States' War and State Departments, the JDC, as well as with large multinational corporations.
- After two and a half years, Siegel escaped from the Shanghai Ghetto. He was later hired as Chief of Mission for UNICEF to organize an international relief effort to irradiate childhood diseases within Bulgaria.
- In Bulgaria, he met and married Maria Hautman, a high school physical education and English teacher who was forced to flee Austria when the Nazi's suddenly fired her from her first teaching job, declaring that she and her family were "Politically undesirable."
- Just prior to this, Maria Hautman's physician father and Parliamentarian mother led the Nazi resistance in Vienna.
- Her mother, Marie Hautmann, brought the Montessori Schools to Austria for the first time and was the youngest of only six women members of Parliament.
- Marie was the only member of Parliament to successfully avoid Nazi imprisonment because she heard the announcement of the raids on the radio one morning while preparing to leave for work. She quickly fled to a neighbor's attic where she lived in hiding, Anne Frank-style, for one year.
- Her father, Frederick Hautmann, earned three (3) medical degrees. He was a practicing dentist, general practitioner and a tropical disease specialist. One day, while working in his dental office in Vienna, he was suddenly and unexpectedly arrested and imprisoned by the Nazi's. He was released after one year and one day later he and his wife fled the country.
- The internationally renowned couple was posthumously awarded with a park and a street named after them. Both are located in Vienna.
- Manny Siegel continued working for the United Nations after World War II, as UNICEF's Chief of Mission in Bulgaria. His new bride, Maria worked as his assistant and translator. The couple hired many leading international pediatricians, and together they set up well-baby medical clinics to eradicate childhood tuberculosis.
- Within two years, they successfully reduced the country's TB rate by 80%.
- After returning to the United States, the Siegel's moved to Manhattan Beach, California, where they raised a family and continued their lifelong work to improve the lives of others. They became leaders in the Civil Right's Movement and worked to eliminate the nation's Jim Crow laws, while successfully integrating southern California's South Bay.
Great American Doll Company Highlights
- Great American Dolls repeatedly breaks toy industry sales and profit records
- Purchased by celebrities and Heads of State including Presidents, Prime Ministers, Fortune 500 CEO's/executives and more.
- The company’s dolls have been featured in all eight windows of Tiffany & Co., and were sold in The White House Gift Shop, during the Reagan Administration.
The Great American Doll Company Won Many Industry Awards
- Doll of the Year Awards (DOTY) -- Awarded Three (3) DOTY Awards and Six (6) DOTY Nominations
- Dolls of Excellence Awards -- Awarded Three (3) Dolls of Excellence Awards and Four (4) Nominations
A Partial List of The Great American Doll Company's Famous International Customers:
- President Ronald Reagan & other U.S. Presidents
- Brian Mulrooney, Former Canadian Prime Minister
- Frederick de Klerk, President of South Africa -- de Klerk was the President who freed Nelson Mandela
- Danielle Steele, Author
- Candice Bergen, Actress
- Bob Shaffner, President: Rolls Royce Foundation
- Burt Reynolds, Actor
- Demi Moore, Actress
- Garry Marshall, Director, Pretty Woman, Happy Days, The Princess Diaries
- Whoopi Goldberg, Actress/Comedian/Host of The View
- And other international leaders and celebrities who have requested anonymity
- The New York Times (Front page of the Sunday Styles Section)
- The Washington Post
- South China Morning Post
- The Times of London
- The Miami Herald
- The Orange County Register (Front Page Cover Story)
- People Magazine
- USA Today
- Time Magazine
- People Magazine
- The Orlando Sentinel
- Hello! Magazine (U.K.)
- The Gulf News (Kuwait)
- Los Angeles Daily News
- Sports Illustrated
- And other media outlets featuring realistic GADCO dolls depicting international tennis star, Gabriela Sabatini; Princess Diana; Jacqueline Kennedy; Actress Marlene Dietrich; John F. Kennedy, Jr., and more.
- Good Morning America
- Live with Regis and Kathie Lee
- The Home Show (ABC)
- BBC (Horizon Series)
- AP Syndicated TV News
- The Late Show with David Letterman
- And more
- GADCO’s one-hour TV selling shows featured on QVC, HSN, and ShopNBC, broke electronic media records when the dolls repeatedly sold-out during the first 16-22 minutes of every show. (Average selling prices: $400, with no returns from customers.)
- Many GADCO doll lines completely sold-out on these shows -- many in the first few seconds of the show, during the preview.
- The Great American Doll Company was named the most influential company in the industry by International Doll World magazine editor, Rebekka Montgomery, as a result of the company repeatedly breaking industry sales records, including sales to dealers and electronic media channels, as well as for the creation of numerous intellectual property assets that transformed the industry including, but not limited to: the world’s largest library of copyrighted doll designs, valuable trademarked brand-names, utility and design patents, and other best-selling trademarked properties.
The Great American Doll Company and Great American Eyewear continue to create world-class patented processes to upgrade, enhance and uplift manufacturing technologies, doll and eyewear design concepts for toy products and luxury designer sunglasses.