Voting for the slate of candidates for induction into the Toy
Industry Hall of Fame in February 2013 is now underway. The ballot
period will extend from Tuesday, August 14 – Friday, September 14,
This year’s candidates include:
- Judith (Judy) Ellis
Chair, Toy Design Department, Fashion Institute of Technology [view
- Patrick (Pat) Feely
Retired CEO Radica Games / Chairman Toy Industry Foundation [view
- Joel Glickman
Founder, K’NEX Brands [view
- Jerry Storch
CEO & Chairman of Toys”R”Us [view
- Steven Speilberg
Director / Filmmaker [view
Candidates for Posthumous Induction include:
- Russell (Russ) Berrie
Founder of Russ Berrie Inc. [view
- Arthur “Spud” Melin & Richard Knerr (Joint
Co-Founders of Wham-O Toy [view
Criteria for Candidates
Consideration for the Toy Industry Hall of Fame shall be limited to
individuals (living or deceased) who have made outstanding contributions
and/or provided outstanding service to the toy industry and to the Toy
Industry Association. The candidate(s) should have accomplishments such
- Long experience in the industry.
- Innovative product or marketing introductions.
- Manufacturing process changes, which significantly improved the
process or product.
- Service on the TIA Board of Directors, or in other important
capacities in or related to toys and youth entertainment.
- An unimpeachable record of integrity and respect in the
- A prominent role in:
- Promoting the public’s awareness and appreciation of the
importance of toys in the lives of children, or
- Promoting the public's awareness of the toy industry as a
significant and responsible member of the business community.
- No current voting member of the TIA Board of Directors, including
those in positions of Chairman and Chairman Elect, may be nominated for
induction into the Hall of Fame during their board tenure.
In any given year, there may be from two to six inductees (living or
deceased) into the Hall of Fame.
The Toy Industry Hall of Fame Committee reviewed all nominations
received and proposed a slate of candidates for consideration via the
ballot described below.
The opportunity to honor individuals who have made their mark on the
North American toy industry is a special tradition for TIA and its
members. Designated points of contact at TIA member companies,
former Hall of Fame inductees, and recent TIA Board members are invited
to rank their choices in the living and posthumous categories. In this
defined pool of respondents, no single organization shall have more than
TIA staff will tally the voting results and provide a summary to
members of the Hall of Fame Committee for verification.
To request a link to the ballot, please contact TIA’s Jackie
An announcement of the 2013 inductees will be made in conjunction
with promotion of the annual Toy of the Year (TOTY) awards program..
Questions and Requests for Additional
TIA Vice President, Strategic Communications (646.520.4858)