Toy Association’s Alan Kaufman Recipient of ADK/Saint Louis University’s “Global Impact Award”
August 7, 2019 | Alan Kaufman, The Toy Association’s senior vice president of technical affairs, was awarded this year’s “Global Impact Award” by ADK Information Services and Saint Louis University for his contributions to the field of consumer product safety. The award was bestowed to Kaufman at a ceremony on August 1 at campus headquarters in St. Louis, MO.
"Each year, a committee of previous ADK Global Impact Award recipients gather to recommend the next awardee. This year's selection, Al Kaufman, was a unanimous choice given the scope of his contributions to the consumer product safety field in the U.S. and around the world," said Dr. Ik-Whan Kwon, PhD, professor emeritus at the Richard Chaifetz School of Business at Saint Louis University, and the first recipient of the award in 2016.
Kaufman is a toy industry veteran with nearly 40 years of experience addressing product safety, quality assurance, regulatory compliance, and product testing issues. As senior vice president of technical affairs, he leads the Association’s continuing development and implementation of technical policies and strategies relating to toy safety, the environment, supply chain issues, factory processes, and other matters.
A graduate of UCLA with a degree in biology, Kaufman is a past president of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO). He’s also a member of the Executive Board of ASTM International’s Committee for Consumer Products F15 and is active on several toy and juvenile product safety standard subcommittees. He is an appointed member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals.
The Global Impact Award has also been given to R. David Pittle, former CPSC commissioner and technical director for Consumers Union, and Kitty Pilarz, vice president of product safety and regulatory compliance at Mattel/Fisher-Price.