Past Chairmen

The following is a list of the many distinguished industry leaders who since 1916 have served at the helm of TIA’s Board of Directors.

Note: Prior to 1990, the Toy Industry Association was known as the Toy Manufacturers of America (TMA). The current title of “chairman” was previously termed “president.”

2010s

2014 - 2016

John Gessert
American Plastic Toys

2012 - 2014

Soren Torp Laursen
LEGO Systems

2010 - 2012

Bryan Stockton
Mattel

2008 - 2010

Al Verrecchia
Hasbro, Inc.
Toy Industry Hall of Fame Inductee (2011)


2000s

2006 - 2008

Daniel Grossman
Wild Planet Corp

2004 - 2006

Arnold Rubin
Funrise
Toy Industry Hall of Fame Inductee (2012)

2002 - 2004

Neil Friedman
Fisher-Price Brands
Toy Industry Hall of Fame Inductee (2004)

2001 - 2002

Patrick Feely
Radica USA

2001 - 2000

Theodore J. Eischeid


1990s

1999

Peter Eio

Records are currently being updated.


1980s

1988

Thomas J. Kalinske
Toy Industry Hall of Fame Inductee (1997)

1987

Robert Cooper

1986

William L. Garrity

Records are currently being updated.


1970s

Records are currently being updated.


1960s

1964

L. John Swedlin
Gund Manufacturing Company

1963

Alfred C. Gilbert, Jr.
The A. C. Gilbert Company

1962

Saul Robbins
Remco Industries, Inc.

1961

Edward P. Parker
Parker Brothers, Inc.
Toy Industry Hall of Fame Inductee (1990)

1960

Charles S. Raizen
Transogram Company, Inc.
Toy Industry Hall of Fame Inductee (1986)


1950s

1959

Richard E. Long
Eagle Rubber Company, Inc.

1958

Robert W. Muessel
South Bend Toy Manufacturing Corp.

1957

Abraham Swedline
Gund Manufacturing Company

1956

Gilbert G. Southwisk
Childhood Interests, Inc.

1955

Samuel G. Goss
Halsam Products Company

1954

Frederick W. Doepke
The Cas. Wm. Doepke Mfg. Co., Inc.

1953

Robert B. M. Barton
Parker Brothers, Inc.

1952

Norman G. Wintermantel
Junior Toy Corporation

1951

William A. Wenner
All Metal Products Company

1950

Arthur Raphael
The Lionel Corporation


1940s

1948, 1949

Kenneth P. Fallon
The A. C. Gilbert Company

1946, 1947

L. M. MacDonald
The Ohio Art Company

1944, 1945

Carl Hedstrom, Jr.
Hedstrom-Union Company

1942, 1943

T. W. Smith, Jr.
The Sun Rubber Company

1940, 1941

H. E. Luhrs
The Beistle Company


1930s

1939

C. L. Kingsbury
The Kingsbury Mfg. Co.

1938

Herman G. Fisher
Fisher-Price Toys, Inc.
Toy Industry Hall of Fame Inductee (1985)

1936, 1937

Cass S. Hough
Daisy Manufacturing Co.

1935

W. A. Coventry
Grey Iron Casting Co.

1933, 1934

W. C. Lehman
The Lehman Co. of America, Inc.

1932

T. S. Dowst
Dowst Manufacturing Co.

1930, 1931

H. D. Bowie
E. I. Horsman Co., Inc.


1920s

1928, 1929

W. Ogden Coleman
American Flyer Mfg. Co.

1927

Harrie C. White
H. C. White Company

1925, 1926

A. F. Schoenhut
The A. Schoenhut Company

1923, 1924

George A. Fox
Milton Bradley Company

1922, 1923

Leo Schlesinger
Leo Schlesinger & Co., Inc.

1921

Charles E. Graham
Charles E. Graham & Co.


1910s

1918, 1920

Harry C. Ives
The Ives Corporation

1916, 1917

Alfred C. Gilbert
The A.C. Gilbert Co.
Toy Industry Hall of Fame Inductee (1985)