2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

The Toy Industry Association (TIA) is proud to announce the 2014 inductees into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame:

  • Jill Barad
    Former Chairman and CEO, Mattel  [view bio]

  • Horst Brandstätter
    President and Sole Owner, PLAYMOBIL/geobra Brandstätter GmbH & Co. KG [view bio]
  • Jack Friedman
    Former Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder, JAKKS Pacific [view bio]

  • Arthur “Spud” Melin & Richard Knerr
    Co-Founders of Wham-O Toy [view bio]

The five new inductees were nominated from within the toy industry and selected by a vote of TIA members and previous Hall of Fame honorees.  They will be honored during a ceremony that will take place on Saturday evening, February 15, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City in conjunction with the 14th Annual Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards. The event will kick off the 111th American International Toy Fair.

Established in 1984, the Hall of Fame comprises an impressive roster of 62 individuals who have been previously recognized for their significant contributions to the growth and success of the toy industry.

Additional information about the Hall of Fame and its nomination and selection process follows below. View a complete list of former inductees.

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 as:

  • 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 industry.
  • 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.

Consideration will also be given to the number of nominations received from the TIA membership.

SELECTION Procedures

The Toy Industry Hall of Fame Committee reviewed all nominations received and proposed a slate of candidates for consideration via the ballot described below.

Candidates receiving some level of support or endorsement during the deliberations of the Toy Industry Hall of Fame Committee but who are not ultimately selected for induction in the coming year shall be automatically carried over for consideration by the committee in the next annual cycle; candidates may be carried over for four additional years after the first consideration.  After five years of consideration, the candidate shall be dropped from the automatic carry-over list.  For further consideration of that individual, new nomination materials are required.


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 one vote.   

Each first place ranking will receive five (5) points, each second place ranking will receive four (4) points, each third place ranking will receive three (3) points, etc.  

TIA staff tallied the voting results and provided a summary to members of the Hall of Fame Committee and to the TIA Board of Directors for verification.

In any given year, there may be from two to six inductees (living or deceased) into the Hall of Fame.

Living candidates must agree to be present for the induction ceremony; posthumous candidates must also have an in-person representative.


An announcement of the 2014 inductees will be made in conjunction with promotion of the annual Toy of the Year (TOTY) awards program.

Induction Ceremony

The inductees will be honored during a ceremony held in conjunction with the annual Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at The Grand Hyatt in New York City.


Stacy M. Leistner
TIA Vice President, Strategic Communications (646.520.4858)