The Toy Industry Association (TIA) announced today that it will induct Peter Eio, former president of LEGO Systems, Inc., the late Ray Larsen, founder of RLA Marketing and the late Sydney Rosen, former owner of Rose-Art, Cra-Z-Art, into the esteemed Toy Industry Hall of Fame.
These individuals were selected for induction by members of TIA in recognition of their significant contributions to the industry and the impact they have had on the lives of children through a lifelong commitment to toys and play. They will join an impressive roster of 71 toy industry luminaries, including Jim Henson and George Lucas, who have been inducted into the Hall since it was established in 1984. Their induction ceremony will be held on February 17, 2017 in conjunction with the annual Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards gala in New York City.
“We are honored to welcome three true pioneers in the business of toys, Mr. Eio, Mr. Larsen and Mr. Rosen, into the prestigious Hall of Fame,” said Steve Pasierb, TIA president & CEO. “These extraordinary individuals led careers that continually demonstrated a deep personal dedication to bringing joy, magic and learning to children around the world. Having their induction ceremony as part of the Toy of The Year Awards gala in February will be a highlight during the evening’s celebration of our great industry.”