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Hall of Fame Dinner 2007

What a tremendous event this year's Industry Hall of Fame dinner turned out to be. As trustee of the Hall of Fame, the Canadian Hardware & Housewares Manufacturers Association is honoured to play a part in this process.

This year's inductees are Messrs. Ray Gabel, Michael Caplan and the late David Silverman.

Mr. Ray Gabel
After 56 plus years of service with Home Hardware Stores Limited you would be hard pressed to find anyone who has given more to this industry than Mr. Gabel. He began his career straight out of school with what was then Hollinger Hardware, the precursor to Home Hardware. He has served in a number of roles leading up his current position of Vice- President Merchandise & Marketing-Hardlines. Not only has he achieved tremendous success in his career, Mr. Gabel has endeared himself to industry colleagues with his generous support for community and industry fundraisers, charities and events.

Mr. Michael Caplan
Selling to local retailers from the trunk of his car over 30 years ago, Mr. Caplan started what is today a true Canadian success story. Task Tools & Abrasives have warehouses and offices in Vancouver, BC and Brantford, Ontario, as well as in the USA. While building his company he always had time to stay involved with the community and was the driving force in bringing Crime Stoppers to Vancouver in the late 80's. He was an active member in the Kiwanis Club for over 20 years and served his term as President of the Vancouver chapter.

Mr. David Silverman
Spending his entire business career in the hardware and plumbing industry Mr. Silverman, a born entrepreneur, started no less than three successful enterprises including Albany Plumbing Sales, Aqualine Products, and Polaris International. David was respected and admired by his customers, his associates and his competitors. Not one to ignore those in need, David was responsible for starting what is now the Moen Christmas Party supporting Foster Parents Plan, The Children's Aid Society and Women's Shelters.

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