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Hall of Fame Dinner 2008

The Industry Hall of Fame inductees are always very special people and this year was certainly no exception. The 2008 inductees, Mr. Al Johnstone, President of Salton Canada and Mr. Leon Lapidus, President of The MIBRO Group, became Hall of Fame members on April 1st with their families, friends and admirers in attendance. Both are superlative examples of entrepreneurship who came into their own through perseverance, tenacity, great business acumen and, as we heard glowingly on the evening, a very strong belief in people and the difference they make.
After a successful start to his career as a retailer and later sales representative working with some of the industry icons, Al Johnstone formed a partnership in 1985 that saw the birth of Salton Canada. For the past 22 years with Al as President, he and his partner have built a true success story.

Over the years they expanded and now operate three subsidiaries, Jascor Housewares, Toastess International and SWG. A strong supporter and sponsor of industry events and charities, highly ethical values, exceptional people skills, and a keen eye for innovative new products have earned Al the respect of the industry, including his customers and competitors.

The MIBRO Group has been guided by the able leadership of Leon Lapidus since 1979 and serves customers across Canada, the United States and recently the South American markets. The strength of the company lies in the value commitments MIBRO makes to its customers and the outstanding team of managers who work to make their shared vision for the future a reality.�

For MIBRO, excellence is the sum of Product Quality & Appearance, Packaging & Merchandising, Service, Flexibility, Pricing and Innovation. MIBRO has been honoured as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Private Companies three times and holds that designation in 2008.

Mr. Johnstone is pictured with CHHMA Chairman Gerry Byle. Mr. Lapidus is pictured with CHHMA President Vaughn Crofford.

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