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Nominations for Lifetime Achievement Award for the 2024 Toy & Game International Excellence (TAGIE) Awards are Open

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Submit your nominations HERE!


Now entering its 17th year, the TAGIE Awards, presented by People of Play (POP), will once again honor the best and brightest innovators, designers, retailers, suppliers, PR and marketers in the toy and game industry. Each year, the TAGIEs bring together the many communities that make up the larger industry of play, including professionals and fans from all over the world. This important recognition, honoring contribution, innovation, and spirit of community is the very heart of POP. Nominations are now open for the 2024 TAGIE Lifetime Achievement Award!


John Barbour, a respected captain of the toy industry and Chair of the TAGIE Lifetime Achievement Committee, encourages you to nominate Lifetime Achievement individuals that have:


• Long experience and record of accomplishment in the play industry.
• Innovative product or marketing introductions.
• Charitable efforts benefiting children and/or children’s causes.
• An unimpeachable record of integrity and respect in the industry.


Past Lifetime Achievement Honorees include:

2008 – Jeffrey Breslow
2009 – Reuben Klamer
2010 – Eddy Goldfarb
2011 – Burt Meyer
2012 – Theo and Ora Coster
2013 – Howard Morrison
2014 – Michael Kohner and The Kohner Family
2015 – Richard Maddocks
2016 – Reyn Guyer
2017 – Adi Golad
2017 – Judy Blau
2018 – Paul Rago and David Small
2019 – Ivan Moscovich
2020 – Erno Rubik
2021 – Tom Kalinske, Michelle Litzky and the Pressman Family
2022 – Leslie Scott, Kantaro Tomiyama, and Alan Hassenfeld
2023 – Jill Barad and Rouben Terzian


Submit your Lifetime Achievement nominations here. There is no fee and the form is easy to complete! For more information about the TAGIEs, visit the webpage here. Photos from 2023 can be found here.


People of Play (POP) is the toy industry’s most comprehensive networking and resource hub; a social platform and industry portal where toy industry veterans, newbies, inventors, buyers, job seekers, recruiters, consumers, and others come to find each other. Get up-to-the-minute toy industry, event, and product news; participate in live online educational and networking events; browse a vast library of expert resources; and peruse and post to the industry’s only dedicated social feed., People of Play hosts a wide range of events including the Chicago Toy & Game (CHITAG) Fair, the Toy & Game International Excellence (TAGIE) Awards, the Young Inventor Challenge, the POP Roast, PlayCHIC and the Toy & Game Inventor Pitch & International Innovation Summit. Media contact:


Founded in 2008, the Toy & Game International Excellence Awards (TAGIEs) celebrate the outstanding achievements of toy and game industry leaders from around the world, by honoring masters of innovation. The annual event also pays homage to industry professionals who differentiate themselves with their spirit for fun, philanthropy, inventor advocacy, creativity, and humanitarianism. Inventors, designers, manufacturers, retailers, suppliers, media, public relations, marketing and the general public come together for this prestigious annual gala event. The TAGIEs are hosted in the fall in conjunction with the Toy & Game Innovation Conferences, Chicago Toy & Game Fair, PlayCHIC and Young Inventor Challenge. For more information, visit