The Canadian Hardware & Housewares Industry Hall of Fame was established in 1984 to recognize the achievements of our industry’s leaders and pioneers. Since that time 71 industry icons, inventors, business founders and builders from the retail and manufacturing sectors have received the honour.
In this, the 35th year, the CHHMA is honoured to continue to serve as the custodian of the Canadian Hardware & Housewares Industry Hall of Fame.
On April 2, 2019, during a luncheon held in conjunction with the CHHMA Spring Conference, three more worthy individuals were inducted into the Hall of Fame:
- Terry Davis, Retired President & CEO, Home Hardware Stores Limited
- Solly Feldman, Founder & Chairman, Accent-Fairchild Group
- Dennis Nykoliation, Retired President of Black & Decker Canada, Cambridge Towel Corporation ,CanWel Building Products & GSW Building Products
|Terry Davis receiving his
Hall of Fame plaque from
Joel Marks, Vice President-
Hardware Stores Limited
|Solly Feldman, is pictured
receiving his Hall of
Fame plaque from his son
EvanFeldman, President of
|Dennis Nykoliation, with
retired President of the
CHHMA, Vaughn Crofford,
receiving his Hall of Fame
Terry Davis began with Home Hardware in a junior position in the St. Jacobs warehouse and held increasingly responsible managerial and executive positions, most recently as President and CEO of Home Hardware Stores Limited, prior to his retirement in fall 2018. In an impressive and illustrious career that was captured in Undercover Boss, National Post and the Globe & Mail, he proved to be a great leader who embodied the qualities that have made Home Hardware a trusted and preferred Canadian home improvement retailer.
As noted by his former colleague Joel Marks, Vice President-Merchandise, Home Hardware Stores Limited, who introduced Terry, “This award celebrates his outstanding contributions to both Home Hardware and the home improvement industry through leadership and innovation”.
During the luncheon, Terry was joined by his wife Anne and a number of members from the Home Hardware head office. During his acceptance speech he spoke of the mentoring he received from Home Hardware co-founder Walter Hachborn early in his career and reminder to be customer-focused.
In 1959, Solly Feldman started his career in the industry working at Handy Andy in Montreal as a Junior Buyer. In 1961, he joined Fuller Tool/Windsor Trading as a buyer in the Hardware/Housewares department. In 1967, Solly joined Steinberg Miracle Mart as a Senior Buyer of Hardware, and over the next seven years became Merchandise Manager of Housewares/Giftware/Traffic Appliances/Cleaning, and then Vice President & General Merchandise Manager of Hard Goods. In 1974, he left to start his own company, importing and distributing houseware products which became Accent Home Products and later transformed into what is now known today as Accent-Fairchild Group. Over the last 45+ years, the company has grown to become a significant player in the manufacturing of plastics, operating facilities in Montreal and Charlottetown, PEI where the company manufactures their own brands as well as many OEM brands for major retailers in Canada and the USA. Today, as Chairman & Founder, Solly continues to work for the company and comes into the office every day.
Solly’s son Evan Feldman, President of Accent-Fairchild Group introduced his father during the ceremony and spoke about the immense passion and work ethic that he has demonstrated over his long career and continues to show to this day.
Solly was also joined at the luncheon by his wife Linda and son Lloyd, who has pursued a successful career as a lawyer as well as a number of employees from Accent-Fairchild and Canadian Tire, who he has had a very successful relationship with over the years.
Solly remarked that he has enjoyed the years of travel to many trade shows and getting to know so many people in the industry. The induction into the Hall of Fame means a lot knowing that it comes from his peers.
Dennis Nykoliation began his business career with NCR Canada in Winnipeg and held several management posts including Director, Marketing Administration in Toronto. In 1976 he joined GE Canada’s Housewares Division in Barrie, Ontario and served in various senior marketing posts before being named Manager, Marketing and Sales for Canada in 1982. With the acquisition of GE’s worldwide housewares business by Black & Decker in 1984, Dennis was named Vice President, Marketing and Sales for the Housewares, Power Tools, and Outdoor Products businesses and played an instrumental role in transferring the GE brand name on all housewares small appliances to Black & Decker within 2 years. Dennis was appointed President and General Manager of Black & Decker Canada in early 1992 and held that position for 3 years after which he moved on to senior executive positions with Cambridge Towel Corporation, CanWel Building Products and GSW Building Products, retiring in 2007. During his career, Dennis served on several Industry Association’s Boards including the CHHMA, Portable Appliances Manufacturers Association (PAMA) and the Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers of Canada (EEMAC).
Dennis was joined at the luncheon by his wife Bette of 51 years and a number of his family and friends from the industry. He noted that he was on the CHHMA board, and at the induction ceremony, when Walter Hachborn was inducted into the Hall of Fame and now, this many years later, he shared the day with another notable Home Hardware inductee.
In addition to thanking his family for their support and remarking on the many friends and special times he has experienced working in the industry, Dennis also spoke about some of the major changes that are taking place in the industry and business world at large.