After 45 years of selling toys to UK retailers, 13 of which were for Wilton Bradley, Russell Lipman has decided to retire.
Russell has worked for Wilton Bradley for 13 years, having played a key role in the growth and success of the company throughout this time. As well as his distinguished career at Wilton Bradley, Russell has held sales positions at a number of companies over the years; including roles at One For Fun (formerly H Grossman), Class Act Accessories, Rainbow Designs, Hasbro, Coleco UK, Pedigree Toys and Mattel.
In 2022, Russell was honoured with a prestigious Golden Teddy award from the British Toy and Hobby Association (BTHA) for his outstanding contributions to the toy industry.
“Nothing is ever too much trouble for Russell, he goes about his job diligently and without ever a mutter of a fuss,” said friend and co-worker, Mike Gascoigne, national account manager, Wilton Bradley. “He is a humble and unassuming man with a heart of gold, and the Golden Teddy award was the icing on the cake for such an incredible commitment to our industry.”
Wilton Bradley MD Tony Bradley added: “Russell has been an invaluable asset to our company, and we are grateful for his contributions over the past 13 years. He is also one of the most genuine people you will ever meet, a gentleman in every aspect of the word, honest and reliable. His commitment to his customers has helped us achieve great success, and we wish him all the best in his retirement.”
Russell’s last day with the company will be March 3rd. The company wishes him a happy and fulfilling retirement and looks forward to staying in touch with him in the future.