IRising Starn the lead up to the 2017 Toy Hobby and Licensing Fair, The Australian Toy Association (ATA) was pleased to announce the introduction of a prestigious new Award– The 2017 ATA Rising Star Award.

The Award was introduced with the intention of recognising and celebrating the industrys' bright young stars who are making a name for themselves in Australia and around the world.

This award was open to individuals aged 35 or under who have made a significant contribution to a business over the past year. This could include their impact on a business’ culture, financial performance or any other factor a nominee deemed valuable. The nominees were judged by a panel of independent judges.

Madeleine Hunter of Hunter Products and Yolanda Giannone from Moose were the equal runners up. They received a plaque of recognition.

The winner of the 2017 ATA Rising Star Award was Andrew Hendy of Headstart. Andrew joined his father 9 years ago at Headstart and has built the business to be a significant force in the Australian toy industry. More recently Andrew has implemented a product development plan that has seen Headstart developing a range of products to suit the global market in addition to maintaining the distribution model that has worked so well in Australia. He manages 45 staff in Melbourne and a further 15 in Hong Kong. He is respected by his staff, his suppliers, the licensing industry in which many of his products are focussed and also the retail trade.

We congratulate these inspirational young stars!