On November 2nd, two long-term sales agency leaders Peter Stojanov and Al Tulloch were inducted into the Canadian Hardware & Housewares Industry Hall of Fame during a luncheon hosted by the CHPTA at the Clubhouse Event Space within the Royal Woodbine Golf Club in Etobicoke.  

On hand were many industry friends, former work colleagues, customers and family members of these two gentlemen who had long and distinguished careers in the hardware industry. 

CHPTA President Sam Moncada welcomes everyone to the Hall of Fame Luncheon             

 Al Tulloch

   

Peter Stojanov

Introducing Al Tulloch was long-time friend and work colleague Bryan Gilbart from Envirogard/Rainfresh Water Treatment, and current McDonald Sales President Krista Hamilton, a family friend who started working with the agency in 1995 and considered Al a father figure and her mentor. Bryan mentioned that no less than 25 members of the Industry’s Hall of Fame were customers of Al’s.  

Bryan Gilbart and Krista Hamilton Introduce Al Tulluch

Al started his career in the hardware industry in 1972 with McDonald Sales after he was introduced to Don McDonald through a close friend, Jim Johnston, and soon joined the agency, which at the time had 3 sales reps and 3 lines – Aqualine, Dundas Supply and Jamaica Faucets.  In 1978, Al and Jim purchased the business from Don and over the next 14 years acquired a number of lines and added 6 new sales reps selling mainly to hardware wholesalers and building supply chains.  In 1993, the Canadian marketplace changed when Molson Companies launched Aikenhead box stores. 

By the time the first store had opened, Al had been successful in getting 10 of their product lines listed in the store with close to 200 feet of space.  Two years later when Home Depot purchased the Aikenhead stores from Molson, several Home Depot suppliers approached McDonald Sales to rep their product lines and when Home Depot started their import program, McDonald Sales was tasked with merchandising their products.  By this time, the agency needed help in managing these high volume stores so Al recruited his daughter Jen and her friend Krista Hamilton into the business.  By 2006, under Al’s leadership, McDonald Sales had grown the company to a national presence and employed 50 sales and service reps. With the business in safe hands under Jen and Krista’s management, Al made the decision to retire.  

Al Tulloch discusses his career

Al had many people to thank from his years in the industry. In addition to Bryan, Krista and his family, Al in particular wanted to recognize Bernie Jafine, former partner Jim Johnston, who he was best friends with since the age of 5, and his mentor Don McDonald.

Bryan Gilbart presenting Al Tulloch his Hall of Fame Award

Krista Hamilton & Al Tulloch

Al Tulloch pictured with his wife Sandy and daughters Jen and Lisa 

On stage to also introduce Peter Stojanov was friend of over 40 years Bryan Gilbart who described Peter as a member of the “good guy” Hall of Fame and the “networking king” who worked effectively between the retail, plumbing and wholesale customer base. Fifteen members of the industry Hall of Fame were customers of Peter’s.

Bryan Gilbart Introduces Peter Stojanov

Peter began his career in the industry in 1985 with Waterline Products in Rexdale, Ontario. In 1987, he moved on to a new adventure, joining his mentor and dear friend, Ed Barnes, at Spartan of Canada. For the next 9 years he worked closely with Ed in a variety of roles, helping to transform Spartan into one of the major national suppliers of various finished plumbing products. During that span, Peter was based in Mississauga, Montreal, and Calgary. In 1996,

Peter made the decision to start his own sales agency, Onward Sales and Marketing Ltd. Onward Sales would go on to represent various manufacturers for the next 27 years, focusing on plumbing related product lines at both the retail and wholesale levels.  Peter has been the consummate sales professional with a level of integrity, honesty and charitable character that very few people possess.   Peter was very involved with the CHHMA/CHPTA and CIPH during his career as well, serving on both association’s board of directors.  

Peter is also heavily involved with the Industry’s Pedlars & Grinders Golf Tournament that continues to raise money for the “Sleeping Children Around the World” charity.  Peter announced his retirement at the end of 2022, however, he continues his involvement with the Pedlars & Grinders Tournament as well as doing some freelance work and the occasional retail trade show.

Peter Stojanov delivers his Hall of Fame speech

Peter had many colleagues, customers, industry associates, industry media members and family that he acknowledged and thanked during his acceptance speech including Home Hardware’s Ray Gabel and Don Kenesky who taught him how to be really prepared for sales calls.

Peter Stojanov receiving his Hall of Fame award from Bryan Gilbart and CHPTA President Sam Moncada

Peter Stojanov pictured with his wife Elizabeth

We once again congratulate Al Tulloch & Peter Stojanov for their induction to the Canadian Hardware & Housewares Industry Hall of Fame