Tonner Press: Robert Tonner Named 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year!

Wow, what an honor!  We are so proud to share some really exciting news: Robert has been named 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year!  A big thank you to the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Ulster County Development Corporation for this prestigious recognition.

Read our press release below to get all the juicy details!

Ulster County Business Recognition Awards Announce

2012 Entrepreneur of the Year

– Robert Tonner –


Robert Tonner of Tonner Doll Company, Inc. sculpts in his studio.

The Ulster County Business Recognition Awards will honor Robert Tonner as the 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year.  Awards will be given at a dinner on October 18, 2012, at Wyltwick Golf Club.

Kingston, NY – Robert Tonner has been honored by the prestigious Ulster County Business Recognition Awards as the 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year.  Mr. Tonner is the CEO, world-wide celebrated doll artist and sculptor of the Tonner Doll Company, Inc., located in uptown Kingston.

The Tonner Doll Company, founded and located in Ulster County since 1991, is internationally renowned for award-winning dolls that encourage the young—and the young-at-heart—to Believe in the Power of Play®.  Inspired by a passion for doll collecting, the company has manufactured fine dolls designed and sculpted by Robert Tonner, from little girl and classic character dolls that recapture the magic of childhood memories, to fully articulated high-fashion dolls with exquisite collections of costumes that depict the quintessential American style.  Robert’s life-long interest in dolls, top-level fashion designer experience, and designing and sculpting talents led to his creation of the Tonner Doll Company.

“I can’t tell you what an honor this is for me,” said Mr. Tonner.  “To even be considered means the world, especially among the many thriving local businesses, any one of which would be a commendable choice.”

Tonner’s current business success is heavily reliant on a brilliant design vision honed over 35 years in design-related businesses.  He has a unique position in the field of collectible dolls and figures because he is the sculptor, designer and CEO of Tonner and Tonner related corporations, of which there are five individual businesses.  No other competitor in his industry holds that remarkable set of talents.  Rarely does one find the duality of success in artistic talent and business acumen.

The Tonner Doll Company’s contributions on a local level are evident, as well.  Robert takes a genuine interest in Kingston’s atmosphere, and is an active member of both the Kingston Hospital Foundation Board and KUBA (Kingston Uptown Business Association).

According to Chamber of Commerce President Ward Todd, “The Tonner Doll Company was initially nominated for the 2012 Small Business of the Year Award, and while the company is a viable candidate in that category, the committee saw something very special about Robert’s unique blend of business with art, and his business accomplishments on a world-wide and local level, and thought him to be an excellent choice for Entrepreneur of the Year.”

The Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Ulster County Development Corporation sponsor the Ulster County Business Awards in order to recognize some of the outstanding businesses and business people in Ulster County.

As stated on the Chamber’s website, “The Awards recognize Ulster County entrepreneurs and businesses that are leaders in their sectors, have achieved outstanding results, or shown dedication and commitment to furthering business and the quality of life in Ulster County and the Hudson Valley region.”

The Ulster County Business Awards will be given at a celebratory dinner on October 18th at Wyltwick Golf Club.

For more information on the Ulster County Business Recognition Awards, visit, or to see some of Robert’s creations, visit



About Tonner Doll Company

Headquartered in Kingston, New York, Tonner Doll Company, Inc. develops and markets high quality collectible Character Figures and Dolls like TWILIGHT, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Gone With The Wind, The Wizard of Oz, DC Stars, Marvel Universe, HARRY POTTER™, and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, as well as fashion dolls such as Tyler Wentworth™, Antoinette™, Precarious™, and Cami & Jon™.

4 responses to “Tonner Press: Robert Tonner Named 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year!

  1. Well done, Robert and Company! You absolutely deserve this recognition!
    And, I’ve just viewed the new 2012 Fall/Holiday release. So much gorgeousness, and as promised, something for everyone!. Fantastic job!
    Peggy in Boulder

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