The Ohio Art Company's Chairman, Bill Killgallon, has been a veteran of the toy biz since 1969. Bill is an avid sportsman – biking, basketball, tennis, handball and skiing to name a few of his favorite sports – so it's no surprise that his favorite toy of all time is Ohio Art's Lil' Sport Basketball. Athletic endeavors only scratch the surface of Bill's interests and accomplishments. Bill is a "numbers guy" who loves crunching and re-crunching figures. This love for numbers is what steered him to a degree in Finance, which he obtained from The Ohio State University in 1960.
During his college years, Bill got a taste for the inner workings of Ohio Art when he worked in a variety of areas of the Company including accounting and Etch A Sketch quality control. After college, Bill chose to broaden his experience base by serving in military intelligence, working as a Commercial Lending Officer on Wall Street and serving on the "Nixon for President" Committee.
In 1969, Bill returned to his roots and joined The Ohio Art Company full-time. He was hired as Corporate Development Director and proceeded to steadily move up the ranks to Vice President of Administration (1972) to Executive Vice President (1976) to President and CEO (1978) and, finally, to his present position as Chairman of the Board (1989). Throughout the years, Bill also shared his talents outside the walls of Ohio Art by serving as Director of the Toy Industry Association (TIA), Director of the State Troopers of Ohio, Trustee of the YWCA, Chairman and Trustee of the Buckeye Institute, Trustee of Ohio State's Fisher College and Trustee of Hillsdale College.
Bill is a devoted husband, father of five, and grandfather of six and still finds time for his other interests like cars, wine, food and travel.