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World's Greatest Hobby honorees announced at the 2014 National Model Railroad Association national convention in Cleveland

Budd Reece of Bachmann Trains and Terry Thompson of Wm. K. Walthers Inc. honored by World's Greatest Hobby board of directors


Terry Thompson of Wm. K. Walthers Inc. and Doug Blaine, president of the WGH.

At the 2014 NMRA National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, the World’s Greatest Hobby (WGH) Board of Directors presented plaques to Terry Thompson and Bud Reece in recognition of their many contributions to the model railroad industry.

Under the expert leadership of Terry Thompson, currently Vice President of Proprietary Products for Wm. K. Walthers, WGH was reorganized as a non-profit corporation, which gave the organization greater flexibility to provide future growth. He was a founding officer of WGH, Inc. and served as its president from 2008 to 2013. Terry was also instrumental in the launch of the hugely popular “WGH on Tour” consumer shows that have provided invaluable outreach to new model railroaders. To date, there have been over 1,197,000 attendees at the WGH shows.


Budd Reece of Bachmann Trains and Doug Blaine, president of the WGH. 

Bud Reece, Western Regional Sales Manager for Bachmann Trains, has been a supporter of the WGH from its inception. He recognized the benefit of funding the WGH endeavor with the vision that the indirect benefit to sales was worth the long-term investment. Bud was a founding officer of the WGH, Inc. and from 2008 to 2013 was the WGH USA Vice President.
The plaque presentation provided concrete recognition and gratitude for the honorees’ contributions. Doug Blaine, Vice President of Marketing for Bachmann Trains and President of WGH, noted when presenting the plaques, “On behalf of the World’s Greatest Hobby Board of Directors, it is my pleasure to recognize two individuals who have been instrumental in the support and growth of the model railroad industry. Our heartfelt thanks go to both Terry and Bud.”

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