Phoenix — Hyman Levin, CEO of the Hy Levin International, Inc. brokerage and a 2000 inductee into the Candy Hall of Fame, died on May 16.
Born in Chicago in 1922, Levin attended Northwestern University before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and serving in the Alaska North Pacific arena. After his discharge, he sold insurance and worked for the Carnation Co. before joining Supreme Distributors in 1958.
In 1968 he joined his brother in the David Levin Brokerage, becoming CEO of the company, renamed the Hy Levin Brokerage, in 1970. His sons later entered the family business.
Levin was Distribution Channels’ 1993 Trend Setter Broker of the Year; New Mexico Candy and Tobacco Association Broker of the Year in 1988 and 1991; chairman of the 1982 Arizona Candy and Tobacco Association convention; chair and co-chair of the 1976 National Candy Wholesalers Association (NCWA) convention; and an NCWA Candy Ambassador in 1973.
He is survived by his sisters, Frances Schain and Mary Hackman, children Victoria Cohen, Steven and Randy, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
His wife of 46 years, Martha, and his brother, David, preceded him in death.