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Sol Nayman (BBHS ’54)

Born: 1935, Stoczek Wegrowski, Poland

Sol Nayman was born to Yudel Najman and Sore Roize Rosenberg. The family fled Poland in 1939 and ended up in Syktyvkar, the capital of Komi, ASSR where they endured harsh conditions for more than four years. From Syktyvkar they moved to a village in the Haivoron area of Ukraine to work on rebuilding a burned out sugar factory. After several more moves, the Nayman family were sent to a DP camp in the US zone of West Germany in 1946. From there, in the fall of 1948, they relocated to Montreal.

Nayman graduated from BBHS in 1954. He attended McGill University in Engineering but had to leave after the first year when his mother passed away. Soon after he began working at Simpson’s where he rose steadily to the position of Vice President of Merchandising. When Simpson’s was purchased by the Hudson’s Bay Company, Nayman was appointed General Manager, Corporate Marketing. During this period, he attended the Executive Management Training at the University of Western Ontario in 1970 and Harvard Executive Management Training in 1975. He also earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree and Masters degree in Economics at University of Toronto.

Nayman has been the President of S.D. Nayman Management Inc., since 1985 and serves as its Principal. In 1985 Nayman also co-founded Club Monaco with Joe and Saul Mimran and was instrumental in leveraging the brand into a network of over 125 retail stores across North America, Japan, Korea and other markets. He was a Partner at Hill, Gertner, Mimran & Nayman from 2000 to 2005. Since 2005, Nayman has served as Director on a number of boards including DoveCorp Enterprises Inc. and Genterra Capital Inc.

Read Sol Nayman’s autobiography prepared for the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

SOURCES AND LINKS

Sol Nayman biography, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21