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How Mr. Trophy came to be is a rewarding story about a young man whose entrepreneurial dream rolled a strike while working at his parents’ bowling alley. Now, nearly six decades later, Mr. Trophy remains a prized business offering quality products for all your trophy needs!


Lets head back to 1963, when Joseph “Butch” Surwilo, Jr. was working as a bowling alley assitant at his family’s lanes. One day while at work, a local league asked Butch for help in securing trophies for their annual tournament. With a keen sense and hope of one day owning his own business, Butch picked up trophies from a local hardware store and sold them at cost, which ultimately led to more orders. That same year, with the support of his father, Joe Sr., Butch established Mr. Trophy & Company in his very own garage. 


From the start, Butch vowed to run his business with integrity and respect for his customers, vendors, employees. That mission never wavered. With compassionate nature and integrity, Mr. Trophy grew to be a leader in the awards recognition industry of New England. With his daughter Stephanie by his side, the family business continued to flourish. 


In 2019, the family business would continue with a new father-daughter duo. 


After 57 years of running Mr. Trophy, 80-year-old Butch sold his company to present-day-owners Thomas and Aubrey Yandow. The Yandows seek to uphold the old-fashion business traditions Butch installed regionally to both retail and online markets. 


Mr. Trophy offers a comprehensive selection of vintage-inspired trophies that stand the test of time - all while looking the part on your shelf! Our company honors go-getting customers by celebrating their accomplishments, paying great attention to detail, meeting production deadlines, and above all - maintaining loyalty! 


Here at Mr. Trophy, we understand our customers have events to plan and stars to champion. Let us take care of the trophy design process so you can get back to coaching, cheering, and celebrating! 

Mr. Trophy Showroom

Our Hours

Monday - Friday            8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Our Location

330 Locust Street Hartford, CT 06114

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