Stanley Hayman's firm shifted from
machines to computerized
systems. (Family Photo)
By Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, April 4, 2008
Stanley Hayman, who founded a small cash register business in 1938 that grew into one of the
largest independent dealers in point-of-sales systems in the country, died March 31 of
congestive heart failure at his home in Rockville. He was 93. Mr. Hayman, who was born in
Washington and graduated from Central High School, worked with his father in a store fixture
business on Indiana Avenue before launching his cash register business at 24.
He started by servicing and selling cash registers made by National Cash Register and
became well-known for the quality of his work among sandwich shop, clothing store and other
small retail owners in Washington. Initially called Stanley Hayman & Co., the firm later was
named Hayman Registers and then Hayman Systems as it transitioned from mechanical
tabulating devices to sophisticated computerized systems.
"Since everyone else in the cash register business did essentially the same thing, Hayman Systems differentiated itself by learning it
customers' businesses, making suggestions and striving to make equipment work with systems," according to a 1994 article in a trade
Mr. Hayman's penchant for innovative solutions and excellent customer service led to his company attracting the attention of chains such
as Drug Fair, McDonald's, Safeway and Marriott and helped it become the largest independent dealer of point-of-sale systems in the
country, with offices in Washington, Maryland, Florida and Colorado, said a son, Alan Hayman of Potomac.
"He did it all by himself," Hayman said. "He got well-known for that specific thing, and it turned into a family business."
In 1948, Mr. Hayman organized a trade association of small cash register dealers who were battling the much larger National Cash
Register, now NCR. The Independent Cash Register Dealers Association, now called the Retail Solution Providers Association, grew to
more than 1,000 members, with Mr. Hayman serving as executive secretary, vice president and president.
In the early 1950s, Mr. Hayman became the first U.S. dealer of Sweda Cash Registers, which helped him expand into hospitality
businesses such as the fast-food restaurants Shakey's Pizza and Roy Rogers.
Mr. Hayman retired in 1975, and his sons Richard and Alan continued to operate the business until it was acquired by Micros Systems of
Columbia in 1999.
Long involved in civic and charitable activities, Mr. Hayman served as president of the Shepherd Park Lions Club, B'nai Israel
Congregation, the Fountainhead and Old Georgetown Condominium associations and Boys Town of Jerusalem. He was a board
member of the Hebrew Home and numerous charity organizations. He also funded a private campaign to help the Benedictine Sisters of
the Eastern Shore.
He even served as a Boy Scout den mother in the mid 1950s, son Alan said.
Mr. Hayman's wife of 58 years, Shirley Hayman, died in 1998.
Survivors, in addition to his two sons of Potomac, include his wife, Audrey Gudelsky Hayman of Rockville; a daughter, Carolyn Bernstein of
Potomac; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.