Las Vegas -- Do it Best CEO Bob Taylor offered a dose of industry optimism during the Presidents Council lunch event here during the National Hardware Show.
Taylor, who reminisced briefly about his childhood trips to the National Hardware Show with his father, said it was encouraging to see "renewed growth" at the show.
Gauging industry sentiment from visiting with many of the Do it Best members, Taylor said that even with a weather-induced slow start in the North, the business attitude in general is "extremely optimistic" for 2014 and beyond.
"When you ask them where they intend to be in the next five years, you get answers like 'I'm going to double my business.' "
He added that the independent retailers that are going to grow are the ones that have positioned themselves correctly during the downturn. "We're fortunate to have a number of those in the Do it Best family," he said.