April 22, 2015

W. Bruce Johnson, CEO and president, will leave the company on Aug. 1, 2015, the end of the company's second fiscal quarter. 

February 18, 2015

A retail conversation centers on security, plus Chip and PIN and tokenization -- terms you haven't heard the last of.

December 29, 2014

Whether you’re engaged in the distribution of heavy building materials to dusty job sites, or the display of stylish home decor in a well-lit showroom, the hardware and building supply industry is one giant exercise in human resources.

August 21, 2014

The Home Depot announced that current CEO Frank Blake will be passing the torch to Craig Menear this fall.

Menear, who is currently serving as president U.S. retail, will take over as CEO and president as of Nov. 1, 2014. He has also been elected to the company's board of directors, effective immediately.

August 21, 2014

Aurora, Ill.-based LBM dealer Alexander Lumber Co. named Russell Kathrein as CEO and president.

Kathrein has 25 years of experience in the lumber and building material industry, including senior management positions at 84 Lumber, BMC West, and most recently, ProBuild.

Alexander Lumber operates 20 yards in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin, along with two truss plants and a counter-top facility.

August 13, 2014

Hardware Distribution Warehouses, Inc. CEO and President Kenneth R. Beauvais said HDW will be expanding its wholesale services into the Florida panhandle beginning Sept. 1.

“In addition to our recent expansion into Northwest Texas, we have made the decision to extend our service area into the Florida panhandle,” Beauvais said. “This expansion will result in additional opportunities for our employee owned company.”

The announcement was made at the company’s 2014 Fall Market, which ended Aug. 10 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

August 6, 2014

Trex CEO and president Ronald Kaplan gave a few words on the company's recent entry into a new development project in Dubai -- what will eventually be the Emirate's longest boardwalk.

"We are honored to have been chosen to be part of such a significant and beneficial endeavor," said Kaplan. "This project marks a major milestone for Trex as the Corniche represents one of the largest uses of Trex decking in a single public installation. Selection of our Transcend product is a testament to the proven quality and durability of Trex offerings.

May 19, 2014

Newell Rubbermaid opened a 40,000-sq.-ft. Design Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a move it says will boost its numerous brands.

November 15, 2013

Marco Island, Fla. -- George Hebert, president of Providence, R.I.-based Blackstone Supply Co., received the PRO Leadership Award during a luncheon ceremony. 

Steve Synnott, CEO and president of PRO Group, presented the award to Hebert during the Distribution America and PRO Group Executive Planning Conference here at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort.  

Synnott described Hebert as an executive with a "zest for change" and a vision for the future. 

October 15, 2013

Georgia-Pacific CEO and president Jim Hannan has been elected to the independent Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) board of directors.

"I have great respect and appreciation for the work SFI does to promote responsible forest management and sustainable forestry," said Hannan. "All of us who depend on the future of our forests need to continue to work together to achieve our shared goals, and I am pleased to play a role in that crucial process." 

September 25, 2013

Sears Canada CEO Calvin McDonald has resigned from his position for a new job opportunity. The move comes in the midst of a three-year restructuring initiative to strengthen the retailer's position in the region against new competition from Target and Wal-Mart.

Previous executive VP and COO Douglas C. Campbell, who is also a retired Marine Corps officer, took his place as CEO and president, as well as a member of the company's board of directors, effective Tues., Sept. 24.

June 4, 2013

Friedman’s Home Improvement promoted Barry Friedman, 34, to the position of CEO and president. 

Friedman, who has climbed the company’s ranks for 10 years most recently as VP operations, will take over as CEO, effective immediately. He represents the third-generation of Friedmans to run the family business.   

July 7, 2011

Member Insurance Agency, a supplier of insurance policies to independent hardware stories, LBM dealers, garden centers, co-ops and other retail organizations, has named Scott Reynolds as its new CEO and president. 

Until recently, Reynolds was president of United National Group, a specialty insurance company. Prior to United National, Reynolds served as president of the Specialty Underwriting Division of AmWINS Group Inc., overseeing its program business from 2006 to 2008. Altogether, Reynolds has 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. 

May 25, 2011

Epicor Software Corp., a provider of business enterprise solutions, has named Pervez Qureshi as its CEO, effective immediately. Qureshi served as CEO and president of Activant Solutions Inc., which was combined with Epicor following the acquisition of both companies by funds advised by Apax Partners. The deal closed on May 16, 2011.

May 17, 2011

Chicago-based True Value Co. hired a new chief information officer responsible for leading the co-op's information technology team and managing the co-op's retail and enterprise systems.

Prior to joining True Value, Rosalee Hermens was CIO for The Timberland Co.

September 28, 2010

A moderated discussion featuring representatives from ProBuild, the nation’s largest pro dealer, and Standard Pacific,...

September 27, 2010

Chicago-based USG Corp. announced that current president and COO James Metcalf will assume the duties...

April 1, 2008

National home builder KB Home saw a wide loss in the first quarter, falling into...

November 18, 2007

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October 7, 2007

As an estimated 7,500 Ace Hardware store owners, managers and employees gathered in Denver for...

September 27, 2007

Ace Hardware management addressed the Chicago-based co-op’s accounting issues in “Town Hall Meetings,” while business...