August 24, 2015

She'll be responsible for categories like Pet, Farm/Ag Supply and Seasonal.

August 17, 2015

Dealer seen as town’s “solution center.”

March 27, 2015

PRO Group, Farm Mart and GardenMaster distributors will meet with manufacturers at the annual Group Merchandising Conference (GMC) June 15-17, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park.

October 22, 2014

This year’s Horizon Distribution PRO Hardware Retailer of the Year, Searing Electric & Plumbing in Longview, Washington, features a team with more than 150 years of combined experince.

“If I had to choose one word to describe Searing Electric & Plumbing PRO Hardware, it would be knowledgeable,” said Mike Dawson, Horizon Distribution’s retail division manager. “Plumbing and electrical projects can be intimidating, but with the pros at Searing helping you out, they become much less daunting.”

September 15, 2014

Tony and Joni Applegate and their store -- Applegate’s PRO Hardware of Georgetown, Ohio -- were honored as a Paul L. Cosgrave Memorial Award Finalist.

The Applegates opened their about five years ago, filling a need in their community for a hardware store and fulfilling Tony’s lifelong dream of owning a store. And, when the building next door became available, they expanded their store in 2013.

September 10, 2014

Denver-based PRO Group recognized Cherokee PRO Home Center in Cherokee, North Carolina, as the 2014 Paul L. Cosgrave Memorial Award Winner.

Candler Cooper, a local businessman, and Danny Wingate of Haywood PRO Builders Supply teamed up about three years ago to fill a need in the local community by founding Cherokee PRO Home Center, according to PRO Group. 

The store serves the Cherokee community, including the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation.

September 3, 2014

Results from HCN’s Top 100 Distributor Survey show two-step gains

June 18, 2014

Distributors affiliated with PRO Group and Val-Test met with manufacturers in Atlanta during 973 scheduled private 30-minute buyer/vendor appointments over the course of two days here. 

It was all part of the Group Merchandising Conference.

April 14, 2014

The Group Merchandising Conference slated for June 16-18 in Atlanta will bring manufacturers and PRO Group-affiliated distributors together for business, according to event organizers.

During the event, vendors will have the opportunity to demonstrate products to distributor buyers at the GMC in suites with private, prearranged meeting times.

PRO Group Director of Merchandising Brendan Sullivan described the event’s format as time-tested.

March 28, 2014

Denver-based PRO Group board of directors has a new member -- Laurence H. Meadows, the founder and former board chairman of American Exteriors. 

Meadows joined the board as the same time as Chris Beach, president, CEO and chairman of the Bostwick-Braun Company. 

March 26, 2014

Denver-based PRO Group announced the election of Chris Beach to the organization’s board of directors. 

March 3, 2014

PRO Group has announced the addition of Monsey, N.Y.-based BTL Distributors, a wholesale distributor serving hardware and paint supply stores in New York and New Jersey, to its membership.

"We are pleased to join the PRO Group organization and look forward to networking with member distributors and suppliers at several PRO events in 2014," said BTL partner Sol Grossman.

December 27, 2013

Denver-based PRO Group announced its 2014 show dates and PRO Hardware Distributor event dates.

The lengthy list of PRO Group distributor member events begins Jan. 18 with the Buttery Co. 2014 Dealer Show in Belton, Texas; and finishes in December with the Wallace Hardware Fall & Winter Market in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

For the list of PRO Group of events and other major industry dates on the industry calendar, visit the HCN events page.

November 21, 2013

Horizon Distribution, recognized by Denver-based PRO Group as the “Farm Mart Distributor of the Year,” says one of the keys to high performance is constant vigilance. 

“I think we just listen to our customers and try to fill their needs,” said Mike Dawson, retail division manager for Yakima, Wash.-based Horizon. “We try to provide them with ideas on how to move forward, whether its marketing, inventory control or new products.”

November 18, 2013

At the Distribution America and PRO Group Executive Planning Conference in Marco Island, Fla., hardware distributors and 10-year vendor participants of the event pose for a photographer shooting from a sixth-story balcony.


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. 

November 14, 2013

Marco Island, Fla. -- Home improvement product buyers and sellers are taking care of business here at the 10th annual PRO Group and Distribution America Executive Planning Conference.

The event brings together the nation’s top suppliers and distributors serving the independent home improvement industry. Event organizers calculate that a total of 2,791 business meetings will take place over two days, with each distributor conducting one-on-one meetings with key manufacturers.

Attendance is up, and so is optimism, organizers said.

August 27, 2013

This year's Executive Planning Conference, hosted by Distribution America and PRO Group, will be taking place Nov. 13-15 at the Marco Island Marriott Resort & Spa in Florida.

The event, which profers networking and sales opportunities to home improvement vendors and dealers, will be aimed at leveraging the anticipated growth opportunities that many are forecasting for the end of 2013.

August 13, 2013

The Denver-based PRO Group has promoted Stephanie Pedersen to associate buyer. Pedersen has been with PRO Group since 2004 and was previously merchandising and marketing coordinator. 

June 21, 2013

Distributors and manufacturers convened at this year's Group Merchandising Conference, held June 17-19 at the Embassy Suites Atlanta/Centennial Olympic Park.

With attendance hovering around 150, PRO Group and Val-Test distributors met with manufacturers during 962 private 30-minute appointments aimed at strengthening relationships and previewing new products.

According to Steve Synnott, CEO and owner of PRO Group, one-third of manufacturers at the conference were first-time attendees, a promising sign for sales and two-step distribution.

March 1, 2013

Denver-based PRO Group said it is helping its affiliated stores through the use of QR (quick-response) codes.

December 21, 2012

Denver, Col.-based PRO Group, a hardware industry merchandising and marketing organization, announced an ownership change that makes president and CEO Steve Synnott the new owner.

November 14, 2012

Distribution America and the PRO Group met for their Executive Planning Conference Nov. 12 to 14 in Tucson, Ariz., to discuss new product lines, program launches and business opportunities. More than 400 distributors and manufacturers were in attendance, and almost 2,800 scheduled meetings were held between buyers and sellers.

June 26, 2012

Manufacturers and distributors met during the annual Group Merchandising Conference hosted by PRO Group June 18 to 21 at the Embassy Suites Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park. This is the sixth year distributors from Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Val-Test have participated.