April 20, 2015

The new CEO brings a wide rang of leadership experience, including private equity, manufacturing and distribution and a stint as VP at Empire Distribution.

April 2, 2015

Walmart on Wednesday sent out a tweet in which it commended Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson and legislative leaders for reconsidering a law that some people and organizations fear would open the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians. 

April 1, 2015

Oklahoma City-based Cedar Creek hired Kelley Jenison as manager of national accounts.

March 11, 2015

Garage door brand Wayne Dalton named Sara Schram as brand manager.

March 2, 2015

Nancy Szankowski will be responsible for managing national and regional trade shows, supporting sales, developing product launch materials and assisting with product development and market research.

 
February 12, 2015

 Duluth Trading Company promotes Stephanie Pugliese, credited for spearheading the brand’s expansion and evolution.

December 16, 2014

The Keeney Manufacturing Company and Plumb Pak, a plumbing industry supplier, welcomed John Watkins to its sales management team.

Watkins is responsible for key account sales and will be based out of Chicago. 

He is a graduate of Purdue University and brings 15 years of experience working with leading retail and wholesale accounts in the plumbing and hardware industry, the company said. 

November 10, 2014

Oak Brook, Illinois-based Ace Hardware Corporation hired Steve Locanto as corporate controller. Reporting to Ace’s Chief Financial Officer Bill Guzik, Locanto will oversee a broad range of financial matters, including internal and external financial reporting, internal controls, operational accounting and systems. 

October 9, 2014

True Value has hired Jean Niemi, a former Home Depot communications executive, as the Chicago-based co-op’s new senior director, corporate communications. 

A veteran communications executive with more than 15 years of experience at Fortune 500 corporations and leading public relations agencies, Niemi will lead and oversee all media relations, executive engagements, employee and retailer communications, and manage the corporate communications team.

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 11, 2014

Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Do it Best Corp. added Nick Talarico as a divisional manager, effective Aug. 1.

In his new role, Talarico will oversee the hand tools, plumbing, cleaning, housewares and InCom departments within merchandising. He had previously served as the co-op’s manager of internal audit since May 2011.

July 7, 2014

Chelsea Building Products has hired Matthew Coulson as its research and development engineer specializing in proprietary PVC formulations. As part of Chelsea’s research department, Coulson will focus on the continued improvement of their PVC and composite PVC formulations.  

July 2, 2014

James Egan, VP on the Securitized Products Strategy team at Morgan Stanley, will speak at an upcoming webinar presentation on the “State of the Housing Recovery.”

Morgan Stanley and HomeSphere have been collaborating on home builder research and survey efforts since the start of 2014. The July 22 webinar will present their insights for the first half of the year.

May 4, 2014

Columbus, Georgia-based Char-Broil, a division of the W.C. Bradley Co., named Christine M. Robins as president and CEO, effective June 2.

Robins served for the past five years as president and CEO of Pittsburgh-based BodyMedia, a venture-backed pioneering company in wearable health sensors and software that help consumers and professionals better manage health and wellness. Robins totally transformed BodyMedia via a new business strategy and the diversification of products and customers leading to the successful sale of the company to Jawbone.

April 15, 2014

David R. Lumley, president and CEO of Spectrum Brands Holdings, has been elected to a one-year term on the nine-member board of directors of Husqvarna, the outdoor power products supplier.

February 21, 2014

Trex Company has appointed Gerald Volas to its board of directors, effective March 1, 2014.

“Jerry’s extensive experience in all aspects of the home improvement sector and his in-depth understanding of leadership brands make him an excellent addition to our board," said Trex chairman, president and CEO Ronald Kaplan. "We look forward to his contributions as we work to further expand Trex’s industry-leading distribution presence, our best-in-class product platform and our branding presence.”

February 19, 2014

Denise Merle has been tapped to fill the role of SVP human resources at Weyerhaeuser, effective Feb. 28.

“Denise brings strong business acumen and tremendous people leadership skills to this role and I look forward to the contributions she will make on our journey to become truly great,” says Doyle Simons, president and CEO. “I want to thank John for his leadership and counsel, and I wish him all the best in his new role.”

February 18, 2014

Beloit, Wis.-based ABC Supply Co. promoted Todd Buehl to the position of chief financial officer and treasurer, effective April 1. Buehl, who joined ABC Supply as vice president and chief administrative officer in 2012, succeeds Kendra Story, who is retiring as chief financial officer and treasurer after nearly 32 years with the company.    

December 17, 2013

Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ace Hardware Corp. hired Frank Carroll as general merchandise manager.

Reporting to senior VP merchandising, marketing and sales John Surane, Carroll will focus on merchandising strategy both domestically and internationally. 

December 16, 2013

Building products distributor Cedar Creek hired John Edwards as engineered wood manager in Statesville, N.C.

Edwards is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Civil Engineering and has spent 27 years in the EWP industry, most recently with International Beam. The company says he "will use his extensive experience to help lead Cedar Creek’s market share growth across Statesville’s multi-state coverage area."

December 6, 2013

Stanley Black & Decker's board of directors has added Debra Crew, president of PepsiCo Americas Beverages. Crew joined PepsiCo in 2010 as president of the western region of PepsiCo Europe, and was promoted in 2012. 

Prior to PepsiCo, she held a number of management and leadership roles at Mars, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream and Kraft Foods.

November 11, 2013

Plum Creek Timber Company has announced the appointment of Sara Grootwassink Lewis to the company's board of directors. She is founder and CEO of capital markets and board advisory firm Lewis Corporate Advisors.

Lewis, who is the ninth independent member of the company's board, has an extensive background in finance and capital markets. 

Prior to her work with Lewis Corporate Advisors, she was EVP and CFO of Washington Real Estate Investment Trust. She also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a certified public accountant.

October 23, 2013

Brian J. Harris has been appointed CFO and Anne L. Benedict has been named chief legal officer at heavy-side building materials company Summit Materials. Harris' appointment is effective Oct. 14, while Benedict's is Oct. 1.

Harris replaces John R. Murphy, who has stepped down as interim CFO and will continue to serve as a director and chairman of the audit committee of the board of directors for Summit's indirect parent company.

October 9, 2013

Do it Best Corp. promoted Mike Ter Molen to divisional manager of Building Products and Home Decor, effective immediately.  

In this position, Ter Molen will lead the co-op’s Building Products Division team, with a focus on growing sales of building and home decor products.