January 6, 2015

With an eye on increasing demand for wood windows and doors, Charlotte, North Carolina-based Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors will showcase its Custom Wood Folding Window and the Premium Wood Swinging Patio Door during the upcoming International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas Jan. 20-22.

January 5, 2015

Construction aggregates supplier Vulcan Materials Company is experiencing personnel changes at its top-most ranks.

December 29, 2014

As Sears Holdings has made a lot of noise about pursuing a digital future, the company quietly lost a high-ranking executive with "online" as part of his title.

A company regulatory filing revealed that Imran Jooma resigned as executive VP and president, online, marketing, pricing and financial services of Sears Holdings Corporation on Dec. 17. The resignation is effective Feb. 6.

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.

December 23, 2014

Dan Miller has been named VP retail operations and new business, while Brian Wiborg will assume the role of VP retail development and supply.

December 19, 2014

Barry Sanders, president and COO, will be departing the company as of Jan. 31 in what Scotts described as "an ongoing effort focused on de-layering the company to improve operational efficiency and speed to market."

December 8, 2014

The “Lumberyard of the Future” panel discussion during the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit in San Diego, California brought together three lumberyard executives to look ahead to the year 2025. 

November 21, 2014

3M has made some adjustments to its leadership team in the form of a new SVP supply chain.

Effecitve immediately, previous managing director 3M United Kingdom-Ireland Region Paul Keel will fill the role in lieu of Christopher Holmes, who is retiring.

“Paul is an accomplished leader whose strategic thinking skills, international experience and demonstrated record of success make him uniquely qualified for this role,” said Inge Thulin, 3M chairman, president and CEO.

November 21, 2014

The National Retail Federation is calling for comprehensive immigration reform more comprehensive than that being offered by President Obama.

November 21, 2014

Event organizers selected a new backdrop for the 11th consecutive Distribution America/PRO Group 2015 Executive Planning Conference -- the towering Santa Rosa Mountains of California. But the focus was the same: business, buying and networking for the two-step distribution channel.

And during the Nov. 18-20 event held in Palm Desert, nine items earned the title "Best New Product Award" winner, ranging from a digital shower head to bacon jerky to a battery-powered reciprocating saw.

November 19, 2014

Highlights of the Home Depot fourth-quarter merchandise lineup include a remote-controlled, pre-lit Christmas tree that shines in 56 light and color options. The season will also bring stocking stuffers like carbide-tipped reciprocal saw blades from Diablo and 21 new Kohler SKUs.

"We look forward to driving excitement this holiday season," said Ted Decker, executive VP merchandising, during the Atlanta-based retailer's third-quarter earnings call.

November 4, 2014

Style Crest, a distributor and manufacturer of specialty building products based in Fremont, Ohio, has reorganized its leadership team.

Under the new executive structure, former CEO Tom Kern will stay on-board as chairman, Bryan Kern will fill his shoes as CEO, and Bill Vogel will serve as EVP sales.

In his new role, Bryan Kern will lead the company together with CFO Ty Frantz. He has been working for the company since 2005, serving in roles such as engineering manager, plant manager and VP operations (his most recent role).

November 3, 2014

From the home improvement industry to the halls of power in Washington, D.C., former Home Depot and Scotts executive Mark Baker was cited as a “top lobbyist” for his work as CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

The Hill newspaper, in its listing of top lobbyists, described Baker, a 36-year flight verteran, as the "drumbeat” behind the general aviation industry.

October 31, 2014

San Diego -- Scheduling business consultant Ken Wilbanks for the early morning slot was a strategic move at the 2014 Pro Dealer Industry Summit. His presentation served to rouse and inspire a room full of lumbermen -- or "woodpeckers," as he referred to them -- with notions of a tightly run ship.

October 31, 2014

San Diego -- The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association's board of directors appointed Jonathan Paine as the new president and CEO of the organization at its annual meeting on Oct. 28 at the ProDealer Industry Summit here.

Paine has been serving as the association's executive VP since 2012 and replaces outgoing president Michael O'Brien, who is assuming other responsibilities with NLBMDA's management firm, SmithBucklin.

October 21, 2014

CalStar Products' new CFO is Jack Barry, an experienced C-level executive with a wealth of experience in LEAN manufacturing principles.

“Jack’s diversity of experience, across a variety of categories and company sizes, brings key knowledge as CalStar continues its growth trajectory from startup to leading building products company,” said CalStar CEO Joel Rood. “In particular, his knowledge of LEAN principles and ability to maximize internal efficiencies will help CalStar maximize its high-volume manufacturing capabilities.”

October 20, 2014

Illinois-based The Vendor Center will be attending the 2015 Executive Planning Conference hosted by Distribution America. 

The new business-to-business secure website will be presented to Distribution America member distributors and vendors.

“We are thrilled and look forward to demonstrating what a powerful tool The Vendor Center can be for Distribution America Member Distributors and Vendors,” said Darrell Wabschall, president of The Vendor Center.

October 15, 2014

Ronald D. Boire is moving from Sears Holdings in the United States to the top spot at Sears Canada.

Boire will be acting president and CEO of Sears Canada, effective immediately. He was most recently executive VP, chief merchandising officer and president, Sears and Kmart Formats. 

October 13, 2014

Plano, Texas-based Rent-A-Center Inc. appointed Anurag Gupta to VP, enterprise project management office (EPMO).

Reporting to Doug Guziec, senior VP and chief strategy officer, Gupta is charged with broad oversight of Rent-A-Center’s portfolio of business initiatives. His responsibilities include the establishment of processes and controls designed to manage all phases of these initiatives. He's also tasked with the strategic evaluation of prospective business initiatives with an eye for determining which are green-lighted and when they are to be initiated.

October 13, 2014

Home Depot’s Marvin Ellison will leave the world’s largest home improvement retailer to take the top spot at Plano, Texas-based J.C. Penney. 

Ellison is currently executive VP stores at The Home Depot. 

October 12, 2014

Denver -- The General Session at the 2014 True Value Fall Reunion in Denver opened with a few words of inspiration from chairman of the board Brent Burger.

"As you can see from the agenda card, we have a very full program this afternoon and I promise you that it will be one of most exciting General Sessions we have ever had," said Burger, the owner of five Campbell's True Value locations in Maine.

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.

September 12, 2014

Indianapolis-based hhgregg Inc. has brought on Robert Riesbeck as CFO, effective Sept. 15.

August 27, 2014

Armstrong World Industries has reshuffled its management structure, appointing Donald Maier to the post of EVP and CEO, Armstrong Flooring Products, in order to fill the vacancy left by Thomas Mangas.

Previously, Maier was serving as SVP global operations excellence. He has been with the company since 2010, during which time he played a pivotal role in the company's Lean transformation and established a new project management process and safety program.

He has also worked for TPG Capital Advisors and as VP and general manager of Hill-Rom's North American business.