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Ace hosts Buying Days event in Oak Brook

BY Ken Clark

Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ace Hardware Corp. is hosting a Buying Days event June 7 in Oak Brook at the Doubletree Hotel on Spring Road.

The co-op says it is offering vendors an opportunity to introduce their products to Ace buyers during the event. “This event allows prospective vendors to efficiently and effectively introduce their business and products to Ace Hardware,” according to an announcement for the event.

Meetings are limited to 20 minutes; two representatives from the vendor’s organization may attend. The fee for participation is $200 per meeting, and all proceeds will benefit the Ace Hardware Foundation in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. 

Registration deadline is June 1, 2013. For more information, visit Acehardware-vendors.com.

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True Value points to valuable partners

BY Ken Clark

Chicago-based True Value Co. recognized its top suppliers for their commitment and service. Topping the list was Christmas and seasonal decorative light provider Inliten of Glenview, Ill., honored as Partner of the Year.

“We applaud this year’s winners for their outstanding commitment to excellence, as well as their extraordinary contributions and positive financial impact on the co-op and our members’ businesses,” said Lyle Heidemann, True Value president and CEO. 

In addition to the Partner of the Year, the following vendors received recognition in the following categories:

• Midwest Can Co., Melrose Park, Ill. – Automotive, pet, farm and ranch;

• Johnson Level & Tool, Mequon, Wis. – Hand and power tools;

• Bemis Manufacturing, Sheboygan Falls, Wis. – plumbing;

• Legrand/Pass & Seymour, Syracuse, N.Y. – Electrical;

• Krylon Manufacturing, Cleveland, Ohio – Paint;

• Inliten – Seasonal products;

• Teknor Apex, Pawtucket, R.I. – Lawn and garden;

• Jarden Home Brands – Daleville, Ind. – Home;

• Quikrete, Atlanta – Hardware/LBM; and

• JMS Industries, Jimo Qingdao, China – Global sourcing.

“Inliten and all of our 2012 Supplier of the Year award winners excel in every key merchandising and logistics measure — from sales and margin and quality to fill rate and support of company initiatives,” said Michael Clark, senior VP and chief merchandising officer for True Value.

Grippo & Dlden, a business litigation boutique, was named True Value’s “Service Partner of the Year.”

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True Value appoints Markert to board

BY Ken Clark

Chicago-based True Value Co. announced Wednesday that Thomas E. Markert has been appointed to its board of directors.

Markert has more than 30 years of business and marketing experience, including a role as senior VP strategy and innovation at Office Depot. He also held leadership positions at ACNielsen, Citicorp and Procter & Gamble.

“We are pleased to have Tom as a new board member,” said True Value board chairman Brent Burger. “His extensive experience in strategic planning and implementation will be an invaluable asset to True Value Company.”

In 2012, Markert co-founded Digital Tailwind, a full-service digital marketing agency focused on helping large B2B and B2C clients attract and acquire new customers for their businesses.

Markert currently serves on the board of directors for State Auto Financial Corporation. Previous board experience includes the Sydney Kings (National Basketball League of Australia) and the American Chamber of Commerce in New South Wales, Australia. Markert is also the author of the bestseller, “You Can’t Win a Fight With Your Boss.”

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