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DIY Council lines up speakers for May event

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Tom Barfell, director of international sales and category development for Do it Best Corp., will be the featured speaker at the Worldwide DIY Council Global Conference, May 9, 2011.

The annual Council meeting and conference will be held at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Other speakers at the conference will be John Herbert, general secretary, EDRA, European DIY Retail Association; Jimmie Reyna, international business attorney with the Williams Mullen Law firm in Washington, D.C.; and Dr. C. Roe Goddard, associate professor of International Business at the Thunderbird school of Global Business in Glendale, Ariz.

Membership in the Council is not required to attend the conference. For more information, contact Don Droesch at [email protected] , executive secretary of the Council.

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Merit Group hires David Rich

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The Merit Group hired David Rich as VP customer relations. In this new role, David will be responsible for leading all aspects of customer interaction, including national customer service and inside sales.

For the past 25 years, Rich led Rich Ideas, a corporate education and consulting company focused on improving sales and customer service levels. He has presented to well over 1 million people in 46 states and four countries and has earned the speaking industry’s highest designation. His corporate clients include, Goodyear, Coca-Cola, Sears, Gillette, Kellogg’s, PBS and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“We are excited to have David join our organization,” said Jay Baker, Merit Group’s CEO. “David will be instrumental in fueling a customer-focused culture in our organization. We are confident that our customer and vendor partners will benefit from this focus as we continue to grow and better service their needs.”

The Merit Group, a South Carolina corporation headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C., provides wholesale distribution of paint sundry, drywall and hardware-related products through its Lancaster, Five Star, Merit Trade Source and Merit Pro brands.

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Disappointment over Senate’s rejection of 1099 Health Care Tax Repeal

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The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) expressed disappointment again today at the rejection of a newly revamped Johanns Amendment to the Food Safety Bill by a 61-35 vote, which would have repealed the onerous 1099 healthcare tax.

“Senators on both sides of the aisle, President Obama, even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have all come out in support of repealing this burdensome provision, and yet the Senate refuses to pass a repeal for a third time,” said NLBMDA president Michael O’Brien, in a prepared statement. “What is it going to take for our Senators and Representatives to stop the party politics and get back to working for the American people and job creators, namely small businesses?  NLBMDA will continue to fight for repeal, and we urge all of our members to contact their Senators to not only express their frustration with the recent votes, but to continue to urge the repeal of a provision that will significantly hurt lumber dealers and small businesses across the country and severely weaken the already fragile economy.”

The repeal effort was led by Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE). To pass, this particular amendment needed a 2/3 majority, which is 67 votes in the Senate. The Johanns Amendment would pay for the repeal with other federal spending cuts.

In addition, the Senators had another shot at repeal with the introduction of the Baucus Amendment by Senator Max Baucus (D-MT). This amendment would have repealed the 1099 provision with no offsetting spending cuts. It was soundly defeated by the Senate with a 44-53 vote. This too needed 67 votes for passage. In all, three votes have been taken by the Senate to repeal the provision, and all three have been defeated.

According to Section 9006 of the 2,409-page Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, all businesses will be required to send 1099 tax forms to every company or individual from which they purchased more than $600 in services and goods throughout the tax year, beginning Jan. 1, 2012. The new 1099 requirement is expected to generate $17 billion over 10 years to help pay for the new healthcare bill.

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