Do it Best meeting planner honored
Do it Best Corp.'s Meeting and Market Planning Manager Vince Slack earned a top honor from the Indiana chapter of the Meeting Professionals International. He was named Meeting Planner of the Year.
“It is an incredible honor to be recognized by my industry peers and people I so greatly respect,” said Slack. “MPI has been an invaluable resource to me over the past several years, helping me become a better planner on behalf of our employees, our vendors and, most importantly, our Do it Best member-owners. This award is definitely a reflection of the amazingly talented and dedicated team we have at Do it Best Corp. who all work together to plan and execute numerous exceptional meetings and events throughout the year.”
Slack is an 11-year veteran of Do it Best Corp. and has served as meeting and market planning manager since 2012. Slack oversees the planning, logistics and execution of numerous Do it Best Corp. events throughout the year, including the co-op’s spring and fall markets, which have been held in Indianapolis for more than 40 consecutive years and draw thousands of independent home improvement business owners and vendors from across the globe.
HDW is holding its Spring Market in Texas
Hardware Distribution Warehouses, Inc. has bigger plans than usual for its next Spring Market.
Thanks to its recent acquisition of Handy Hardware (and boosted attendance at its most recent market), the company had to look for a larger space.
This means that for the first time in company history, the 2018 Spring Market will be held in Texas.
“As a result of our acquisition of Handy Hardware and the tremendous attendance at our recent Spring Market we found it necessary to locate in a larger venue for an expanded show and to a larger city for access to more hotel rooms," said president and CEO Kenny Beauvais.
"We are excited to announce that we have booked the Kay Bailey Hutchison Dallas Convention Center, located in downtown Dallas," he added. "The event will run January 19th – 21st in Dallas, Texas."
HDW’s 2017 Fall Market is scheduled to take place September 8-10th at the Shreveport Convention Center in Shreveport, LA.
Parksite appoints a new director
Batavia, Illinois-based Parksite, Inc., an employee-owned distributor with 10 locations and over 400 employee-owners, has appointed Scott Clifford to its board of directors.
Clifford is senior VP supply chain management for Graybar, a distributor of electrical and communications products and related supply chain management and logistics services.
“As an organization, we continually challenge ourselves to improve, to become more valuable to our business partners, to become more sustainable for our shareholders. Our board members are chosen based on how their unique skill sets and perspectives can contribute to strategy development and Scott’s extensive background utilizing operations and technology to enhance the customer experience is a great addition for us,” said Ron Heitzman, CEO of Parksite.
Clifford has been with Graybar since 1994. In his current capacity, he oversees the company’s service, operations and technology platforms to enhance the customer experience and support profitable growth.
“I’ve been familiar with Parksite for many years and am honored to join the company’s Board. I look forward to working with the Board and Management Teams to develop and drive strategy for the company’s long-term success,” said Clifford.
“Scott brings a deep understanding of employee-ownership philosophy to the Board, which will enrich the culture and ultimately increase shareholder value for our associates”, stated George Pattee, Parksite board chairman.