Do it Best names new divisional merchandise manager
Do it Best Corp. has hired Tom Andrews as a Divisional Merchandise Manager, effective immediately.
In his new role, Andrews will oversee the hand tools, plumbing, cleaning, housewares and INCOM departments within Merchandising.
“Tom’s addition enables our entire merchandising team to build on his diverse and extensive retail experience,” said Steve Markley, Vice President of Merchandising. “We are very excited to welcome him to our team as he leads these growing merchandising departments.”
Andrews has 30 years of retail experience, specializing in merchandise, assortment planning, demand planning and project management.
He most recently served as a project manager overseeing new merchandise lines for Fort Wayne-based Vera Bradley, with additional experience at Sports Authority, Best Buy, Payless Shoes, The Limited and Lane Bryant.
“It’s an honor to join this exceptional merchandising team,” Andrews said. “I’m incredibly excited about the opportunity to help our independent member-owners grow their businesses with a strong selection of competitively priced products and strategic programs across each of these important departments.”
Ace Hardware VP leaves for Broan-NuTone
Frank Carroll, Ace's VP of merchandising, will be leaving the company to take on the role of CEO for Broan-NuTone.
The move was announced this morning in an email to Ace vendors and supplier partners.
Until a replacement is found for the departing Carroll, EVP of merchandising John Surane will handle the additional responsibilities.
Addressing the vendor community in a goodbye letter, Carroll offered thanks for their passionate support of the co-op. "Personally and professionally, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many of your world-class companies," he wrote.
The search for his replacement is underway.
"Frank’s leadership of the Merchandising team and passion for the business will be missed," said Surane. "While it’s always painful to lose a strong player and a friend at work, we wish Frank the best of luck in his new role."
Carroll's new job will be to lead Broan-NuTone LLC, North America’s largest producer of residential ventilation and air quality products. Among them are range hoods, ventilation fans and air exchangers. The company also sells door chimes, central vacuum systems, intercom systems, built-in electric heaters, fresh air systems, attic ventilators, ironing centers and home automation products.
Broan-NuTone headquarters are in Hartford, Wisconsin.
Beacon acquires Lowry’s Special Distribution
Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. has acquired Lowry's Special Distribution, a distributor of waterproofing, sealants, air barriers and related products, marking Beacon's first entry into Hawaii.
“The entire Lowry’s team is very excited to be joining forces with Beacon, which has demonstrated a strong commitment to growing its existing waterproofing business both organically and through acquisitions of family owned businesses like Lowry’s," said Lowry's co-owners Keith and Michael Musante, who are remaining with the company. "Becoming part of a public company with a presence across the entire United States and Canada creates opportunities for Lowry’s to grow our business beyond what we could have done on our own and offers our employees career advancement options that are unique to the distribution industry, all while maintaining the entrepreneurial spirt and brand loyalty to Lowry’s, SWS and Can-Do that we have worked so hard to develop over the last 40 years. I could not be more excited for our future as part of Beacon.”
Lowry's maintains 11 branches in four states and has been family owned and operated for over 40 years. It has 7 branches in California, two in Hawaii, and one in both Utah and Arizona.
Lowry's will remain under the leadership of president Craig Dirickson and will be known as Lowry's, Systems Waterproofing Supply (SWS) and Can-Do Supply (Can-Do).
“Lowry’s is a great addition to Beacon and significantly strengthens our existing waterproofing and related complementary products business in the western United States, including our first entry into the Hawaii market," said Paul Isabella, Beacon’s CEO and President. "Waterproofing and related products comprise a huge and growing market and present tremendous sales opportunities for Beacon, both to Lowry’s existing customers and through cross-selling to our core roofing contractor base. We are grateful that Keith and Michael Musante and Craig Dirickson chose to continue their careers with us. Craig will have full responsibility for continuing Lowry’s excellent performance and market position as President. The entire Lowry’s, SWS and Can-Do teams will be key players in our continued growth in this important product market and we are thrilled to have them as part of Beacon.”