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Do it Best promotes Bailey and Hoffmann

BY Ken Clark

Do it Best Corp. has promoted Marty Bailey to a new position in charge of the co-op’s World Class Commerce Center initiative. The Fort Wayne, Ind.-based co-op also promoted Gary Hoffmann to the position of national advantage program manager.

Bailey will lead the co-op’s new strategic initiative to create a World Class Commerce Center, a single best-in-class online merchandise and sales catalog for members and customers.  He will also be responsible for strategic oversight of doitbest.com. Bailey joined Do it Best in 1997 as InCom development specialist in the co-op’s commercial-industrial division. He became general manager of the InCom division in 2001.           

Bailey is a graduate of Taylor University in Upland, Ind.

“Marty’s background in growing our industrial-commercial division provides him with the knowledge base to direct an extreme period of growth for our e-commerce sites,” said Bob Taylor, president and CEO of Do it Best.

Hoffmann will lead a new corporate team to attract new premier members both domestically and internationally, including dominant hardware retailers, contractor-oriented lumber retailers, industrial and commercial distributors, as well as non-traditional retail operations.            

Hoffmann has been a regional sales manager with the co-op since 2007. He joined Do it Best in 2003 as a retail development specialist for southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

“With his experience, Gary is poised to deliver extreme growth in the recruitment of new Do it Best Corp. members,” said Dave Haist, executive VP and COO for the co-op.

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May-23-2012 06:58 am

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As a sale manager I think you need some experience to get promoted.I did myself some online classes to get a diploma at an Online University.

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State-by-state Hardware Store All-stars: Tenn., Texas and Utah

BY HBSDealer Staff

The first-of-its-kind Home Channel News list of 50 hardware store all-stars appeared in the May issue of Home Channel News and recognized a diverse group of high-performance retailers — large, small, urban and rural. Below, the state-by-state guide winds through Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

Tennessee
Cole’s Home Solutions
A dramatic, one-of-a-kind home center and hardware store in Millington, Tenn., was built from the ground up to beat the big boxes and swing for the fences. Bathroom fixtures have running water, and an actual garage inside the store allows for product education; or better yet, just plain tinkering with the cool tools. With categories organized and displayed in vignettes and with a design heavily inspired by Bass Pro Shops and Cracker Barrel, plus a countertop luncheonette, the store has something for everyone.

• Texas
Price Hardware True Value
The Atlanta, Texas-based single-store operator in a town of 6,000 draws regularly from a 20-mile radius. Inside the 39,000-sq.-ft. store — which took on a Destination True Value format late last year — are classic assortments, plus co-owner Carol Price’s Kitchenette, a housewares store with a fully functioning kitchen. One of True Value’s 15 “Best Hardware Store in Town” honorees this year, the store is also the 2011 Golden Hammer “Tools of the Trade” Award winner.

• Utah
Parley’s Hardware 
On the home page of Orem, Utah-based Parley’s Hardware website (parleyshardware.com), owner Parley Hellewell speaks to his customers in a video clip, saying how “My wife thinks I’m crazy” for running a hardware store instead of retiring. But don’t let the overalls fool you. Hellewell operates a home improvement store that few single operators can rival. In addition to core categories, Parley’s Hardware has installed sales, a handyman service, and separate divisions that handle insulation, air-duct cleaning and HVAC services. Classes are held on site five nights a week, ranging from salsa-making and women’s self defense to contractor-oriented topics. “What more fun can there be than going down all day and playing in a hardware store?” Hellewell asks.

The next edition of HCN Thursday will profile all-star retailers in Utah, Vermont and Virginia. Or, to read the original story as it appeared in the May issue of Home Channel News, log on or register here.

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Phoenix-area retailer joins Ace’s 10-person board

BY Ken Clark

Ace Hardware retailers Jim Ackroyd and Gina Schaefer, and financial executive Jeffrey Girard were re-elected to Ace Hardware Corp.’s board of directors at the hardware co-op’s annual stockholders meeting June 14 at its corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill.

Ace retailer David Karsten was elected to his first term on the board. Ackroyd, Girard, Schaefer and Karsten each will serve three-year terms on the 10-person board of directors, which sets strategic policy and direction for Ace management.

Ackroyd, 55, was elected to his second three-year term as a member director. He serves as the CEO of Vision Ace Hardware, a 10-store chain based in Naples, Fla. In addition to his work with Ace, Ackroyd has previously held CFO positions and managed real estate development companies.

Schaefer, 40, was elected to serve a second three-year term as a member director.  Along with husband Marc Friedman, she owns and manages Logan Hardware, the parent company of seven urban Ace Hardware stores in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. Schaefer, who has won numerous business and entrepreneur awards, is also heavily involved in community organizations.

Karsten, 47, joins the board for his first term as a member director. He opened his first Ace Hardware store nine years ago in the Phoenix area after serving as a trader at the Chicago Stock Exchange. Since then, Karsten has expanded his business, opening two additional Ace stores with a strong focus in niche merchandising.

Jacksonville, Fla., resident Girard, 63, was elected to serve a second term as a non-member director and is qualified as an “audit committee financial expert” for SEC purposes based on his CFO tenure at two Fortune 500 companies. Girard also serves on the board of Winn-Dixie Stores.

“We’re drawing from some of the most innovative and experienced Ace retailers, as well as other outstanding industry professionals to help lead Ace’s strategic initiatives in the years ahead,” said David Ziegler, Ace retailer and chairman of the board for Ace Hardware. “I’m extremely proud of the diverse points of view and experience on our board of directors; it is a direct representation of the distinctiveness of our unique Ace retailers.”

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