Do it Best refines best practices in Phoenix
A blend of education, entertainment and relaxation highlighted the recently completed Do it Best Corp. Winter Conference held in Phoenix.
Do it Best Corp. members from around the world attended the event, which was held Jan. 23-24 at the Arizona Biltmore resort. The Winter Conference’s education and training seminars, combined with product knowledge sessions as well as entertainment and relaxation, had co-op members inspired and invigorated by new ideas for their stores, according to the event’s organizers.
“Winter Conference is an important and exciting opportunity for our members to get their new year off to a great start,” said Bob Taylor, president and CEO of Do it Best Corp. “And we believe this year’s mix of training, education, networking and entertainment was as strong as any we’ve offered."
The Winter Conference’s training sessions were led by business experts Mark Sanborn, author of the bestselling book "The Fred Factor," who shared insights into delivering extraordinary results; motivational speaker Cam Marston who helped Do it Best Corp. members learn about more effectively connecting with customers from every generation; and former television host Ross Schafer who discussed the importance of innovation and proactive retailing. Additional training sessions tapped the experience and expertise of fellow members who shared their own ideas, suggestions and successes.
Winter Conference attendees also received product knowledge training, with sessions from DeWalt, Rubbermaid, Sherwin-Williams, TAMKO and Valspar.
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Ace’s Ziegler distinguished by governance group
David Ziegler, co-owner of Elgin, Ill.-based Ziegler’s Hardware and chairman of Ace Hardware’s board of directors earned recognition as a Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).
As an NACD Fellow, Ziegler has demonstrated his knowledge of the leading trends and practices that define exemplary corporate governance today, and has committed to developing professional insights through a sophisticated course of ongoing study, according to Ace. The designation is the highest level of credentialing for corporate directors and corporate governance professionals.
“I am honored to join the distinguished and diverse group of individuals who make up NACD’s Fellowship program and who have committed to advancing the highest standards of boardroom leadership,” said Ziegler. “The resources, insights and connections I’ve made through NACD’s Fellowship program will be key assets to the companies I serve, as well as to my professional growth as a director.”
Ziegler, 57, was named chairman of Ace Hardware Corp.’s board of directors in 2008. Prior to his appointment, Ziegler was an Ace board member for seven years. He served as chairman of the Compensation and Human Resources committee during his tenure, as well as chairman of the Supply Chain Committee. Currently he serves on the Ace International Holdings board of directors. He is also a member of Ace’s Nominating and Governance, and Finance committees.
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Texas town to get new Ace dealer
A new hardware store is under construction in Chandler, Texas, the result of two years of land use preparations, according to an article in TylerPaper.com.
The owner, Dan Langen, also operates Noonday Hardware just south of Tyler, Texas. The building is estimated to cost $450,000. Plans call for a 15,000-sq.-ft. store, with 10,000 sq. ft. of retail selling space and a 5,000-sq.-ft. warehouse. A receiving dock on the north side of the store will allow 18-wheelers to make deliveries, the article said. Customers will have their own pick-up area near the parking lot.
In hopes of revitalizing business on the west side of town, the Chandler Economic Development Corp. and the Chandler City Council recently approved a $30,000 grant to help fund infrastructure and driveways for the new store. The city expects to recoup its money in four years, based on anticipated city tax revenues of $30,000 a year. Of this amount, 25%, or $7,500, would be earmarked for economic development, according to the city administrator.