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Hillman adds to executive team

BY Ken Clark

The Hillman Companies and its subsidiary, the Hillman Group, have announced that they have hired two executives to fill newly created positions at Hillman.

Effective May 7, 2012, Doug Roberts joined the company as general counsel and secretary. Roberts, 49, has 25 years of wide-ranging experience, including expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, general corporate and international matters. Prior to joining Hillman, Roberts was a partner at Thompson Hine in the firm’s corporate transactions and securities and international practice groups and was the chair of the firm’s private equity subgroup.

Effective May 29, 2012, Todd Spangler joined the company as senior VP, president and general manager and will lead Hillman’s Tempe, Ariz., facility. Spangler, 42, is an operational and engineering leader with a 20-plus-year track record of continuous improvement and customer satisfaction in a variety of manufacturing environments. Most recently, Spangler was director of site operations and plant manager for First Solar.

Mick Hillman, CEO, commented on the executive changes: "We are excited to have Doug and Todd on board. Given the rapid growth in both size and complexity of Hillman, Doug’s expertise will be a great asset. And with much of the growth coming from our Tempe operations, Todd’s focus on operational excellence will take that organization to the next level."

Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Cincinnati, Hillman is a leading value-added distributor of more than 80,000 SKUs, consisting of fasteners, key duplication systems, engraved tags and related hardware items to more than 20,000 retail customers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America and Australia, including home improvement centers, mass merchants, national and regional hardware stores, pet supply stores and other retailers. Hillman provides a comprehensive solution to its retail customers for managing SKU intensive, complex home improvement categories. Hillman also offers its customers value-added services, such as inventory management and in-store merchandising services.

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Do it Best hires a manager, promotes another

BY Ken Clark

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. promoted Jason Hipskind to regional sales and business development manager for the southeastern United States and hired Jean Fahy to serve the western United States. Both will focus on building and strengthening member-owner relationships with the co-op.

Hipskind is a 13-year veteran of Do it Best, most recently serving as a RetailPLUS! manager for the past two-plus years. He also brings extensive experience in retail development and member support over the previous decade to his new position.

“I am incredibly excited about the opportunity to lead the southeast team of very talented professionals as we continue to grow and strengthen our member relationships in this important region of the country,” Hipskind said.

While new to Do it Best, Fahy is no stranger to the home improvement and building materials industries, bringing nearly two decades of experience to her new role at the co-op. Previously she was western regional manager at Elkay Manufacturing and a strategic account manager at Masco Buider Cabinet Group, among other positions.

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Beyond Hardware True Value opens second store

BY Ken Clark

Beyond Hardware True Value will officially and formally open its second upstate New York store during a two-day event slated to begin June 8.

The store is the second Beyond Hardware True Value. Owners Matt Shapiro and Jim Marsh opened the first in 2009 in Penfield, N.Y.

The new store follows the Destination True Value design and merchandising format. The owners also cultivated a female-friendly environment, including a “Demos for Divas” consumer education program.

Shapiro was also one of a handful of actual True Value owners selected to appear in the Chicago-based co-op’s national advertising campaign. Watch the commercial here.

The June 8 to 9 opening celebration will involve the American Legion, Canandaigua Post 256 and will help support numerous community projects.

“With the opening of our Canandaigua location, we’ve hired 12 staff members, donated $7,000 of hardware product and tools to the Habitat for Humanity of Ontario County, and are pleased to help support the American Legion, Canandaigua Post 256,” Marsh said. “We look forward to getting to know our new customers, as well as an ongoing relationship with many local organizations to help to make a positive impact on the community.”

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