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Home Depot names new Canadian chief

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, announced that Aaron Carmack, regional VP for the Pacific North region, has been promoted to president, Home Depot Canada, effective Jan. 31. 

Carmack is replacing Annette Verschuren, who is leaving the company after nearly 15 years of service.

Verschuren will remain with the company until Jan. 30, the end of the company’s 2010 fiscal year. During her tenure, she grew the division from 19 stores to its current position as the largest home improvement retailer in the country. 

"These past 15 years have been the best of my career," Verschuren said. "However, I am ready to take some time off and then plan the next chapter of my life." 

"We cannot thank Annette enough for all she has done for our company," said Frank Blake, chairman and CEO. "She has been The Home Depot Canada’s leader from its infancy and has made it what it is today. We will miss her."

Carmack joined Home Depot in 2003 and was promoted to regional VP in 2007. Prior to Home Depot, he worked for Midas International and spent the first 15 years of his career with Sears. 

"Aaron has been a consistent high-performing regional vice president for the past several years. His proven record of success, coupled with his leadership ability, makes him an ideal fit to lead our Canadian division," Blake said.

Home Depot Canada currently operates 179 stores.

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Home Depot’s Menear honored by City of Hope

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Orlando, Fla. — A packed room of building industry executives and special guests of cancer and diabetes care center City of Hope set the stage for the charity’s Spirit of Life ceremony honoring Craig Menear, The Home Depot’s executive VP merchandising. 

The City of Hope’s Hardware and Homebuilding industry group raised more than $1 million for the City of Hope in connection with the Spirit of Life ceremony Jan. 11.

"I know for the past few years it’s been a very difficult time," said Menear. "But one thing that I’m very proud of is that this industry has always given back. And as business gets better, we are again stepping up and we are giving back."

Menear toured the City of Hope facility near Los Angeles late last year, and described the experience as an inspiration. "Being there on that campus, I know that we can make a difference and we are making a difference," Menear said.

The ceremony included an update from City of Hope research scientist Dr. Theodore Kroiatiris, who described the City of Hope as "an institution on the forefront of fighting cancer." The event also included a testimonial from cancer survivor Tammy Erebia, whose husband happens to be Rick Erebia, a regional merchandise manager for The Home Depot. 

Since it was founded in 1982, City of Hope’s Hardware/Homebuilding Industry has raised more than $140 million for lifesaving research, treatment and education programs. The group has grown to encompass a nationwide network of high-profile manufacturers, retailers, distributors, manufacturers’ representatives and related members.

Karen Mendelsohn, of Masco served as master of ceremonies for the Spirit of Life event. "In one way or another, cancer and diabetes impact all of us," Mendelsohn said. She pointed to statistics showing 10 million people in the United States are battling cancer, and 20 million people are fighting diabetes.

 

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Johnson Level adds mobile codes to packaging

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Mequon, Wis.-based Johnson Level & Tool announced the addition of QR or quick response codes to its packaging and marketing materials.

According to the company, the codes can be found on Johnson Level’s packaging, advertising, promotions and even corporate business cards.

QR codes are two-dimensional, digital-patterned squares that contain information such as a website, telephone number, contact information or an e-mail address.  Customers need a smart phone or tablet, with a camera and a QR code reader application to use the codes.

When the code is scanned from a package or advertisement, the application will direct the user to the Johnson Level website or to a specific Web page for additional features, technical specs and a quick-start video demonstration.  Johnson Level will be using the codes primarily on its levels with special features and laser levels, which are more technical. 

“We are very excited about this new way to quickly put the power or our website into someone’s hand when they need it most,” said John Dwyer, VP sales and marketing.  “Johnsonlevel.com is an amazing tool for helping people find and learn about the level or laser level best suited for their project,” he continued. 

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