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Industry rallies for City of Hope

BY Ken Clark

Las Vegas — One in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. The hardware and home building industry are working to change those numbers.

The 2013 City of Hope Spirit of Life Celebration held here on the eve of the International Builders’ Show marked the culmination of a year of fundraising. City of Hope’s Hardware and Homebuilding Industry (HHI) honored Joe DeAngelo, president and CEO of HD Supply, with its 2013 Spirit of Life Award.

The Spirit of Life Award is City of Hope’s most prestigious philanthropic honor, presented annually to an industry leader who has demonstrated outstanding business and altruistic achievement. City of Hope is a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. 

During the year, fundraising efforts for the Southern California cancer treatment and research facility generated $800,000 for CIty of Hope. DeAngelo was the man of the hour during the banquet, accepting the 2013 Spirit of Life honor and chief fundraiser mantle from the 2012 honoree, Ray Griffith, retiring CEO of Ace Hardware Corp.

Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Its lifesaving research and treatment advances improve the lives of people around the nation, and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs are based on technology pioneered at City of Hope. Further, its commitment to compassionate patient care and its approach to individualized treatment are considered models for supportive care in the United States. 

In a speech referring to his trip to the City of Hope facility in California, DeAngelo said he was struck by the complete confidence of the staff, and the care they provide to patients. "Together, we’re going to fight and cure these life threatening diseases," he said. "Tonight, we are a single team focused on making that happen." 

DeAngelo served in a variety of executive roles at General Electric before joining Stanley Works where he was executive VP, responsible for its tools group and corporate-wide functions, including marketing, technology, operations and distribution. In 2003 he led the turnaround of the business, improving asset efficiencies and productivity that led to a 100% increase in share.

Paul Hylbert of Kodiak Building Partners; Bruce Merino, formerly of Home Depot; and Mark Baker, CEO of Orchard Supply Hardware also addressed the crowd of supporters from the hardware and home improvement industry. The industry over the years has raised some $150 million for City of Hope.

“We are privileged to honor Joe DeAngelo, whose leadership at HD Supply has been instrumental in a tremendous growth in business even during a weakened economic period,” said Al Olsen, senior director of development for City of Hope. “It is fitting that he receives The Spirit of Life Award, which recognizes an honoree’s outstanding leadership and contributions to the community and his profession. HD Supply has supported City of Hope and has made significant contributions through an annual event since they became the new company in 2007.”

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For those who give a damn

BY Ken Clark

It’s hard to say which quote inspires more sense of duty: the one from Ed Quinn, the TW Perry chairman who helped create the Yellow Ribbon Fund; or the one from Jessica Allen, a Yellow Ribbon Fund staffer who helps ease the many burdens of wounded veterans.

Here’s what Gaithersburg, Md.-based TW Perry’s Quinn said about the creation of the Fund back in 2005, when he and some other Maryland businessmen decided to do something — anything — to help patients of the National Naval Medical Center: “We were just local business guys who gave a damn, who cared about these kids.”

And here’s what Allen said about her role in the lives of wounded veterans: “What I do is take some of the suck out of this.”

Allen’s experience is colored by both sides of charitable activity. Her life changed Jan. 22, 2010, at 8 a.m., when she learned that her husband was injured while on patrol in Afghanistan. “My whole world now is taking care of wounded warriors,” she said.

The above quotes come from an article in the HCN Daily called, “Yellow Ribbon Fund strikes chord with LBM industry.”

It wasn’t just another article. There was something about the sincerity and commitment of Quinn, Allen and others engaged in helping veterans that sparked HCN into action.

They inspired the HCN Helping Veterans Crusade.

More than just a logo, the editorial crusade marks the beginning of a commitment to follow the stories and promote the charities at homechannelnews.com. The crusade marks a commitment to getting the word out about organizations and programs that help veterans.

There are so many. There’s the Yellow Ribbon Fund, which makes life easier for wounded vets. There’s Homes for Heroes that’s building a home for Jessica Allen’s family. And there’s Dealers Helping Heroes, the new program from the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA).

We’ll be covering these and many more organizations like them in the months ahead. And we’ll keep track of the many ways the industry can help with a dedicated area at homechannelnews.com.

If our humble effort can strike awareness that leads to one more successful match of need with charity, we’ll take it. 

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Sherwin-Williams hands out awards

BY Ken Clark

Cleveland-based Sherwin-Williams recognized its top product partners at the company’s annual Vendor of the Year Awards ceremony, held at the Paint Stores Group 2013 National Sales Meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

“The performance of these vendors was nothing short of outstanding,” said Pete Sedlak, VP marketing and purchasing, Sherwin-Williams. “We are proud to recognize these suppliers for their industry-leading innovations, sales growth and incredible support for our company and customers.”

Vendor Product of the Year Award went to Brewster Home Fashions for HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams Wallpaper Collection. The line is on pace to become one of the best-selling wallpaper collections in Sherwin-Williams history.

The Vendor Marketing Award went to the 3M Company for the Roush Mustang Sweepstakes.

Other honorees for vendor of the year were: 

  • 3M: An 11-time recipient, 3M secured strong sales gains with multiple product lines sold in Sherwin-Williams stores by increasing focus on the professional painting contractor with targeted promotions;
  • Armstrong World Industries: Launching innovative and contemporary vinyl plank, tile, sheet goods and wood flooring products helped Armstrong World Industries return as a second-time honoree. The company secured strong sales gains through competitive pricing, a commitment to service and strong field training;
  • Dumond Chemical: A three-time recipient, the company updated its marketing materials to better educate the Sherwin-Williams field sales organization and showed significant sales increases. Dumond is committed to testing products to ensure the right product is selected for each job and partnered with Sherwin-Williams on the refurbishment of the iconic Hollywood Sign;
  • Mi-T-M Corp.: Mi-T-M capitalized on the power of the Internet and launched a new website with how-to videos specifically for Sherwin-Williams customers, making the company a four-time honoree. Its unique bundle of promotions delivered value and helped Mi-T-M achieve strong sales gains in 2012;
  • Trimaco: A first-time recipient, Trimaco expanded its offerings by identifying new products and niche items that meet the needs of Sherwin-Williams customers. A comprehensive professional show kit and robust support for sales representatives helped Trimaco secure sales gains in 2012; and
  • Chicago Aerosol: First-time winner Chicago Aerosol delivered excellent service and innovative product developments in a mature product category, contributing to double-digit sales growth for the past two years.

The Vendor of the Year Awards recognize partners that demonstrate exceptional sales growth, outstanding product performance, marketing support and stellar service to Sherwin-Williams paint stores and distribution centers, the company said.

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