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James Robisch slated to speak at 2013 ProDealer Industry Summit

BY HBSDEALER Staff

James Robisch, who leads market research and strategy consulting firm Farnsworth Group as senior partner, will speak at this year’s ProDealer Industry Summit in Nashville, Tenn.

Robisch, who specializes in the home improvement and building supply industry, directs dealer/retailer and wholesale service activities for Farnsworth. This includes anything ranging from market intelligence to branding, customer retention and strategic planning.

He has also been with the Home Center Institute and National Retail Hardware Association for more than 12 years, most notably as director of research services and director of retail marketing. He has also served as executive director of the Do-It-Yourself Research Institute, now known as the Home Improvement Research Institute.

The ProDealer Industry Summit, which is hosted jointly by HCN and the NLBMDA, will take place in Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 23-25 and will provide educational and networking opportunities for dealers, distributors, wholesalers and manufacturers.

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Wildlife Society exec joins SFI board

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Jonathan Haufler, president-elect of The Wildlife Society, has been elected to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s (SFI’s) board. 

“I’ve followed SFI as it grew into a highly credible system for assuring sound and publicly supported forest management,” said Haufler. “I’m pleased to have this opportunity to assist in maintaining the quality and integrity of the SFI program as it continues to adapt and adjust to new information and new challenges.”

Haufler is also executive director of the Ecosystem Management Research Institute and previously worked as the manager of Wildlife and Ecology Programs for Boise Cascade Corp. and as a professor of Wildlife Ecology at Michigan State University.

The Wildlife Society strives to manage, conserve and study wildlife populations and habitats, actively manage forests, conserve wetlands, restore endangered species, conserve wildlife on private and public lands, resolve wildlife damage and disease problems, and enhance biological diversity.

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DR Power Equipment takes part in 2013 Manufacturing Day

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DR Power Equipment was one of over 800 manufacturers taking part in 2013 Manufacturing Day. The company hosted students and community members at its manufacturing facility in Winooski, Vt., for an in-depth look into its operations.

Visitors learned about engineering, manufacturing and shipping at DR Power Equipment, as well as the company’s machines, which are all built by hand by the manufacturing team.

The event was largely geared toward local high school and tech students, who had an interest in manufacturing careers.

Manufacturing Day is a nationwide event aimed at raising awareness and educating the public about the industry. The event is organized by the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, International; the National Association of Manufacturers; the Manufacturing Extension Partnership; and the Manufacturing Institute.

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