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Jim Robisch to speak at PDIS

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The 2013 ProDealer Industry Summit, slated for Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 23-25 will include a healthy lineup of industry presentations.

Included on the slate is a seminar titled “Where Pros and DIYers are Buying Building Supplies and Home Improvement Products, and Why?”

The presenter is Jim Robisch Sr., partner and director of dealer/retailer services, The Farnsworth Group. 

This session will highlight the findings of the latest industry study from The Farnsworth Group. Information will be provided about where professionals and do-it-yourselfers purchase products overall, and by channel segment. In addition, channel purchase behavior, by major product categories, will be reviewed. The session will provide an understanding of why professionals and do-it-yourselfers purchase at their preferred stores and sources.

The ProDealer Industry Summit is hosted jointly by the National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) and HCN

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Irwin gears up for National Tradesmen Day

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Irwin Tools is preparing to celebrate America’s tradesmen during the third annual National Tradesmen Day on Sept. 20.

"America’s tradesmen: they build our homes, roads, businesses, and schools," reads a company statement on the dedicated website. "They are the backbone of our functioning nation — and that’s why they deserve a national day of recognition."

The event, which will be taking place nationwide, will feature celebrations, recognition ceremonies and related activities.

Leading up to the day’s events, Irwin Tools has launched a multimillion dollar advocacy campaign to attempt to reverse the shortage in skilled tradesmen. The campaign includes TV and digital advertising, media outreach, jobsite events and promotion at home centers and hardware stores.

“There was a time when tradesmen were revered for their pioneering spirit, but many of today’s tradesmen are under-appreciated," said Irwin’s senior VP marketing Rich Mathews. "National Tradesmen Day is about acknowledging the plumbers, welders, builders, electricians and those who work with their hands. Let’s thank them for their contributions.”

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W.R. Meadows promotes Weber

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Builiding products manufacturer W.R. Meadows promoted Brent J. Weber to VP sales. Weber was appointed to this position after the retirement of Dave Duewel, a 49-year veteran with the company. 

Weber joined Hampshire, Ill.-based W.R. Meadows as a full-time employee in 1970 after graduating from Judson College with a bachelor’s degree in economics. In 1983, he was named sales manager of the Elgin branch and later became regional sales manager in 1993, where his responsibilities included sales support for Atlanta, Elgin, York, Hampshire and Canada branch operations.

“I am very happy to continue fostering my career with W. R. Meadows,” said Weber. “I look forward to representing the company as VP sales.”

W.R. Meadows makes specialty construction materials, with a specialty in concrete. 

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