Lowe’s hires GE exec to lead LBM divisions
Lowe’s hired Michael P. McDermott in the newly created position of senior VP and general merchandising manager – building and maintenance. McDermott will be responsible for the Lumber & Building Materials, Millwork, Hardware & Tools and Rough Plumbing & Electrical divisions. He will report to Chief Merchandising Officer Michael A. Jones.
McDermott joins Lowe’s from General Electric, where he served most recently as sales leader-appliances and was also a member of the company’s corporate commercial council. He brings more than 20 years of experience in product leadership, merchandising, marketing and commercial sales.
“Mike’s experience leading merchandising for GE’s multi-billion dollar appliance business as well as organizations that sell into the building and maintenance space, will bring added value to Lowe’s merchandising team,” explained Jones. “He understands the importance of brand management, strong relationships with vendor-partners and how to lead teams—skills which will help Lowe’s continue to improve product assortment to better serve do-it-yourself and pro customers alike.”
In his new role, McDermott will work with Troy J. Dally, senior VP and general merchandising manager- seasonal and Clint T. Davis, senior VP and general merchandising manager-home décor. McDermott earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from The College of New Jersey and a master’s degree in political science from Villanova University.
Hunter Douglas emphasizes style and safety
Window-treatment maker Hunter Douglas launched a ‘Tis the Season for Style event encouraging consumers to make their homes more beautiful — plus safer for children and pets — during the fall selling season.
The event provides mail-in rebates on some Hunter Douglas window fashions and, in recognition of October’s Window Covering Safety Month, free upgrades to the LiteRise cordless lifting system on select styles.
David Parrett, director of dealer marketing programs Pear River, N.Y.-based Hunter Douglas said: “Our research has shown that promotional programs are a strong motivating factor in driving purchases of Hunter Douglas products. One third of surveyed consumers reported having purchased greater quantities of product than originally planned because of a promotion.”
The promotion runs from Sept. 14-Dec. 17.
ECi CEO celebrates fast-growth listing
Fort Worth, Texas-based ECi Software Solutions has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing U.S.-based companies.
It’s the fifth year for ECi to make the list.
"Our commitment to supporting the entrepreneurial spirit of independent business owners is helping them to grow, and we are proud to be growing right along with them," said Ron Books, president and CEO of ECi.
The company said its growth over the last three years can be attributed in part to making two of the office/furniture business management software systems available through the cloud; integrating a customer rewards program from a popular hardware co-op into one of its Lumber, Building Materials and Hardware business systems; achieving record 2012 sales for its business intelligence/CRM solution; and acquiring Derbyshire, England-based BlueSky Systems Solutions Limited, a back-office systems supplier for the European office products industry.