Memorial Day is now annual grilling holiday No. 2
The latest Weber GrillWatch Survey has bumped Memorial Day up a notch in the hierarchy of grilling holidays.
Memorial Day is now the second most popular grilling holiday of the year, bringing 75% of grill owners dutifully to their posts.
Labor Day, which held the No. 2 post for more than decade, has been demoted a notch after it came in at 74% this year.
Numero Uno continues to be the Fourth of July, which encourages 87% of grill owners to fire up the grill.
At fourth and fifth are Father's Day (55%) and Mother's Day (45%).
Other findings of the survey: gas grills are preferable for special occasions like Memorial Day, beating charcoal grills 39% to 35%.
However, 46% of grill owners who own both a gas and a charcoal grill prefer using the charcoal grill on the weekends (46%) versus their gas grills (31%).
Of total grill owners, 30% report owning at least two grills, especially Gen Xers (40%) and Millennials (35%).
"Today, people want the freedom and flexibility to grill anytime—whether it's during a busy work week, when gas is often more convenient, or on a weekend, when there's more time to tend the coals and fire up their charcoal grill," says Melissa Enos, VP Americas Marketing, Weber-Stephen Products LLC.
Former Behr exec joins EasyPaint
EasyPaint, a D.C.-based startup that connects users with professional painting services, has hired a former Behr exec to head up its revenue growth.
Kelly Kambs, formerly the senior VP of Behr, is the company's new chief revenue officer. Her role will encompass sales and marketing, new market expansion and strategic partnerships. She will split her time between EasyPaint's Los Angeles and San Francisco offices.
Kambs brings more than 20 years of building products experience to the position, with a proven track record of generating solid revenue and margin growth. She has held leadership positions at PPG, United States Gypsum, Johns Manville, and Comex.
"I've been watching EasyPaint and admiring its growth for some time, and am truly impressed with the leadership as well as the technology. EasyPaint is changing the process in which paint is purchased and applied in a very short timeframe," says Kambs.
EasyPaint launched in the D.C area less than 18 months ago. The company has been on a major expansion kick in recent months.
"To build a company that can help customers in the best possible way, you need to have the best possible people involved," says Marty Cornish, CEO of EasyPaint. "Kelly is one of those people who you just know is a standout performer from the first minute you talk with her."
EasyPaint's COO Denis Abrams, who is a former Benjamin Moore CEO, also attested to the fast-paced demand growth.
"Every company I've been involved with has been an exciting challenge for me during its growth, but with EasyPaint things tend to happen a bit more rapidly," Abrams says. "I'm especially happy to add a talented leader to our team like Kelly, who has not only the experience to navigate the fast-paced journey, but also the determination and drive to help make this company successful long term."
EasyPaint's leadership team also includes advisors Scott Abbott, former CEO of Five Star Painting, and Aaron Lee, former CTO of The Home Depot.
The company will be entering Los Angeles in June 2016, as well as two yet-to-be-announced markets later this year.
Bomgaars expands in Colorado
Major farm-and-ranch retailer Bomgaars opened a store in Burlington, Colorado.
The company plans to host a “grand opening” event June 9
Bomgaars is a family owned and operated supplier with 79 stores in Iowa, Colorado, Idaho, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wyoming, employing approximately 2,200 people.
The corporate office and distribution center are located in Sioux City, Iowa, where the company began in 1952.
Stores typically stock 60,000 items in 13 major departments, including lawn and garden plus nursery, clothing and footwear, farm, pet and automotive supplies, paint, hardware, tools, housewares, and toys.
In January 2015, Bomgaars acquired a dozen retail locations from the now defunct ALCO Stores.