Pam Heidel joins HIRI staff
The Home Improvement Research Institute announced the hiring of Pam Heidel as research analyst based in HIRI’s Tampa office.
Heidel is a former president of the board of the non-profit HIRI. Also, from 2007 to 2014, she was employed by Generac Power Systems, most recently as marketing director – digital and consumer insights.
Heidel also worked as marketing planning manager for Broan-NuTone from 2000 through 2007.
HIRI is a member-supported research group serving the home improvement industry. For more information, visit HIRI.org.
Home Depot investigates possible breach
The Home Depot is the latest major retailer to investigate what looks like a data breach.
The Atlanta-based retailer is looking into the matter and also working with law enforcement and bank investigators.
"Protecting our customers’ information is something we take extremely seriously, and we are aggressively gathering facts at this point while working to protect customers,” the retailer said in a statement.
Unusual activity spotted by banks tipped off the investigation, according to multiple reports. The retailer pledged to alert customers if it finds out a breach occurred.
If it turns out that Home Depot was hit by hackers, it will join a list of giant retailers that includes Albertson’s, Michaels, SuperValu and – most famously – Target Corp.
"Right now, for security reasons, it would be inappropriate for us to speculate further," the Home Depot’s statement explained. "We will provide further information as soon as possible."
Home Depot rival and number-two home improvement player Lowe’s also reported a data breach back in May.
Beacon Roofing Supply acquires All Weather Products
Herndon, Virginia-based Beacon Roofing Supply has acquired All Weather Products Ltd., a Vancouver-based distributor of roofing systems and accessories primarily for residential applications.
"We are very pleased to be joining Beacon not only because of its size and reputation in the industry but because Beacon shares AWP‘s belief that success comes from hard work and a commitment to your employees and customers," said AWP president and founder Ken Lillejord. "This is a very exciting time for us."
According to Beacon president and CEO Paul Isabella, the deal is an intuitive move in its overall expansion strategy — both for the market position and compatibility between the companies.
"AWP provides Beacon with an excellent opportunity to enhance our current presence in the vibrant Vancouver market," he said. "Equally important is that AWP shares Beacon’s core values of integrity, loyalty and a commitment to its employees and customers."
All Weather Products has three branches located in the Vancouver suburbs of Surrey, Kelowna and Burnaby.