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Parker Do it Best Lumber takes award

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Parker Do it Best Lumber, based in Beaumont, Texas, was chosen as a 2014 pro dealer Entrepreneur of the Year in the category of sales of over $50 million. 

Parker Lumber has been serving builders, remodelers and homeowners for more than 80 years in Texas and now southern California. Scott Parker runs the family-owned company that employs 350 people throughout 22 locations. 

Parker’s continued growth into new markets is cited as a key factor for its success. 

Scott Parker accepted the award, which was presented at the recent LBM Distribution conference. 

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Do it Best promotes Bob Gumash

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Do it Best Corp. has promoted Bob Gumash to regional sales and business development manager for the northeastern United States, effective immediately. He replaces Rob Schmiedel, who was recently promoted to national sales manager.

“I’m honored to lead this outstanding regional team as we work to achieve our No. 1 goal: helping our members grow,” Gumash said. “I’m excited to combine my previous experiences as a territory manager and retail performance manager to bring an unparalleled level of service and support to our members.”

Gumash, who has been with Do it Best for 13 years, will lead a team of territory managers in the region, which includes New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Virginia, Delaware and Maryland. He will also work on strengthening relationships with member-owners (new and old), as well as helping them improve retail performance.

“Bob brings the perfect mix of knowledge and enthusiasm to this role,” added Jay Brown, VP sales and business development for Do it Best Corp. “He’s proven himself in his work with both our members and our field sales staff, and we are eager to see the positive impact he’ll make in his region and throughout the co-op.”

In his most recent role, Gumash served as retail performance manager. He also worked as a territory manager for western Pennsylvania and western New York. He has more than 25 years of experience in hardware retailing, especially in store development and expansion.

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Ace Hardware kicks off J.D. Power Award tour

BY HBSDEALER Staff

In celebration of seven straight years winning "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores" in the J.D. Power Home Improvement Retailer Satisfaction Study, Ace Hardware is kicking off its first-ever J.D. Power Award Neighborhood Tour across the country.

Ace’s J.D. Power trophies will be showcased and presented for photo opportunities at stores across the country during the 17-week tour, which will make stops at more than 100 stores in 24 states.

"We believe we are blessed to be in the business of serving others," said John Venhuizen, president and CEO, Ace Hardware Corporation. "Receiving this award from our customers seven years in a row is an absolute honor and makes us even more determined to provide our neighbors with amazing customer service and satisfaction."

Customers will also be privy to various in-store promotions and incentives during the tour. 

"Our J.D. Power Award Neighborhood Tour gives us the opportunity to thank our customers," said  Lou Manfredini, Ace Hardware store owner and Ace Hardware’s home expert.

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