Ryland names president and COO
Calabasas, Calif.-based national home builder Ryland Group has promoted Larry Nicholson to the position of president and COO.
Nicholson has served as the company’s COO since June 2007.
Nicholson currently manages Ryland’s home-building regions and divisions, including land acquisitions, marketing, purchasing and safety operations. He will take on additional responsibilities of helping determine long-term strategy, capital allocations and other leadership and organizational decisions.
Nicholson has more than 25 years of experience in the home-building industry, and he joined Ryland in 1996 as vp-operations for the Southeast region.
Ryland is one of the nation’s largest home builders with operations in 17 states.
Lumber Liquidators to sponsor Pro Bowlers
Hardwood flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators signed a “multi-million dollar” sponsorship deal with the Professional Bowlers Association, according to the Puget Sound (Washington) Business Journal.
Lumber Liquidators plans to sponsor six bowlers as part of the deal, including Patrick Allen, Tommy Jones, Rhino Page, Parker Bohn III, Michael Fagan and Brian Kretzer.
The company will also place its name on the Bowlers Association logo. The Lumber Liquidator sponsorship replaces the association’s former sponsor, Denny’s.
Lumber Liquidators currently has a heavy presence on the association’s Web site, and plans are in the works for other sponsored events and tours, such as the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour 2008-09; the Baltimore Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship; and the North Brunswick, N.J. Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open.
Based in Toano, Va., Lumber Liquidators has more than 135 stores in the United States.
115-year-old hardware store to close
Puopolo Hardware, which has been operating as a hardware business in Weston, Conn., since 1893, is expecting to close its doors in the next month.
Store owner Paul Puopolo, the fourth owner of the business, announced in April that he was planning to retire and would close the store within about six months. Puopolo said the community is devastated by the loss of this long-standing business.
“People are struggling with the idea of losing a legacy business like this one,” Puopolo said, pointing to brands like Cabot, Purdy and many others. “There was a very broad and deep inventory of branded products that the community came to anticipate would be readily available here. They’re going to miss that.”