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Two more merchandising execs leave True Value

BY HBSDEALER Staff

True Value announced today that John Bonnot and Alex Ogle, division vps-merchandising, have elected to leave the company and pursue new positions in the retail industry.

“We thank both John and Alex for their service and wish them the best, both personally and professionally, as they embark on the next phase of their careers,” said Lyle Heidemann, president and CEO of True Value.  “Alex and John served our store owners exceedingly well during their tenure with the co-op. Both are returning home to their families on the East and West Coasts, respectively.”

These departures come just as former Orchard Supply Hardware and Sears executive Mike Clark prepares to take over as head of True Value’s merchandising team. Clark officially takes the title of senior vp and chief merchandising officer May 19, bringing 35 years of merchandising experience to the Chicago-based co-op.

“True Value Co. is proud to welcome Mike to the cooperative,” said Heidemann.  “A proven, seasoned merchandising expert and corporate leader, he will be invaluable as we continue our strong focus on the retail growth and success of our members.”

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Home Depot Foundation framing homes for Habitat project

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The Home Depot Foundation is helping frame 48 homes for the Habitat for Humanity Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project this week in Mississippi, according to a statement from the charity organization.

The deal is part of the 25th annual “Framing Frenzy” event sponsored by the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project taking place in the Gulf Coast through May 16. The week-long event started on May 11.

The Home Depot Foundation has committed more than $600,000 in cash and gift-in-kind products to the project, which aims to build healthy, affordable homes in partnership with families in need. The foundation also lent around 100 volunteers from Home Depot and the company’s vendor partners.

“Their support more importantly is a measure of the commitment they have to families so severely impacted by the hurricanes of 2005,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity.

The homes will be completed by Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast by the end of the year.

The Home Depot Foundation has been in operation since 2002, with the goal of building green and affordable homes for families in need.

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ProBuild names new marketing vp

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ProBuild Holdings has named Lisa Buenzli Peterson as its new vp-marketing, where she will oversee all marketing and communications activities at the pro dealer.

Peterson previously worked as the director of global marketing and product portfolio management at Johns Manville, the Denver-based manufacturer of insulation and commercial and industrial roofing systems. Before joining Johns Manville, she was with McKinsey & Co., the management consulting firm.

Agraduate of the University of Colorado, Peterson holds a B.S. in finance, marketing and international business. She also earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Headquartered in Denver, ProBuild is the largest supplier of lumber and building materials in the United States, with more than 560 locations in 42 states.

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