Venhuizen promoted at Ace Hardware
Ace Hardware appointed John Venhuizen chief operating officer, effective Jan. 1, 2012.
Venhuizen has spent nearly two decades with Ace and most recently served as executive VP supply chain, information technology (IT) and international. In this position, he helped grow the number of Ace stores around the world, as well as create a variety of successful support and incentive programs for retailers.
“John possesses deep knowledge of our company and truly understands our retailers and the needs of their businesses,” said Ray Griffith, president and CEO for Ace Hardware. “With his almost 20 years of experience at Ace, John has been a leading voice in the development of our global growth strategy and has shown an incredible dedication to customer service. He will continue to play a key role in the expansion and evolution of the Ace brand.”
Venhuizen joined Ace in 1992 and has served in a variety of regional and corporate-based marketing, merchandising, advertising and business development positions. As COO, he will report directly to Griffith.
"It is a privilege to work for our enthusiastic, entrepreneurial retailers who embody the small business heartbeat of America," Venhuizen said.
Ace lights the way in Fort Hood, Texas
Ace Hardware delivered more than 72,000 energy-efficient light bulbs to military families at the Fort Hood (Texas) Army Base, the largest active-duty military installation in the United States.
The free supply of light bulbs was intended to help residents of the Fort Hood Army Base turn their home maintenance to-do list into a to-done list as they prepare for new energy-efficient lighting standards scheduled to take effect in early 2012.
According to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, 100-watt general service incandescent light bulbs can no longer be manufactured for the United States, beginning in 2012. This change will be the first of several phase-outs over the next two years, with 75-watt incandescent bulbs no longer made in 2013, followed by the 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs phasing out in 2014. As a result, consumers will need to transition to energy-efficient light bulbs for their lighting needs, such as CFLs (compact florescent bulbs), LEDs (light-emitting diode) and energy-efficient halogen options.
According to Ace, CFL and LED bulbs offer about 70% more energy efficiency and last up to 10 times longer than older incandescent bulbs.
As incandescent bulbs begin to be phased out, Ace is lighting the way for consumers, starting with military families at the Fort Hood Army Base. While on base, Ace set-up an education event led by Manfredini to help families understand the new lighting standards and energy-efficient light bulb options currently available at their neighborhood Ace Hardware stores. Ace also donated an assortment of free GE energy-efficient light bulbs in varying wattages to each family and helped one lucky family update their entire homes’ lighting accordingly through an on-site raffle at the event.
"We relished this opportunity to promote energy conservation to our residents," said Mack Quinney, Fort Hood Family Housing Project Director.
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Do it Best announces executive moves
Do it Best Corp. added to its leadership team at its Fort Wayne, Ind., world headquarters.
The co-op promoted Scott Liggett to Application Development Manager within its Information Technology division. Liggett will guide the company’s continually expanding efforts to enhance their offerings of mobile applications and technological efficiencies in supply chain management.
“The digital realm is the next great frontier in the worlds of supply chain and retail, so this is an incredible opportunity and one I am very excited about,” Liggett said. He is a 14-year veteran of Do it Best Corp., having served previously as a supply chain visibility application specialist and programmer analyst for the co-op.
In addition, Steve Rose joins Do it Best Corp. as its Safety Director in Human Resources. In this newly created position, Rose will develop and implement enterprise-wide safety initiatives and training programs for the Fort Wayne office and the eight retail distribution centers and five regional lumber offices nationwide.
“Safety is so closely aligned to our company philosophy at Do it Best Corp. It’s an integral part of who we are,” Rose said. “That’s a big reason why I’m so excited about this opportunity. As with everything else we do here, we will strive for continuous improvement when it comes to safety.”
Prior to joining Do it Best Corp., Rose spent the previous 10 years working within the retail logistics field for Wal-Mart Stores, focusing on safety and retail operations. He’s also held leadership positions in inventory management and human resources for other organizations.
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