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Co-op will “Get Down” to business in Indy

The Do it Best Fall Market returns to the Indiana Convention Center Oct. 12-15.

BY HBSDealer Staff

The Do it Best Corp. Fall Market is returning to Indianapolis Oct. 12-15. It will include networking, education and buying opportunities. All of this and more are in store for dealers because — to borrow from K.C. and the Sunshine Band — that’s the way they like it.

K.C. and the Sunshine Band will also get down to business at the Fall Market. The band will perform for attendees during a Saturday night concert at the Indiana Convention Center.

Chief among the commercial highlights on the event agenda is the Sunday night shareholders meeting, which will include the formal address from President Dan Starr. The Sunday night agenda also includes the distribution of rebate checks to the tune of $108.5 million.

Friday’s Education Day will run the gamut from “The Power of Paint” to “Connecting with Your Pro Customers.” And Friday’s Sneak Peek event on the market floor  will offer “amazing deals on high margin items,” according to the event brochure.

“We’re excited to connect with members at the Do it Best Fall Market and demonstrate why we’re their first and best choice for home improvement,” said Randy Rusk, communications director for Do it Best Corp. “With proven programs, innovative new products, great deals and an experienced team, we’re ready to show our members how to compete and win in the year ahead.”

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Video recap of a True Value Reunion

Here's the Denver Reunion condensed to 168 seconds in this company-produced video.

BY HBSDealer Staff

True Value nation descended on Denver Sept. 27-30, for four days of education and product inspiration. There were plenty of highlights, from the show floor, and from the general session stage.

In this video, True Value cameras captured some of the highlights.

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PRO Group names new CFO

The Denver-based buying group for hardware distributors announces a promotion.

BY HBSDEALER Staff

PRO Group, Inc. promoted 11-year company veteran Heidi Wodark to the role of CFO. She had been controller of the buying group of 30 distributors since 2007.

As the CFO, Wodark will continue to manage the accounting department while also providing analysis and projections related to acquisitions and growth strategies and maintaining multiple banking and investment relationships. She will also work with the CIO and IT teams to advance PRO’s internal systems including ongoing enhancements to the Central Pay System.

“I knew when Heidi joined the company in 2007, we were gaining an expert in accounting, management information systems and human resources,” said Steve Synnott, president and CEO at PRO Group. “I found she had a strong work ethic and attention to detail and perhaps most important, she understands the key metrics that drive PRO’s value to customers. Her contribution to the company’s success has grown year over year and I am proud to see her take on an expanded role as chief financial officer.”

Over the past 11 years, Wodark has overseen the accounting department and has worked to help PRO grow by providing integral financial knowledge in each new initiative set before her.

“I’ve enjoyed being part of a team that has been able to realize many new growth opportunities,” said Wodark. “It is always our goal to better serve the independent distributor and retailer communities and I feel fortunate to be part of a company that holds these values so close. I am excited to take on this new role and look forward to what the future holds.”

Wodark has worked as a controller for an $800 million information technology consulting company as well as a company in the luxury athletic club industry.

PRO Group’s distributor members include Wallace Hardware, Horizon Distribution and Bostwick-Braun Company, among many others.

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