People of the Year: Gina Schaefer


Gina Schaefer was recently recognized as a member of an elite group: 100 Truly Amazing Women who are changing the world.

High praise. But that’s no surprise to her colleagues at Ace Hardware, who know her as the energetic CEO of Logan Hardware, operator of 11 Ace Hardware stores in and around the nation’s capitol. Together they form A Few Cool Hardware Stores, a collection of stores dedicated to being helpful and being a good neighbor, among other things.

In addition to serving on the Ace board, Schaefer was elected to the board of CCA Global, the flooring industry giant. She’s also on the board of House of Ruth, which provides services to women and children who are homeless or victims of domestic violence. Schaefer is a full-time ambassador of the friendly neighborhood hardware store.

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HBSDealer recognized 15 passionate industry players in our most recent issue. Did we miss anyone? We encourage you to share with us examples of industry leadership in 2016. Write to us at [email protected].