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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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Do it Best names paint merchandise manager

Jenna Myers began her retail career at T&M Hardware and Rental.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Do it Best Corp. named Jenna Myers paint merchandise manager, effective immediately.

In this position, Myers will develop the co-op’s paint merchandising programs and initiatives with leading suppliers.

Myers is a seven-year member of the Do it Best merchandising team, joining the co-op in 2011 as an associate merchandise manager for tools before transitioning to a similar role on the paint team. In 2015, she was promoted to merchandise manager for rental, store/office supplies, food and snack, toys and impulse – a role she held until her move to paint merchandise manager.

“I’m incredibly honored and excited to again be involved in a category I know well,” Myers said. “We want our members to see Do it Best as their first and best choice for success in the paint category – and we will continue to work hard to make sure our innovative programs are a big part of that.”

Myers’ experience in independent hardware retailing extends beyond Do it Best. Prior to joining the co-op, she worked for several years at T&M Hardware and Rental, a six-location Do it Best member in Pennsylvania owned by her parents, Tim and Mary Post.

“Jenna’s extensive background with our merchandising team and her firsthand retail experience make her an ideal fit for this important role,” added Steve Markley, VP of merchandising for Do it Best. “We’re excited to see her energy, enthusiasm and expertise combine to drive member growth and sales in this category.”

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J.Kilker says:
Oct-02-2018 09:33 am

Jenna Congrats on your new position, wishing you all the best.

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