Ken Goodgame joins Costello's Ace
Costello’s Ace Hardware, the Long Island, N.Y.-based retailer and one of the largest family-owned and operated Ace Hardware chains, appointed Ken Goodgame to the position of senior VP of merchandising.
"Ken is coming to a company that is driving hard toward continuous improvement and rapid growth, and his experience, leadership and innovation in our industry make him the perfect choice to ensure we have the product strategy to take us there," said Michael Costello, CEO of Costello's Ace. "I believe Ken will be a great addition to our leadership team.”
Goodgame is a former Ace Hardware Corp. GMM of merchandising, and he held a similar role at True Value Corp., until 2017. At these two co-ops, Goodgame often played a prominent roll at general session presentations, explaining the benefits of various merchandise strategies to large audiences of dealer members.
In his 35 years of hardware experience, Goodgame has held leadership roles both in retailing and manufacturing. He began his career at Black & Decker before moving to Murray Outdoor Power and then Home Depot where he spent eight years with the company in a variety of merchandising roles. In 2002, Goodgame joined Newell Rubbermaid where he held a variety of leadership manufacturing roles including President of Rubbermaid Cleaning, President Bernzomatic Torches and Gas as well as EVP Sales and Marketing at IRWIN Industrial Tools.
Goodgame spent three years at TTI running Baja Motor Sports and launching Direct Tool Factory Outlets, a 25-retail store chain owned and operated by TTI.
In 2010, Goodgame joined Ace Hardware, managing general merchandise, global sourcing and private label before moving to True Value Hardware in 2014 where he served as senior VP, chief merchandising officer for three years.
Costello’s Ace Hardware was founded by Vincent “Vinnie” Costello as a single hardware store, and has grown into one of the most iconic names in hardware with 36 stores throughout New York, New Jersey, and Maryland.