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Home Depot picks Innovation winners

BY HBSDealer Staff

The Home Depot says it defines an innovative product as one that saves customers time and money, making everyday tasks easier. With that criteria, here are the world’s largest home improvement retailer’s Top Picks for Product Innovation 2017:


Winner: LifeProof Vinyl Plank Flooring

LifeProof Vinyl Plank Flooring gives you the look of hardwood, with the benefits of vinyl. This highly engineered plank is water resistant, shock-absorbing and available in over 40 patterns. No need to hire an installer with drop-and-lock joints to connect each plank tool-free, laying over an existing surface. It's also safe for kids and pets, as it's phthalate and formaldehyde free. (Exclusive to Home Depot)


First runner-up: Dewalt Max Flexvolt

Dewalt's Max Flexvolt system delivers the power of corded tools, with the freedom and flexibility of going cordless. Get projects done quickly without having to wait for your tool recharge – Flexvolt is the world's first battery that automatically changes voltage when you change tools, extending battery life. The brushless motor means less friction, extending the actual life of the tool.  


Second runner-up: Ring Floodlight Cam

Ring's Floodlight Cam will make sure you don't miss a thing with its bright lights and high-definition camera. Ensure maximum safety at home—as soon as motion happens, the built-in floodlights turn on, and the camera starts recording.  Customers can easily install this product while connecting it directly to their mobile device to monitor their property anytime, anywhere.


Honorable Mentions:

Petproof Carpet is the perfect carpet for families with children and pets because of its lifetime stain resistance, superior softness and extreme durability. It stands up to everyday messes and spills, and is easy to clean. (Exclusive to Home Depot)

Rio Daplendia is a beautiful, drought-resistant annual bloom that originates from the mountains above Rio de Janero. It's suitable for all climates in the U.S. – being tolerant of both hot and cold temperatures – and will add a trendy, tropical look to your garden. Available only at The Home Depot.

Pure Safety is the world's first certified asthma and allergy-friendly insulation that is mold and mildew resistant. You'll breathe easier and get a better night's sleep knowing it's fire-resistant, sound-absorbing and can assist with energy bills. Available only at The Home Depot.

Milwaukee Outdoor Power Program: Yard work is done faster without a cord to trip you up outside. This outdoor power suite includes everything you need to maintain a gorgeous lawn – including a blower, trimmer and hedger – and uses Redlink Plus technology to talk between the tool, battery and charger, extending the life of all tools. Available only at The Home Depot.

Moen Press & Mark Bath: Get classic style with the ease and benefit of installing it yourself: a washable ink stamp will show you exactly where to drill, eliminating the need for a traditional paper template. Available only at The Home Depot.

Diablo 5" SandNet Disc will help you get your sanding job done quicker, more efficiently, while needing less materials to do it. The most advanced sanding technology on the market with 10x longer life versus standard sanding discs – ideal for sanding wood, metal, plastic and solid surfaces. Available only at The Home Depot.

PPG Timeless: Trusted by pros and now available for your DIY exterior wood projects, PPG Timeless Stain will protectyour deck, fence or siding from UV damage, mold, mildew, warping, cracking – all while displaying the wood's natural texture and delivering a rich, long-lasting color.

Click here to watch a video about the top 10 Innovation Award finalists.


Ron Jarvis, Home Depot's vice president of environmental, recognized Kellogg Garden Products with the Environmental Partner of the Year Award for its efforts to remove the price barrier for customers to buy organics.

Kevin Hofmann, Home Depot's president of online and chief marketing officer, recognized Samsung with the Marketing Innovation Award for their partnership with the launch of the Flexwash and Flexdry offering customers a clear value proposition to save time by having the capability to complete two loads at once.

Additionally, the following companies received Home Depot's Supplier Partner of the Year Award:

Lumber: Alta Forest Products
Building Materials: US Gypsum
Flooring: Engineered Floors
Paint: Wooster
Hardware: Big Time Products
Tools: Geelong (Husky Workbenches) 
Plumbing: TrueAire Industries
Electrical: Leviton
Lighting: Bright Industries  
Indoor Garden: Cub Cadet
Outdoor Garden: Altman Plants
Appliances: GE Appliances
Kitchen & Bath: Woodcrafters
Millworks: OrePac Building Products
Décor: Nien Made (Home Decorators Blinds)

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At ServiceMaster, big plans for a new hire

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Memphis, Tenn.-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings appointed Dion Persson to senior VP of business development for ServiceMaster. Persson will be responsible for developing and executing a well-structured process for spinning off the company’s American Home Shield business into a new stand-alone, public company in 2018.

In his new role, Persson also will be responsible for identifying and advancing all business development activities for the company. This includes directing and evaluating new marketplace opportunities, such as strategic partnerships, mergers, and acquisitions that support ServiceMaster’s strategic growth and development plans – with the goal of positioning two successful publicly traded companies in 2018.

“Dion is a strong leader with proven experience in spin-offs and business development and, under his guidance, we will execute plans to ensure both ServiceMaster and American Home Shield have the opportunity to realize their respective growth potential and deliver enhanced long-term value for shareholders,” said Nik Varty, ServiceMaster CEO. “We have a steadfast commitment to meet the expectations of our customers, employees, and shareholders. Dion’s leadership and solid track record in the business development space will guide our efforts for growing both companies and maximizing shareholder value.”

Prior to joining ServiceMaster, Persson served as vice president of strategy and analytics for Ingersoll Rand. He joined the company in 2011 as vice president, strategy and business development for the Residential Solutions sector, where he worked with the Trane heating and cooling and Schlage security businesses. He also served as the business leader for the Ingersoll Rand home automation business and led a strategy refresh in connection with the spin-off of Allegion plc.

Persson also served as senior vice president and general counsel and head of human resources at Johns Manville.

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