Throwback Thursday: Arthur Blank, marathon man
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Throwback Thursday: Marathon Man

BY HBSDealer Staff

The Nov. 22, 1982 issue of National Home Center News, the forerunner of HBSDealer, included this article under the headline “Blank runs in N.Y. Marathon.”

“Jogging chief executives may be in the vogue, but Home Depot president Arthur Blank takes his running seriously. Blank was one of 14,308 runners that spilled across the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in last month’s New York marathon, and went on to complete the 26.2-mile course in three hours 35 minutes.

“Blank, who first started running long distance about five years ago, says he was averaging 55 miles a week during the last few months before the marathon.

“‘It took a lot of training,’ he conceded, to complete the race.”

Appropriately, the slogan that appears on the home page of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation web site is: “There is no finish line.”

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RELATED CONTENT: HBSDealer’s own Jen Mosscrop, desk editor, completed the 2017 New York City Marathon on Sunday. Send her a note of congratulations here.

 


 

HBSDealer’s Throwback Thursday is sponsored by Schaffer Associates, a national management consulting firm specializing in executive search and organizational strategies for the hardware, home improvement, building materials, and consumer products industries. As the premier management consulting firm serving the industry, we help build organizations and leadership teams that foster corporate growth and success well into the future. Contact us at SchafferAssociates.com

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Bright-Way powers up its offering

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In homes around the country, the swelling number of digital devices is creating a surge of demand for outlets. That’s one of the reasons Bright-Way electrical supplies is expanding its offering.

Bright-Way, a key product category in the World and Main family of brands, added to its surge protecting power strips and wall taps product lines. The new roll out offers consumers more choices for their busy lifestyles, the company said.

“We understand how consumers use their personal electronics and how they ‘power up’ their hand-held devices and laptops,” said Boyd White, product director, World and Main. “With the introduction of the new Bright-Way products, we incorporated all the features and benefits that today’s consumers require for home, dorm room and office power strips including USB ports and surge protection.”

Bright-Way's new surge protecting power strips and wall taps offer a variety of options for the modern family to add many outlets and USB ports. Each new product is equipped with a surge protection that helps defend against voltage spikes.  

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Regal ideas Inc. wins Davey Award for “Inspiring Homeowners”

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Regal ideas Inc., the Canadian manufacturer of aluminum railing systems, has been honored with the prestigious silver Davey award for their integrated marketing and merchandising campaign called ”Inspiring Homeowners”, which combines their online and social presence with their in-store branding and turn-key merchandising solutions. The Davey Awards honors the best in Web, Design, Marketing, and Social Media from companies around the world

Regal ideas marketing and turn-key merchandising solutions, were one of over 4,000 entries in six categories that were considered for the 13th Annual Davey Awards, which is overseen by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA).

“As a company that delivers innovation and pushes the envelope to deliver great products and great customer service, the Davey award is especially meaningful to us because it recognizes our company's 30-year plus passion for innovation and brand excellence," said Ernie Couillard, executive VP. 

Regal ideas has taken a big leap onto the Social Media platforms this year, which included a new website and video series. Regal ideas “go-to-market strategies” and award winning in-store “turn-key” merchandising, complimented with exceptional customer support, are the three areas that were recognized by the AIVA and earned Regal ideas their first Davey award.

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