Hardware Retailing

NOV 2018

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HARDWARE RETAILING | November 2018 52 Investing in the Community Ziegler says he has a personal drive to explore new avenues to grow his business and as a leader. By taking stock of his own interests and hobbies, he was able to find volunteer opportunities in community organizations that aligned with his natural strengths. Ziegler is an avid outdoorsman, so digging into his role as treasurer of the Elgin Parks and Recreation Foundation was a natural move. He's also drawn on his accounting skills in his position as a former member of the South Elgin Economic Development Council. He's also a loyal supporter of the Ace Hardware Foundation and the Children's Miracle Network. "We've been in this community for so long, we have to give back," he says. "This gives me the chance to work on our noble purposeā€”I can build relationships with people in the community. It gives me the chance to bring different skills back to the store." Ziegler leveraged his influence as the owner of a multilocation business to support initiatives he cares about. He started a roundup campaign where cashiers asked customers if they'd like to round their total at the checkout counter to the nearest dollar. The money that was raised was donated to the Children's Miracle Network. Ziegler says his business has raised tens of thousands of dollars to date for the organization and the local children it serves. Ziegler believes business owners should look outside their companies to find ways to volunteer and improve communities. He recommends retailers ask themselves what they're passionate about and look for opportunities to parlay those interests into initiatives to serve their communities. "Sometimes it's easy to get caught in your own silo of being a hardware store owner," he says. "Being active outside the industry opens my eyes to things that are going on outside, and that's incredibly beneficial." Ziegler's Ace Hardware recently opened its ninth location in Bartlett, Illinois. The new store marked another chance for vice president and owner Adam Ziegler to introduce new hires to the noble purpose he crafted for the company.

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