Hardware Retailing

FEB 2019

Hardware Retailing magazine is the pre-eminent how-to management magazine for small business owners and managers in the home improvement retailing industry.

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NRHA News Words From Young Retailer of the Year Honorees F or 23 years and counting, the North American Retail Hardware Association's (NRHA) Young Retailer of the Year program has cast a spotlight on the skills and successes of the industry's young leaders. Nominations for the 2019 program are now being accepted. Honorees benefit by joining a network of progressive retailers, enjoying industry recognition and exclusive educational opportunities. To nominate an inspiring and forward-thinking young retailer, visit nrha.org/yroty. Don't delay—all nominations are due by Feb. 28. Before you meet the next crop of retail leaders finding new ways to push the industry forward each day, take a look back at a few of the members of the 2018 class of Young Retailer of the Year honorees. From California to Nova Scotia and points in between, the 2018 honorees clearly demonstrated the power and potential of the independent channel. They increased sales and introduced new programs for customers and also found new ways to expand their businesses. The 2018 Young Retailer of the Year Honorees took the independent home improvement channel in new, exciting directions that continue to inspire the industry. To learn more about last year's honorees and their achievements, visit TheRedT.com/yroty-2018. "Like many of you, I live in small-town America. You understand how a hardware store is a cornerstone business in a small town. I provide tools for my community to build and grow, and in return, my community gives me support through their patronage." Megan Zarbano Owner, Handy Hardware & Rental Valley City, North Dakota "I really hope to see more and more young people move into this industry. I know there are a lot of other job opportunities out there, but there's something really special about the hardware industry specifically." Diana Newton Vice President, Bay Hardware Seal Beach, California "This industry has no shortage of its unique challenges and obstacles. They can be overcome with grit and determination. We find that with a clear vision and focusing on the relationship with all parties involved, the opportunity for success can be achieved." Sean Angelo General Manager, Budget Home Supply Longmont, Colorado "I'm blessed to have the opportunity to be honored as a Young Retailer of the Year. I'm living my dream—we're five stores now, and I want six more, 10 more, as many as my wife will let me have." Byron Clouse Owner, Lewiston Ace Hardware Lewiston, Michigan HARDWARE RETAILING | February 2019 14

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