Content about Craig Cowart

August 25, 2014

Craig Cowart will succeed Doug Miller as president of Houston-based hardware distributor Handy Hardware, effective Oct. 1. 

Cowart will lead Handy as it distances itself from its tumultuous recent period and builds on its “ProfitPlus” value proposition, the company said.

March 3, 2014

An industry veteran and former top merchandising executive at Handy Hardware, Mickey Schulte resigned last week to take a position outside the hardware industry.

Schulte had been a key figure at the Houston-based distributor and served during the company’s growth years, its bankruptcy and its subsequent reorganization. 

January 8, 2014

After a volatile 2013, Handy Hardware is entering the new year with new ownership, new structure and a new emphasis on customer profits.

The Houston-based hardware distributor launched an initiative called “Profit Plus, the New face of Handy,” which encompasses business improvements and dealer programs.

“The Handy team and I want to thank our customers who stood buy us in 2013, and want them to know Handy’s ability to service our dealers has never been stronger,” said Doug Miller, CEO.

June 9, 2011

Craig Cowart of Marvin's Home Centers describes "aggressive" customer service.

 Craig Cowart of Marvin's Home Centers describes "aggressive" customer service.

June 7, 2011

Las Vegas — The retail panel discussion started with customer service and advanced to strategic planning. From there, it detoured at automatic doors — apparently still a novelty in rural Texas — and finished with a somewhat optimistic economic forecast. 


May 13, 2011

Westlake Ace Hardware and Price Hardware True Value were recognized for excellence during the 2011 Golden Hammer Awards ceremony held at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas.

George Smith, CEO of Lenexa, Kan.-based Westlake Ace Hardware accepted the Retailer of the Year award. John Price accepted the Tools of the Trade award for Price Hardware True Value of Atlanta, Texas.

May 1, 2011

The 2011 Golden Hammer Awards breakfast event in Las Vegas will include a panel discussion of industry leaders.

December 9, 2010

Around the country, in regions where college football has taken on championship dimensions and bowl game invitations, HCN reached out to home improvement and building material industry boosters for color commentary on their local teams. Here's what we heard:

September 11, 2008

Craig Cowart most recently held the post of vp-merchandising and marketing. He rejoined the company...

August 10, 2008

It’s an article of faith among independent dealers that while the smaller guy can’t beat...