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September 30, 2014

President Obama announced his intent to appoint advisors, including Retail Industry Leaders Association President Sandra Kennedy, to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. Kennedy was first appointed to the ACTPN in 2010.

September 26, 2014

Family owned hand-tool supplier Channellock is keeping it in the family and promoting within its ranks, with Jonathan DeArment replacing his father William as the company's new president and COO.

Effective Oct. 1, 2014, DeArment will transition from his current role as VP manufacturing and engineering

September 26, 2014

House-Hasson Hardware is using two tactics – cultural awareness and corresponding product delivery – to achieve new business growth in America’s Amish and Mennonite communities.  

“We’re generating a lot of Amish and Mennonite business because we listen to them, pay attention to them, and craft what we do in their communities to be beneficial to these customers,” said Don Hasson, president of House-Hasson Hardware, described as America’s largest independent regional hardware distributor. 

September 25, 2014

Color expert Kate Smith is predicting bold choices for residential door exteriors come 2015, according to Fortune Brands' Therma-Tru.

"Five of the colors that I believe will find their ways to many front doors in 2015 are bold and influenced by cross-cultural experiences, such as Bronze Tone and Tripoli Sand," said Smith, president of Sensational Color. "Then there are five other colors -- like Thyme Green and Amazon Soil -- which are more muted hues that invite us to step out of the fast flow of life to relax in our homes."

September 24, 2014

Eagle Materials has named Richard Beckwitt, president of Lennar Corporation, to its board of directors.

Beckwitt has been with Lennar Corporation for the past eight years. In the past, he has held various other top-level positions, including his role as president of homebuilder D.R. Horton.

September 18, 2014

The National Association of Women in Construction installed Sandy K. Field as its 60th National President during NAWIC’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Indianapolis.

Field, Office/HR Manager for Horizon Group International, has been a member of NAWIC’s Houston, Texas Chapter since 2005.

September 17, 2014

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is rethinking the way it responds to natural disasters and emergencies.

In an effort to bolster national disaster-preparedness measures and preventative rebuilding, HUD's Rebuild by Design effort entails a National Disaster Resilience Competition in which communities recovering from major natural disasters will compete for $1 billion in federal subsidies.

September 15, 2014

PetersenDean Roofing & Solar, a Fremont, California-based roofing and solar company, has promoted Erin Clark to president of its consumer solar power business.

“Erin Clark has displayed the kind of high-performance leadership qualities that PetersenDean prides itself in and his expertise and experience in roofing and solar are important to this position," said PetersenDean founder Jim Petersen. "We are confident that these skills will help lead us down the right road in the future as we grow and evolve."

September 12, 2014

Providence, Rhode Island-based air management company Nortek, Inc. named Jeffrey Mueller as group president of its Residential Ventilation (RESV) segment.

"Jeff Mueller's deep expertise in global kitchen and bath product manufacturing, operational improvement and strategic growth for leading brands will serve our RESV business well," said Nortek president and CEO Michael Clarke. "He has a solid record of results in an impressive series of previous positions, and we are excited to welcome him to the Nortek team."

September 9, 2014

North Wilkesboro, North Carolina-based Window World, which operates a network of 200-plus franchised window replacement outlets, has sold its 10 millionth window.

Dana Deem, president of Window World said of the achievement, "Hitting the 10 million window mark is an incredible accomplishment. We're proud of the products, value and quality that Window World provides, and we are beyond excited about reaching this landmark because it indicates our customers agree."

September 8, 2014

The Vendor Center president Darrell Wabschall said the recently announced alliance with PRO Group Inc. will improve the information flow between retailers, distributors and vendors.

PRO Group vendors will be able to use the secure business-to-business website to allow qualified independent retail members to access a wide range of vendor information including: pricing, catalogs, educational and demonstrational videos, and even order products online with all billing processing via the appropriate PRO Group distributors.

September 5, 2014

Tifton, Georgia-based Short & Paulk Supply Co. recently promoted Mitzi Phillips, a longtime employee, to its assistant manager position of the Tifton store location. 

September 2, 2014

Herndon, Virginia-based Beacon Roofing Supply has acquired All Weather Products Ltd., a Vancouver-based distributor of roofing systems and accessories primarily for residential applications.

"We are very pleased to be joining Beacon not only because of its size and reputation in the industry but because Beacon shares AWP‘s belief that success comes from hard work and a commitment to your employees and customers," said AWP president and founder Ken Lillejord. "This is a very exciting time for us."

September 2, 2014

The Home Improvement Research Institute announced the hiring of Pam Heidel as research analyst based in HIRI’s Tampa office. 

Heidel is a former president of the board of the non-profit HIRI. Also, from 2007 to 2014, she was employed by Generac Power Systems, most recently as marketing director – digital and consumer insights. 

Heidel also worked as marketing planning manager for Broan-NuTone from 2000 through 2007.

September 2, 2014

The PRO Group is enlisting the services of The Vendor Center to facilitate smoother connections between retailers, vendors and distributors.

"We are thrilled to be affiliated with the PRO Group and look forward to working with all their distributor members and vendors," said The Vendor Center president Darrell Wabschall.

Using the new service, PRO Group retail members will be able to access on-demand vendor information.

September 2, 2014

Alexandre Guerin has been elevated to the role of president of Ipsos Loyalty in the United States. 

In this post, Guerin is charged with overseeing the strategic direction and growth for the company’s loyalty business across the country. He replaces Matt McNerney, who became president of Ipsos MarketQuest in the U.S in January 2014.

August 28, 2014

KB Home has announced its plans to expand further into the Denver market with the opening of its latest community, Pinery West.

“Each KB home at Pinery West can be personalized to reflect individual homebuyer preferences with our unique KB homebuying process that gives our buyers many ways to tailor their home to fit their lifestyle and budget,” said Matt Mandino, president of KB Home's Colorado division. “Also, the yards at Pinery West are designed to be low maintenance, allowing our homeowners to spend more time pursuing an active lifestyle.”

August 26, 2014

The Merit Distribution Group will acquire Dynamic Paint Products, a 40-year-old family-owned distributor and manufacturer of paint-related products based out of Toronto, Canada.

The companies announced the deal early Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed.

Originally named Mumby and Associates, Dynamic mainly served the Toronto area, but over the years has seen exponential growth throughout Canada. Dynamic’s brand of paint-related products are currently sold throughout the world. 

August 26, 2014

Sandy Kennedy, president of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), has offered her two cents on the standoff surrounding the union negotiations at the West Coast ports.

Kennedy addressed a letter to the heads of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), speaking on behalf of retailers who are experiencing uncertainty and instability over the ongoing conflict.

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.

August 21, 2014

The Home Depot announced that current CEO Frank Blake will be passing the torch to Craig Menear this fall.

Menear, who is currently serving as president U.S. retail, will take over as CEO and president as of Nov. 1, 2014. He has also been elected to the company's board of directors, effective immediately.

August 20, 2014

The Home Depot’s President of U.S. Retail Craig Menear had plenty of positive numbers to discuss from a merchandising standpoint after the company reported comp-store sales growth of 5.8% in the second quarter.

All three U.S. divisions had positive comps, and also beat their sales plan, Menear said. Additionally, all departments had positive comps for the quarter, in which Home Depot reported sales of $23.8 billion.

August 13, 2014

The Merit Distribution Group today formed a joint venture partnership with Exciting Windows, supplier to independent window covering business owners.

Exciting Windows will function as an integral part of the Merit Décor Group division of Lancaster, which provides independent business owners with value-added decorative products, programs and services. Steve Bursten, CEO, and Steve Wishnow, President, will continue to lead Exciting Windows under this new joint venture. Both have been with the company since its inception 10 years ago.

August 12, 2014

Kmart has a new president and chief member officer in Alasdair James, who will be leaving his job as Tesco's commercial director, global business.

In his new role, James will be charged with driving the Kmart format strategy, managing the Kmart P&L and aligning merchandise, marketing, pricing and selling for Shop Your Way members.

August 11, 2014

AV Homes is expanding its footprint into the Jacksonville market with the purchase of 80 acres in the metro, which deal closed Aug. 8 for an undisclosed price.

"This property is beautiful and truly unique," said David Smith, Florida division president. "The AV Homes team is committed to creating a community in harmony with its natural surroundings for future residents to enjoy."

The move puts AV Homes on the map in a community whose economic fundamentals have made a strong showing as of late, creating ripe conditions for new home demand.