Hardware Retailing

JUL 2017

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July 2017 | HARDWARE RETAILING 47 T he millennial generation in today's workforce is looking for opportunities where they can find personal fulfillment, give generously within their communities and grow professionally. Eight retailers who were named 2017 Young Retailer of the Year honorees by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) have fulfilled these goals in their home improvement careers. They have dedicated their minds and time not only to achieving success in their individual business ventures, but also in moving the entire industry forward. This year's honorees deeply value the independent industry and have been honored for their creativity and dedication to building successful businesses. Additionally, these young retailers keep their minds sharp, always pushing to learn and implement new ideas. They serve as leaders in their communities both in their stores and in their personal lives. "This year's eight honorees make me confident that the future is bright for the independent home improvement industry," says Bill Lee, NRHA president and CEO. "Their business acumen, innovative spirits and dedication to their communities make this year's group outstanding and truly representative of the independent retailer." The eight honorees were celebrated May 8 in Las Vegas at the NRHA All-Industry Conference, which is held in conjunction with the National Hardware Show ® . The Young Retailer of the Year program, sponsored by Apex Tool Group, Fluidmaster Delta Faucet Co., Intertape Polymer Group and Midwest Fastener Corp., recognizes winners in three categories: stores with less than $2 million in annual sales; stores with more than $2 million in annual sales; and multiple-store operations. You can read more about each honoree on the following pages. For a full profile and video presentation for each 2017 Young Retailer of the Year, visit TheRedT.com/yroty-2017. NRHA Honors the 2017 Young Retailers of the Year Head of the Class By Jesse Carleton, jcarleton@nrha.org, Hilary Welter, hwelter@nrha.org THANKS TO ALL OUR SPONSORS

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