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Nominations Now Open for 2022 Young Retailer of the Year

Nominations are open for the North American Hardware and Paint Association’s (NHPA) 2022 Young Retailer of the Year program. Now in its 26th year, the program identifies young leaders who represent the future of the independent home improvement industry.

Program Benefits

The Young Retailer of the Year program is the premier award in the industry honoring the next generation of independent home improvement retailers. Honorees benefit from exposure for themselves and their businesses, and they build a network with like-minded retailers in their generation. Honorees also have the opportunity to participate in additional programming and scholarships through NHPA. Read about the 2020 and 2021 honorees here.


The deadline to submit nominations is Jan. 28, 2022. Entries are scored based on certain nomination criteria, including contributions to operational growth; community involvement; engagement in industry education; and industry and organizational innovation and other activities.

Honorees are selected from three categories: stores with less than $3 million in sales; stores with more than $3 million in sales; and multistore operations.

Judging Criteria

Young Retailer of the Year nominees should be 35 years old or younger as of Jan. 28, 2022. They must work at independent retail hardware stores, home centers, lumberyards and paint and decorating outlets in the U.S., its territories or in Canada. Past entrants who were not chosen as previous honorees are invited to submit new applications.

Learn More About the 2022 Young Retailer of the Year Program

  • Click here for more information about the program.
  • View or download the program brochure with official rules here.
  • Watch the 2021 virtual awards ceremony here.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

NHPA would also like to recognize the 2022 program sponsors for their dedication to the independent retailers who are pushing the boundaries of the industry each day. Thanks go to American Hardware & Lumber Insurance (AHLI), Arrow Fastener, Epicor, Fluidmaster, Intertape Polymer Group (IPG), Midwest Fastener, MiTek and Pony Jorgensen.

About Julie Leinwand

Julie Leinwand is the Special Projects Manager for NHPA. She graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism. In her spare time, she enjoys baking fanciful desserts and spending time with her puppies and husband.

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