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Nominate the Next NHPA Young Retailer of the Year Honoree

Nominations for the North American Hardware and Paint Association’s (NHPA) 2024 Young Retailer of the Year award program are now open! 

NHPA’s Young Retailer of the Year program, now in its 28th year, identifies and recognizes the successes and accomplishments of young home improvement retailers who represent the future of retail. Identifying and promoting the next generation of young, aspiring independent hardware and paint retailers is crucial to ensuring the success of the industry. 

To be eligible, nominees need to be 35 years or younger by Feb. 28, 2024, working in the independent home improvement channel and a current resident of the U.S. or Canada.

The honorees are chosen based on their nomination, which highlights career high points and business achievements, the ways the nominee has continued their industry education to keep pace with industry changes, their community involvement and any extraprofessional activities.

Young Retailer of the Year 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 through NHPA. 

The program would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors: Arrow Fastener Company, Pony Jorgensen, The Wooster Brush Company, American Hardware and Lumber Insurance, Midwest Fastener, PPG and Intertape Polymer Group. As part of its support of the program, American Hardware and Lumber Insurance (AHLI) recently announced a three-year commitment as a sponsor of the Young Retailer of the Year program. 

“AHLI has been insuring hardware retailers since 1972,” says Scott Reynolds, president and CEO of AHLI. “Based on our experience working with retailers, we understand that one of the most important things for the successful future of this industry is developing young leaders. NHPA’s Young Retailer of the Year is a wonderful program that encourages, educates and recognizes those young retailers ready to take the industry forward. The recipients of the Young Retailer of the Year award are very impressive, and the program is a wonderful thing to support.”

Learn more about the program and submit your nomination by Feb. 28, 2024, at YourNHPA.org/yroty.

About Lindsey Thompson

Lindsey joined the NHPA staff in 2021 as an associate editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. A native of Ohio, Lindsey earned a B.S. in journalism and minors in business and sociology from Ohio University. She loves spending time with her husband, two kids, two cats and one dog, as well as doing DIY projects around the house, going to concerts, boating and cheering on the Cleveland Indians.

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