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NRHA Announces 2018 Young Retailer of the Year Honorees

The North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) is proud to announce the 2018 Young Retailer of the Year honorees. Chosen from a broad field of inspiring, talented applicants, these young retailers push the industry forward each day. From improving their own businesses to bettering their communities, connecting with customers and continuing their hardware retailing education, these retailers exemplify the power of the independent home improvement industry.

Under $2 Million in Annual Sales

Ronna Kilts—manager, Mattson’s True Value Hardware in Howard City, Michigan

Megan Zarbano—owner, Handy Hardware & Rental in Valley City, North Dakota

Over $2 Million in Annual Sales

Sean Angelo—general manager, Budget Home Supply in Longmont, Colorado

Taylor Baker—owner, Foothills Hardware & Builders Supply in Pilot Mountain, North Carolina

Mike Wilson—general manager/dealer owner, Wilson’s Home Hardware Building Centre in Barrington Passage, Nova Scotia

Multiple Stores

Byron Clouse—owner, Lewiston Ace Hardware in Lewiston, Michigan

Nate Ludwig—general manager, Dazey’s Building Center in Garberville, California

Diana Newton—vice president, Bay Hardware in Seal Beach, California

NRHA thanks each and every retailer who applied this year and the program’s sponsorsChannellock Tools; Delta Faucet Co.; The Fluidmaster Co.; Intertape Polymer Group; and Midwest Fastener. We congratulate the 2018 Young Retailer of the Year honorees and look forward to celebrating your achievements and following your inspiring careers in the years ahead.

More Information on the Young Retailer of the Year Program

For 22 years and counting, the Young Retailer of the Year program has sought to highlight the skills and success of the next generation of independent hardware and home improvement mavericks. We believe honorees represent the future of the industry and identifying and supporting them gives the entire industry an opportunity to unite and celebrate the hardworking people who propel it forward each day.

Register to Attend This Year’s Program

Start your week at the NRHA All-Industry Conference with an unforgettable evening dedicated to the future of the independent hardware and home improvement industry. The ceremony takes place the night before the National Hardware Show® begins in Las Vegas, giving attendees a can’t-miss chance to connect across wholesale affiliations and learn more about the 2018 Young Retailer of the Year honorees. It all begins with a networking reception sponsored by Arrow Fastener, followed by an introduction and speech from each retailer.

For more information on attending the event, contact Katie McHone-Jones.

About Scott Wright

A home improvement industry veteran, Scott has spent the past 20 years developing programs and services to serve NRHA’s mission of helping retailers become better and more profitable merchants. During his tenure, Scott has spearheaded the development of NRHA’s industry- leading training programs. He was also instrumental in developing content for NRHA’s PlanItDIY Consumer Awareness Initiative. Scott has a B.A. in Journalism from Indiana University’s School of Journalism and was formerly editor and associate publisher of Hardware Retailing magazine. Before that, he served as editorial director of custom publications for the association, where he was in charge of launching national B2B and B2C publications for companies such as Ace Hardware, Distribution America and United Hardware.

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