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William Hooten, Former Distribution America President, Passes Away

William “Bill” Foster Hooten, Jr., 88, of Johns Creek, Georgia, died on Oct. 2, 2014. His career in the hardware-automotive retail and wholesale industry spanned 40 years. He went from a copywriter to a corporate vice president and director of Western Auto Supply Company. Then he became president of Liberty Distributors in Chicago and was instrumental in the merger of Liberty and Sentry Hardware Corporation. The new company was called Distribution America and he served as president until his retirement in 1992.

To read his full obituary, leave an online condolence for his family or sign the guestbook, click here.

About Renee Changnon

Renee Changnon is the retail outreach coordinator for NRHA. She meets with retailers in their stores and at industry events and introduces them to the services NRHA provides. Renee previously worked as a member of the NRHA communications team. She earned a degree in visual journalism from Illinois State University, where she served as the features editor for the school newspaper. After college, she implemented marketing and promotions initiatives at Jimmy John’s franchise locations across the country. She enjoys exploring books with her book club, Netflix marathons and hosting goat yoga at her apartment complex. Renee Changnon 317-275-9442 rchangnon@nrha.org

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