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Ace Appoints Knox to CEO of Westlake Ace Hardware

Ace-Hardware-Tom-Knox-2Ace Hardware Corporation has appointed Tom Knox, 59, as President and CEO of Westlake Ace Hardware, Ace’s largest cooperative comprising 85 stores.

Knox will be leaving his role as vice president, retail business development, training and supply at Ace’s corporate offices and relocating to the Kansas City area to pursue his new role.

As president and CEO of Westlake, Knox brings to the table years of experience as a former multi-unit hardware store owner and long tenure helping Ace retailers make more money in the hardware business.

“Tom is a highly competent, high-character leader with a proven track record in the convenience hardware industry,” said John Venhuizen, CEO of Ace Hardware. “As CEO of Westlake Ace, his primary directive is straight-forward and crystal clear: Unleash the power of the great Westlake Ace Team to produce customers who love their local Ace and high-profit store level performance.”

About Amanda Bell

Amanda Bell was an assistant editor of Hardware Retailing and NRHA. Amanda regularly visited with home improvement retailers across the country and attended industry events and seminars. She earned a degree in magazine journalism from Ball State University and has received honors for her work for Hardware Retailing from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

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