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Ace Hardware Exec Rick Whitson to Retire

rwhitson_thumbnail_webRick Whitson, vice president of distribution, will retire Dec. 31 from Ace Hardware Corp. after 37 years with the company.

Whitson has a long history of contributions to the co-op’s retail support area. During his career, he directed the operational startup of the La Crosse, Wisconsin; Moxee, Washington; and Princeton, Illinois, retail support centers. He also oversaw each of the retail support centers for many years.

Whitson led several of the retail support initiatives Ace currently has, such as containerization, voice pick with scanning and slotting software.

In addition, he led the successful opening of the Wilmer, Texas, and West Jefferson, Ohio, retail support centers in the same year.

Whitson is known for his deep knowledge of distribution processes and for his passion for serving Ace retailers, according to Ace Hardware.

About Kate Klein

Kate is profiles editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. She reports on news and industry events and writes about retailers' unique contributions to the independent home improvement sector. She graduated from Cedarville University in her home state of Ohio, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English and minored in creative writing. She loves being an aunt, teaching writing to kids, running, reading, farm living and, as Walt Whitman says, traveling the open road, “healthy, free, the world before me.”

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