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NHPA Announces 2021 Top Guns Award Honorees

Meet the 2021 Top Guns—three high-achieving and innovative retailers. For 14 years, The North American Hardware and Paint Association (NHPA) has recognized retailers who are strategically leading their operations and making investments in their teams through the Top Guns awards.

Read about this year’s honorees here, and visit hardwareretailing.com/subscribe to get the full story from this year’s Top Guns in the November issue of Hardware Retailing.

You can also hear from the honorees in a panel at this year’s NHPA All-Industry Conference in Las Vegas, Oct. 21-23. The conference is co-located with the National Hardware Show and will deliver educational presentations, industry-specific panel discussions and networking opportunities for independent home improvement retailers and show attendees. Learn more and register to attend the conference here.

2021 Top Guns Award Honorees

Mike BrackinMike Brackin
President, Homco Lumber & Hardware
Flagstaff, Arizona
Having grown up in the industry, Mike Brackin knew he would work in the company his father started in the early 1970s. Over the last 45 years, his goal has been to show everyone who works for HomCo Lumber & Hardware that they are a crucial part of the operation’s success. With a strategic vision dedicated to customer service, integrity and innovation, the company has developed a key position in its market serving a variety of retail, industry and commercial customers.

Ian McNaughtonIan McNaughton
Owner, Bancroft Home Hardware, Gravenhurst Home Hardware and Parry Sound Home Hardware
Ontario, Canada
Following a career in corporate marketing, Ian McNaughton opened his first hardware store in 2011 and his second location in 2015. He is a champion of social media marketing and is well versed in both internal and external strategic communication planning. His operations have been recognized for their commitment to community engagement and service, receiving the 12th annual Paul Straus Public Relations Award from Home Hardware Stores Ltd. in 2013 and the Proud of My Home Award for Best Home Hardware Store Over 6,000 Square Feet in 2020.

Greg TemplemanGreg Templeman
President, Sunpro
Utah and Idaho
A chance meeting at his daughter’s soccer game led Greg Templeman to an opportunity he couldn’t pass by. Sunpro is a family-owned and -operated business that started in Utah in 1938. It has since grown to 16 locations in Utah and Idaho and is the top lumber and building materials supplier in its trading area. Templeman says the company’s commitment to people—employees and customers alike—has helped it maintain and grow its reputation over the last 80 years.

More From the 2021 Top Guns

Visit hardwareretailing.com/subscribe for the full story from this year’s Top Guns in the November issue of Hardware Retailing.

About Julie Leinwand

Julie Leinwand is the Special Projects Manager for NHPA. She graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism. In her spare time, she enjoys baking fanciful desserts and spending time with her puppies and husband.

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