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NRHA Announces 2017 Young Retailer of the Year Honorees

Eight home improvement retailers can now call themselves North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) Young Retailer of the Year honorees.

The program, now in its 21st year, identifies and honors the next generation of aspiring independent home improvement retailers and recognizes individual achievements of retailers age 35 and younger from the U.S. and Canada.

Winners are chosen based on criteria such as career accomplishments, community involvement, hardware industry education and extracurricular activities.

The honorees represent three categories, including stores with annual sales under $2 million, stores with annual sales over $2 million and retailers operating multiple locations. The 2017 honorees are listed below. Click on the individual honoree names to read their story and view their video.

Under $2 Million in Annual Sales

Reed “RJ” McDaniel Jr. — vice president, co-owner, B&B Hardware, Milan, Illinois

Over $2 Million in Annual Sales

Joseph Franquinha — owner, Crest True Value Hardware and Urban Garden Center, Brooklyn, New York

Bobby Heuser — president, Heuser Ace Hardware, Bluffton, South Carolina

Jackie Sacks — co-owner, Round Top Mercantile, Round Top, Texas

Multiple Stores

Camille Gibson — general manager, Mark’s Ace Hardware, Tucson, Arizona

Jarrod Haines — store manager, Buchheit, House Springs, Missouri

Jason Plummer — vice president, R.P. Lumber Co., Inc., Edwardsville, Illinois

Matthew Payzant general manager, Payzant Home Hardware Building Centre, Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia

“Each one of the Young Retailer of the Year honorees embodies what it means to be an extraordinary retailer,” says Bill Lee, NRHA president and CEO. “These honorees have reached impressive professional milestones, are strong leaders in their communities and are committed to moving the independent home improvement industry forward. We’re thrilled to be honoring these individuals.”

Sponsors of the 2017 Young Retailer of the Year program include the Apex Tool Group, Delta Faucet Co., Fluidmaster, Intertape Polymer Group and Midwest Fastener Corp.

The Young Retailer of the Year banquet was held on May 8 at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel, prior to the opening of the NRHA All-Industry Conference and the National Hardware Show® in Las Vegas. For more information on the awards program and conference, please visit nrhaconference.com.

About Hilary Welter

As marketing and research coordinator, it’s Hilary’s duty to keep retailers informed about NRHA products and services and to help coordinate industry research projects. Additionally, Hilary is the voice behind NRHA’s and Hardware Retailing’s social media accounts. She appreciates a good book, spicy food, well-made horror films, craft beer and exploring new places near and far.

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