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NRHA President and CEO Bill Lee spoke to retailers at a networking luncheon Feb. 25 in Metairie, Louisianna. He has six more visits coming up.

NRHA Hosts Gathering of Louisiana Retailers

Home improvement retailers in the New Orleans area gathered this week to talk business with peers and leaders within the North American Retail Hardware Association.

_DSC0013NRHA president and CEO Bill Lee and James Cabirac, NRHA board member and owner of Kief Hardware, hosted the retailers at a networking luncheon Feb. 25 in Metairie, Louisiana. Cabirac’s business is in Cut Off, Louisiana.

During the event, retailers from several co-ops mingled, talked about their businesses and swapped ideas.

Lee spoke with the retailers about the many ways NRHA works to help retailers, such as by providing useful information in Hardware Retailing magazine, opportunities for management training, key research in the Cost of Doing Business Study and more. Lee also opened the floor for retailers to talk about the industry and what they face in their businesses every day.

In February, Lee started a circuit of visits to NRHA board members in the U.S. and Canada to engage with local independent home improvement retailers where they do business.

Throughout the next several months, Lee will visit other NRHA board members to host similar events.

Board members slated for upcoming visits include:

  • Megan Menzer with Newton’s True Value of Cherryvale, Kansas
  • Adam Busscher of Picton Home Hardware in Picton, Ontario
  • Dan Harris of Palos Ace Hardware in Palos Heights, Illinois
  • Jerry Meis of Lenoch & Cilek Hardware in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Will Aubuchon of Aubuchon Hardware in Westminster, Massachusetts
  • Greg Schlecht of Greg’s True Value in St. Francis, Wisconsin

Keep an eye out for these events and join other local retailers to network and learn more about your association, NRHA.

For more information about an upcoming event happening near you, email an NRHA member services representative today.

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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