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NHPA’s History of Adaptation and Service

For more than 100 years, the North American Hardware and Paint Association (NHPA) has helped independent hardware stores, home centers and lumberyards become better businesses. The association’s mission has stayed the same and the organization has worked with retailers as they weathered wars and economic crises.

Publications have changed and–gasp! NPHA launched a website in the ’90s. But the association is still thriving and continually working to serve retailers better.

In fact, in 2020, it opened its membership to paint and decorating retailers and changed its name from the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) to NHPA to better reflect the diversity of independent operators it serves.

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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