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True Value Executive Dies at Age 51

02-25-15-LarsHybelLars Hybel, international vice president of True Value Company, recently died at age 51.

The entire True Value team is saddened by the tragic and unexpected loss, according to John Hartmann, president and CEO.

“While only with True Value for just under a year, Lars quickly became a driving force for our international business, gaining both our associates’ and international members’ confidence,” Hartmann says. “Likewise, he quickly became a good friend and colleague. We will all miss him more than words can express.”

Hybel came to True Value Company with career experience leading multinational and global teams. Prior to joining the co-op, he spent 15 years at Electrolux Central Vacuum Systems.

Hybel, who was a resident of Palatine, Illinois, died Sept. 27. He is survived by his wife Carla and daughter Amelia. Read Hybel’s obituary for more information about his life.

Chicago-based True Value is a retailer-owned hardware cooperative representing independent stores in more than 60 countries, with retail sales totaling about $5.5 billion.

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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