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Inspiring Words From Past Young Retailer of the Year Honorees

For 23 years and counting, the North American Retail Hardware Association’s (NRHA) Young Retailer of the Year program has cast a spotlight on the skills and successes of the industry’s young leaders.

Nominations for the 2019 program are now being accepted. Honorees benefit by joining a network of progressive retailers, enjoying industry recognition and exclusive educational opportunities. Nominate an inspiring and forward-thinking young retailer today. Don’t delay—all nominations are due by Feb. 28.

Before you meet the next crop of retail leaders finding new ways to push the industry forward each day, take a look back at a few of the members of the 2018 class of Young Retailer of the Year honorees.

From California to Nova Scotia and points in between, the 2018 honorees clearly demonstrated the power and potential of the independent channel. They increased sales and introduced new programs for customers while finding new ways to expand their businesses. The 2018 Young Retailer of the Year Honorees took the independent home improvement channel in new, exciting directions that continue to inspire the industry.

Take a moment to hear from four of the 2018 honorees in their own words.

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“Like many of you, I live in small-town America. You understand how a hardware store is a cornerstone business in a small town. I provide tools for my community to build and grow, and in return, my community gives me support through their patronage.”

Megan Zarbano
Owner, Handy Hardware & Rental
Valley City, North Dakota


young retailer of the year

“This industry has no shortage of its unique challenges and obstacles. They can be overcome with grit and determination. We find that with a clear vision and focusing on the relationship with all parties involved, the opportunity for success can be achieved.”

Sean Angelo
General Manager, Budget Home Supply
Longmont, Colorado


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“I’m blessed to have the opportunity to be honored as a Young Retailer of the Year. I’m living my dream—we’re five stores now, and I want six more, 10 more, as many as my wife will let me have.”

Byron Clouse
Owner, Lewiston Ace Hardware
Lewiston, Michigan


young retailer of the year

“I really hope to see more and more young people move into this industry. I know there are a lot of other job opportunities out there, but there’s something really special about the hardware industry specifically.”

Diana Newton
Vice President, Bay Hardware
Seal Beach, California

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