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.
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 — owner, Round Top Mercantile, Round Top, Texas
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 will be 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.