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Julie Leinwand

Julie Leinwand is the Corporate Communications Manager and Editor for NHPA. She graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism. In her spare time, she enjoys baking fanciful desserts and spending time with her puppies and husband.

CNRG Acquires HomeFront

CNRG HomeFront

Brian Waldrop, Ron “Rut” Ussery, Richie Fulgham and Fred Carl Jr., owners of HomeFront Home Improvement Centers in Greenwood and Winona, Mississippi, have agreed to sell their business and operating assets to Central Network Retail Group, LLC (CNRG), a multiformat, …

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Take the Next Step for Growth

NHPA Retail Marketplace

The time is now to invest in your operation. Whether you’re in the market to add a new location or if you are looking to enhance your team, the North American Hardware and Paint Association’s NHPA Retail Marketplace is the …

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Orgill Announces Realignments Within Purchasing Department

Orgill headquarters

Orgill, the fastest-growing independent hardware distributor in the world, has announced changes to the structure and operations of its purchasing department. These organizational changes reflect the company’s long-term plans for accelerated growth and a continued focus on its mission to …

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Last Call for Young Retailer of the Year Nominations

2022 Young Retailer of the Year

Have you submitted a nomination for the North American Hardware and Paint Association’s (NHPA) 2022 Young Retailer of the Year program? The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, Jan. 28. Click here to learn more about the Young Retailer of the …

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Exploring NHPA Membership

NHPA Membership

Each year, the North American Hardware and Paint Association (NHPA) works to add new programs, services and partnerships to better serve independent retailers. Read how the association can help you with the resources below—and click here for more information and …

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Orgill Announces Retirements, Changes to Executive Team


With 2021 winding down, Orgill has announced a number of changes to its executive team, including several promotions and retirements.  Effective at the end of the year, Brett Hammers, who currently serves as Orgill’s executive vice president of sales and …

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Orgill Hits Milestone With More Than 1 Million Items Available to Retailers in its E-commerce Database

Orgill headquarters

During the fourth quarter of 2021, Orgill reached a significant milestone in its efforts to help independent retailers enhance their e-commerce capabilities as the number of individual items within its shareable product information database grew to more than 1 million. …

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Enroll in NHPA’s New Financial Management Course by Jan. 6

Financial Management

Are you looking to gain insight into expense control, budgeting, benchmarking and more? The deadline to apply for the North American Hardware and Paint Association’s (NHPA) upcoming Financial Management cohort class is Jan. 6. Or, get started now with the flexible, …

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