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Hartmann a Keynote Speaker at 2019 Show

Independent hardware retailers are well-positioned for growth and profitability, according to the 2019 keynote speaker for the National Hardware Show®. In a presentation titled “Unlocking True Value,” John Hartmann, president and CEO of the True Value Company, will discuss the rapidly changing hardware industry. His presentation will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, on the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) Village Stage, immediately following the opening ceremony.

With 25 years of senior-level corporate experience, Hartmann, who joined True Value in 2013, led the company through a change in business structure last spring to return its members’ equity, allowing retailers to invest in their businesses as they know best. This move also established True Value as the only hardlines wholesale distributor with a global brand and no stock requirement.

Hartmann’s extensive experience is expected to inspire exciting conversation between retailers and manufacturers about the ever-changing hardware and home landscape, says Rich Russo, vice president for the National Hardware Show.

Anyone who registers for the National Hardware Show can attend the NRHA All-Industry Conference free of charge. To hear Hartmann and other industry experts on the NRHA Village Stage, and to find new products, network with other retailers and learn about the latest trends in the home improvement industry, click here to register for the 2019 National Hardware Show, which will be held for May 7-9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

About Liz Lichtenberger

Liz is the special projects editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. She reports on news and trends, visits retailers, and attends industry events. She graduated from Xavier University, where she earned a degree in English and Spanish and was a member of the swim team. Liz is a Louisville, Kentucky, native who lives in Indianapolis with her husband and two children. She enjoys swimming, reading, doing home improvement projects around her house and cheering on her two favorite basketball teams, the Kentucky Wildcats and the Xavier Musketeers.

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