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PRO Group Hires Merchandising Manager

PRO Group, Inc., has hired a new merchandising manager.

The company hired Jeff Styerwalt, whose responsibilities include managing the housewares, lawn and garden, paint and sundries and commodities categories.

Jeff

Prior to joining PRO Group, Styerwalt worked at PRO Build, where he was a senior buyer who purchased building material products for 110 lumber yards.  He has had an extensive career working with and supporting independent lumber retailers across the U.S. through companies such as Temple Inland, Boise Cascade and MacMillan Bloedel.

“I am very excited to join the PRO team,” Styerwalt says. “My career has been focused on helping independents succeed by partnering with manufacturers to provide value added products and programs. I am looking forward to continuing to fight for the success of independent retailers and wholesalers.”

Styerwalt will begin to travel to a few distributor and industry events in the coming weeks and will be at the annual DA/PRO Group Executive Planning Conference, which is slated for Nov. 17 -19 in Marco Island, Florida.

“Jeff will be a great asset to the PRO Merchandising team,” according to director of merchandising Brendan Sullivan. “His years of experience in purchasing, marketing and sales to independent retail lumberyards make Jeff a great addition to PRO. Jeff’s personality and skill set will be a great fit for the culture at PRO Group.”

Styerwalt is originally from Peoria, Illinois, and graduated from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, after studying business administration and Spanish.

PRO Group, Inc., is a multidivisional international merchandising and marketing organization with corporate headquarters in Denver. The company’s operating units include PRO Hardware, GardenMaster, FARM MART and GOLDEN-LINK. PRO Group’s purchasing power exceeds $3 billion through its member distributors.

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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