Ken Clark
Editor in chief

Home Channel News editor in chief Ken Clark is an eleven-year veteran of Lebhar-Friedman Inc. and was executive editor of Chain Store Age magazine before being promoted to his new position in June 2006.

 

A graduate of Indiana University, Ken’s 19-years of journalism experience includes nearly a decade of covering the retail industry. He began his career as a news reporter in the Caribbean for the BVI Beacon, and later joined the staff of the St. Croix Avis, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. More recently, his work in the retail field has been recognized by Lebhar-Friedman’s Blue Chip Award for Distinguished Journalism.

 

His editorial column on the business of the home channel appears each month in Home Channel News.

 

Ken lives in Metuchen, N.J., with his wife and two children.

Articles by this author:

  • Thu, 04/10/2014 - 13:10

    Orlando, Fla. -- James Gillula said he expects the United States unemployment rate to fall below 6.5% by mid-year. He cautioned that a slowdown in China could impact the U.S. economy. And he expects the home improvement industry to recoup pretty much all of its weather-related losses from the hash winter.

    Those were some of the macroeconomic ideas supplied by Gillula during the 2014 Home Improvement Research Institute Spring Conference held here April 10. 

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  • Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:06

    Orlando, Fla. -- Here at the 2014 Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) Spring Conference, Sarah Catlett, VP of The Futures Company, took a high-level, continental look at consumer marketing.

    Catlett kicked off the HIRI conference with a quick look at Target's disappointing venture into Canada. The Minnesota-based retailer's efforts to change the way Canadians shop has fallen short, she said, partly because the company missed consumer and cultural cues. 

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  • Mon, 03/31/2014 - 15:01

    Arlington, Va. -- Three operators of successful and growing lumberyards put their fingers on the pulse of the LBM industry and offered a prognosis for opportunities and challenges.

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  • Mon, 03/24/2014 - 18:29

    Stine Home & Yard will accept the prestigious Retailer of the Year Award during the 2014 Golden Hammer Awards Ceremony at this year’s National Hardware Show in Las Vegas on May 6.
     

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  • Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:06

    Like most Americans, the editorial staff of HCN has been watching a lot of basketball lately. It’s all part of the national tradition known as March Madness, the 64-team single-elimination tournament designed to break your heart and bust your bracket.

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  • Mon, 03/10/2014 - 13:37

    Cologne, Germany -- John Herbert has a front row seat on the global home-improvement retailing scene. The former president of EXPO Design Center West Coast (USA) and the current general secretary of the European DIY-Retail Association, Herbert identified six major changes facing retailers in 2014.

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  • Mon, 03/10/2014 - 12:24

    Cologne, Germany -- European economists have a new phrase to describe their expectations for future growth. Out of fashion is "cautiously optimistic." In fashion is "moderately positive, but wobbly."

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  • Sun, 02/09/2014 - 16:41

    Las Vegas -- One look at the demonstration plank, and its easy to see the basic story behind NyloDeck. The demo deck board has synthetic carpet fibers blooming like flowers out of one end. 

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  • Fri, 02/07/2014 - 18:09

    Las Vegas -- At last year’s International Builders’ Show, industry economists from the builders’ biggest trade group looked into their crystal balls and made forecasts for housing starts.

    How did they do? Short answer: Not bad.

    A little more than a year ago, HCN reported the housing start forecast from National Association of Home Builders chief economist David Crowe. Here’s how it stacked up with time and reality:

    Total housing starts

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  • Fri, 02/07/2014 - 17:44

    Led by a resurgence in single-family production, housing will continue its climb toward higher ground in 2014, but builders are still confronting several challenges that could hinder the pace of the ongoing recovery, according to economists speaking at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders' Show (IBS) in Las Vegas.

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Blogs by this author:

  • On Thursday afternoon, it was announced to the entire company of Lebhar-Friedman, publishers of Home Channel News, that one of our colleagues had died suddenly and unexpectedly.

    Dave Stewart was 51 years old. He was a salesman for HCN’s sister publication Chain Store Age. It is impossible to adequately celebrate any life with an appropriate degree of eloquence and reverence. But it can be helpful for the writer. So here it goes. 

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