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October 30, 2014

After a long career in the home improvement industry as a manufacturers rep, Frank (Bud) S. Howard III died last week.

Bud ran the Indianapolis-based Frank S. Howard Company after his dad Frank retired in 1968 until he retired in 1992. Bud called on accounts in the states of Indiana, Kentucky, and Southern Ohio for 35 plus years. 

October 20, 2014

Indianapolis -- Do it Best Corp. distributed more than a $100 million in member rebates during the co-op's annual shareholders meeting Sunday night. 

It was the 11th consecutive year of $100 million-plus rebates, and another chance for CEO Bob Taylor to present his state-of-the company report -- emphasis on members growing their business and overcoming challenges.

October 18, 2014

Indianapolis -- Farm and ranch and home automation were included in a list of highlights and opportunities for retailers attending the Do it Best Fall Market, which includes 61 new vendors this year.

Back by popular demand on the show floor is a 5,000 sq.-ft. Farm & Ranch exhibit, said Steve Markley, VP of Merchandising for the Fort Wayne, Indiana-based co-op.

“Farm and ranch is a fast growing segment for us,” Markley said during the co-op’s Merchandising Market Preview. “There are all kinds of opportunities in that area.”

October 17, 2014

Indianapolis -- The Do it Best Fall Market is under way in Indianapolis, where dealers and vendors will be conducting business through Monday afternoon. 

Friday’s events included a day of education, as well as a Power Preview in Victory Field. Here at the home of the Indianapolis Indians, dealers get a taste of the latest in outdoor power equipment, plus a tasty samples from the grill exhibits.

September 23, 2014

Indianapolis-based appliance retailer hhgreg opened a remodeled location in Columbus, Ohio’s Sawmill Shopping Center. The store reopened to the public on Thursday, Sept. 18.

The store is the chain’s sixth Columbus-area location.

September 18, 2014

The National Association of Women in Construction installed Sandy K. Field as its 60th National President during NAWIC’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Indianapolis.

Field, Office/HR Manager for Horizon Group International, has been a member of NAWIC’s Houston, Texas Chapter since 2005.

September 16, 2014

Trex is lending a hand to Global Training Ministries' warrior transition home in Indianapolis, which will receive a donation of its high-performance decking products as part of its ongoing renovation.

The facility is currently being updated and expanded to accommodate more residents and more amenities, such as an outdoor deck where soldiers can enjoy "sky time" and hold meetings and socialize.

September 12, 2014

Indianapolis-based hhgregg Inc. has brought on Robert Riesbeck as CFO, effective Sept. 15.

July 23, 2014

Julie Lyle, chief marketing officer for Indianapolis appliance, electronics and furniture retailer hhgregg, has been named the 2015 chairperson for the Global Retail Marketing Association (GRMA) Advisory Board.

As chairperson, Lyle will lead the GRMA Advisory Board and play a key role in the development of the organization’s strategic initiatives and thought leadership. Lyle succeeds Brian Beitler, EVP and chief marketing officer, David’s Bridal, who served as chairman from 2012 to 2014.

July 22, 2014

Lowe's revealed its plans Tuesday to build a new Customer Support Center in Indianapolis, which is expected to reach completion by 2016.

The announcment was made with Lowe's officials in the company of Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. 

June 11, 2014

Indianapolis-based appliance, electronics and furniture retailer hhgregg opened its new store in Kendall, Florida. 

The Kendall store measures 23,000 square feet and employs about 40.

May 21, 2014

Dennis May, president and CEO of Indianapolis-based appliance and home products retailer hhgregg, said he remains excited about the current fiscal year, despite the company’s $7.2 million net loss for the three months ended March 21.

May 18, 2014

Indianapolis -- Rich Lynch, who was named VP of marketing for Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. back in March, said he learned some valuable lessons about retail from his teenage years as a hardware store employee -- and also from his years as a marketing executive for Jim Beam.

Lynch met with the media here during the co-op's May Market. And with the words "helping members grow" stitched into his shirt sleeve, he talked about the importance of staying ahead of society's online movement and balancing all the "ingredients" of a successful hardware store.

May 16, 2014

Indianapolis -- Do it Best VP merchandising Steve Markley pointed to opportunities in farm-and-ranch products as well as home-automation technology during the co-op's May market merchandising preview.

May 1, 2014

Indianapolis-based appliance and electronics retailer hhgregg Inc. hired Troy H. Risch as chief operating officer.

Risch joins hhgregg from RadioShack, where he served as executive VP store operations. Prior to this, he held a variety of operational leadership positions with Target Corp., including executive VP stores. Risch will assume the COO position on May 5, 2014.

December 27, 2013

Indianapolis-based appliance and electronics retailer hhgregg is searching for a new CFO after accepting the resignation of Jeremy J. Aguilar.

Aguilar, who was the company’s CFO and secretary, is leaving for a similar job at another company.

December 10, 2013

It’s been a busy summer and fall for HCN: Its editorial staff was taken to many corners of the great United States in pursuit of emerging brands and game-changing products. We were happy to see many industry heavyweights at several of the big trade shows this year, as well as a few hidden gems in the home improvement aisle. From old favorites to promising newcomers, here are a few highlights from the reporter’s notebook.

December 4, 2013

Edible Garden, a hydroponic herb and produce subsidiary of Terra Tech Corp, has signed a distribution deal with Indianapolis-based Heartland Growers.

The move seeks to expand Edible Gardens' presence in the Midwest, with Heartland cultivating, packaging and shipping its full line of produce in the region.

November 4, 2013

The Pocket Hose, a Telebrands product with the “As Seen on TV” tag, is getting some competition, according to the merchants at Do it Best. 

During the co-op’s recent merchandise review at it’s Indianapolis market, lawn and garden merchant Gary Loosle pointed to the growing field of expanding hoses.

October 22, 2013

Indianapolis -- During its annual shareholders meeting, Do it Best Corp. CEO Bob Taylor and chairman of the board Tom Lamberth leaned on a variety of statistics to describe the state of the co-op. 

Most metrics were in the positive column, with annual gross sales up 4.4% to $2.80 billion, compared with $2.68 billion in 2012, which had an extra week on the calendar. (The co-op’s fiscal year ended June 29.) 

October 22, 2013

Indianapolis -- One of the annual traditions at the Do it Best October market is the release of the vendors of the year list, selected by the Fort Wayne, Ind.-based co-op. 

According to Do it Best, vendors on the 25-category list “provide the best product offerings and pricing to keep our member-owners competitive.”

October 22, 2013

Indianapolis -- In addition to merchandise and networking, the Do it Best Market included opportunities for the co-op to promote some of its key programs to its member base.

Chief among them is the co-op’s consumer-friendly rewards program called “Best Rewards. “If there's one program for you to embrace in 2014, I hope that Best Rewards is at the top of your list,” said CEO Bob Taylor during his shareholders meeting address. “It’s that powerful.” 

October 21, 2013

Indianapolis -- Retired Do it Best Corp. CEO Don Wolf re-entered the spotlight Sunday night at the co-op's October market shareholder meeting.

Wolf received the state’s highest honor -- the Sachem Award for leadership and character -- hand-delivered by Governor Mike Pence.

October 19, 2013

Indianapolis -- Do it Best Corp. members appear to be buying into the idea of a recovery. At the co-op’s October Market here, which runs through Oct. 21, sales of Sneak Peak merchandise amounted to $8.8 million in 90 minutes, a new record. 

“The October market always provides our members a wealth of opportunities to learn, connect and plan for the year ahead,” said Do it Best Corp. President and CEO Bob Taylor. 

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