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September 15, 2014

PetersenDean Roofing & Solar, a Fremont, California-based roofing and solar company, has promoted Erin Clark to president of its consumer solar power business.

“Erin Clark has displayed the kind of high-performance leadership qualities that PetersenDean prides itself in and his expertise and experience in roofing and solar are important to this position," said PetersenDean founder Jim Petersen. "We are confident that these skills will help lead us down the right road in the future as we grow and evolve."

September 12, 2014

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

September 12, 2014

Providence, Rhode Island-based air management company Nortek, Inc. named Jeffrey Mueller as group president of its Residential Ventilation (RESV) segment.

"Jeff Mueller's deep expertise in global kitchen and bath product manufacturing, operational improvement and strategic growth for leading brands will serve our RESV business well," said Nortek president and CEO Michael Clarke. "He has a solid record of results in an impressive series of previous positions, and we are excited to welcome him to the Nortek team."

September 11, 2014

The phrase “thoughtful design” is playing an important role in the design process at Moen Inc., the company said.

September 11, 2014

Simpson Door Company has hired Phil Steklenski as its newest VP and general manager, replacing Stacie Conkle, who is retiring after 28 years with the company.

"I am pleased to be joining a strong and long-tenured leadership team, and am honored to lead Simpson Door Company in its next stage of growth," Steklenski said.

In his new role, Steklenski will be oversee all of the company's operations.

September 10, 2014

Electrolux CEO Keith McLoughlin has three major reasons for believing that the company’s deal to acquire GE Appliances will position his company to succeed in an increasingly global and competitive industry.

He shared those reasons, along with additional “flavor” on the $3.3 billion appliance mega deal, shortly after its announcement.

September 10, 2014

European home improvement retailer Kingfisher has found a new CEO in Veronique Laury, formerly the head of the company's French unit, Castorama.

Laury will fill the shoes of Ian Cheshire, who served as chief executive for nearly seven years and is stepping down by the end of 2014. She will also become the fifth female CEO in Britain's FTSE 100 index of blue chip companies.

September 10, 2014

Organizers of the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit are preparing for a three-day event to advance the cause of the LBM dealer, both individually and collectively.

The ProDealer Industry Summit will take place Oct. 28-30 at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego.

September 9, 2014

Atlas Copco Dynapac has appointed Jerry Hackett to the position of regional sales manager – south central U.S., effective immediately. 

He will report to Steve Cole, VP of the Road Construction Equipment Division for the Commerce City, Colorado-based company that specializes in sales, parts, service and rental of portable compressors, generators, tools, attachments and paving equipment used in the construction and demolition industries.

September 8, 2014

The Vendor Center president Darrell Wabschall said the recently announced alliance with PRO Group Inc. will improve the information flow between retailers, distributors and vendors.

PRO Group vendors will be able to use the secure business-to-business website to allow qualified independent retail members to access a wide range of vendor information including: pricing, catalogs, educational and demonstrational videos, and even order products online with all billing processing via the appropriate PRO Group distributors.

September 4, 2014

AZEK Building Products has announced a winner in its "Deck of Inspiration" Sweepstakes, held jointly with Real Simple.

Tanya Tople of Viborg, South Dakota, won the grand prize of $10,000 in AZEK Deck products, which will go toward the construction of a new deck. She also won the Real Simple A-Lister package of $3,000 in dinnerware, outdoor games, gift certificates and more.

Tople's current outdoor space consists of a cement area outside -- an unfit space for her frequent get-togethers.

September 4, 2014

When I look around the country, I’m struck by how similar the home improvement/LBM stores are in appearance and experience. In HBO’s "Deadwood," set in the 1870s gold rush in South Dakota, Timothy Olyphant’s character, Sheriff Seth Bullock, and his partner own a hardware store selling picks, shovels and prospecting hardware to the miners coming into town hoping to strike it rich.

September 3, 2014

Tractor Supply named Chad Frazell as senior VP human resources. 

Prior to joining Tractor Supply Company, Frazell was senior VP human resources for Shopko Stores. From 2008 to 2011, he served as VP human resources for Kohl's Corporation, where he began as a store manager in 1999. Prior to 1999, Frazell served as a store manager and assistant manager for Target Corporation. He began his career with Wal-Mart Stores, where he served as an assistant manager and sales associate.

September 2, 2014

Houston-based hardware distributor Handy Hardware named Brian Sarno as VP sales.

Sarno’s past experience includes positions at Interline Brands and W.W. Granger. According to the company, Sarno has deep experience in the wholesale and distribution industries. 

The company made the announcement at its recent Fall Market in San Antonio. 

September 2, 2014

The Home Improvement Research Institute announced the hiring of Pam Heidel as research analyst based in HIRI’s Tampa office. 

Heidel is a former president of the board of the non-profit HIRI. Also, from 2007 to 2014, she was employed by Generac Power Systems, most recently as marketing director – digital and consumer insights. 

Heidel also worked as marketing planning manager for Broan-NuTone from 2000 through 2007.

September 2, 2014

Alexandre Guerin has been elevated to the role of president of Ipsos Loyalty in the United States. 

In this post, Guerin is charged with overseeing the strategic direction and growth for the company’s loyalty business across the country. He replaces Matt McNerney, who became president of Ipsos MarketQuest in the U.S in January 2014.

August 28, 2014

Laura Alber, president and CEO of home furnishings retailer Williams Sonoma described her company's second quarter performance as "solid."

The company reported second-quarter net revenues of $1.039 billion, up 5.8%.

“We are pleased to have delivered another quarter of solid performance, once again demonstrating the competitive advantages resulting from our multi-brand, multi-channel business model.”

Net income grew 5.0% to $50.7 million.

August 27, 2014

Armstrong World Industries has reshuffled its management structure, appointing Donald Maier to the post of EVP and CEO, Armstrong Flooring Products, in order to fill the vacancy left by Thomas Mangas.

Previously, Maier was serving as SVP global operations excellence. He has been with the company since 2010, during which time he played a pivotal role in the company's Lean transformation and established a new project management process and safety program.

He has also worked for TPG Capital Advisors and as VP and general manager of Hill-Rom's North American business.

August 27, 2014

Among the cadre of keynote speakers presenting at this year's Pro Dealer Industry Summit is Ken Wilbanks, a business consultant to the lumber, building materials and home center industry.

Wilbanks cut his teeth working for Home Depot, Lowe's, Ernst Home and Nursery, EBS Building Supply and other industry organizations, ranging from entry-level to executive roles. 

As a consultant, Wilbanks provides educational programs, financial and business process analysis, leadership development and executive coaching.

August 26, 2014

Mineola, New York-based MAX USA, manufacturer of pneumatic nailing tools, named Jerry Gibson as the company’s new Northwest regional sales executive. 

Gibson’s career includes 30 years of experience selling building products through wholesale distribution. He has 17 years of experience of product management for Spenard Builders Supply and 13 years travelling Alaska for Huttig Building Products as a territory manager.

August 26, 2014

Sandy Kennedy, president of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), has offered her two cents on the standoff surrounding the union negotiations at the West Coast ports.

Kennedy addressed a letter to the heads of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), speaking on behalf of retailers who are experiencing uncertainty and instability over the ongoing conflict.

August 25, 2014

Craig Cowart will succeed Doug Miller as president of Houston-based hardware distributor Handy Hardware, effective Oct. 1. 

Cowart will lead Handy as it distances itself from its tumultuous recent period and builds on its “ProfitPlus” value proposition, the company said.

August 25, 2014

Following a strong fiscal year report, Bunnings managing director John Gillam described across-the-board growth for the retailer “down under. “

“The all-around breadth of the trading performance was pleasing, with sales growth achieved in consumer and commercial areas, within all merchandising categories and across all regions of Australia and New Zealand,” Gillam said.

The company announced total store sales growth of 11.7%, and comparable-store sales gains of 8.4%.

August 22, 2014

Cary Dunston has been named president and COO at American Woodmark Corporation, in which role he will assume the added responsibility for the company's finance and information technology operations.

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