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October 20, 2014

Illinois-based The Vendor Center will be attending the 2015 Executive Planning Conference hosted by Distribution America. 

The new business-to-business secure website will be presented to Distribution America member distributors and vendors.

“We are thrilled and look forward to demonstrating what a powerful tool The Vendor Center can be for Distribution America Member Distributors and Vendors,” said Darrell Wabschall, president of The Vendor Center.

October 15, 2014

Ronald D. Boire is moving from Sears Holdings in the United States to the top spot at Sears Canada.

Boire will be acting president and CEO of Sears Canada, effective immediately. He was most recently executive VP, chief merchandising officer and president, Sears and Kmart Formats. 

October 13, 2014

Plano, Texas-based Rent-A-Center Inc. appointed Anurag Gupta to VP, enterprise project management office (EPMO).

Reporting to Doug Guziec, senior VP and chief strategy officer, Gupta is charged with broad oversight of Rent-A-Center’s portfolio of business initiatives. His responsibilities include the establishment of processes and controls designed to manage all phases of these initiatives. He's also tasked with the strategic evaluation of prospective business initiatives with an eye for determining which are green-lighted and when they are to be initiated.

October 13, 2014

Home Depot’s Marvin Ellison will leave the world’s largest home improvement retailer to take the top spot at Plano, Texas-based J.C. Penney. 

Ellison is currently executive VP stores at The Home Depot. 

October 12, 2014

Denver -- The General Session at the 2014 True Value Fall Reunion in Denver opened with a few words of inspiration from chairman of the board Brent Burger.

"As you can see from the agenda card, we have a very full program this afternoon and I promise you that it will be one of most exciting General Sessions we have ever had," said Burger, the owner of five Campbell's True Value locations in Maine.

October 9, 2014

True Value has hired Jean Niemi, a former Home Depot communications executive, as the Chicago-based co-op’s new senior director, corporate communications. 

A veteran communications executive with more than 15 years of experience at Fortune 500 corporations and leading public relations agencies, Niemi will lead and oversee all media relations, executive engagements, employee and retailer communications, and manage the corporate communications team.

September 12, 2014

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

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 6, 2014

Austin, Texas-based Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, today unveiled the Epicor Eagle N Series.

The solution is described as next-generation retail management software for independent retail businesses. Part of the improvement is a simplified user interface, the company said. 

August 4, 2014

Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Do it Best Corp. announced the retirement of one of its senior leaders while also transitioning another proven executive into a new position.   

Effective Oct. 24, Do it Best VP of Lumber and Building Materials Quent Ondricek will retire his position, while Gary Nackers, currently director of program development for LBM, will move into that role, effective Sept. 15. 

August 1, 2014

Retail and consumer products veteran Brian Cornell was named chairman and CEO at Target to fill two of the three roles previously held by the company’s former top executive Gregg Steinhafel.

July 23, 2014

Exterior building products manufacturer Ply Gem appointed Eric Spence senior VP sales and marketing for the Ply Gem Windows group.

In this newly created role, Spence is responsible for expanding Ply Gem Windows’ sales and marketing efforts, aligning the two functions under one common structure. He reports to Ply Gem Windows president Art Steinhafel, and is located at the Ply Gem corporate and windows group headquarters in Cary, North Carolina. 

July 18, 2014

Michael H. McGarry, currently executive VP of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based PPG Industries, has been appointed to the post of chief operating officer.

McGarry will have executive oversight responsibility for all of PPG’s strategic business units and operating regions and for the information technology (IT), environment, health and safety (EH&S), and purchasing functions. He will remain based at PPG’s global headquarters in Pittsburgh and will continue to report to Chairman and CEO Charles E. Bunch.

July 14, 2014

The board of directors at Vulcan Materials Company has named Thomas Hill as its new president and CEO. He has also been elected as the company's newest board member.

In his new role, Hill will take the place of Donald James, who will remain on board as executive chairman. Hill was most recently serving as EVP and COO.

July 9, 2014

Cristina Bowerman, VP communications and member services with the Construction Suppliers Association, earned the Certified Association Executive credential.

The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry. 

July 2, 2014

Stock Building Supply, operator of 69 building supply outlets, announced the appointment of Bryan J. Yeazel as executive VP and chief operating officer.

In this role, Yeazel will lead the company's regional operating businesses and integrated supply chain, including sourcing, procurement, product management, fleet, logistics and safety.

July 2, 2014

Universal Forest Products promoted two company veterans to new leadership roles in its eastern division: Patrick Benton and Jonathan West have been promoted to the new roles of executive VP of the North and South, respectively. The appointments are effective immediately.

The move is intended to bolster leadership and foster continued growth and success of UFP Eastern Division, a busy and growing territory that includes operations primarily east of the Mississippi River, the company said.

June 30, 2014

Wholesale building material distribution company Cedar Creek announced five management promotions.

“Our continuing expansion has created opportunities for top performers in our organization,” said chief operating officer D. Wayne Trousdale. I am very pleased to announce these promotions.” 

• Regional VP Mark Corso joined Cedar Creek from Roberts & Dybdahl, where he spent the last 33 years in a number of executive roles. Corso began his career at GP.

June 4, 2014

Father's Day and Fourth of July events at the world's largest home improvement retailer include expanded assortments of LED light bulbs and folding lawn mowers.

During the company's first-quarter earnings call with analysts and investors, Home Depot president U.S. retail Craig Menear spelled out four product introductions that he said will "generate a lot of excitement in the second quarter."

May 30, 2014

BMC, one of the nation’s major providers of building materials and construction services, is relocating its corporate headquarters from Boise, Idaho, to Atlanta. 

The West-to-East relocation will be done on a phased basis with the executive team moving immediately, the company announced. The Boise office will continue to remain operational. 

May 28, 2014

Former Home Depot marketing executive Frank Bifulco was named executive VP marketing for Framingham, Massachusetts-based Staples.

In the newly created role, Bifulco will lead marketing across the office supply company's operations.

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.