Six independent hardware retailers were honored with Beacon Awards during a special awards banquet held during The Hardware Conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on Friday, December 8. The Beacon Awards, now in their fifth year, are a premier national industry awards program developed by The Hardware Connection magazine and The Hardware Conference to recognize the “best of the best” independent hardware/home improvement retailers. The 2017 Beacon Awards were sponsored by Apex Tool Group, Epicor Software Corporation, Sunnyside Corporation, Rust-Oleum and Sashco, with wholesaler sponsorship support from Ace Hardware Corp., Do it Best Corp., Orgill Inc. and True Value Company. The Beacon Awards honored the Retail Beacon Award winners for each of the four participating wholesalers, plus the Best New Stores in two categories: under 20,000 square feet and over 20,000 square feet. The 2017 Beacon Award honorees include: Retail Beacon Award: Phillip Helms, Town & Country Hardware, Raleigh, N.C. Retail Beacon Award: John Zettler, Zettler Do it Best Hardware & Garden, Columbus, Ohio Retail Beacon Award: Don Hoff Jr., Harleysville Ace Hardware, Harleysville, Pa. Retail Beacon Award: Willis Qualheim, Qualheim True Value, Shawano, Wis. Best New Store, Under 20,000 square feet: Doug Lacoe, Dalton Do it Center, Dalton, Pa. Best New Store, Over 20,000 square feet: Bill and Yesenia Pastermack, Ace Handiman North, Titusville, Fla. “We have an outstanding group of Beacon Award winners for 2017. They all share similar characteristics of operating well-merchandised stores with unique niches and strong tradition of community involvement,” stated Chris Jensen, editor/principal of The Hardware Connection. The 2018 Beacon Awards banquet will be held Friday evening, September 7, at the JW Marriott in Marco Island, Fla. Winners will receive all-expense paid trips for two to the 2018 Hardware Conference including conference registration, airfare, hotel and meals. They will also receive a special Beacon Award trophy and be featured in an article in The Hardware Connection. Get your nominations in now for the Best New Store category—the entry deadline is May 10, 2018. For more information on the nomination process, contact Chris Jensen at email@example.com. To view video coverage of winners from each wholesaler at the 2017 Beacon Awards program, click the links below: 2017 Beacon Awards Honors Ace Retailers 2017 Beacon Awards Honors Do it Best Retailers 2017 Beacon Awards Honors an Orgill Retailer 2017 Beacon Awards Honors a True Value Retailer Subscribe for Free The Hardware Connection is a digital magazine targeted to independent hardware/home improvement retailers. It is the only industry magazine designed and distributed solely in electronic format and currently reaches over 63,000 people in the two-step channel. The Hardware Connection publishes four Newsletters each year in addition to eight magazine issues. To sign up yourself or additional staff to a free subscription to receive The Hardware Connection magazine and newsletter in electronic format, please click here. Learn More About the Following Click here to learn about ECi Software Solutions Click here to learn about WD-40 Click here to learn about Hyde Tools Click here to learn about Epicor
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