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April 4, 2014

Former Home Depot executive Troy Rice has joined Office Depot as EVP retail as the office products company continues to build out its senior leadership team in the wake of its merger with OfficeMax.

Rice replaces Juan Guerrero and will report directly to Roland Smith, chairman and CEO of Office Depot.

April 3, 2014

Effective April 1, PPG Industries has named Dave Cole VP packagings coatings and Anup Jain VP specialty coatings and materials.

Jain was previously serving as VP silica products. In his new role, he will be responsible for the optical monomers and coatings and OLED/specialty synthesis businesses, as well as the photochromics R&D organization. He will continue to oversee PPG's silica products business.

Cole was formerly president of Transitions Optical, in which PPG owned a majority interest stake until just recently.

March 31, 2014

Pleasanton, Calif.-based Simpson Strong-Tie has made two executive appointments in the form of a new president and COO, effective July 1.

Roger Dankel will be the president, North America Sales, in which role he will be charged with the strategic leadership of the company's sales, customer support and distribution. He has been with the company since 1993 and has served as sales manager for the southeast branch since 1997.

March 28, 2014

Former Sears executive Stephanie Kaleta has been tapped by Knipex Tools LP to serve as key account sales manager.

Kaleta's new role will involve directing sales and marketing plans for key accounts in the company's retail and industrial channels.

March 21, 2014

RGS Energy, a Louisville, Colo.-based manufacturer of solar energy products, has named Dennis Lacey SVP finance.

In his new role, Lacey will be responsible for implementing and managing the company's residential lease financing program. 

March 17, 2014

Tractor Supply Company has named Robert Mills SVP and CIO, succeeding James Callison upon his planned retirement. He will also serve on the company's Executive Committee.

March 4, 2014

Hardware Resources and Top Knobs hired Grant Lauterbach as VP of sales. Lauterbach has held several leadership positions during his three-decade career, including over 20 years with Masco Cabinetry and additional tenure with other cabinet makers.

"Grant is known in the industry as a results-focused executive leader," states Greg Gottlieb, president at Hardware Resources and Top Knobs. "We brought Grant on board to help take our two sales forces for Hardware Resources and Top Knobs to the next level in exceeding the expectations of our customers."

March 4, 2014

On the heels of a financially sound 2013, Jarden Corporation has re-ordered and expanded its executive management structure in order to align the company with its current scale.

March 3, 2014

An industry veteran and former top merchandising executive at Handy Hardware, Mickey Schulte resigned last week to take a position outside the hardware industry.

Schulte had been a key figure at the Houston-based distributor and served during the company’s growth years, its bankruptcy and its subsequent reorganization. 

February 28, 2014

The Home Depot has named Craig Menear president, U.S. retail, and Mark Holifield EVP supply chain and product development.

"Craig is a world-class retailer and has done a terrific job in recent years leading some of the most important and successful initiatives in our company," said Frank Blake, chairman and CEO. "And Mark has successfully led one of the most extensive supply chain transformations in retail history. Both are very deserving of their new leadership roles, and I look forward to their continuing contributions to our business."

February 27, 2014

Cordless outdoor power tools and higher end outdoor furniture are two areas where Home Depot’s top merchant signaled out for special mention during the company’s fourth quarter earnings call.

Craig Menear, Home Depot executive VP of merchandise, said the company was loaded for the outdoor spring selling season, but also had a strong lineup of products for indoor projects.

February 25, 2014

Menck USA has appointed its senior executive and production team. This group of five officers will operate the company’s new expansion in Chicopee, Mass. The new Menck USA management team plans aggressive future growth for the company.

February 21, 2014

Trex Company has appointed Gerald Volas to its board of directors, effective March 1, 2014.

“Jerry’s extensive experience in all aspects of the home improvement sector and his in-depth understanding of leadership brands make him an excellent addition to our board," said Trex chairman, president and CEO Ronald Kaplan. "We look forward to his contributions as we work to further expand Trex’s industry-leading distribution presence, our best-in-class product platform and our branding presence.”

February 4, 2014

Universal Forest Products has announced that Mary Tuuk, executive VP corporate services and secretary of the board of directors of Fifth Third Bancorp, was elected to its board of directors at the Jan. 30, 2014, meeting. Tuuk’s election expands the UFPI board to 10, including eight independent directors.

January 31, 2014

Eighty Four, Pa.-based 84 Lumber Co. promoted Don Baker to the position of VP of talent acquisition.  Baker has been with 84 Lumber for over 25 years starting his career in the store operations department and rising through the ranks to area and regional manager. Since 2001, Don has been in charge of 84 Lumber’s executive recruiting. 

January 29, 2014

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. announced that Tim Miller will replace John Snider as VP retail logistics.

The executive tranistion officially takes effect March 24, with Snider's retirement date set for June 30.

January 29, 2014

The National Retail Federation has issued a statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union address, in which he announced that he would sign an executive order to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for workers under new government contracts.

January 28, 2014

Stickers in the windows of kitchen cabinet retailers will soon indicate a high level of environmental stewardship, if a new program from the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association catches on.

January 24, 2014

Montgomery, N.Y.-based Russin Lumber has added Scott Orr to the company’s executive team as VP market development.

A seasoned professional with a long tenure of success in building products, Orr comes to Russin having spent the past 25 years with Moulding & Millwork, most recently serving as group general manager heading up all sales and operations for the company in the northeast.

January 20, 2014

Central Garden & Pet Company has made a couple executive appointments. Effective immediately, J.D. Walker has been tapped to lead the Garden segment, with Dan Pennington leading the wild bird and private label business. Both will report to EVP Michael Reed.

January 20, 2014

Canadian timber company Conifex announced that Patrick Bell has been appointed to the newly created role of executive VP of Conifex Timber Inc. 

January 20, 2014

BlueLinx Holdings, Inc. has a new president and CEO in Mitchell Lewis, who will be leading the company effective Jan. 20.

Additionally, executive chairman Howard Cohen is stepping down, though he (and Lewis) will both serve as members of the board. Roy Haley, who has been on the board since May 2013, will take Cohen's place as non-executive chairman.

January 15, 2014

Acme Lift Co. has a new senior executive -- Mike Crouch, most recently Volvo Rents' VP business development, is assuming the role of president and COO.

January 14, 2014

The North American Building Material Dealers Association (NBMDA) announced the group's board of directors for 2014.

Donald F. Schalk of C.H. Briggs Company is the president of the organization. Other officers include President-Elect Rick Turk, of Metro Hardwoods; VP Bill Sauter, OHARCO; Treasurer Wayne Moriarty, Atlantic Plywood; and Immediate Past President Michael Darby, Capital Lumber Co.

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