Buyers have to stay on top of product trends, work closely with manufacturers to bring new products to market, negotiate fairly and ethically, satisfy internal requirements at their companies and also be responsive to the needs of retailers. That’s a chal

Tavernier, FL—The Hardware Connection magazine has announced the winners of its “Buyer of the Year” award, a program that recognizes the important role buyers play in the hardware/home improvement industry.

“The buyers in our industry have a very difficult but important job trying to satisfy a diverse group of independent retailers, balancing the merits of new items with the need to maintain turns and margins for their companies. We felt it was time to finally give them the recognition they deserve,” says Tom Chasteen, sales director of The Hardware Connection.

The 2010 Buyers of the Year are:

  • Houston Bowlin, product manager-paint, paint sundries and electrical, House-Hasson Hardware Company
  • Charlie Crittenden,merchandise manager-electrical, Ace Hardware Corp.
  • Jeff Kammer,global product merchant-hardware and automotive, True Value Company

 

The winners were selected by the retail readers of The Hardware Connection, who were asked to nominate their favorite wholesale buyer. Each Buyer of the Year honoree will receive a plaque of recognition.

“Buyers have to stay on top of product trends, work closely with manufacturers to bring new products to market, negotiate fairly and ethically, satisfy internal requirements at their companies and also be responsive to the needs of retailers. That’s a challenging but crucial function,” says Chris Jensen, editor of The Hardware Connection. “We think the fact that the Buyers of the Year were picked by retailers gives this award extra credibility.

            The Hardware Connectionis a quarterly electronic magazine developed to help independent hardware retailers improve and grow their businesses and to help manufacturers better understand the needs of retailers. Founded in 2009, The Hardware Connection is currently distributed to more than 25,000 people in the hardware industry including over 22,000 retailers. For more information, go towww.thehardwareconnection.com