The Presidents Council provides a forum for buyers and sellers to build relationships and exchange information through various programs at the senior management and merchant level, worldwide.
We are an organization devoted to the development of the Home Improvement/Home Building Industries. The Council is the Industry’s only organization comprised of retailers, builders, distributors and manufacturers. Our group is guided and directed by an Advisory Board comprised of the senior-level executives of the industry’s retail, builder and distributor giants and a select group of sponsoring manufacturers.
Presidents Council promotes, manages and conducts Buying Days, an event format that organizes face-to-face meetings between retailers, distributors and suppliers for 20 minute introductions. Find out more about our upcoming Buying Days
Menards Import Buying Day
+ NON-U.S. COMPANIES ONLY +
October 4, 2018
– Eau Claire, WI –
Home Hardware Canada
October 18, 2018
– Ontario, Canada –
November 14, 2018
– Appleton, WI –
Frequently Asked Buying Day Questions
What retailers participate in your Buying Days?
I want to get my product into the European DIY market – can you help?
We have strong, long-standing relationships with all the major DIY chain retailers in Europe and have been helping suppliers pioneer that market since 1988.
How can I receive updates on upcoming events?
We invite you to sign up to our mailing list. You will then receive our Buying Days campaigns and monthly newsletters containing all the information on our upcoming events.
Why do you charge money for a Buying Day meeting?
The retailers for which we manage a Buying Day do not get any money. The fee goes to the Presidents Council, and there are a few reasons for the fee:
- These events require a lot of work and we have to make a living. The fee helps pay for event administration, organization, travel expenses, etc.
- The fee is a “qualifier” to ensure that you are serious, interested and prepared to meet these leading chain retailers. In the past, any time these meetings were offered “free of charge,” we found that almost 1/3 of the suppliers who scheduled meetings became “no-shows,” thus leaving the buyers with huge gaps in their appointment schedules.
- It is for suppliers who have existing programs. The fee weeds out the “basement and garage inventors” and “tire kickers” who might not have manufacturing, program, product inventory, etc., and has resulted in quality events where retailers find new vendors! The participating retailer puts all of their buyers in one room for one day, and asks us to fill their appointment schedules with new potential suppliers who are ready to do business.
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We have over 30 years experience providing a forum for buyers and sellers to build relationships.
Our young, enthusiastic team is always here to help.
We are proud of our strong, long-standing, senior-level relationships with nearly every major DIY chain retailer in North America, Europe and other key markets.
Here’s what just some of our clients have said
“That’s what The Presidents Council has spent 30 years doing: building these relationships, becoming a respected association and networking group and a real thought-leader in the industry.”
Arman Rousta – Ajustco
“Presidents Council’s access, together with their market knowledge and experience helping suppliers pioneer the North American and European DIY markets make the Presidents Council uniquely capable to assist suppliers secure new retail accounts.”
Trevor McMillian – Caframo
“I highly recommend both Curt Powell and Steve Powell and the entire team at Presidents Council to anyone who is looking for a skilled organization and team to get a cost efficient introduction to the US and Canadian market.”
Peter Steen Hansen – CAS DK
“The Presidents Council format has worked consistently well for our company, and we’ve enjoyed a high success rate in securing listings. For larger national accounts, the opportunity to present a product directly to the appropriate buyer is highly efficient when compared with the hit-or-miss nature of trade shows.”