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Where in the world is Steve?

Steve and Curt drove to Toledo, OH today for another successful Buying Day with Bostwick-Braun.
Bostwick-Braun is one of the country’s largest full-service general-line distributors in the USA supplying over 1000 dealers in Indiana, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island reaching over $125 million at wholesales.

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NLBMDA honors Paul Hylbert with Chairman’s Award

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) honored Paul Hylbert (Presidents Council’s Advisory Board Chairman) with the Chairman’s Award for his contributions to the association and the lumber and building materials industry during the NLBMDA Installation Dinner event on Oct. 17 in conjunction with the ProDealer Industry Summit.

Paul Hylbert

Hylbert started his career with Wickes where he spent 21 years. He served sequentially as chief executive of the Wickes Europe, Wickes Lumber, and Sequoia Supply subsidiaries before leading a leveraged buy-out of the latter to form PrimeSource in 1987. He was the CEO of PrimeSource from 1987 until 1999.

After the sale of PrimeSource, he joined Lanoga Corporation in 2001 where he served as CEO until the formation of ProBuild in 2006. Starting as COO, he later became CEO in January of 2007 where he remained until his retirement in October of 2010. He remained on the ProBuild board until May 2011 when he resigned to form Kodiak Building Partners.

Hylbert currently serves as Kodiak Building Partners Chairman. He is a past NLBMDA Chairman and has served on several committees and task groups over the years. He currently serves on the NLBMDA Building Task Group and on the LuDPAC Board of Trustees.


Source: https://www.lbmjournal.com/nlbmda-honors-paul-hylbert-with-chairmans-award/
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From the desk of Jack Laverty from World Vision


World Vision has had a great response for all of our disaster response efforts from many corporations we work with – so THANK YOU for answering the call with much needed (and right fitting) product.  Below is an update regarding our work in Puerto Rico.  The last time I was on a call regarding our work I knew we had one container of product heading that way and another two staged and ready to go as well.  We knew prior to shipment our product would be able to make it the last mile to those in need – so our teams had the logistics and infrastructure in place.  I’ll let the report below fill you in on the rest of the details.

Thank you again for your help, interest and kind words.

Jack Laverty,
Director, Corporate Engagement
World Vision


World Vision’s current partners are NALEC and Urban Strategies. They help World Vision in distributions and response activities through their network of churches in PR. Heavy rains are creating some operational challenges. However, distributions and assessments will go ahead as planned. For example, Mount Zion Church in Perchas helped us distribute 1000 hygiene kits.

Continued concerns:

  • Widespread loss of power
  • Disrupted access to clean water
  • Limited access to fuel and long waits
  • Patchy cell-phone and sat-phone coverage
  • Blocked roads in remote areas and major traffic jams


WV’s response is to assist the most affected people in areas that are not being assisted by other agencies. Particular attention will be paid to the physical, psychosocial and protection needs of children.

  • Response timeframe: 6-12 months+

World Vision’s first distribution provided by the response team was in Corazol, for a shelter housing approximately 150 people who couldn’t return to their homes. They were in need of basic over-the-counter medicines, first aid supplies and hygiene items, which the team purchased and delivered to them.

Also, a distribution of food, water, tarps and hygiene items for 240 households were done in the communities around Utuado, in central Puerto Rico. This has been identified as one of the hardest hit and under-assisted areas of the country.

Relief Phase includes focus on:

  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
  • Food Security
  • Health
  • Shelter and Household Items
  • Children in emergencies
  • Access to Electricity
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Where in the world is Steve?

I’m in the Bronx today with a little spare time and was able to see Fordham University – where the most legendary football coach of all time (Green Bay Packer Legend) played his college ball as one of the famed “seven blocks of granite”.

The image on the left is not the Vincent T. Lombardi building but it’s the only photo that came out well as the rains from now Tropical Storm Nate soaked New York.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP with product donations for Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria effected areas.

As many of you know, Presidents Council is a long time supporter of The Storehouse of Worldvision. They take product donations for low income families and communities in need.

Right now they are working to get urgently needed supplies down to the areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and we are reaching out to industry suppliers to offer a way that you can help.

Jack Laverty, who heads up their gift-in-kind program, sent a list of products that they need badly. They will also consider other products that are not on this list. If you can help, please reach out to Jack right away. Your company will receive a tax deduction and you’ll help people in need.

  • siding
  • flooring
  • insulation
  • sheet rock
  • roofing tools for demolition
  • OSB – fiber flooring fasteners sheeting, tar paper
  • shop-vacs

Please contact Jack directly:

Jack Laverty
phone:  253.229.8373  |   email: jlaverty@worldvision.org
P.O. Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063-9716 USA

World Vision /Building a better world for children


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Home Improvement eRetailer Summit: NEW DATES NOV 29 – DEC 1, 2017

The Home Improvement eRetailer Summit has been rescheduled (due to Hurricane Irma) to November 29 – December 1, at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, FL. 

REGISTER NOW and take $100 off simply by typing in “100off”.
For more information go to www.eretailersummit.com.

The Home Improvement eRetailer Summit is an opportunity to connect manufacturers, distributors and pre-qualified online retailers who are specifically interested in increasing online sales of home improvement products through collaboration and partnerships.

In addition, this conference is designed to help educate the entire home improvement distribution channel more about the online retail industry. It is designed as a mutually beneficial educational forum for retailers, distributors and manufacturers.

Understanding how to use the Internet as a retail distribution channel is not easy, particularly in the home improvement market, where bricks and mortar have long been the standard bearer of successful retail selling. E-commerce can be very different from the traditional way home improvement suppliers go to market. The eRetailers participating in this summit will share how they optimize their distinct online model and will help suppliers understand the profile of the type of supplier partnerships that are successful in their e-tail environment.

In a curated educational setting, crafted by an advisory board of progressive online retailers, eRetailers will participate in educational tracks that focus on clarifying some of the top issues faced by online retailers today. eRetailers will be able to develop partnerships with suppliers and create sustainable and profitable business relationships. All of these valuable benefits are integrated within an invitation-only gathering.

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Where in the world is Steve?

In somehow sunny Dublin today helping a Presidents Council member get introduced to United Hardware. They are a distributor to 120+ independent hardware stores in Ireland with annual turnover around 300 mil Euro.

I’ve been asked many times if hardware is in my blood… apparently it may be true but I don’t believe I’m even a small part Irish.

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Menards Buying Day

In spite of the grey and rainy skies outside, we had another very successful Buying Day at Menards on August 3rd, 2017.
Menards had their buyers in one room to meet with with new prospective suppliers at their headquarters in Eau Claire, Wisconsin last Thursday – our 10th successful Buying Day at Menards!

Menards is the third largest home improvement retailer in the U.S. with estimated annual sales at $8+ billion and over 270 retail stores.

Missed this great opportunity?

No problem, we will hold another Menards Buying Day in August 2018. Stay tuned for more details.

What’s happening next?

Check out our upcoming Buying Days here.

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Where in the world is Steve?

You don’t expect it to be 94F in Germany. Life in a business suit can be uncomfortable without air conditioning. Not so for Germany’s DIY retailers this summer though. The low interest rates here are causing people to invest in their homes rather than putting money in the banks. Sales are strong.

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Where in the world is Steve?

Southern England today to introduce our Presidents Council member to the Kingfisher Group at the B&Q offices in Chandler’s Ford. Kingfisher is in the beginning stages of changing their purchasing from individual chain based to 90% group purchasing by 2020 for all the Kingfisher brands (B&Q, Castorama, etc.). All suppliers from Northern Europe and North America will be the responsibility of this U.K. office.

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Where in the world is Steve?

Just outside of Antwerp, Belgium today meeting with the Brico Alliance Group at the HUBO headquarters. Brico Alliance consists of 9 mid-size EUROPEAN DIY retailers from Iceland to Estonia and as far south as Morocco. Their combined annual sales are around 1.3 Billion Euro. Purchasing Directors from all the chains get together quarterly to discover new products and combine volume for more cost efficient production runs from suppliers.

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Where in the world is Steve?

After a short morning flight, we find ourselves in Cologne, Germany today to meet with TOOM BAUMARKT after a quick bit of store research and a visit to the parking lot for an outstanding bratwurst. This woman had grill skills that could put the Lambeau Field tailgate to shame.

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Where in the world is Steve?

I’m in Berlin today at the 5th Annual Global DIY Summit. It looks to be around 1000 attendees mostly at the senior-level from companies across the supply chain from around the world (although heavily European). Topics include innovation and economic forecast but this year there is a new emphasis on political issues with the Brexit and US election receiving much attention.

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Menards Buying Day 2017

Registration is open now!

Register HERE to meet with YOUR buyer from Menards on August 3rd, 2017.

Exclusive meetings by appointment only with Menards at their corporate headquarters in Eau Claire, WI
The entire Menards buying team will be available on Thursday, August 3, 2017 to see new products and new vendors. The meetings will take place at the Menards headquarters in Eau Claire, WI.

To find out more and guarantee YOUR individual 20 minute meeting with the appropriate buyer, simply click here.

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Westlake Ace Hardware Buying Day

We want to say Thank You to all the suppliers and buyers who participated in our Westlake Ace Hardware Buying Day on May 24th, 2017. With over 55 meetings happening at Westlake Ace Hardware headquarters in Lenexa, KS we call it a success!

Westlake Hardware is a chain of 98 neighborhood hardware stores operating in 8 states across the Midwest with a sales range of $280 – $300 million. Westlake Ace Hardware operates stores in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and North Carolina.
The company was started in 1905 in Huntsville, MO, when W.I. Westlake bought part ownership in a hardware store there. The company slowly expanded over the next few decades until Westlake joined the Ace Hardware distribution network in 1959 and eventually became the largest Ace dealer in America. Westlake’s average sales floor size is about 22,000 square feet.

Missed this great opportunity?

No problem, we will hold another Westlake Ace Hardware in May 2018. Stay tuned for more details.

What’s happening next?

Check out our upcoming Buying Days here.

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True Value Buying Day

Our True Value Buying Day event on March 9th was a huge success: over 125 meetings within 3 hours! All of the merchants in one room for a 1/2 day+, meeting with potential new suppliers in pre-scheduled, 20-minutes Face-To-Face meetings. Lots of happy hand shakes where witnessed. If you haven’t participated in a Buying Day event yet, it’s time!

Check out our upcoming events here