National Hardware Show® Announces New Keynote Speaker

Feb 19, 2019

True Value Company President and Chief Executive Officer John Hartmann Joins Lineup

NORWALK, CT. - February 19, 2019 – It’s official! The National Hardware Show® (NHS), where home improvement experts, builders, remodelers and other industry leaders and professionals can experience everything home improvement all in one place, is honored to announce True Value Company President and Chief Executive Officer, John Hartmann as a keynote speaker at the upcoming Show in May. Hartmann’s keynote presentation will take place on Tuesday morning, May 7th on the stage in the NRHA Village located in the Central Hall lobby immediately following the Show’s opening ceremony.

“Our industry is rapidly changing, and the National Hardware Show is the perfect place for both retailers and manufacturers to come together to address this transformation,” said Hartmann. “I’m honored to discuss how the independent hardware retailer is well positioned for growth and profitability at the Show.”

Entitled “Unlocking True Value,” Hartmann’s address will highlight how returning the majority of its members’ equity has offered retailers the opportunity to invest in their business as they know best and how a new company structure has enabled True Value to accelerate strategic investments without cutting into retailers’ profits.

Hartmann has more than 25 years of corporate experience at the senior executive level. Hartmann joined True Value in 2013 and led the company through the creation and implementation of a strategic plan focused on critical reinvestments in the business to drive growth and profitability for True Value Company and the independent retailers it serves. Most recently, he led the company through a change in business structure to unlock over $230 million of shareholders’ equity and establish True Value as the only hardlines wholesale distributor with a globally recognized brand and no stock requirement. Previously, Hartmann served as Chief Executive Officer at New Zealand-based cooperative Mitre 10. He also spent nine years in business development and operational roles at The Home Depot and HD Supply.

“We are honored to welcome John Hartmann as one of our keynote speakers,” said Rich Russo, Industry Vice President for the National Hardware Show. “John’s extensive experience will inspire exciting conversation between retailers and manufacturers about the ever-changing hardware and home landscape. NHS will most definitely be a must-attend place for our industry to learn about trends and innovations in the hardware space and beyond!”

Register Today!
Registration for the 2019 Show is now open and members of the industry, retailers, as well as members of the press, are encouraged to sign up now and experience everything that the National Hardware Show has to offer. Registration for buyers and retailers is free from now until March 15, 2019 at Eligible and credentialed members of the media can apply for press registration status here.

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About the National Hardware Show®
The National Hardware Show® celebrates a rich history spanning nearly 75 years of serving the home improvement marketplace. From its early beginnings in New York during the post-World War 2 housing boom and eventual move to Chicago in the 1970s, to today's current location in Las Vegas, NHS continually evolves through the industry's involvement, commitment and passion to improving America's quality of life through their homes. Today, NHS is the place for global manufacturers, associations, organizations and the media to get an unfiltered view of the industry, hands-on experiences, and access to the latest innovations and retail trends to enhance their business. For more information on the National Hardware Show, visit

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