National Hardware Show® Opening Ceremonies To Feature Pat Farrah, Co-Founder Of Home Depot

Mar 31, 2010

National Hardware Show® Opening Ceremonies To Feature Pat Farrah, Co-Founder Of Home Depot

Farrah To Be Inducted Into Home Channel Hall Of Fame

(Norwalk, Conn. April 1): This year's National Hardware Show® (May 4-6, 2010, Las Vegas Convention Center) celebrates 65 years and will pay homage to one of home improvements ‘game-changers' during its opening ceremonies. Special featured guest, Pat Farrah, co-founder of The Home Depot, will participate in the opening ceremonies on May 4th at 8:30 AM at the Central Hall/Main Stage in the Central Hall Lobby and will go on to enter Home Channel Hall of Fame during the Golden Hammer Awards ceremony that evening.

Farrah has more than 45 years of experience in the hardware and home improvement industry, during which time he established himself as a merchandising wizard and a key player in the founding and early success of Home Depot.

"My favorite accomplishments have been the opportunity to serve the DIY and professional customer, creating career paths and success stories with thousands of associates, and successfully partnering with quality and progressive vendors," Farrah said.

At National Lumber in California, Farrah worked his way up from stock boy to executive VP. He then went on to start Homeco, an early warehouse style home improvement concept that later caught the eye of Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank. After a stint with Scotts Miracle-Gro's Smith & Hawken division, Farrah is now managing partner of Re:Retail, a retail consulting firm.

Farrah will join many industry luminaries as he enters the Home Channel Hall of Fame, which started in 2004. The list includes last year's recipient, Lyle Heidemann, True Value, and Farrahs' former co-founders at Home Depot, Arthur Blank and Bernie Marcus, who were entered into the Hall of Fame in 2004.

In addition to gaining critical insight, retailers will be able to source the largest retail home improvement marketplace. Top brands and emerging companies representing the seven major product categories will be on the sold-out show floor and include: Audiovox, Bosch, 3M; Ames True Temper; Arrow Fasteners; Bond Manufacturing, Brinkmann Corporation, Burpee Garden Products; Camp Chef; Channellock; Coleman Cable, Cosco Home & Office; Designers Edge, Earthtronics, Elmer's Products; EMSLO Group, Fiskars; Feit Electric; Ferry Morse Seed, Gleason Group, Henke/ Loctite, IDC Westinghouse, Illinois Tool Works, Jarden's First Alert brand; Karcher, N.A., Little Giant/Franklin Electric, MTD Products, Racor, Rio Brands, Stack-On Products, ShurTech Brands, Southern Patio, Stanley National Hardware, The Hammock Source, Vaughn & Bushnell; Whirlpool/Gladiator Garage Works; Worx; The Scotts Company.

The National Hardware Show® will be held on May 4-6, 2010 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and celebrates a rich history spanning 65 years of serving the home improvement marketplace. From its early beginnings in New York during the post-World War II housing boom and eventual move to Chicago in the 1970s to today's current location in Las Vegas, the National Hardware Show continually evolves through the industry's involvement, commitment and passion to improving America's quality of life through their homes.

Today, the National Hardware Show is the place for global manufacturers, associations, organizations and the media to unveil their new products, ideas and insights to a broad spectrum of home improvement resellers. The National Hardware Show is organized into seven major product focus areas including: Hardware & Tools; Homewares; Lawn, Garden & Outdoor Living; Paint & Accessories; Plumbing & Electrical; Storage & Organization and an international sourcing area.

Contributing associations and partners include:

  • North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) hosting their second annual Industry Summit & Village;
  • Paint & Decorating Retailers Association (PDRA) Show at the National Hardware Show presenting "Future Fair" and "Top of the Line" Retailer Awards;
  • Home Channel News' 26th Golden Hammer Awards;
  • HomeWorld Business magazine's Third Annual Innovations Awards;
  • The Worldwide DIY Council, comprised of some 130 exporting manufacturers from the US and Canada will hold its annual Board of Directors meetings, general meetings and seminars and a reception sponsored by the NRHA;
  • HANDY magazine and the Handyman Club of America to present "Power Tool Alley" where Handyman Club members will be conducting at-show testing of products;
  • Presidents Council will conduct world-class Open to Buy Days at this year's event. Proceeds will benefit the City of Hope charity.
  • The Money Pit, nationally syndicated radio show, will conduct its annual "National Hardware Show" media tour.
  • Nationally syndicated radio shows such as "On the House with the Carey Brothers," "The Gary Sullivan Show," "Handyman with Glenn Haege" and "The Money Pit" will broadcast live on the show floor.

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