National Hardware Show® Opens Tomorrow With Home Improvement Icons, Celebrities, Twitter Party & Industry Insights For Home Improvement Resellers

May 03, 2010

National Hardware Show® Opens Tomorrow With Home Improvement Icons, Celebrities, Twitter Party & Industry Insights For Home Improvement Resellers

(LAS VEGAS, NV May 3) – Home improvement product resellers attending the National Hardware Show® May 4-6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center will have access to a wealth of insights and information -- exclusive to the Show and absolutely free to attendees. A series of seminars will highlight important market trends and provide inside information and proprietary research from the most respected publications, organizations and experts. The list of presenters includes the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI), the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and the Paint & Decorating Retailers Association (PDRA), as well as industry icons like former Wal-Mart senior vice chairman Don Soderquist who will keynote on Wed. May 5th at 9:30 AM (PST).

The outstanding line-up begins at 8:45 AM (PST) when Pat Farrah, co-founder, The Home Depot, will open the show and recognize the National Hardware Show’s 65th anniversary. From there, “Live from the National Hardware Show Twitter Party, begins at 11:00 AM (PST) and the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) will present the latest tracking study results of anticipated home improvement products at 11:15 AM (PST) which will not only reveal what projects U.S. consumers are planning but -- for the first time -- will break it down according to the Top 25 markets. From there, Bridget Brennan, CEO, The Female Factor, presents, “Why She Buys” at 12 Noon (PST). Brennan will present the new strategy for reaching the world’s most powerful consumers – women- in an hour-long keynote presentation.

The remainder of the day will be packed with information designed to assist retailers with information that enables them to improve their businesses with new research, information and trends.

“We are proud to present the most exciting research and information available though HIRI, NRHA and PDRA, as well as HGTV research by Casual Living magazine,” said Ed Several, Group Vice President & Show Manager, National Hardware Show. “These organizations have made huge investments in researching what is relevant to the people in our industry, and it’s all available free to those attending the Show.”
Television celebrities and guest appearances are also on tap for today. Raychel Harvey-Jones, an on-air meterologist with Accuweather, will be at the Generac Booth #6413 to take about the expected active 2010 hurricane season at 10 am, 1 PM, 4 PM (PST). Paul Teutul Sr., from the TV show, Orange County Choppers, will be in the Gladiator booth #6917 from 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. to hear first-hand how Paul and Gladiator® GarageWorks worked together to design and build the Gladiator brand bike.

This marks the 65th anniversary of the National Hardware Show®, which is completely sold out of exhibit space to manufacturers from the Home Improvement, Lawn & Garden/Outdoor Living, Tailgating and other key industries. The list of attendees promises to be one of the strongest line-up of buyers, representing not only traditional retail and wholesale outlets but untraditional channels like grocery, mass, drug, catalog, Internet and international retailers. This includes industry giants like Home Depot, Walmart, Sears, True Value, Costco, Sam’s Club, Ace Hardware and many more representing more than $237 billion in sales revenue.
The National Hardware Show® will be held 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.

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