Mar 11, 2020

Conference Features Full Slate of Leading Presenters, Educational Seminars and Awards 

NORWALK, CT. - March 11, 2020 – Retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers will gather this May at the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) All-Industry Conference at the National Hardware Show® (NHS) to discuss the evolution of the industry and how to stay ahead. The NRHA All-Industry Conference is a series of educational seminars, networking opportunities and awards programs that will be held in conjunction with the National Hardware Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas from Tuesday, May 5th through Thursday, May 7th.  The Conference will take place in the NRHA Village, located in the lobby of the convention center outside of Central Hall. 

“The hardware and tools industry in constantly changing and evolving, and attendees come to the Show to stay ahead of those changes by engaging with the right people, as well as learning about the best practices and latest tools needed to both enhance and grow their businesses,” said Rich Russo, Industry Vice President for the National Hardware Show. “We are pleased to once again offer attendees two of the home improvement industry’s premiere gatherings under one roof. The full program will offer a mix of keynotes and panel presentations from an all-star roster of industry presenters with different perspectives and valuable insight to help evolve and propel their businesses forward.”

"We are pleased to, once again, be a part of the National Hardware Show,” says Dan Tratensek, executive vice president with NRHA. “The NRHA All-Industry Conference offers educational content and leadership learning opportunities designed to foster innovation, growth and positive results. We understand attendees need to stay up to date with the needs of their customers, all while having the vision to see potential disruptions in this ever-changing hardware industry. This year’s program will focus on this and other topics relevant to independent retailers and beyond.

Must-See Speakers and Sessions
To thrive in today’s market, retailers need to be future-focused and strategic, as well as open to emerging technologies that will ultimately impact the way consumers interact and engage with their products and brands. This year, the theme of the Conference is “Industry Disruptors: How Today's Leaders Are Winning the Retail Game.” The NRHA All-Industry Conference will offer insights from wholesale executives, successful retailers and industry experts who know disruption is essential to winning. Some key sessions and speakers that will take place during the conference include:  

  • KEYNOTE: How Independents Are Still Disrupting (Tuesday, May 5 at 10:00 a.m.)– Presenter: Dan Starr, President and CEO, Do it Best 
  • KEYNOTE: Employees First: Disrupting Assumptions for More Loyal Customers and Stronger Sales (Wednesday, May 6 at 10:00 a.m.) – Presenter: Kevin Hancock, CEO, Hancock Lumber 
  • 5 Disrupters Challenging the Home Improvement Industry – Presenter: Jim Robisch, The Farnsworth Group
  • Evolving Technology – Presenters: Eric Hassett, Hassett Ace Hardware and Matt Woods, Woods Hardware

NRHA Awards 
The Conference also offers opportunities to recognize the best of the best in the industry through NRHA’s awards programs.  

  • NRHA’s Top Guns Awards: This program pays tribute to some of the industry’s top performers, enabling attendees to see how these retailers are innovating in their businesses, giving back to their communities and pushing the industry forward to continually rise to the top. 
  • Retailers’ Choice Awards: This program honors products on the rise, giving attendees a glimpse at the latest items to enhance their inventories. 
  • Young Retailer of the Year: This program aims to identify and promote the next generation of independent hardware leaders.

Register Today!
Registration for the 2020 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 NHS has to offer. Registration for buyers and retailers is free from now until the Show at Eligible and credentialed members of the media can apply for press registration status here.

For more information and to stay informed on the latest updates to this year’s National Hardware Show, visit

About NRHA 
The North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) helps independent hardware stores, home centers and lumberyards throughout the U.S. and Canada become better and more profitable retailers. NRHA offers training courses, annual events and other educational resources to provide retailers with opportunities to grow and improve their businesses. For more information on the NRHA or the NRHA All-Industry Conference, visit

About the National Hardware Show®
The National Hardware Show® celebrates a rich history spanning 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 quality of life through their homes and beyond. 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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