This Is Not a “Drill”: National Hardware Show® Day Two Shines

May 09, 2019

Momentum Continues With All-Star Keynotes and Manufacturers,
Educational Sessions and Special Events

LAS VEGAS, NV - May 9, 2019 — The momentum and enthusiasm continued during day two of the National Hardware Show® yesterday, as attendees crowded the Las Vegas Convention Center to see the latest and greatest products, network with exhibitors, sit in on educational sessions and more!

"It’s great to see the positive enthusiasm from attendees and exhibitors filter into day two," says Rich Russo, Industry Vice President for the National Hardware Show. "From all-star panels and educational sessions to special events like our annual Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ party – there was something for everyone to enjoy. We can’t wait to see what day three brings!"

Special Events
On day two, attendees had the chance to participate in a variety of special events including:

  • Women’s Empowerment Series: From Startup to Stardom: In the first edition of this National Hardware Show series, attendees were introduced to two successful female entrepreneurs including Sandy Cleary, Founder & CEO of SLC Group Holdings and Casey Finn, Editor and Creative Director of The DIY Playbook, to hear about their risks, rewards, failures and success over breakfast. The conversation was moderated by Dara Trujillo, CMO of SLC Group Holdings, and former Disney and HSN Executive.
  • Home Depot Pitch Panel: On Wednesday morning, Home Depot, the worlds’ largest home improvement retailer, returned to the Inventors Spotlight to hear about the products exhibitors brought to the Show. The pitch panel took place on the Inventors Spotlight Stage and featured a number of exhibitors.
  • Annual Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ Party The annual Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ party was once again a fan favorite! Located in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Silver parking lot, the party took place Wednesday afternoon and provided badged National Hardware Show participants with free food, drinks and music!
  • Lancaster Las Vegas Buying Show: This year, the Lancaster Las Vegas Buying Show co-located with the National Hardware Show. Located in the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, manufacturers exhibiting at the Lancaster Show included Chapin, Honeywell, Merit Pro, Mad Dog, Stanley Black & Decker, Zorr Corp and many more.
  • Media Hub: The excitement continued in the NHS Media Hub as both The Money Pit and On The House With the Carey Brothers broadcasted from the Show Floor.

All-Star Speakers
There was also a full lineup of speakers, for both the Small Build & Technology Conference and NRHA All-Industry Conference, covering a variety of topics relevant to the industry.

The morning session was kicked off by the “Independent Innovations: How Retailers Are Differentiating” session which was moderated by Dan Tratensek of Hardware Retailing and the NRHA. During the sessions, attendees got to see how independent home improvement retailers around North America are differentiating their operations through service merchandising, product selection and in-store experiences.

In the afternoon, Arnold Stalk, Founder & CEO of Veterans Village Las Vegas, and Gabrielle Rapport, Founder and Executive Director of Operation Tiny Home took a stage in the North Hall room 115. Their session entitled “Pathways to Eliminating Homelessness Through Tiny Housing Communities” offered insight into the tiny home building process from planning and zoning to funding and project management.

Zack Giffin and John Weisbarth, Co-Hosts of Tiny House Nation, delivered a presentation entitled “Community Building with Purpose”. During their keynote, Giffin and Weisbarth defined the role of the small build and construction technology industries in bringing affordable and sustainable housing to communities throughout the world.

Industry Awards
During the Show, the best of the best in the industry were honored through the NHS Awards, American Manufacturing Awards, NRHA Top Gun Awards and more!

NHS Awards Winners:

  • Hardware & Tools
    • First Place – GenTent Safety Canopies; The GenTent Stormbracer
    • Second Place – BCS International; S4001 Stanley Universal Tie-Down Kit
    • Third Place – ResinFiber; Forj Thermoplastic Tape – Ribbon
  • Plumbing & Electrical
    • First Place – Juka Innovations Corporation; ToiletShroom Revolutionary Plunger
    • Second Place – Mr. Cool; MrCool DIY Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump
    • Third Place – Sencentric; SimpleSENCE Home Leak and Freeze Detector
  • Lawn, Garden & Outdoor Living/Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ
    • First Place – Dynamic Solutions Worldwide; DynaTrap DOT – a Discreet Outlet Trap
    • Second Place – Pet Partners Worldwide; My Pet Pail
    • Third Place – Seedsheet; Seedsheet Mini Herbs Smart Garden
  • Homewares
    • First Place – ITSmart Security LLC; The Motorola Smart Safes
    • Second Place – Stop The Slip; LED Night Light Grab Rails
    • Third Place – Absorbent Specialty Products; Quick Dam Indoor Water Control Solutions
  • Paint & Accessories
    • First Place – Nix Sensor Ltd; Nix Mini Color Sensor
    • Second Place – Shurtech Brands LLC; Frog Tape Touch Up Cup
    • Third Place – J-B Weld Company; J-B Weld Clear Weld
  • New Product Launch
    • First Place – Twist and Seal; Rhino Cart
    • Second Place – National Hardware; G-Rex Adjustable Bungee Cord
    • Third Place – Dynamic Solutions Worldwide LLC; DynaTrap Dot
  • America Manufacturing Awards Winners:
    • Best Packaging – Bloem, LLC; ‘Merica Mingos
    • Best On-Site Patriotic Marketing – Duke Cannon Supply Company; Premium Men’s Grooming Goods
    • Best New Product – Eagle Tool US; Dirt Auger System and New Market Apparel, WorkArmor Gloves
  • NRHA Top Gun Awards Winners:
    • Charlie Gillman, Owner and President, Gillman Home Center
    • Christine Hand, Handyman Home Hardware
    • Mark Schulein, Crown Ace Hardware
  • NRHA Retailers’ Choice Award Winners:
    • Brazos Walking Sticks, Healthsmart International, Booth 3527, 3536
    • LED+ Speaker Bulb, GE Lighting, Booth 2915
    • Re-Grip Handle Multi Tool Handle Grip, Preval, Booth 5438
    • RunOff Waterproof Pocket, Nite Ize, Booth 6446
    • Magnetic Finger Tool, TurnPro Magnetic Finger, Booth 8125
    • Hard Water Stain Remover, Bio-Clean Products, Booth 3508
    • Rhino Cart, Rhino Cart/Twist and Seal, Booth IS9122
    • Behrens Metalware Mug, Behrens Manufacturing Company, Booth 5810
    • Legacy Old Favorite Hat, Legacy/League-L2 Brands, Booth 7358
    • Rite in the Rain All-Weather Notebook, Rite in the Rain, Booth 7054
    • TRIGGERFIRE Staple Gun, Surebonder, Booth 7536
    • Bionic Wrench, LoggerHead Tools, Booth 7335
    • Ooni Koda Gas-Powered Outdoor Pizza Oven, Ooni, Booth 10253/Outdr13143
    • Urbz, Mananaland LLC, Booth 10176
    • HomeBiogas, HomeBiogas, Booth 11939
    • Haultail, P.U.T. Corp/Global Strategist, Booth 8461
    • Cart Daddy, Scrub Daddy, Booth 4611
    • Drywall Axe, Pauze Innovations, Booth 3643
    • GenTent, GenTent Safety Canopies, Booth 6312
    • Fireplace Mantle, mywoodwall, Booth 4832
    • Burro Buddy, The Little Burros, Booth 12842
    • Raised Bed Planter, Tarter Farm and Ranch Equipment, Booth 11762
    • Booster Bath, Booster Bath, Booth 11174
    • Paint Edger, Emery Edgers, Booth IS9205
    • ThumbShield, ThumbShield, Booth IS9207
    • Slam Genie(TM), No Slam Ltd., Booth IS9210
    • Boxtown Team Carrier and Ladder Roller, Boxtown Team, Booth IS9201
    • Ladder-Aide Pro, Ladder-Aide by Ideal Security, Booth IS9300
    • Sink Genie "P" Trap, P.F. Waterworks, Booth 2921
    • Play Wood Connectors, Space Matters Srl/PlayWood, Booth 3311
    • Marxmate Professional Marking Tool, GRIPIT, Booth 3849
    • LED Light Package, ATX LED, Booth 3316
    • Upcart® Beast 2 in 1 400 Pound Hand Truck, UpCart, Booth 7640
    • ScrewMagnet, ScrewMagnet, Booth IS9125

PDRA Scholarship Presentation: Today, the Paint and Decorating Retailers Association (PDRA) awarded its 11th annual $5,000 scholarship, which went to Emma Petri who is a student at Iowa State University.

For more information about the National Hardware Show, please visit

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

Coyne PR for National Hardware Show

Return to Press Index


We use cookies to operate this website and to improve its usability. Full details of what cookies are, why we use them and how you can manage them can be found by reading our Privacy & Cookies page. Please note that by using this site you are consenting to the use of cookies.