Denver (November 16, 2015) – PRO Hardware and FARM MART retailers from across the country mixed, mingled and relaxed with distributor personnel and manufacturers at the PRO Achiever’s Club trip October 26-30, 2015 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
The Achiever’s Club is PRO Group’s national recognition and awards program for PRO Hardware and FARM MART retailers. PRO retailers qualify for the Achiever’s Club experience based upon their purchases through manufacturer partners and participation in PRO programs.
Forty-two retailers representing The Bostwick-Braun Company, Horizon Distribution and Wallace Hardware Company, along with PRO Group key suppliers came together for the event. Attendees benefited from a business meeting, networking opportunities and sharing of best practices, while also taking advantage of the world-class amenities at Half Moon Resort and Spa. In all, there were over 120 attendees including retailer, distributor, key supplier and PRO Group personnel.
Danny Wingate of Cherokee PRO Home Center, Cherokee, NC and Haywood PRO Builders Supply, Waynesville, NC appreciates the opportunities provided by the Achiever’s Club trip. “This year’s Achiever’s Club experience was the best ever. The location, hospitality and food were great! PRO Group made sure all the Achievers were well taken care of. In addition to having a relaxing good time, we all had plenty of time to interact with our peers who were from all over the country, as well as the other PRO distributors, and also the opportunity to network and speak with the sponsoring manufacturers who attended. The highlight of the business session, which Bill Lee hosted, was the interaction of the attendees on various subjects that affect each of us dealers. The Achiever’s Club experience reinforces that PRO Group, with its buying power and its marketing efforts, supports a network of hardware distributors and independent dealers that, working together, can be successful.”
Michelle Newland, Vice President of Retail at Oatey also sees the benefit of Achiever’s Club.
“Oatey has been part of the Achiever’s Club for 4 years and we have found a tremendous benefit from attending. We are able to have business discussions with many distributors and retailers in an environment that is relaxing and enjoyable. We have strengthened the relationships that we have, met new retailers and gained new business from each trip.”
On Monday morning, the PRO business meeting included a presentation by Bill Lee, President of the North American Retail Hardware Association. Bill shared details on NRHA’s programs and services, industry trends, and results from a survey that the attendees filled out prior to the meeting. The group also shared best practices on store growth, advertising and marketing, and employee training and HR issues.
Steve Synnott, President and CEO of PRO Group, praised the retailers who were awarded with the Achiever’s Club status. “The Achiever’s Club winning retailers represent some of the most outstanding entrepreneurs served by PRO distributors. Each store has a unique and compelling value proposition and the privilege of learning each retailer’s story of success is one of the most rewarding aspects of the program. Sharing success, retailer to retailer is the takeaway for all Achiever’s Club participants.”
PRO Group, Inc. (www.pro-group.com) is a multidivisional international merchandising and marketing organization with corporate headquarters in Denver. Its operating units include PRO Hardware, GardenMaster, FARM MART and GOLDEN-LINK. The company’s purchasing power exceeds $3 billion through its member distributors.
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Shari Kalbach, PRO Group, Inc.