Distribution America and PRO Group Kick Off Annual Executive Planning Conference in Tucson, Arizona




Tucson, AZ (November 19, 2018) – “Bringing the best together from Manufacturing and Distribution!” That’s how Jim Hegner, Corporate Accounts Manger from Midwest Fastener, described this year’s event which was staged at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort.

More than 350 distributors and manufacturers attended the annual Executive Planning Conference (EPC) and participated in more than 2,600 one-on-one sessions. During those sessions, distributors and manufacturers discussed topics ranging from new product and program launches, prior year fill-rates, order turn-around time, promotional effectiveness and new business opportunities.

The 3-day event also featured a scramble golf tournament and a Thursday night football themed reception sponsored by the National Hardware Show. The popular feature item display area also returned this year. Distributor attendees selected the best new products and presented awards to the manufacturers in the major hardline categories. The New Product Winners included an overall award to RZ Mask for the Air Filtration Dust and Pollution Mask.

Charlotte, N.C.-based Distribution America and Denver-based PRO Group, Inc. conduct the conference jointly, providing networking opportunities within the industry, reducing costs and increasing value to attendees.


Best New Product Awards:

  • Hand & Power Tools – Stanley Black & Decker 20V Max Inflator
  • Hardware – Screw-It-Again Wood Anchor
  • Paint Sundries – Rustoleum High Output Spray Paint
  • Plumbing – Magna Industries Quick-Fix Copper Pipe Repair
  • Electrical – Leviton Manufacturing USB Combination Outlets
  • Lawn & Garden/Pet – Swan Products Element Viper Hose
  • Specialty – Camco Manufacturing Wine Tumbler Set
  • Overall Winner – RZ Mask Air Filtration Dust and Pollution Mask

Distribution America Vendors of the Year:

  • Electrical: Gardner Bender
  • Paint and Paint Sundries: Linzer
  • Hardware: Midwest Fastener
  • Hand and Power Tools: Century Drill
  • Plumbing: Genova Products, Inc.
  • Lawn and Garden: Woodstream
  • 2018 Overall Vendor Partnership Award: Stanley Black & Decker

PRO Group, Inc. Key Suppliers of the Year:

  • Tools: Stanley Black & Decker
  • Plumbing: Oatey SCS
  • Hardware: Master Lock Company
  • Paint Sundries: DAP Products Inc.
  • Electrical: World & Main
  • Lawn and Garden: Swan Products, LLC
  • Key Supplier of the Year: Chapin International