Denver (February 3, 2016) — The Denver-based PRO Group, Inc. has hired Trent Kauffman as Merchandise Manager. Kauffman’s responsibilities include managing the following categories: Electrical, Home Hardware, and Lawn and Garden. Trent will begin to travel to a few Distributor and industry events in the coming weeks and will be at the annual Group Merchandising Conference June 20-22 at the Embassy Suites O’Hare in Chicago.
“I am very excited to become a part of PRO Group. Since 1998 I have either been working in or on behalf of independent hardware and home improvement retailers, and I look forward to putting that experience to work for PRO Group,” said Trent. “ Independently owned businesses are a vital part of our economy, and I am excited for the opportunity to support this group of dealers and distributors.”
According to Steve Synnott, CEO/President at PRO Group, “Trent’s extensive retail experience will be a great asset to the Group and his knowledge and energy will yield fresh ideas that improve all of PRO’s promotional and advertising activities.”
Prior to joining PRO Group Trent worked at True Value Company where he was a product merchant for MRO. Previously he worked at Sears/Kmart as buyer for live goods. He started his career at Jerry’s Home Improvement in Eugene, OR as an assistant store manager and as a buyer for lawn & garden, electrical, and home organization. Kauffman is a graduate from the University of Oregon with a bachelor of science in psychology.
Shari Kalbach, PRO Group, Inc.