ST JACOBS, ON, April 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Christine Hand of Conception Bay South, Newfoundland has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of Home Hardware Stores Limited, Canada's largest independent hardware, lumber and building materials and furniture retailer. She replaces Jim Schaefer, Sr. of Bradford, Ontario, who served as Chairman for the last three years.
"I am deeply honoured to represent the hardworking and successful Dealer-Owners of more than 1,080 Home Hardware stores across Canada to help lead and shape this $5 billion company," says Christine Hand. "I'm looking forward to working closely with the Board of Directors and the industry's best management team as we continue to grow and enhance the strongest program for independent Dealers in the industry."
Christine has operated Handyman Home Hardware in Conception Bay South since 1988 taking ownership in 1992. She has served on Home Hardware's national Board since 2003 and served on the Audit and Security Committee from 2004 to 2012 and was Chairman of the Committee for the last three years. Christine's store has been honoured twice with the Walter J. Hachborn Store of the Year Award as the top Home Hardware store in Canada.
In addition to her dedication to her business and fellow Home Hardware Dealer-Owners, Christine is a proud mother of five and serves as Chair of the Fundraising Campaign for Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre, having so far raised $5 million of their $8 million goal.
"Christine is a passionate entrepreneur who demonstrates a high level of business skill and understanding of our industry," says Paul Straus, President and CEO, Home Hardware Stores Limited. "Like all Home Hardware Dealers she is dedicated to working with her fellow Dealers to build sustained, successful and independent businesses while continuing to grow our company. I look forward to working with her to achieve our goals."
Home Hardware operates as a cooperative, meaning that all Dealer-Owners are shareholders in the company. The Board of Directors includes 15 Dealers who are elected by the membership and the Chairman who is elected by the Board members.
About Home Hardware Stores Limited
100% Canadian owned and operated, Home Hardware Stores Limited has a presence in every Canadian province and territory and is the country's largest independent, Dealer-owned hardware, lumber, building materials and furniture cooperative. Founded on January 1, 1964 by 122 independent hardware Dealers, the cooperative now includes more than 1,080 stores, under the Home Hardware, Home Building Centre, Home Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture banners, with annual collective retail sales of more than $5 billion. Home Hardware's independent Dealer-Owners, recognized by the North American Retail Hardware Association as Canada's best-trained Dealer group, have access to 100,000 quality brand name and private label products, a world-class distribution system and draw upon the power of Home Hardware's network to provide their local communities with top quality products and services at competitive prices.
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For further information:
Rob Wallace, Home Hardware Stores Limited, 519-664-2252.