Paul L. Cosgrave Award Winners Exemplify the Best
PRO Group has announced the dual winners of this year’s Paul L. Cosgrave Memorial Award: Campbell PRO Hardware and Supply in Youngstown, Ohio, and Valley Building Supply and PRO Hardware in Sweetwater, Tennessee.
“During these challenging times, these retailers have brought a new meaning to the word ‘essential.’ With each challenge, they have found even more opportunities to be meaningful to their community. We are proud to have them all as a part of the PRO family,” says Shari Kalbach, vice president and chief operating officer of PRO Group.
Read on to learn more about this year’s inspiring winners.
Campbell PRO Hardware
Tony Tsikouris is dedicated to the business he runs and the community he serves. As the owner of Campbell PRO Hardware and Supply in Youngstown, Ohio, Tsikouris has guided the business into a consistently growing operation, strengthened by his sharp eye on industrial construction opportunities. Anchoring that innovation is Tsikouris’ genuine desire to strengthen his community.
“I love helping my customers save money and improve their homes,” Tsikouris says. “It’s truly an honor to be chosen for this award, and I hope to continue serving my customers and the local community.”
Tsikouris opened the business in 1994. It began as a 1,200-square-foot store, eventually growing to 6,400 square feet of selling space equipped with a 12,000-square-foot warehouse. Tsikouris now employs 10 people at the business and has counted on PRO Group distributor The Bostwick-Braun Co. as his primary supplier for more than 25 years.
“Working with PRO Group has played a role in supporting me to the point I am today,” Tony says. “It’s truly an honor to be chosen for this award, and I hope to continue serving my customers and the local community.”
Tsikouris has grown the business by developing relationships with industrial customers, like bridge painters and local municipalities. These connections now represent more than 50 percent of his business.
Tsikouris has fully embraced the opportunity of serving industrial crews, researching their specific project needs and finding innovative products to help them work better.
As a three-time cancer survivor, he’s regularly on the lookout for charitable causes to support. He and his wife are the proud parents of two children: Nicolette, 15, and Steven, 6, who lives with Down syndrome. To Tsikouris and his family, supporting those in need is crucial.
“If any cause is medical-related, we participate,” Tsikouris says. “If someone is in need because of a medical condition, we’re there.”
On average, Campbell PRO Hardware and Supply usually raises between $5,000 to $7,000 each year for local charities. In addition to his charitable initiatives, Tsikouris is also an active member of the local Masons lodge and his church, Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church in Campbell, Ohio. He’s also a proud member of the Kalymon Society, a local Greek culture organization.