Have you registered to attend the NHPA All-Industry Conference in Las Vegas Oct. 21-23? The conference is co-located with the National Hardware Show and will deliver educational presentations, industry-specific panel discussions and networking opportunities for independent home improvement retailers and show attendees. Meet the latest conference speakers who have been added to the lineup—and if you haven’t already, register to attend the conference here.
President and CEO, Malco Products, SBC
“Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good: Taking Care of People & Business”
Rich Benninghoff, president and CEO of Malco Products, SBC, has 22 years of business leadership experience with engineered products and solutions in the industrial and commercial markets. Prior to joining Malco, Rich served as the executive vice president-industrial for DeZURIK, an industrial flow control company, and has held various commercial and general management positions at Tyco, Pentair and nVent. Rich holds a liberal arts and sciences bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.
Encouraging creativity and collaboration, supporting wellness and giving back to the community are essential to creating a thriving work culture where employees feel motivated to contribute to a company’s growth and success because they are proud to work there. As a 100 percent employee-owned business, Malco Products’ core company values and business performance are driven by its greatest asset: its people. In this presentation, Rich will discuss the company’s “Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good” campaign and how investing in the company’s interior workspaces and process equipment, external appearance and the local community helps improve employee morale and performance while encouraging them to take pride in their work and workplace.
President, The Farnsworth Group
“The New Paradigm for Home Improvement”
Grant Farnsworth is president of The Farnsworth Group, a research organization that conducts customized research exclusively for the building products, home improvement and lawn and ranch industries by providing strategic insights that help companies better understand their customer, product, brand and overall market. For more than 15 years, Grant has consulted on qualitative and quantitative research for a variety of manufacturers, retailers and associations ranging from Fortune 100 firms to start-ups. He continues to gain industry knowledge through efforts with organizations like Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing and the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI).
In this presentation with NHPA’s Dan Tratensek, learn how pros’ buying habits changed during the pandemic (based on real-time data) and how this information can help you make strategic decisions for your business. This presentation will touch on the pressing questions facing the home improvement industry in the wake of the last 18 months: How are retailers responding to changing consumer demands? How has the pandemic impacted pro buying habits? What do the next 18 months look like for the industry?
Consultant, Sustridge Consulting
Josh Prigge is a sustainability consultant, college professor, published author and public speaker with more than 11 years of experience managing sustainability programs and initiatives for large organizations. In 2017 and 2019, Josh was recognized as a top environmental leader in the business sector, receiving the Environmental Leader 50 award and Environment + Energy Leader 100 award respectively.
In this presentation, Josh will show what companies can accomplish with sustainability—and how they can get started. Discover how you can create a comprehensive approach that is built into your business strategy, from employee engagement to consumer buy-in. Learn why taking a sustainable approach is good for business and how it can deliver value for your operation.