The National Hardware Show® Is Just One Week Away!

NORWALK, Connecticut, April 28, 2016 —The National Hardware Show® starts next week! The Show will be held Wednesday, May 4, through Friday, May 6, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at the Show,” says Rich Russo, vice president of the National Hardware Show. “We’ve worked hard to put together an event that offers something for everyone, including new products, networking opportunities, educational events and more.”

“I attend the National Hardware Show to find the latest and greatest new items I otherwise would not have the opportunity to see,” says Adam Busscher, owner of Picton Home Hardware Building Centre in Picton, Ontario. “The value we receive from attending the Show comes from being the first retailer in our area to have new and different products, and the opportunity to associate with other retailers from all over
North America.”

A New Experience

You may notice a few differences this year throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“We wanted to try a few new things to draw in our attendees, and to give them the best Show experience yet,” says Russo. “We’ve provided several ways for them to quickly and easily find the information they’ll need so they can get the most out of their time at the Show, and we’ve also provided a little entertainment to start and wrap up each day at the Show.”

When you come in each morning, free coffee and refreshments will help you get your day off to a good start. There will be free breakfast on opening morning, Wednesday, May 4, at the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) Village Stage and also at the Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ shuttle bus drop-off area on Wednesday, May 4, and Thursday, May 5. Take a few minutes to grab a cup of coffee and a bite to eat while you catch up with other attendees.

After a full day of walking the Show floor, checking out new products and listening to speakers, make sure to stop by happy hour, which will take place each afternoon in the Grand Lobby between the Central and North Halls and near the shuttle pick-up.

There are also a few new tools that have been put in place at this year’s Show, including the Information Line that can quickly answer any questions you might have—just call 702-943-3500, text 203-613-0063 or email—and find out where an event is happening, the booth number for a specific exhibitor, recommendations on exhibitors to visit, where to find new products, or anything else you might need to know. It’s like a mobile information desk!

If you know what products you’re looking for but aren’t sure which exhibitor may offer them, check out the new Match Me information kiosks. In addition to getting answers to your questions about the Show, it’s a quick and easy way to narrow your search, which helps you save time. And, considering the thousands of exhibitors on the Show floor and the limited amount of time you have to walk the floor, saving time is a top priority! You’ll find the Match Me Information kiosks in the lobby and at the entrances to the North and Central halls.

Keep your schedule organized by signing up for My Show (you can sign up at ), which allows you to update your schedule electronically, as well as search for exhibitors or view personalized exhibitor and product recommendations, and much more. You can also link your My Show account to the NHS Mobile App, sponsored by Swift Green Filters. The app is free to download and allows you access to your schedule on the go and comes complete with the full exhibitor list, booth-to-booth directions, up-to-the-minute Show information and a full list of seminars and events. There’s a specific section for Independent Retailers, featuring an overview of the NRHA Village Stage seminars along with a list of more than 1,000 exhibitors who sell to independent retailers. Download the app for free in the App Store or at Google Play.

Celebrity Appearances

As you walk the Show floor, you may see a couple of familiar faces. There will be several celebrities spending some time at the Show, including DIY expert Bob Vila, who will be at the Show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 5. He will be in attendance for the premiere of his new line of products with Viatek Consumer Product Group, located at booth #4124 in the Central Hall.

Actress, model and racecar driver Brandy Flores will be at the booth for Excalibur Cleaning Supplies
(booth #7545, Central Hall), as will Lorenzo Lamas. Stop by for photos and autographs from the two stars.

Mark Portney of the hit TV show “All American Makers” will be available at the QuickFire booth
(Outdoor 820, Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ).

From 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, May 5, Wet & Forget (booth #5221, Central Hall) will be hosting James and Morris Carey of “On The House with The Carey Brothers.” The brothers will be hosting their radio show there during this time. Gary Sullivan of “At Home with Gary Sullivan” will be at the booth to broadcast his show from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. that same day.

The DIY Network is bringing along Sara Bendrick from DIY’s “I Hate My Yard” and Peyton Lambton from HGTV’s “Going Yard” outside to Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ for autographs. Bendrick will be at the NHS Chill Out Zone Trailer from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, during the Retailer Happy Hour, and Lambton will be in the NHS Chill Out Zone Trailer during the Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ Party from 4:30 p.m.
to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5.

Educational Events

Want to learn from some of the industry’s top experts? Make sure to stop by the NRHA Village Stage where, as part of the NRHA All-Industry Conference (which Show attendees can attend for free),
you’ll have the opportunity to hear from a variety of industry speakers.

See below for the full schedule of speakers on the NRHA Village Stage:

Wednesday, May 4th

8:45 am – 9:00 am
NRHA Village Stage Opening

9:30 am – 10:15 am
What’s the Best Way to Pay?
Speaker: Donna L. Embry, chief payments advisor, Payment Alliance International

10:30 am – 11:30 am
KEYNOTE – Succeeding in Spite of Walmart: Understanding ‘the Wal-Mart Effect and Using it
to Your Advantage

Speaker: Charles Fishman, author, “The Wal-Mart Effect”

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Think You’re Meeting Your Customers’ Expectations? …Don’t Count on It!
Speaker: Jim Robisch, senior partner, The Farnsworth Group

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Why Mobile is Bigger than Web to the Home Improvement Market
Speaker: Pat Murphy, vice president, Mobinar

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Cyber Attacks on the Rise! Learn How Your Business Is at Risk and How to Protect It Better
Speaker: Carl Dent, SCLA, vice president of claims, Member Insurance Agency, Inc.

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
NRHA Independent Retailer Reception
Presented by NRHA/Hardware Retailing magazine
RSVP to to attend.

Thursday, May 5th

9:00 am – 9:45 am
Retailer Panel: – My Leadership Journey
Presented by NRHA/Hardware Retailing
Moderator: Scott Wright, executive directory of RLI, NRHA
Panelists: Jim Rivas, director of retail operations, Friedman’s Home Improvement; Christian Herrick, president and CEO, Randy’s Do It Best Hardware; Josiah Gates, director of retail innovation,
Aubuchon Hardware

10:00 am – 10:45 am
KEYNOTE – The Road to Recovery: Key Initiatives Driving the U.S. Economy and Home
Improvement Industry

Speaker: Mark Herbek, Cleveland Research Company

11:00 am – 11:45 am
How Innovative Store Design Can Supercharge Your Bottom Line
Speaker: Dale Hoover, president, Anza Environments

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Understanding the Smart Home Category and Positioning for Future Success

Speaker: Tom Stimac, chief innovation manager for GE Lighting and Steve Hegenderfer, director of development programs for BluetoothFriday, May 6th

9:00 am – 9:45 am
Last Chance Look from the Show floor: NRHA Panel
Moderator: Allison DeWitt, director of member services, NRHA

Awards Ceremonies

One of the most enjoyable experiences at the Show is seeing those in the industry recognized for their hardware and innovation. Below is a full list of awards ceremonies that will be held during the Show.Wednesday, May 4

2:00-2:45 p.m.
Packaging and Merchandising Awards
Speaker: Sara Logel, market research analyst, NRHA

Thursday, May 5

12:00-12:45 p.m.
NRHA Spirit of Independents Awards
NRHA Village Stage
Presented by NRHA/Hardware Retailing magazine and The Fuller Center for Housing
Moderators: Bill Lee, president and CEO, NRHA, and David Snell, president, The Fuller Center for Housing1:00-1:45 p.m.
NRHA Top Gun Awards
NRHA Village Stage
Presented by NRHA/Hardware Retailing magazine
Moderator: Allison DeWitt, director of member services, NRHA

3:00-3:15 p.m.
Made in the USA Awards
NRHA Village Stage
Presented by Made in USA Brand | GBQ Partners

3:30-3:45 p.m.
PDRA Scholarship Presentation
NRHA Village Stage
Presented by Paint & Decorating Retailers Association (PDRA)

3:30-4:00 p.m.
50 Campfires – The Camping Authority Awards
Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ Area
Presented by 50 Campfires – The Camping Authority

3:45 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Lawn, Garden & Outdoor Living Awards
NRHA Village Stage
Presented by Lawn & Garden Retailer

4:00-4:15 p.m.
Homewares Awards
NRHA Village Stage
Presented by HomeWorld® Business

5:00-6:30 p.m.
NRHA Retailers’ Choice Awards
NRHA Village Stage
Presented by NRHA/Hardware Retailing magazine
Moderator: Dan M. Tratensek, publisher, Hardware Retailing and NRHA

Friday, May 6

11:00-11:15 a.m.
New Product Launch Awards
NRHA Village Stage
Presented by Amazon

11:15-11:30 a.m.
New Product World Awards
NRHA Village Stage
Presented by DIY Network

Finding New Products

Of course, one of the most important reasons most retailers say they attend the Show is to discover
new products.

This year, it’s easy to find a variety of new products all in one place: the Featured Product Gallery.

The Featured Product Gallery includes New Product World product displays from the Eco Friendly, Energy Efficient, Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Recovery and Made in USA, all in one convenient location. Find it in meeting room N101 on Level 1 of the convention center.

Be sure to catch more than 50 products, not yet released to market in New Product Launch, located in the Central Lobby.

And for the latest innovations, make time to explore Inventors Spotlight in meeting room N109 for up-and-coming inventors, United Inventors Association Stage sessions and much more!

Because the Show is the place to find the newest products, some of which haven’t even hit the market yet, the Featured Product Gallery, New Product Launch and Inventors Spotlight are can’t-miss areas for all Show attendees.

About The National Hardware Show®

The National Hardware Show® celebrates a rich history spanning nearly 75 years of serving the home improvement marketplace. From its early beginnings in New York during the post-World War 2 housing boom and eventual move to Chicago in the 1970s, to today’s current location in Las Vegas, NHS continually evolves through the industry’s involvement, commitment and passion to improving America’s quality of life through their homes. Today, NHS is the place for global manufacturers, associations, organizations and the media to get an unfiltered view of the industry, hands-on experiences, and access to the latest innovations and retail trends to enhance their business.


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