Hardware Association of Victoria (HAV) awards

Staged at Leonda by the Yarra in Hawthorn with spectacular views of the river, this year’s annual HAV awards was celebrated in 007 Bond fashion. The gala attracted a crowd comprising all aspects of industry from hardware stores and hardware suppliers with key industry participants.

Sponsors for this year’s event included Mitre 10, Dulux Group (Dulux, Selleys, Yates and Cabots), Danks, A Team Merchandising, ASSA ABLOY, Stikeforce, and the Journal being event media partner.

Melissa King, sponsored by Seasol, commanded the undivided attention as master of ceremonies. The evening’s program acknowledged and rewarded the various categories for their pursuit of excellence in customer service, diversity and business strategies amongst the Victorian hardware sector. Store of the Year, was judged based on performance on customer excellence, innovation and their business strategy to strive to be employers of choice. This year, there was a phenomenal amount of nominations for this category. Congratulations are in order for the following winners:

Winner (Trade Store), Capeview Wonthaggi Mitre 10, award sponsored by Danks.

Winner (Large Category), WB Hunter Home Timber & Hardware, award sponsored by Mitre 10.

Winner (Medium Category), Williams Mitre 10, award sponsored by the Dulux Group.

Winner (Small Category), Ocean Grove Home Hardware, award sponsored by Mitre 10.

Young Retailer of the Year, sponsored by the Journal was attained by Mark Symons of Total Tools Pakenham. This award acknowledged Mark’s demonstration of developed skills, driving passion and spirit of young people working in hardware retail.

Representative of the Year sponsored by ASSA ABLOY was awarded to Alan Cook from Selleys for his exemplary performance in service and support through his business dealings.

Supplier of the Year sponsored by HAV was presented to Cabots in honor of their excellence in delivering high levels of service and support with no limits to the assistance provided to their customers.

Employee of the Year sponsored by A Team Merchandising was awarded to Sherrie Abel from Drouin Home Timber for her achievements, skills and spirited work ethics. Her inspiration to fellow staff members and younger workers in striving for excellence in their careers was commendable. With another celebratory evening accomplished, the HAV looks forward to industry participation and support for their 2013 calendar of events. This includes the HAV golf day, luncheon dates, annual awards gala as well as some additional activities that will promote our dynamic industry and offer essential vehicles for networking.

More about the HAV: The association is a premier body for hardware retail operators in Victoria which represents the interest of the major buying groups, suppliers and independent hardware retailers across the states.

As the industrial landscape continues to evolve and become more complex, businesses will require more assistance, advice and direction, which the HAV can provide. In 2013, the HAV will develop more comprehensive promotional and marketing opportunities for the industry as well as deliver greater benefits and savings for its members. For more information, visit: www.hav.com.au.

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