Hardware Association of SA Gala Awards

The Hardware Association of SA recognised excellence within the industry at its Gala Awards Night, held at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on November 5.

The annual award’s night allows the association to recognise the best retail stores, suppliers and staff within South Australia,” Hardware Association of SA president, Paul Stewart said.
“Hardware is an integral part of the retail and building industries and while trading has been difficult over the past year, the industry is resilient and continues to offer quality services and products to the South Australian consumers,” Mr Stewart said.
The South Australian Hardware Industry is worth $2.5 billion and represents 130 retailers and 68 suppliers who employ between 8,000 and 9,000 people.
Nominations were received from retail hardware stores from all corners of the state and metropolitan Adelaide, with 18 awards presented on the night.
The 2016 Hardware Association of SA award winners were:

Retail Store – Category A – Home & Hose Mitre 10

hero 2 - store winner category A

Finalist Brad Fuss (Strathalbyn Mitre 10), winner Steve Mansfield (Home & Hose Mitre 10), Ian Clarke, HTHG SA and NT business manager collecting on behalf of finalist Port Broughton Thrifty Link and Gold sponsor Brenton Thain – Gunnerson state manager.

Retail Store – Category B – Barrow & Bench Mitre 10 – Malvern

store award category B

Finalist Nigel Kies – (Kies Home Timber and Hardware), Winner Mark Galpin – (Barrow & Bench Mitre 10 – Malvern), Finalist Greg Pink (Pink’s Mitre 10, Clare) and Gold sponsor Brenton Thain – Gunnersen state manager.

Retail Store – Category C – Glynde Mitre 10

Store award category c

Finalist Jodie and Simon Henderson – (Balhannah Mitre 10), Winner Albert Lombadozzi (representing Glynde Mitre 10), finalist Paul Holton (Direct Home Timber and Hardware) and Gold sponsor Brenton Thain – Gunnersen state manager.

Store of the Year – Glynde Mitre 10

Store of the Year - representative from Glynde Mitre 10 with Brenton Thain from Gunnersen (Gold Sponsor)

Albert Lombadozzi representing Glynde Mitre 10 – Winner Store of the Year and Retail Store Category ‘C’- over 2,500 square metres.

Garden Centre – Barrow & Bench Mitre 10 – Malvern

Garden centre of the year finalists and winner

Finalist Fiona Loveday (Banner Mitre 10, Mt Barker), winner Mark Galpin (Barrow & Bench Mitre 10 – Malvern), finalist Paul Holton (Direct Home Timber and Hardware), Gold sponsor Brenton Thain – Gunnerson State Manager.

Trade Centre – Direct Home Timber & Hardware

Trade Centre of the Year - finalists and winner - Direct Home Timber and Hardware with Tony D'Angelo (representing Gold Sponsor - DuluxGroup).

Finalist Simon Henderson (Balhannah Mitre 10). winner Paul Holton (Direct Home Timber and Hardware), Tony D’Angelo representing Gold sponsor Dulux Group and Mick Russo – from Mitre 10 accepting on behalf of Flinders Mitre 10, Reynella.

Store Person of the Year – Matt Cornish

Finalist Maryanne Hall (Banner Mitre 10), winner Matt Cornish (Banner Mitre 10), Adelaide Brighton Cement (gold sponsor) state manager John Plunkett and finalist Wade Gaplin (Banner Mitre 10).

Finalist Maryanne Hall (Banner Mitre 10), winner Matt Cornish (Banner Mitre 10), Adelaide Brighton Cement (gold sponsor) state manager John Plunkett and finalist Wade Gaplin (Banner Mitre 10).

Supplier – Trade – Adelaide Brighton Cement

Supplier – Hardware & Tools – Bremick

Supplier – Home Decorator – Cabot’s

Supplier – Garden & Outdoors – Yates

Supplier of the Year – Cabot’s

Supplier Representative – Trade – Vicki Richards

Supplier Representative – Hardware & Tools – Leigh Newman

Supplier Representative – Home Decorator – Wayne Johnson

Supplier Representative – Garden & Outdoors – Lorraine Bazzica

Supplier Representative of the Year – Wayne Johnson

“Hardware Young Person of the Year, is one of the prestigious South Australian industry awards within the hardware sector, was presented to Richard Norris of Globe Home Timber and Hardware, Broken Hill,” said Chair of the Hardware Young Person of the Year Awards Committee, Rod Evins.

“The quality of the three finalists was outstanding and any one of them would have been worthy winners,” according to Mr Evins said.

Hardware Young Person of the Year – Richard Norris

Rod Evins (Chair, Hardware Young Person of the Year Committee), winner Richard Norris (Globe Home Timber and Hardware, Broken Hill), Burke Taplin (Banner Mitre 10) and Grayce Bartemucci (Glynde Mitre 10).

Rod Evins (Chair, Hardware Young Person of the Year Committee), winner Richard Norris (Globe Home Timber and Hardware, Broken Hill), Burke Taplin (Banner Mitre 10) and Grayce Bartemucci (Glynde Mitre 10).

2016 Bevan McDonald Award

Another prestigious award which was presented on the night was the Bevan McDonald Award, which is the most prestigious award of the Hardware Association of SA was presented to Rod Evins, for his services to the SA hardware industry for nearly 40 years. Mr Evins has also been a member of the Hardware Association of SA executive committee for over 20 years and was president for 12 years.

Supporting Make-A-Wish Australia

The South Australian Hardware Industry again supported, Make-A-Wish Australia, through a range of silent auctions and fund raising activities during the evening and raised $3,176 for the foundation.

“Ongoing support of this charity is a great way for the industry to contribute back to the community and ultimately our consumers. We are most appreciative of the support from the members of the industry for both Make-a-Wish as well as sponsoring the evening,” Awards Committee Chair, Lyn Woodruff said.

Over the years the Hardware Association of SA has raised over $75,000 for Make-A-Wish.