HAQ Hardware Industry Awards 2010

On October 23rd, HAQ members gathered for the annual Hardware Industry Awards Gala Dinner, held at the Southbank Rydges Hotel. The James Bond-themed event kicked off with martinis on arrival – shaken, not stirred – and a mesmerising performance from Australia’s leading magician and comedian, Ace McDermott.

The night revealed the 10 category winners and concluded on a high with the dance floor jumping courtesy of rocking live band, The Elements. “Well done to all stores that were nominated,” stated HAQ President, Brian Lee. “Our judging was certainly not an easy process with the number quality stores participating. “Thanks to all our sponsors and members for attending and making the night one to remember. Special thanks for the efforts of those who travelled longer distances to be here on the night. Congratulations also to Amy Tierney for being our inaugural winner of the Young Retailer of the Year award. “The night was not possible without the tireless efforts of Carly Faragher, ably supported by other staff from the NRA, together with guidance from George and Donna Stevens. We are looking forward to your continued support of HAQ events in 2011.”

Congratulations go to the winners of each category for their outstanding achievements during 2010. They were:

  • Retail Store of the Year (Under 750m²) – Stanthorpe Rural & Hardware
  • Retail Store of the Year (750-1,250m²) – Coopers Hardware
  • Retail Store of the Year (1,250-2,500m²) – Bowen Home Hardware
  • Retail Store of the Year (Over 2,500m²) – Emerald Mitre 10 Home & Trade
  • Trade Store of the Year (Under 1,000m²) – Keating Brothers
  • Trade Store of the Year (Over 1,000m²) – Melco Lanhams Home & Trade Nambour
  • Retail Supplier of the Year – ITW Proline
  • Retail Representative of the Year – Colin Shone, Orica Woodcare
  • Young Retailer of the Year – Amy Tierney, Border Builders Final recognition goes to the owners and management of Emerald Mitre 10 Home & Trade, who walked away with the Grand Champion trophy and a $2,000 cheque. For photos of this event, visit www.haq.asn.au.