In Art We Trust

In Art We Trust

US independent hardware guru Art Freedman returns to Australia this month for a series of one day talks for independent operators. Art has owned Ace Hardware stores for 20 years and he leads a group of 50 thriving independents in Northern Californian. He is renowned for his on stage charisma, sharp wit and profound knowledge of retail concepts and issues affecting independent hardware, particularly in markets dominated by big box retailers.

Art Freedman’s talks are presented by Natbuild and HBT. The Timber & Building Materials Association (TABMA) and Timber Merchants Association (TMA) have also endorsed the talks. You can listen to a short recording of a conversation with Art Freedman by visiting or by visiting You Tube (just visit and type in Art Freedman).

Call 1300 305 719 or email Susan Adams from HBT at for details. Dates are in Melbourne on May 25, Parramatta on May 27 and Brisbane on May 29. See page 34 for more information.

Art Freedman at this year’s HBT National Conference in Sydney.