Three Paladin Data Corp customers have been honored for their hard work. TJ Comstock in May was named chairman of the board of the North American Retail Hardware Association.
Proctor Ace Hardware in the Jacksonville, Florida area earned a pair of awards. And Kurt and Lisa Fetterman’s 415 PRO Hardware garnered that organization’s Paul L. Cosgrave Memorial Award.
The 41-year-old Comstock has become sort of an independent hardware mogul in Montana. He and his wife Kami own a collection five stores throughout the state. One of them is Eureka Hardware, a store TJ’s parents started and where he cut his teeth in the hardware business.
TJ’s first experience with NRHA came in 2010 when he won the organization’s Young Retailer of the Year. The following year, he was elected to the NRHA board. He was elected as second vice chairman in 2016, and now is chairman, a position that TJ says has taught him a lot.
“I think it’s extremely valuable,” TJ says of Make Holiday Marketing Pay Off the association. “One of the things about NRHA that surprised me is the amount of the trainings they have and the amount of information they have available is really quite unbelievable. They’re an underutilized resource in our industry.” The Proctor family has been in the hardware business in Jacksonville since 1945, and in 1964, their store became the first Ace store in the state.
This year, the business, which now has three locations, earned Ace’s Coolest Hardware Store award and received The Hardware Connection’s Retail Beacon Award. Brothers Steve and Joe, and Lizz Proctor are the current owners. Tommy and Joey are the fourth generation of Proctors involved in the family business. Proctor Ace Hardware has been a Paladin customer since 2013.
The Fettermans have turned 415 PRO Hardware into a success in Dallas, Pennsylvania and earned PRO’s Cosgrave Award, symbolic of it’s 2018 Retailer of the Year. They opened the store in 2016 and have been Paladin customers ever since. 415 PRO Hardware also earned the 2017 PRO Hardware Retailer of the Year honor from Bostwick-Braun, its Toledo, Ohio-based supplier.