Nominations are open for the North American Hardware and Paint Association’s (NHPA) 2023 Young Retailer of the Year program. Now in its 27th year, it is the premier award program in the industry honoring young leaders who represent the future of independent home improvement retailing.

Young Retailer of the Year honorees benefit from exposure for themselves and their businesses, and they build a network with like-minded retailers in their generation. They also have the opportunity to participate in additional programming through NHPA.

To learn more about NHPA’s Young Retailer of the Year program—or to submit a nomination using the online form—visit YourNHPA.org/yroty. Nominations are due on Jan. 28, 2023.

Judging Criteria

Entries are scored based on nomination criteria, including contributions to operational growth; community involvement; engagement in industry education; and industry and organizational innovation.

Honorees are selected from three categories: stores with less than $3 million in sales; stores with more than $3 million in sales; and multiple-store operations.

Young Retailer of the Year nominees should be 35 years old or younger as of Jan. 28, 2023. They must work at independent hardware stores, home centers, lumberyards or paint and decorating outlets in the U.S., its territories or in Canada. Past entrants who were not chosen as previous honorees are encouraged to submit new applications.

Submit a 2023 Young Retailer of the Year Nomination

Click here to learn more or to nominate someone for the 2023 Young Retailer of the Year program.

Watch a video on how to submit a successful Young Retailer of the Year nomination here.

About the Young Retailer of the Year Program

Now in its 27th year, the Young Retailer of the Year program identifies the next generation of young leaders in the independent home improvement and paint industry.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

NHPA would also like to recognize the 2023 program sponsors for their dedication to the independent retailers who are pushing the boundaries of the industry each day. Thank you to American Hardware & Lumber Insurance (AHLI), Arrow Fastener, Intertape Polymer Group (IPG), Midwest Fastener, Pony Jorgensen, PPG, Stihl and Wooster Brush.


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