The South Australian Hardware Industry came together on the 2nd August to celebrate the annual Hardware Industry Awards.
Returning to the Stamford Grand, the event hosted 120 attendees including retailers and suppliers from all over South Australia. The event was MC’d by none other than Kim Syrus, who has been a familiar face in the Australian garden media for nearly 2 decades and also filmed segments for his garden show at many of our member’s stores.
In keeping with tradition, the event held a fundraiser for Make A Wish foundation with a silent auction raising $2,850. The South Australian Hardware industry has helped raise $74,321, at our awards nights over many years. Thank you everyone who donated items for the silent auction.
This year we introduced gaming tables to the night. After all the awards were announced, everyone tried their luck playing Black Jack, Roulette and Poker well into the night. Sponsor branded fun money was the currency for the night.
Thank you to the generous support of the sponsors, without you we could not hold events such as these.
2019 South Australian Store of the year:
Store of the year Under 2500sqm – Port Broughton Thrifty Link
Store of the Year Over 2500sqm – Glynde Mitre 10
Trade Store of the Year – Waikerie Mitre 10
Garden Department of the Year – Barrow & Bench Mitre 10
Suppliers of the year:
Overall Supplier of the year – ITI Australia
ITI also won Timber Supplier of the Year
2019 Hardware Supplier of the Year – Bremick
2019 Building Products Supplier of the Year- Adelaide Brighton
2019 Paint & Paint Products Supplier of the year – Dulux
2019 Tool Supplier of the year – Sutton Tools
2019 Garden & Outdoor Products Supplier of the year – Brunnings SA
2019 Electrical & Lighting Supplier of the year – HPM LeGrand
2019 Bathroom & Bathroom Products Supplier of the year – Linkware
Sales representative of the Year:
Winner: Denise Collett from Yates
Nicholas Grundel – Trio Australia
Vicki Richards – Adelaide Brighton Cement
Karl Ey – Dulux
Jaime Day – Cabots
Tim Gilbourne – ITW Proline
Brayden Pietsch – Linkware
Tammy Cope – Hafele
Anthony McDonald – Tradeware
Brad Fullerton – Selleys
Denise Collett – Yates
David Pisani – Ames
2019 Industry Rising Star – Aiden Chaplin
Dedicated, efficient and dependable is how this year’s rising star finalist is described by his peers. Aiden joined the team at Barrow and Bench in September 2009. His job was to monitor and guard the carpark-sales stock and help customers load their cars with items they purchased from the store. Aiden has worked in a number of stores in South Australia and he knows that hardware is where his passion lies. Enjoying the customer service aspect of the role, he believes good customer service starts with greeting, responding, explaining, asking and thanking your
He has completed a number of industry training courses and is currently undertaking a management development course. He hopes to continue to improve his skills and grow as a person. He will continue to challenge himself and hopes to become a Store Manager in the next 5 years.