About the Hardware Marketing Council

Welcome to the Hardware Marketing Council web site. The Hardware Marketing Council was organized in 1971 by a handful of individuals representing leading manufacturers who were fulfilling the product requirements of home improvement retailers. Well known brands such as Stanley, Skil, Sherwin Williams, Black & Decker, 3M, H. D. Hudson, Rainbird and many others were among the organization’s “founding fathers” represented by their senior sales and marketing executives. It was not long before the efforts of the organization were well recognized throughout the industry. Meeting twice each year the group gathered to learn from the best industry practices as offered by industry leaders as well as experts from the world of academia. In recognition of rapidly changing trends within the industry, the organization continues to offer meetings and educational conferences twice each year.

HMC’s Membership

The HMC constitution states that the purpose of the Council shall be to adopt and maintain an organization of persons vocationally interested in hardware marketing to provide a forum for the interchange of views; opinions and facts regarding the needs of the hardware trade; to encourage means of expanding the hardware market; and to promote good fellowship among its members. The group has now grown to more than 100 senior sales and marketing executives representing the leading brands in the industry. Interestingly, a significant number of the original companies are still represented on the current membership roster. HMC membership is granted exclusively to individuals and the criteria for membership includes the individual’s responsibility within his or her company, personal stature within the industry and their ability to contribute to group discussion. We also employ and support anti-trust protocol and have counsel in attendance to ensure we protect our members accordingly.

Using the Website

It is our hope that you will find this web site helpful as you move toward learning more about HMC. The site includes meeting information and an industry calendar. Pages within this site include the HMC membership roster as well as the HMC constitution and bylaws, login information is required to access this information.

For further information, please contact Thomas Taylor, HMC Managing Director at hmctct@aol.com..


Spring 2018 Meeting

May 29 - 31, 2018
Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club
Durham, NC

Click here for Meeting details

Recent Industry Speakers

Steve Barbarick
President and CMO
Tractor Supply Company

Brad Keselowski
NASCAR Driver and Car Owner

Mark Herbek
Partner and Senior Research Analyst
Cleveland Research


Bill Lee

Mark Veeder
VP Online Merchandising
The Home Depot

Dr. Randall Parker
Professor of Economics
East Carolina University

Jeff Given

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