Dave Christmas

Dave Christmas Retiring From Hardlines Distribution Alliance

Following practically 20 decades with the corporation, Distribution The us (DA) CEO Dave Xmas will be retiring at the conclusion of 2022. In celebration of his extensive-time provider in the impartial residence improvement channel, Components Retailing talked to Christmas about his job and collected very well wishes from a number of marketplace associates.

Xmas was employed in September 2003 as president and CEO of DA. In the course of his tenure, he states he has liked staying concerned in the evolution of new principles for distributors and suppliers, supplying them the equipment to help retailers prosper in a complicated market. 

“It’s been rewarding becoming a portion of almost everything from extra impactful promotions to lessening the price of doing small business to engineering enabling stores and distributors to be considerably far more versatile in the way they industry their personal corporations to their people,” he claims. 

All through his time with the firm, Christmas was instrumental in the generation of Hardlines Distribution The usa (HDA), which was shaped with the merger of DA and Professional Group in April 2022. 

“The consolidation throughout distributors, distributors and vendors has been the most important element in most everything we have accomplished, which culminated with the development of HDA,” Xmas claims. 

During retirement, Xmas suggests he is on the lookout forward to paying out far more time with his relatives, including his 3 little ones and 4 grandchildren who all reside in Charlotte.

“From a enterprise viewpoint, I surely want to stay involved in the components channel anywhere doable when placing aside some time for golf,” he says. “There are so quite a few people who have assisted me throughout my vocation. I primarily want to thank the DA staff and the members of DA for all their assist. I also want to give distinctive thanks to Don Hasson for providing me the opportunity to come to DA almost 20 several years ago.”

Very best Needs to Dave Christmas

“We wish Dave absolutely nothing but the very best as he moves on to this up coming chapter. He has been a fixture in the marketplace, a solid advocate for unbiased sellers and has usually been a huge supporter of NHPA’s attempts. We will miss out on his influence, guidance and friendship, but we know that he will totally enjoy his retirement.”
—Bob Cutter, president and CEO, North American Hardware and Paint Affiliation

“The 1st believed that will come to brain as I replicate on Dave as the president of DA is the actuality that he was often obtainable! If I or Dwelling-Hasson ever essential anything, I could get Dave included and know that it was dealt with. He actually cares about everything and every little thing that was a worry to us, and I observed comfort and ease in being aware of that Dave was constantly searching out for our most effective curiosity. Dave was passionate about generating DA successful, and I am grateful to count him as a pal and affiliate.”
—Steve Henry, president and CEO, Dwelling-Hasson Components Co.

“Dave’s approachable and easygoing individuality has fostered friendships with colleagues throughout the business. He is a fast research with keen analytical insights that have served DA and HDA well above his tenure. His brief wit and humor will be skipped, but we are wanting forward to staying in contact as he embarks on this future chapter.”
—Steve Synnott, CEO, HDA

“I achieved Dave Xmas during a DA line critique back again in 2003 when I was less than two yrs into my job. It was my very first larger sized scale line evaluate, and as I sat across the desk from both Dave and his class supervisor at the time, I was promptly set at simplicity. I’d currently experienced lots of contentious meetings at this place with other customers, but Dave and his staff members produced it obvious from the start out these would be welcoming discussions and the overall objective was to established up a method that would be in the very best passions of DA’s users and support them improve our groups. This would conclusion up remaining a topic with Dave in excess of the next 20+ many years of performing in this market.

I have satisfied extremely number of persons who are both equally incredibly sharp and overwhelmingly uncomplicated to get alongside with Dave Xmas is a person of those people couple of. I seriously doubt there is a one human being in my professional existence who I have learned much more from, and I’m unfortunate to see him go, but would like him the very best.”
—Todd Hermon, vice president of sales, Key Wire & Cable

Doing the job with Dave has been a genuine satisfaction. Dave’s priorities ended up normally in the most effective desire of DA and our sector he recognized the worth of the impartial wholesaler and retailer. Dave is a class act, and I am happy to get in touch with him a close friend.”
—Steve Geismar, president and CEO, PACOA

“Dave Xmas was a valuable asset and staff of our member-owned acquiring team, Distribution America, in excess of the earlier 19 many years. With him acquiring the knowledge and practical experience within just our sector prior to staying hired at DA back in 2003, he managed our group in continuing to develop, regardless of issues with our membership declining more than the last several a long time, but not in overall getting electric power.

In possessing the opportunity of currently being the chairman of DA two times throughout Dave’s tenure, we worked closely alongside one another above the decades to expand the team, whilst continuing to show the vendor community that we delivered benefit. Around the last months of Dave’s employment with DA, he was incredibly involved in assisting us form HDA, combining all the main strengths that equally DA and Pro present its customers, seller companions and the stores that each individual distributor serves.

I would like Dave a superb retirement, and thank him for his contributions, not only for every little thing that he did for us throughout his time at DA, but for his support to our business for the past 50 decades.”
—Jonathan Mize, CEO and president, Blish-Mize Co.

“I have been in the components field ever considering the fact that I was about 5 several years outdated doing work in my family’s components keep. Dave Christmas is the resident qualified when it arrives to the hardware organization and is 1 of the smartest and most forward-considering folks I have ever had the enjoyment to get the job done with. His intensive experience on the seller and distribution sides of the organization, merged with a spirited informal method to his perform, has designed a big checklist of colleagues and buddies in this great industry. I will genuinely miss operating with him on a every day basis and am grateful for all of his contributions to our business.”
—Paul McNally, director of seller advancement, HDA

“We worked alongside one another in the industry likely back 35 decades when he was our product sales leader at Cooper Instruments. Dave, a lot more than any individual, connected with his people and built the components market exciting. I will miss out on his sense of humor and the very good occasions spent with each other.”
—Patrick O’Reilly, director of revenue, Apex Instrument Team