A good turn-out of vendors and retailers from the hardware industry attended the CHPTA Industry Cocktail event on November 23, 2023 at the Dock619 facility in Longueuil, Quebec.
The traditional year-end event brings vendors and retailers from the industry together for an evening of fine food, drinks and friendly conversation during the festive season and this year was no different with a number of individuals in attendance from RONA and Groupe BMR joining CHPTA members and other industry vendors for the first time at this facility.
New to this year’s event also was an Industry Hall of Fame Induction ceremony where two hardware industry veterans from the Montreal area, Harry Jacobs and Richard Lépine, were inducted into the Canadian Hardware & Housewares Hall of Fame.
The Canadian Hardware & Housewares Industry Hall of Fame was established in 1984 to recognize the achievements of our industry’s leaders and pioneers. The CHPTA is honoured to serve as the custodian of the Hall. Since that time, seventy-five industry icons, inventors, business founders and builders from the retail, manufacturing and media sectors have received the honour. To view the entire list of those previously inducted into the Hall of Fame, or the criteria to nominate someone for next year’s award, please visit https://chpta.ca/about-chpta/hall-of-fame/.
Yvon Manny from DuraVent recapping Harry Jacob’s career.
Introducing Harry Jacobs and recapping his long career with Ideal Security was long-time industry friend Yvon Manny from DuraVent who first met Harry in 1996 when Yvon was a hardware buyer at RONA.
Harry Jacobs has been a pillar of Ideal Security Inc.’s history and one of Canada’s leading experts in storm door hardware. There are few people in the industry who have over 45 years of experience with the same company. Harry joined Ideal Security in 1978, first working in accounting for 7 years, to then managing plant operations for 5 years, to finally running sales and marketing for the company for the past 33 years. Harry has been the longest-standing employee in the organization since its start in 1956.
Harry has been instrumental in the evolution of the storm door hardware industry by pushing the boundaries of storm door handle design. He is always at the forefront of trends and his knowledge of specific geographic market trends makes him an invaluable asset to retailers in Canada and the US. Harry is also involved in mentoring the new generation at Ideal Security and passing on his industry knowledge. He is a connector and a relationship builder, and above all, an advocate for fair and honest business practices. He possesses the qualities of a leader that any organization would be lucky to have: patience, thoughtfulness, curiosity, and genuine friendliness.
Harry has been an engaged member of the CHHMA/CHPTA and other industry associations for many years. He continues to work for Ideal Security Inc. in his current position of Vice President, Sales & Marketing.
Harry Jacobs pictured with CHPTA President Sam Moncada, CHPTA Quebec Committee Chairman Christine Papineau from Garant, and Yvon Manny from DuraVent, after receiving his Hall of Fame award.
Harry Jacobs delivers his Hall of Fame speech.
Harry Jacobs and members of the Ideal Security team.
LM2 Marketing President Hugues Marcil talks about Richard Lépine’s time in the industry.
On stage to introduce Richard Lépine was long-time colleague Hugues Marcil, President of LM2 Marketing, who discussed the impact Richard had in helping to grow the business and the respect he earned from many in the industry.
Richard began his career in the hardware industry in 1975 working in retail for Val Royal before moving to the vendor side with Dominion Locks and then Sandvik Saws and Tools company where he worked in sales for over 20 years, progressing from Sales Representative to Account Manager for North America with General Manager for Central America being added to his responsibilities in 1999. Richard then joined Imperial Manufacturing Group in 2001, where he held a senior role of Vice President of Sales & Marketing for 3 years.
In 2004, Richard became a partner in LM2 Marketing Inc. and for the next 18 years played a key role in expanding the sales agency’s product lines and presence in the marketplace.
Richard was always a well-known and respected individual in the industry and was an active member in the CHHMA/CHPTA serving on the Quebec Committee for many years helping to organize and run association events in the province. Richard retired from LM2 Marketing on December 31, 2022.
Richard Lépine receiving his Hall of Fame award CHPTA from former LM2 Marketing partner Hugues Marcil, CHPTA Quebec Committee Chairman Christine Papineau and CHPTA President Sam Moncada.
Richard Lépine discussing his career.
CHPTA Quebec Committee Chairman Christine Papineau congratulating the newest members to the Hall of Fame.
Harry Jacobs & Richard Lépine
We once again congratulate Harry Jacobs & Richard Lépine for their induction to the Canadian Hardware & Housewares Industry Hall of Fame.