The store down the street will become your partner as will a network of suppliers and partners that share the goal of making your business more competitive and successful. We believe that by working together, we can gain access to powerful resources and information not otherwise available to the individual.
The CRHWA was founded by two industry veterans that have witnessed and experienced the struggles of running a successful hardware store first hand.
Aaron Hichman grew up working in his family’s hardware store in Santa Ana before moving to the wholesale side of the industry. For the last decade he has been involved in the insurance business. (Read more about him here.)
Matthew Rogers purchased the store he worked at while attending college, expanded to multiple locations, and downsized back to one store. He is part owner of Papenhausen Hardware in San Francisco. (Read more about him here.)
The photo above is from a meeting of the original California Retail Hardware Association in Santa Cruz dated February 4, 1936.