The store down the street will become your partner as will a network of suppliers 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 experienced the struggles of running a successful small business first hand.
Aaron Hichman grew up working in his family’s hardware store before moving into the sales side of the industry. Matt Rogers purchased the store he worked at while attending college, expanded to multiple locations, and downsized back to one store. He is the owner of Papenhausen Hardware in San Francisco.
The photo above is from a meeting of the original California Retail Hardware Association in Santa Cruz dated February 4, 1936.