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HFA National Hardware Industry Luncheon 2015

by | Oct 30, 2015 | News

HFA National Hardware Industry Luncheon 2015

On 16 October 2015, we were proud sponsors of the 2015 National Hardware Industry Luncheon event from the HFA (the Hardware Federation of Australia).

Held at the Jim Stynes Function Room at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground, this year the Luncheon included the inaugural National Industry Rising Star Award.

Mark Laidlaw, CEO, Mitre 10, gave a compelling presentation as keynote speaker to more than 100 attendees from the hardware industry across Australia.


2015 National Rising Star Award

Jesse Grogan of Crameri’s Home Timber & Hardware in Maryborough, Victorian winner of the 2015 Rising Star Award for Victoria, was in the running together with finalists Jeremy Symonds and Tim Peters.

Ultimately, the National Rising Star Award winner for 2015 announced was Jeremy Symonds, of Coopers Home Timber & Hardware in Bundaberg, Queensland. Our congratulations to Jeremy and all of the state finalists — well done.


HFA National Hardware Industry Luncheon 2015  HFA National Hardware Industry Luncheon 2015
— Left: 2015 National Hardware Industry Rising Star winner, Jeremy Symonds (left)
with Mark Schmutter, General Manager SYM-PAC
— Right: SYM-PAC with event sponsor logos up on the big screen at the MCG!


For full coverage of the HFA Luncheon keynote presentation, check out the Hardware Network News HI Weekly Bulletin here: HNN HI Weekly (issue 7) or view the specific article here:


The Hardware Federation of Australia – HFA

The HFA (now Hardware Australia) represents timber & hardware retailers, buying groups and suppliers across Australia, and is dedicated to promoting the interests of the sector and delivering key services to members. Members have access to industry specific advice and assistance in areas such as employment and consumer law, tenancy and leasing, wage rates and employment advice, and much more.

SYM-PAC is proud to sponsor the HFA.

SYM-PAC are proud supporters of the HFA and the work they do for the timber and hardware industry. Timber & Hardware Associations for every state across Australia are incorporated within the HFA.

For more information: Hardware Australia

Hardware Australia is part of the National Retail Association (NRA): National Retail Association