The Hardware Conference began in 1988 with a small group of hardware retailers who wanted to get together once a year with key manufacturers. This small group continued to expand and in 1995 The Hardware Conference became the largest annual dealer event in the Southeastern United States and has continued to grow each year. In 2008, The Conference celebrated its twentieth anniversary. The Hardware Conference is held each year at the Marco Island Marriott in Marco Island, Florida.
If you're looking for an event where you can meet independent hardware store owners (Ace, Do It Best, Orgill or True Value) to discuss or launch your product line with, you won't find a more cost effective way to do so anywhere in the hardware channel.