Ace Hardware Corporation has recognized Ace retailer Les Orchekowsky of Sierra Vista, Arizona, with Ace’s first Ray A. Griffith Retail Leadership Award.
Named after Ace’s former CEO Ray Griffith, who retired last year, the award will be given annually to the Ace retailer that most personifies Griffith’s outstanding leadership traits and exemplifies Ace’s core values.
Selection for the award was based specifically on several pieces of criteria, including alignment with Ace’s long-term growth strategy 20/20 Vision, created to help drive retail sales and profitability. Additional areas of criteria for selection included a spirit of collaboration among industry peers to drive best practices and cross-functional relationship-building, as well as a strong commitment to the community and philanthropy.
Orchekowsky, his wife Kathy and family own and operate three Ace Hardware stores throughout Southeastern Arizona in the communities of Sierra Vista, Benson and Bisbee.