Ace Hardware Promotes Westlake Division Executives

Ace Hardware Corporation has promoted two executives in its subsidiary company, Ace Retail Holdings, also known as Westlake Ace Hardware.

Current chief operating officer Joe Jeffries has been promoted to president and COO. In addition, Andrew Schmitt has been promoted to vp/operations. Schmitt currently is director of retail operations, western division, for Ace Hardware Corp.

Jeffries joined Westlake Ace Hardware in 2014 as COO. Previously, Jeffries was CEO and COO at A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts, and before that he held several executive positions at Office Depot, including retail store operations, space planning and visual presentation. Schmitt joined Ace Hardware in 2010 as senior finance manager. Prior to joining Ace Hardware, Schmitt was director of finance for Factory Card and Party Outlet, a division of Party City.

“I am pleased to announce the promotion of Joe Jeffries to the role of president and COO of Westlake Ace Hardware,” said Tom Knox, CEO, Westlake Ace Hardware. “Joe is a proven leader with an outstanding vision for operations, merchandising and new store development, as well as growth strategy design and implementation. I’m also excited to welcome Andy Schmitt to the Westlake Ace Hardware team. I worked with Andy extensively during our time at the Ace Hardware corporate headquarters, and he will be an exceptional addition to our leadership team.”

Westlake Ace Hardware operates 100 retail locations.