For 60 years, Bob Vereen has been a participant in-and observer of-the hardware industry, both in the U. S. and abroad. He ran a wholesale merchandising group, edited the industry's leading magazine for 30 years, founded a daily newspaper covering the National Hardware Show(r) as well as an international magazine called Worldwide Hardware, managed the Home Center Institute for a while, managed a trade association, the Worldwide DIY Council for 20 years and continues to be active in it currently. He was a key executive with the National Retail Hardware Association for decades, retiring in 1987 as senior vice president. He claims to have visited more than 10,000 hardware stores, lumberyards and home centers-which is probably understated. He continues to observe and write about the industry for a number of international hardware/home center publications.