|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 is now the nation’s largest independent dealer conference. 2019 will mark the 31st year for The Hardware Conference. It is held each year at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, Florida. Join colleagues and new friends for this three-day learning and networking event. Share ideas with top retailers on how to grow your business, interact with key vendors on how to increase sales in your store and attend all-industry cocktail receptions and dinners in an exclusive 5-star resort setting.