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Maricopa Ace Hardware recently honored the late Joe Stanton, a long-time employee who passed away April 15.

During May, the store used its Round Up campaign in Stanton’s name, donating extra coinage rounded up from receipts. Stanton’s wife Anna Jo and family presented the resulting $4,700 to Maricopa Fire/Medical Department, which had responded to Stanton’s health emergency.

A New York native and Navy veteran, Joe Stanton was 58 years old.

From left to right; (back row) Jaime Westmiller (son-in-law), Jessica Westmiller (daughter), Capt. Red Rogers (MFMD), Justin Hensel (MFMD), Anna Jo Paolangeli-Stanton (wife), Osheah Davis (president IFFA Local), Mike Richey (Maricopa Ace Hardware owner),  Michael Perkins (MFMD),  Kenny Buchanan (MFMD); (front row, grandchildren) Dante, Rowen, Chloe and Brynn Westmiller.

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Maricopa Ace Hardware shooting a national commercial this week. Photo by Edward Hamaker Jr.

 

Ace Hardware Corporation is pleased to announce that Maricopa Ace Hardware achieved designation as a “Pinnacle Performance Retailing” store for its outstanding performance.

It is the fifth year in a row the Maricopa store has won the award.

“What this means for our customers is that we are more committed than ever to providing our loyal shoppers with the best possible retail experience,” owner Mike Richey said. “From customer service to product offerings and more, we’re taking ‘Ace helpful’ to a new level.”

Developed as part of Ace’s long-term retail growth strategy, 20/20 Vision, Pinnacle Performance Retailing is laser-focused on Ace’s customers. Maricopa Ace Hardware is one of only a few hundred Ace retailers to achieve this prestigious Pinnacle status. To achieve Pinnacle Performance Retailing, the team at Maricopa Ace Hardware successfully completed a number of key performance drivers that will help them provide a better overall shopping experience in their local community.

One example of a proven performance driver is “Helpful Certification,” the foundational element of Ace’s “Certified Ace Helpful” retail training curriculum. To become certified, Ace Hardware associates complete courses such as Helpful 101 and 201 and the store conducts a week-long team-based certification event. 

“For a store to achieve Pinnacle Performance Retailing is an outstanding accomplishment,” said Dan Miller, corporate vice president of Retail Operations and New Business. “We’re pleased to recognize Maricopa Ace Hardware and its associates for their outstanding achievements, and proud to say they’re a part of the Ace family.”

Mike Richey, owner of Maricopa ACE Hardware. Photo by William Lange

Maricopans made their Ace Hardware the state leader in the company’s April “Round Up for Kids” campaign for Children’s Miracle Network.

Ace customers opted to have their bills rounded up to the next dollar, with the extra cents going to a local CMN hospital.

In Maricopa, 34.7 percent of customers participated, raising $3,870.69 for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, according to store owner Mike Richey. That was 13th out of about 850 participating stores in the country and the best in Arizona. (Frontier Ace Hardware in Apache Junction was next closest in 25th place with $3,112.29.)

“We’re just fortunate enough to be in a community that supports us and supports these types of programs,” Richey said. “The community of Maricopa cares, and so we’re simply involved in the community, and it all works out just great.”

Richey said the Round Up was important from the beginning. In 2014 there were more than 340 children in the Maricopa area who were treated at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

“It’s just too big of an impact on the local community not to support it,” he said.

Ace’s paint manager, Andrea Roccio, was among those who had to use the services of PCH. When her daughter was a year old, she became very ill, and the staff at Chandler Regional Medical Center could not come up with a diagnosis. She was airlifted to PCH, where they determined she had been stung by a scorpion. Back at work, Roccio was full of praise for the staff and treatment.

“It’s something that happens hundreds of times a year for Maricopa kids,” Richey said.

PCH is a nonprofit organization with six centers. Nationwide the Round Up Campaign brought in $775,000 to hospitals in the CMN, an increase of 86 percent from last April.

This month, Maricopa Ace has another Round Up in place to raise money for Maricopa Little League.

Maricopa ACE Hardware is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a grand re-opening and “Thank You Maricopa!” event on Nov. 5.

The celebration starts at 11 a.m. with music by Nashville recording artist Carl Herrgesell. Dickey’s BBQ starts serving lunch at noon. Miss Arizona Katelyn Niemiec will be in attendance, and every customer gets a Scratcher Game Card.

“I’m fortunate enough with the staff that we have that we’re an award-winning ACE store,” owner Mike Richey said as the focus of an “engage” presentation for Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship (see below). “Part of that revolves around customer service.”

Maricopa Ace owner Mike Richey

Maricopa Ace Hardware of Maricopa achieved designation as a “Pinnacle Performance Retailer” for its outstanding performance. Developed as part of Ace’s long-term retail growth strategy, 20/20 Vision, Pinnacle Performance Retailing is focused on Ace’s customers.

Maricopa Ace Hardware is one of only a few hundred Ace retailers to achieve this prestigious Pinnacle status. To achieve Pinnacle Performance Retailing, the team at Maricopa Ace Hardware successfully completed a number of key performance drivers that will help them provide a better overall shopping experience in their local community.

“The team at Maricopa Ace Hardware is incredibly pleased to have earned the status as a Pinnacle Performance Retailing store for a fourth consecutive year,” owner Mike Richey said. “What this means for our customers is that we are more committed than ever to providing our loyal shoppers, and Ace Rewards Members with the best possible retail experience; from customer service to product offerings and more, we’re taking ‘Ace helpful’ to a new level.”


This brief appears in the October issue of InMaricopa.

Joshua Nichols (left) picks up his Father of the Year prize from Maricopa Ace Hardware’s Mike Richey. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Joshua and Katrina Nichols have been married 15 years. They are raising four children.

That includes twins. That includes adopted children. That includes children with special needs.

Maricopans since October 2013, the Nicholses have home-schooled their children, ages 7 (the twins), 12 and soon-to-be 14, at their Tortosa home to this point. Katrina Nichols saw that as an added challenge and thought her husband deserved a little recognition.

Katrina nominated Joshua as InMaricopa’s Father of the Year, or, in her words, “Best Dad ever.”

“I’m just really touched that she would do that,” Nichols said.

InMaricopa readers voted online for four finalists in what turned out to be a tight race that came out in Joshua’s favor.

“Josh is the best dad I have ever met,” Katrina Nichols said in nominating her husband. “He loves with his whole heart. He makes each of our children feel special and finds ways to connect with them on a daily basis.

“I love the way he is always there for them. From soccer games to choir concerts, from board game nights to video game marathons, you name it, he’s in! We are so very lucky to have his love and support.”

Joshua Nichols said he was honored to be nominated with the four finalists, all outstanding fathers in Maricopa. His rewards were presented by Maricopa Ace Hardware – a portable spa, a portable hammock and a rolling cooler.

Community members and businesses gathered to help create a play-friendly back yard for 3-year-old Brielle Macedo's Make-A-Wish desire. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Brielle Macedo was diagnosed with I-cell disease when she was 18 months old. There is no cure for the disorder formally known as Mucolipidosis II. The average life span for those with the recessive disease is three to five years.

Brielle is 3 years old.

Her mother Kim describes the rare disorder as attacking every cell in her body. It has also caused some symptoms of dwarfism. She is small for her age, easily tires and is far more likely to crawl than walk. She also cannot mix in large crowds, which keeps her mainly indoors and almost always at home.

She wished for a playspace instead of the strictly desert backyard of Kim and Javier Macedo’s Sorrento home. The Macedos originally just asked for a “track” where they and Brielle’s two sisters can walk her in her wheelchair.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation started looking for ways to make that happen, but it was even a little more challenging than expected. One of the problems was that Make-A-Wish has only two volunteers in Maricopa, so making the connections for such an undertaking was difficult.

“If you’re going to work with Maricopa, you have to have an ‘in.’ People will come together and help no matter what, but it was hard for us coming from Phoenix,” said Jennifer Rosvall, wish manager for Brielle’s project. “So we connected with Beth [Huerta] at Global Water, and she called Ryan [Riecks], and Ryan has graciously volunteered all his time as project coordinator.”

The project took four months to get off the ground but was mostly completed on Saturday.

Riecks owns AZ-Ry’s Landscaping in Maricopa. Joining the cause from the business community was ACE Hardware, Electrical District No. 3, Wildcats Building Materials, Leaf & Feather Farm, Horizona Distributors and Papa John’s Pizza. From Phoenix, Suntec Concrete and Hardison Downey also provided their services.

“She’s been confined to the house, so we’re going to bring the living room outside,” Rosvall said.

Huerta said Global Water, which had its CEO and general manager both working in the Macedo yard, first heard about Brielle from the Maricopa Economic Development Alliance.

“We thought it was the perfect opportunity to help this little girl,” she said. “In true Maricopa fashion, people just tend to show up.”

The Professional Firefighters of Maricopa Local 4561 also participated, as did the soccer team of which 10-year-old Ashley Macedo is a member. Ashley and middle sister Bella did their share of work to make Brielle’s wish come true.

Brielle Macedo sits on the lap of her mother Kim, in a family photo with father Javier and older sisters Bella (left) and Ashley. Submitted photo
Brielle Macedo sits on the lap of her mother Kim, in a family photo with father Javier and older sisters Bella (left) and Ashley. Submitted photo

The completely reworked backyard has a cement track with a seating area, turf, plants and a gazebo.

“She’s just going to love it so much,” Kim Macedo said.

One corner is designated as a memorial garden, a reminder that this is not the first heart-wrenching adversity faced by the Macedo family. Kim and Javier’s second child, Jaileen, was born with a different recessive disease and lived only two days.

“To find out we’re going to lose another kid is just devastating, but we try to make the best out of it,” Kim Macedo said. “It’s so traumatic for our other kids, too, so we try to make sure when she’s sick and in the hospital that we get them out there and playing sports and get them involved.”

Javier Macedo said he was amazed at the volunteers who showed up to help Saturday. Of the dozens working, he said he knew only seven or eight.

He said he and Kim have been able to stay strong through Brielle’s ordeal by maintaining perspective.

“Everybody has problems in life,” he said. “The important thing is to not let those problems take over your life. Keep your head up, stay strong. You got people that love you who want to see you pick yourself back up. That’s what we try to tell our daughters.”

It was something they had to learn how to do, Kim Macedo said.

Brielle Macedo. Courtesy photo
Brielle Macedo. Courtesy photo

“I was shocked,” she said. “You just take it day by day. There’s nothing we can do. There’s no cure for her illness.”

She left her full-time job to stay at home with the girls. Javier works as an analyst at University of Phoenix. Going down to one paycheck was a different kind of challenge, but they have found help.

A nurse comes in nightly to watch Brielle’s medical needs, and a day nurse comes when the family takes the other kids to soccer and other activities, alleviating some of the stress of the situation.

“Life is beautiful. It’s extremely beautiful,” Javier Macedo said. “It would be a shame if you just throw it away because you have problems in life.”

The outpouring of support from the community indicated for Make-A-Wish the potential of Maricopa to fulfill the foundation’s needs in the city.

“We don’t have very many volunteers down here. I think we maybe have two in Maricopa,” Rosvall said. “We’re hoping we can get more. If we had four more volunteers down here, I’d be as happy as can be – just good-wish granters who would like to work with us and help Maricopa kids.”

Learn more at Arizona.Wish.org.

Visit Brielle’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bravelittlebrielle