84 Lumber earns spot on Forbes list
For the second consecutive year, 84 Lumber was named to Forbes’ 2017 List of America’s Best Midsize Employers. The list identified 300 companies.
Companies were selected based on an independent survey conducted by Forbes, in partnership with Statista.com, an online statistics database and consumer research firm. Statista surveyed 30,000 employees working for large or midsize firms. Participants were asked to anonymously recommend and rate their employers. Employees were also asked about various work factors, like pay, diversity or avenues to advancement.
“Our people are the best people in the world,” said Maggie Hardy Magerko, president and owner of 84 Lumber. “This ranking is a reflection of the dedication and commitment displayed by our leadership team and associates every single day.”
84 Lumber, appears at the 227th spot on the list.
Women Builders Council honors Magerko
The Women Builders Council gave a Champion Award to 84 Lumber’s Maggie Hardy Magerko, for her role in the construction industry.
Selected as one of three 2017 recipients, Hardy Magerko was chosen for her ability to drive change. From lumber to luxury, she’s influenced both the building materials and travel industries for more than 20 years. Under her leadership, 84 Lumber has grown to more than 250 stores and was named to Forbes’ List of America’s 250 Best Mid-Size Employers for the last two years. Similarly, Nemacolin Woodlands has been rated a AAA Five-Diamond resort and boasts more than 2,000 acres of four-season amenities.
During her tenure, Hardy Magerko has transformed 84 Lumber into a leading privately held supplier of building materials, manufactured components, and services for single- and multi-family residences and commercial buildings. Her vision positioned 84 Lumber for success with a refocused concentration on its original customer niche – the professional market – topping $1 billion in sales in 1994, $2 billion in 2004 and $2.86 billion in 2016.
Also receiving the award were Palmina Whelan, American Airlines; and Judith Bergtraum, of the City University of New York.
84 Lumber promotes a VP
84 Lumber has a new VP national sales in Jim Barbes, a 17-year veteran of the company.
Barbes began his career as a management trainee in New Jersey in 2000. Since then, he's worked as a manager, to an area manager in Cleveland, and then to an area manager in Northern Virginia/DC, where he led one of 84 Lumber’s most profitable regions.
As VP of National Sales, Barbes will be responsible for scaling business in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. regions and bringing consistency to the company’s sales process across the country.
"From the very first day at 84 Lumber, employees learn how their job directly impacts the company’s bottom line," said the company in a statement. "Whether it’s sweeping the floors or closing a multi-million dollar contract, everyone knows the role they play in the company’s business plan. Jim Barbes knows these roles better than anyone because he’s done it all. After 17 years, he now finds himself responsible for all National Sales for a $3.0B company."
84 Lumber is currently in the midst of a new recruitment campaign, with new stores opening across the country and major expansion initiatives on multiple fronts.
“My job will be pretty straightforward – keep 84 Lumber connected to the national builder’s needs at every single level of the organization,” explained Barbes. “I’m excited to take what I’ve learned at the regional level and apply that to our national sales team.”
“Sales is about relationships, and Jim understands that better than anyone,” said Maggie Hardy Magerko, president and owner of 84 Lumber. “I know our customers appreciate everything Jim does for them, and I know that our sales team will, too.”