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McCoy’s names trio of new location managers

BY HBSDealer Staff

McCoy’s Building Supply has appointed three new managers to locations in Texas and New Mexico.

Robert Aranda has been named store manager of McCoy’s Southeast San Antonio, Texas location. Aranda began his career with McCoy’s 14 years ago working at his hometown store in Harlingen when he was only 16. The San Marcos-based pro dealer and ranch supplier said Aranda has thrived in various sales roles, eventually joining the company’s Management Development Program (MDP) and serving as assistant manager of McCoy’s Building Supply in Pharr before coming to San Antonio.

“I'm looking forward to using everything I've learned in the last 14 years to manage this great team.  I can see such growth potential in this crew and in the store,” said Aranda. “I’m excited for what's ahead.”

When asked what customers can expect from Aranda and his team, the product knowledge of McCoy’s employees and their level of customer service was a top focus. “I want our customers to know that when they come into the store, our staff is going to give them accurate information and good suggestions for their specific building projects,” said Aranda.

McCoy’s also appointed of Shaun Chidester as store manager of the Universal City, Texas location. Chidester joined McCoy’s two years ago as a part of the MDP and served as assistant manager at stores in Pearland and Richwood, Texas.

“I’m excited to lead this great team in Universal City and build our business,” said Chidester who most recently was store manager of the Southeast San Antonio McCoy’s store. “We’re a family-oriented store and want all of our customers to have a top-notch experience shopping at McCoy’s.”

Tyler Louis has been named store manager of McCoy’s Hobbs, New Mexico location. He joined McCoy’s just over a year ago after graduating from the McCoy’s School of Business at Texas State University and also participated in MDP. Most recently, he served as co-store Manager of McCoy’s Aransas Pass, Texas, location following Hurricane Harvey.

“During my time in Aransas Pass, I learned how to adapt to any type of situation, whether it be filling in for various roles within the store or finding solutions for customer inquiries,” said Louis. “It was a valuable learning experience.” 

Louis said he is focused on customer service in his new role with McCoy’s. “I’m excited to get to know the customers and employees in Hobbs. I look forward to this store being a place where anybody can walk in and feel confident that they are going to receive the best customer service possible, from beginning to end.”

McCoy’s is one of the largest privately-held building supply retailers in the nation and serves builders, contractors, ranchers, and serious do-it-yourselfers. The company employs more than 2,000 people and operates 87 stores and two millwork facilities in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and New Mexico. 

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McCoy’s names new location managers

BY HBSDealer Staff

McCoy’s Building Supply has appointed three new managers to locations in Texas and New Mexico.

Robert Aranda has been named store manager of McCoy’s Southeast San Antonio, Texas location. Aranda began his career with McCoy’s 14 years ago working at his hometown store in Harlingen when he was only 16. The San Marcos-based pro dealer and ranch supplier said Aranda has thrived in various sales roles, eventually joining the company’s Management Development Program (MDP) and serving as assistant manager of McCoy’s Building Supply in Pharr before coming to San Antonio.

“I'm looking forward to using everything I've learned in the last 14 years to manage this great team.  I can see such growth potential in this crew and in the store,” said Aranda. “I’m excited for what's ahead.”

When asked what customers can expect from Aranda and his team, the product knowledge of McCoy’s employees and their level of customer service was a top focus. “I want our customers to know that when they come into the store, our staff is going to give them accurate information and good suggestions for their specific building projects,” said Aranda.

McCoy’s also appointed of Shaun Chidester as store manager of the Universal City, Texas location. Chidester joined McCoy’s two years ago as a part of the MDP and served as assistant manager at stores in Pearland and Richwood, Texas.

“I’m excited to lead this great team in Universal City and build our business,” said Chidester who most recently was store manager of the Southeast San Antonio McCoy’s store. “We’re a family-oriented store and want all of our customers to have a top-notch experience shopping at McCoy’s.”

Tyler Louis has been named store manager of McCoy’s Hobbs, New Mexico location. He joined McCoy’s just over a year ago after graduating from the McCoy’s School of Business at Texas State University and also participated in MDP. Most recently, he served as co-store Manager of McCoy’s Aransas Pass, Texas, location following Hurricane Harvey.

“During my time in Aransas Pass, I learned how to adapt to any type of situation, whether it be filling in for various roles within the store or finding solutions for customer inquiries,” said Louis. “It was a valuable learning experience.” 

Louis said he is focused on customer service in his new role with McCoy’s. “I’m excited to get to know the customers and employees in Hobbs. I look forward to this store being a place where anybody can walk in and feel confident that they are going to receive the best customer service possible, from beginning to end.”

McCoy’s is one of the largest privately-held building supply retailers in the nation and serves builders, contractors, ranchers, and serious do-it-yourselfers. The company employs more than 2,000 people and operates 87 stores and two millwork facilities in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and New Mexico. 

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Around the horn at the Builders’ Show

BY Ken Clark

Orlando — Overhead, the 3M blimp promoted an “extreme” version of the company’s famous Post-it notes, the kind of sticky notes a builder might appreciate.

On the show floor, the American Standard booth displayed its Measure Fill faucet, which allows the homeowner the option of dialing in a desired amount of water.

And at the Azek/TimberTech booth, designers introduced new colors to boost deck sales, including a bold white — actually, it’s called “Whitewash Cedar”.

And on and on it went at the 1,500 or so booths here at the International Builders’ Show and another 700 exhibitors at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, co-located under the Design and Construction Week banner here at the Orange County Convention Center. (A “booth” fails to fairly describe many of the museum-quality displays throughout the South and West halls.) Everywhere, it seemed that progress was taking incremental steps to make building easier to achieve, and products easier to sell.

There were far too many building innovations, trends and concepts to organize neatly into bullet points, but, regardless, here are a few trends spotted:

  • Smart. It’s not only thermostats that are “learning” about their homeowners, smart products are all over the house. That trend includes what is called the “first smart home indoor air quality system,” at the Panasonic booth.
  • Speed. In a tight labor market, demand increases for products that save time or staff. Case in point: Quikrete’s “rapid setting” products, which promise to “save days, not hours.”
  • Style. A celebration of style seemed to be everywhere, not just the club-like atmosphere of the Kohler booth. At Masonite (pictured below), the 1970s style factored into door design, responding to customer demand for all things vintage.

Aisles were packed, and so was the parking lot, as estimates of attendance of industry professionals ranged from 70,000 (the NAHB’s figure) and 90,000 (the transportation company’s). It would be easy to interpret the activity as a positive economic indicator for the residential construction industry.

The NAHB’s economists piled on to the growth narrative. The NAHB predicts that remodeling spending for owner-occupied single-family homes will increase 4.9% in 2018 compared to 2017, and an additional 0.6% in 2019. 

Even better, single-family housing starts, the bread and butter of the lumberyard industry, are expected to rise 5% in 2018 to 893,000 units and increase an additional 5% to 940,000 in 2019. That’s still well below historical norms, but things are getting better.

Multifamily starts, meanwhile, are expected to dip about 2% in 2018, according to the NAHB forecast delivered at the show.

In addition to forecasts and products, the show centered on the people of the industry. Several were recognized for contributions large and small.

It was a memorable show for Laura Ellis, who was named Online Sales Counselor of the Year. She works for HHHunt Homes of Virginia and North Carolina. And receiving the Best Green Young Professional of the Year award was Ryan Miller, of North Carolina Building Performance Association.

[Other honorees at events surrounding the show include Behr Process Corp. and Owens Corning.]

Meanwhile, Randy Noel, a Louisiana-based custom home builder with more than 30 years of experience, was elected as the 2018 chairman of the NAHB.

“This year, we will work with policymakers to reduce burdensome regulations that are holding back a more robust housing recovery and urge Congress to make comprehensive housing finance reform a top priority,” Noel said. “We will also seek to build our membership and assure that NAHB remains the preeminent voice for housing on Capitol Hill.”

The Builders’ Show concludes Thursday. 

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