NRHA looks to ‘Top Gun’ Joe Taylor
The NRHA set its sights on Joe Taylor, president and CEO of Taylor’s Do it Centers in Virginia, as one of three 2014 "Top Gun" honorees from around the industry.
Taylor was recognized for his role in continuing the robust legacy of the Taylor’s tradition, which has given rise to 11 retail locations statewide and spans four generations. In acknowledgment of its history, robust numbers and adaptability, It’s credited as one of the nation’s most successful family-owned hardware operations.
With a certain amount of risk-taking that’s beginning to pay off as the housing market thaws, Taylor’s Do it Centers also managed to successfully open four of its 11 stores in the past six years. Presiding over this wave of expansion was Joe.
Taylor got his start in the business at a young age, working part-time in high school and eventually returning after a brief stint at another company after business school, working alongside his two brothers and dad. Today, he continues working together with this family members, occupying the CEO role while his father, Dawson Taylor, serves as chairman.
Joe’s Brother Bob Taylor is CEO of Do it Best Corp.
Hardware hero saves family
Aniel Wade, an employee of Vision Ace Hardware in LaBelle, Florida, rescued a family from a burning building in February, a feat that earned him a full-page writeup in the recent issue of Men’s Health, in which he was dubbed an "Everyday Hero."
According to multiple media reports, 20-year-old Wade was busy making deliveries in Alva, Florida, when he came upon a burning house with an elderly woman out front, gasping for air.
When he heard screaming inside, he ran into the burning house and found a young woman and her two children, whom he helped to safety outside as the building became engulfed in flames.
All four family members are doing fine, though the children suffered minor burns, and their grandmother had to spend time in the hospital. The family’s dog perished in the fire.
Wade is also a criminal justice student at Edison State College.
True Value’s Burger, a ‘Top Gun’
Brent Burger, True Value chairman and owner of five Campbell’s True Value locations in Maine, was honored recently by the NRHA as one of its three industry "Top Guns" of 2014.
Setting Burger apart is his track record of promoting growth for the chain of hardware stores, as well as his commitment to his community as president of the True Value Foundation.
Burger has been on the True Value board since 2007 and has been serving as chair since 2013. Before joining the company in 1999, he worked for Starbucks Corporation and TCBY Enterprises, Inc.