Through award, Texas says ‘Thank you’ to McCoy’s
A congressman and a senator from both sides of the aisle recognized McCoy’s Building Supply of San Marcos, Texas, for its contributions to Texas business history.
Representative Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) and Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) recently recognized McCoy’s Building Supply with a Texas Treasure Business Award from the Texas Historical Commission (THC).
The Texas Treasure Business Award program from the Texas Historical Commission pays tribute to businesses that have provided employment opportunities and support to the state’s economy for 50 years or more.
"McCoy's has been a pillar of Texas business since the 1920s, and it's only fitting that this true Texas Treasure be recognized for its contributions to the Lone Star State's economy and communities. Congratulations to the McCoy's family on receiving this historic recognition,” said Representative Isaac.
McCoy’s Building Supply, then McCoy Roofing Company, was started in 1927 by Frank McCoy in Galveston, Texas. In the 1940s, Frank's son, Emmett, took an active interest in the family business eventually becoming President of both McCoy Roofing and McCoy Supply Company which sold building materials to the general public.
“As a family business celebrating our 90th year, we are incredibly honored to receive the Texas Treasure Business Award,” said Brian McCoy who became CEO and president of the company in 2001. “Our valued customers served daily by our dedicated and loyal team have allowed McCoy’s to prosper in our great State of Texas.”
In 2005, Meagan McCoy Jones joined her father as the fourth generation to be involved with the company’s leadership. “McCoy’s is so proud to still be independent, family-owned, and be headquartered in Texas. It’s our commitment and desire to keep growing our business and impact in the communities we serve,” said Meagan McCoy Jones, executive VP and chief operating officer.
The company is no stranger to awards. In 2009, McCoy’s received the Pro Dealer of the Year award from Home Channel News, the forerunner of HBSDealer.
IN THE PHOTO: from left, Jason Mock, President and CEO of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce;Mayor John Thomaides, Mayor of San Marcos, TX; Reid McCoy, McCoy’s Building Supply Board of Directors; Megan McCoy Jones, McCoy’s Building Supply Executive Vice President and Chief Operation Officer; Brian McCoy, McCoy’s Building Supply President and CEO; Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels, TX) ; Representative Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs, TX); Vaughn Alredge, Texas Historical Comission.
New Hampshire dealer honored
The New Hampshire Retail Lumber Association named Dan Keith, of Selectwood in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, as its 2017 Lumber Person of the Year. The award recognizes an individual for significant contributions to the lumber and building materials industry as well as to his or her local community.
Keith’s career in the industry began in 1973, shortly after his discharge from the Navy, at a now-defunct company called Mammoth Mart Lumber. A few years after his initial foray at Mammoth Mart, Keith reentered the lumber industry through a Navy job-training program at Grossman’s Lumber. He worked his way up to general manager before winding his way through several other stops around the industry, including a brief New York detour at Lloyd Lumber, a return to Grossman’s, a stint as an operations manager at Coastal Forest Products, and some time on the sales side at Groleau Millwork in Laconia, NH.
In 1989 Keith joined Selectwood at their old brick warehouse on the Lamprey River with a single loading door through which lumber had to be hand-carried. Selectwood moved to a bigger, more modern facility in Portsmouth in 1995 and Keith is still there to this day, overseeing operations as general manager.
Keith’s been on the NHRLA board of directors for the past eight years, including two as president; he also serves on its legislative committee. He is also engaged in several professional groups, including the New Hampshire American Institute of Architects, Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, Western Red Cedar Lumber Association, and Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau.
Keith expresses his feelings about his career succinctly: “I enjoy my job because I am in an industry which is still honorable. There are very good people in all aspects: manufacturers, wholesalers, independent reps, and retailers.”
Honors for Maine dealer
Jim Murphy of Riverside Millwork Center in Auburn, Maine, was named 2017 Lumber Person of the Year by the Retail Lumber Dealers Association of Maine. This award recognizes an individual for significant contributions to the lumber and building materials industry as well as to his local community.
An active member of RLDAM, Murphy’s career started in 1987, when he began working for a general contractor. One thing led to another when his employer built a facility for a pre-hung door company and he was hired him away to manage the place. Unfortunately, a housing slump forced the facility to close, leaving Murphy at a crossroad.
“At the time, I had four kids under the age of six and absolutely no money,” Murphy recalls. “But with a very understanding wife and some help from a couple partners, I purchased the assets and started my company.” Riverside Millwork Center has been his life’s work ever since.
Murphy’s involvement with the lumber and building materials industry runs deep. He has served on the board of the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association, as well as serving as vice president and president of RLDAM. Additionally, Murphy chaired several committees and served as treasurer of the organization’s political action committee and on the legislative committee.
Outside of the LBM world, Murphy was selectman and board chairman for the town of Bowdoin (where he lives), and has served on the town’s Board of Appeals since 2005. He is also involved with the Lewiston-Auburn Chamber of Commerce and sat on the board of Maine School Administrative District 75 in the 1980’s.
Murphy has been married to his wife, Jane Kearney, since 1980. They have four children, five grandchildren, and another on the way. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and working around his homes, both in Maine and Florida.
As a small business owner, Murphy finds that the challenges are more than worth the rewards – which go beyond financial. “It seems the older I get, the more I enjoy it,” he says. And his guiding principles are short and to the point: “Work hard, keep your word, be loyal, and value loyalty in others.”