HBSDealer is looking for a few good men and women
Statistics are hard to come by, but the editorial team at HBSDealer believes that the percentage of military veterans in the hardware and building supply workforce and in leadership positions at lumberyards and industry distributors is higher than in most other industries. Much higher, in fact.
HBSDealer also believes that the military background helped shape the career of those who took their experience to the hardware and building supply industry.
We want to know your story about your experiences in the armed services and how those experiences shaped your career. Send us your thoughts – just a few sentences – and a photo, for inclusion in a future article. Send them here.
Some examples of this industry's military experience are here:
• 2018 Independent ProDealer of the Year CHIC Lumber’s president Adam Hendrix was a U.S. Navy Seabee from 1989 to 1995 as a Builder 2nd Class Petty Officer.
• 2020 City of Hope Spirit of Life Award honoree Brad Paulsen, the president of HD Supply Facilities Maintenance, is a West Point graduate and former Army officer.
• Louisiana-based Stine Lumber founder J.W. Stine is an Army Air Force WWII veteran who was recently posterized in a celebration of his 102nd birthday.
And that's just the tip of the battleship.
We regularly meet new industry personnel with military backgrounds – see this feature on Steve Sallah, Tim Mills and Michael Cassidy, who served respectively, in the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marines. And we look forward to meeting more.
Our own Greg Cole, HBSDealer regional manager, is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Drop him a line with a “Semper Fi” in your message.
And drop us a line at [email protected].