Lowe's recognizes a standout Frontline pro
As part of its PROvember event, Lowe’s has celebrated a first responder who assists his community and served the nation.
The retailer recently presented Todd Hollins, owner and general contractor of Frontline Construction, with a new set of DeWalt tools along with a Lowe’s gift cards.
Representatives from the Lowe’s Pro Services team from the company’s Matthews, N.C. store gave in-person thanks to Hollins at the Hemby Bridge Fire Department. Hollins is both an instructor and firefighter at the department.
Hollins was also recognized for his service to the country. He’s an Army Captain who completed back-to-back tours of Iraq and Afghanistan. His contracting company in the Charlotte area also goes above and beyond, particularly in the Matthews/Indian Hill community. The company’s name alludes to Hollins military service on combat frontlines along with being a firefighter.
Finding Hollins in his office isn’t easy, according to Lowe’s. He’s often on the go, driving from one job site to another. He’s not normally in the limelight, but this spring he and his crew took part in a quick transformation of a Lincolnton, N.C. home, owned by a retired military couple, for the Lifetime TV show, “Military Makeover with Montel.”
“Our crews were there every day, from sun up till sundown, for seven straight days,” Hollins said. “As an Army veteran, it was honor to help two other veterans.
Hollins has a number of trusted subcontractors who work with him on renovations and remodeling projects. “We do everything from room upgrades to full-blown renovations,” he said. “I like to say we’re a one-stop-shop for anyone who needs something done to their house.”
He shares the credit for his success with the people he hires. “I have a team of subs I surround myself with,” Hollins noted. “Painters, framers, crawl space guys, roofers, drywallers, ceramic and tile people – every job we do is a team effort. I couldn’t do any of this by myself.”
Lowe’s Pro team is an essential part of Hollins’ team too. He’s been a Lowe’s customer for more than 15 years.
“They are a critical link in the chain of what we do,” Hollins said of his local Lowe's Pro Services team. “They don’t get to see the end product, but their role is so important in making it all come together.”
Hollins started his volunteer fire fighting career when he was 16. “By the time I graduated from high school, I had all my firefighter certifications,” he said.
Lending a hand is what Hollins does – even in war zones.
He led the renovation of a chapel in Iraq and was tapped to construct a full-blown command center for U.S. forces in southern Afghanistan, from scratch and in a hurry, that was inspected by a four-star general.
“In the military, you say, ‘Yessir, we’ll get it done; no problem',” he said.