After 24 years as an 84 Lumber associate, John Vincent still leans on his military career experience to problem solve, lead, and manage his team.
Vincent spent six years in the Infantry, serving as an E-5 Team member, Team Leader, and ultimately, Squad Leader. His assignments included serving in the 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; and the Multinational Force and Observers, based in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
“Serving time both here and overseas was an experience I will never forget and has certainly shaped my career at 84 Lumber,” Vincent says. “I have people on my team from all branches of the military and we understand each other. A common theme across all branches is a desire to succeed through teamwork.”
Vincent enjoys his work in the LBM industry and recommends working with veterans. “Veterans understand camaraderie and seek it outside of the military service,” he says.
That’s exactly what prompted Vincent, a California native, to seek out a career at 84 Lumber.
Impressed by the opportunity to continue to manage and lead people, as well as the opportunity of ongoing promotion from within, ultimately led him to join 84 Lumber as a manager trainee in 1998.
“With the leadership training I received in the army, it was my goal to continue leading a team and to become a store manager,” he says. “It was easy for me to relate working in a store to my military service. At the end of the day, both require a team of people working together to accomplish a goal. With hard work and dedication, 84 Lumber provides the opportunity for everyone to advance.”
Vincent started as an 84 Lumber manager trainee in Goodlettsville, Tenn. and after only eight months, was promoted to co-manager at the Donelson location.
Less than a year later he was again promoted, this time to manager of the 84 Lumber store in Russellville, Ky. Soon after, Vincent managed two other stores in Goodlettsville and Franklin, Tenn., before becoming an area manager in 2005 for the Tennessee/Alabama region.