84 Lumber names new VP for Mid-Atlantic division

Company veteran John Hay will oversee operations at more than 70 locations.

BY HBSDealer Staff

84 Lumber announced that John Hay has been appointed at the pro dealer’s new division vice president for the Mid-Atlantic region.

The move is effective immediately, the company said.

Hay has been with the building materials supplier since May 1989 and has held several roles over the past 30 years, first as a manager trainee at the former Murrysville, Pa., location and most recently as the manager of the Bridgeville, Pa., store.

John Hay

Under Hay’s direction, the Bridgeville location has achieved the highest sales and profit in 84 Lumber’s Central Division over the past five years, including $34.9 million in total revenue in 2018. Hay has also been lauded for his humility and outstanding leadership qualities, all of which helped him secure his new position.

“John has an impressive history of developing and promoting people to positions outside of his store,” said Maggie Hardy Knox, president of 84 Lumber. “His leadership characteristics have been brought to my attention over the last year or so as he’s had the opportunity to address co-managers at our Leadership Camp, as well as new store managers at Manager Camp. His passion for coaching the future leaders of 84 helped solidify the decision to promote him into this role.”

[A profile of John Hay while he was manager of the Bridgeville location appeared in a special 84 Lumber report in 2017. Read it here.]

As the Mid-Atlantic division vice president, Hay is responsible for increasing sales and profitability throughout his region, as well as overseeing operations and staffing for 70-plus locations. Hay has also been given the assignment of helping the division reach $1 billion in annual profitable sales within the next three years.

His first step, however, is simply to get to know his new associates.

“My immediate goal is to familiarize myself with everyone and their roles,” Hay said. “I want each store to have a friendly, family-like atmosphere where all associates — whether they’ve been with us for years or just started here — can thrive.”

84 Lumber said that Hay recently moved to Bel Air, Md., with his wife Christine to be more centrally located for his new role.

“It has been a career-long dream of mine to one day be in this position,” he said. “I’m thrilled to have an opportunity to work with some of the best people at 84 and in our industry. We have some lofty goals ahead, but I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and help my team achieve them.”

Based in Eighty Four, Pa., 84 Lumber operates nearly 250 stores, component manufacturing plants, custom door shops, custom millwork shops and engineered wood product centers in more than 30 states. 84 Lumber also offers turnkey installation services for a variety of products, including framing, insulation, siding, windows, roofing, decking and drywall.



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