Operation: Veterans Influence

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Operation: Veterans Influence

By HBSDealer Staff - 11/10/2020
Dan Berry, as an infantry officer, and hardware store owner.

There’s no doubt about it, the hardware and building supply industry is friendly to the armed services. Whether it's in the form of contributions to veteran causes (like this), special parking, discounts or any number of other gestures of support, there's a strong connection. 

There’s also no doubt that the experience of serving in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines can serve as a powerful force in the career of a veteran.

HBSDealer solicited the following comments from industry pros who consider their military experience as a thorough preparation for a career in hardware and building supply.

• Dan Berry
President
Paradise Home Center
Union, S.C.
“Serving in the US Army as a West Point infantry officer instilled three things: attention to detail, training, and perseverance. All three translate well in serving our community as president of a family-owned home center. You have to be committed for the long haul and strive for excellence and professionalism in every area.”

John Colley, now at Zeeland Lumber.

• John Colley
Director of purchasing
Zeeland Lumber
Zeeland, Mich.
"I served as a United States Marine from 1988 to 1992.  All the military leadership traits and principles have certainly helped me, but I was assigned to a Fleet Service Support Group at the end of Operation Desert Storm that opened my eyes to logistics. The experience really helped instill the mindsight of getting people "what they need, when they need it, at a price they are willing to pay.” It is not much different with building materials… except the need may be more often a want sometimes!"

Sean Norem, U.S. Marines

• Sean Norem
Manager sales and operations planning
LP Building Solutions
Nashville, Tenn.
“I served in the United States Marine Corps in the infantry.  My time as a Marine taught me many leadership lessons and principles that I will use the rest of my life. Most importantly, putting your people first and leading with your actions, not just your words.  Another daily requirement was the need to adapt to your environment and situation.  No plan ever goes exactly how it is drawn up.  You must be able to make swift, educated decisions depending on what is happening around you.”

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.

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