Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday, newsroom edition

A news flash from 1988: An editor's view of a rapidly changing industry.

BY HBSDealer Staff

The 1988 issue of National Home Center News, the forerunner of HBSDealer, included this newsroom update: two new copy editors: Tom Nevan and John Paul Uva.

HBSDealer caught up with Tom Neven. The former Marine went on to work for the Marine Corps Gazette magazine. Neven also wrote a book about Marine Corps boot camp called, “Sir, the Private Don’t Know.” Today, the former senior copy editor for NHCN works for the History Office of the U.S. Special Operations Command.

Neven shared what he remembers about the hardware and building supply industry in 1988:

“In the late ’80s, the big box stores were consolidating and the co-ops, mom-and-pops, and contractor yards were struggling to keep up. Big operators were Home Depot, Lowe’s, Channel Home Centers, Rickel, Hechinger, Menards, Home Base, Pay n Pak, Hugh M. Woods, Handy Dan, and I’m sure I’m forgetting some, and it still wasn’t clear who would be the big winners.”

HBSDealer’s Throwback Thursday is sponsored by Schaffer Associates, a national management consulting firm specializing in executive search and organizational strategies for the hardware, home improvement, building materials, and consumer products industries. As the premier management consulting firm serving the industry, we help build organizations and leadership teams that foster corporate growth and success well into the future. Contact us at


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